The Universal Model Framework.
While many business activities can be supported by data from a single subject area, other activites may need data from several subject areas. This essentially constitues an ontology. The Universal Model Framework explains ontologies by showing the interdependency of the subject areas, essentially as a business glossary. By grouping the activities performed by business function (i.e., Use Cases); the subject areas, hence the data, needed to support the business functions or use cases are determined.
Design architectural road maps for enterprise architecture in accordance with your business strategy, objectives and processes.
Analyze changing requirements and what it means to your business processes, your process design and system development, including application architecture and integration architecture.
Effectively communicate across decision makers and provide ongoing support for data, applications and system client requests.
Aggregate technical information into cohesive, business language that you and your business users can understand.
View each object in your architecture at one or more levels of abstraction based upon the business perspective from which the object class is viewed. For example, an entity viewed from a sales perspective will have different characteristics (attributes and associations) then the same entity viewed from a manufacturing perspective. The Universal Model Framework is constructed with these different perspectives in mind.