ArchiMate 3.2 explained by chat.openai (ChatGPT's shortcomings)

Writing blogs takes a lot of time, so I tried to be smart by applying a new development from the end of 2022. This development is of course ChatGPT, a super smart chatbot developed by Elon Musk's  OpenAI. Unfortunately, this did not go quite as planned.

Another new development from the end of 2022 is the new version of the ArchiMate specification. The ArchiMate modeling language is a widely used modelling-language for describing the Enterprise Architecture of organizations. Since we often work with this modeling language, I thought it would be a good idea to make a blog entry explaining the differences between ArchiMate 3.1 and 3.2. When I asked the chatbot to write an article detailing the differences between ArchiMate 3.1 and 3.2, it came up with the item below.

At first glance, this text looks very credible, but as an ArchiMate practitioner, you immediately notice how many substantive errors there are in the text. From top to bottom, we could already discover the following substantive errors in this blog item.

  • The outcome layer does not exist in ArchiMate. However, this could be a viewpoint that uses elements from the motivation layer such as Goal, Assessment and Outcome.
  • The extension with motivation elements was already added with the arrival of ArchiMate 3.0.
  • The realization relationship existed much longer before ArchiMate 3.2 came out. Namely since the first version of ArchiMate.
  • The influence relationship was not added with ArchiMate 3.2. It has been around for a long time, but its notation has been updated with the arrival of the motivation layer in ArchiMate version 3.
  • ArchiMate 3.2 is a minor update and does not add any new elements at all.
  • In ArchiMate you can decide for yourself what kind of views you make and how detailed they are. The standard does provide some guidelines and ideas for these views in the form of the viewpoint descriptions in the specification, but it is not true that you can create more detailed views with ArchiMate 3.2.

The last sentence is a nice closing statement linguistically and commercially. It sells this new version of ArchiMate well, but unfortunately the content is not very correct. Do you want a more accurate overview on what's new in ArchiMate 3.2? Take a look at the release notes of the new ArchiMate 3.2 specification. All in all, ChatGPT can produce nice-looking texts, but without certainty that the content is correct.

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Joeri van Es

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