TM Forum Frameworx 17.0 for ARIS

TM Forum Frameworx is an enterprise architecture framework for telecom industries, it embraces eTOM, TAM, and SID. TM Forum is the organization that owns the intellectual property on Frameworx and continuously maintains its contents. TransWare AG, as a member and partner of TM Forum, has made Frameworx accessible to the high-end modeling tool Software AG® ARIS®. Our product TM Forum Frameworx for ARIS is two things: A one-to-one translation of the Frameworx source to ARIS and a Frameworx filter and template. The Frameworx ARIS data currently include the meta-data-rich models and object contents of eTOM, TAM, and partly SID. TM Forum members can order TM Forum Frameworx for ARIS here. All you need is ARIS as of version 9.8.8 or higher. 

 The model translation is achieved with TransWare’s flagship product BPM-X Converter using a tailored mapping configuration targeting ARIS. The automated translation takes into account the source model contents and generates an ARIS model data with groups, models, objects, and meta-data as ARIS XML file.

That said, let us have a look at Frameworx in ARIS. The well-known entry-level diagram is All Frameworx Start Here:

ARIS FX 17 Start

Fig. 1: Frameworx in ARIS showing the entry-level diagram

The group structure reflects the sub-frameworks eTOM, TAM, and SID (partly). Related models are contained in groups whose names correspond to the according model types. So, you can for instance see eTOM diagram groups of different types and levels (1, 2, …). We have also added groups for Mappings (eTOM to SID), Metrics (Business Metrics) and Miscellaneous other models:

ARIS FX 17 Explorer

 Fig. 2: ARIS Explorer with groups and diagrams

Selecting a model in the Explorer lists all object occurrences:

ARIS FX 17 Occurrences

Fig. 3: Object occurrences of a model

When you open the Properties dialog all object occurrences in other diagrams are shown and can be navigated:

ARIS FX 17 Occurrences on Diagrams

Fig. 4: Object occurrences in other diagrams

On a high level eTOM processes are shown with assignments to models on lower levels:


Fig. 5: eTOM processes

All Frameworx models have a specific model type. Whenever possible, the slightly customized BPMN process diagram (BPMN 2.0) is used:


Fig. 6: eTOM level 3 business process

Following another assignment you drill-down to level 4:


Fig. 7: eTOM level 4 business process

The value of Frameworx not only is reflected in models, but also in the object meta-data which are translated as custom attribute types:ARIS FX 17 eTOM attributes

Fig. 8: eTOM object attributes

The full application framework (TAM) is provided:


Fig. 9: TAM level 1

A drill-down to level 2 leads for instance to this model:ARIS FX 17 TAM L1

Fig. 10: TAM level 2

And yet another drill-down leads to level 3:ARIS FX 17 TAM L2

Fig. 11: TAM level 3

We are happy to receive your inquiry for TM Forum Frameworx for ARIS!

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