Essential take-off


From zero to hero in a flash, the Essential Project History.

  • 2000

    EAS is Born!

    EAS established as a niche enterprise architecture consultancy.

  • 2006

    Essential is Conceived

    Surprised at the number of organisations that used only PowerPoint, Visio and Excel to support their EA work, EAS start to investigate the use of tools more suited to analysing large data sets to aid them in their EA engagements. Initial versions looked at the use of Rational Rose, amongst others, until we identified Protégé and the power of ontologies.

  • Mar 2009

    Essential is Launched

    The first open-source EA tool built by architects for architects, providing the capabilities ‘essential’ to supporting EA engagements, hence the name. We expected to shake up the marketplace, we were staggered by the uptake with over 200 downloads within the first few weeks and 1000 achieved in just a few months.

  • Nov 2009

    Launch of EAValuator

    Our online maturity assessment tool, to help organisations understand their maturity levels and assess the best route forward.

  • Mar 2010

    1st Anniversary of Essential!

    Over 3,000 downloads of the Essential tool in just one year!
    2010 also saw extensions to support Strategy Management and Information and Data Management as requested by our growing community.

  • 2011

    Our Community Grows

    The Community continues to grow with over 6,000 downloads and 1200 active community members by the end of the year

  • 2012

    We’ve got you covered

    A rewrite of Essential Viewer, the addition of Security Management to the meta model and a range of packs to provide dedicated support brings Essential into the mainstream.

  • 2013

    Version 4 Released

    A major upgrade including a multi-language framework for the viewer and modeller; packs are available in Arabic, US English, French and Spanish. Also, a significant update to the integration tab and the addition of the Essential Import Utility, allowing easy importing of existing Excel spreadsheets

  • 2014

    Analyst Recognition

    Forrester name Essential one of the top 10 EA Tools

  • 2015

    TOGAF Mapping

    An often-asked question, “Does Essential support TOGAF?”, prompted the release of a TOGAF to Essential mapping.  The Essential meta model is, in fact, richer in content and supports all major EA Frameworks whilst remaining framework agnostic.

  • 2016

    Over 120,000 downloads of Essential

    Essential has been used by over 50% of fortune 500 companies as well as making EA tools available to many medium sized enterprises previously excluded.

    2016 also brings Version 5, a major upgrade incorporating a redesigned Viewer and significant update to the meta-model, as well as the first solution packs

  • 2017

    Essential Cloud General Release

    Essential Cloud moves to general release providing a much-requested commercial platform with full support to the market.

  • 2018

    Essential Launchpad Live

    The first version of the free Essential Launchpad launches, allowing organisations to import existing data held in excel spreadsheets directly into the Essential, providing a quick-start to populating key views

  • 2019

    Version 6 Released – Easy Data Maintenance

    A major upgrade with some key usability improvements, including the introduction of the first Everyones Essential Editors that make it easy for all users, not just architects and analysts, to maintain data – no training, no hassle.

  • 2020

    Analyst Recognition!

    Just two years after launching Essential is recognised as a Visionary in the Gartner EA Tools Magic Quadrant, with a specific acknowledgement that our price point combined with our tool capabilities makes us the disruptive offering in the enterprise architecture tools market

  • 2021

    Continued Analyst Recognition

    Essential continues to evolve, offering an excellent EA Tool at a very competitive price point, and is recognised once again by Gartner as a Visionary on the EA Tools market.

  • 2022

    Visionary once again

    For the third consecutive year Essential is the only Visionary in the Gartner MQ for EA Tools, once again recognised as an outstanding, feature rich tool, offered at a price that is affordable to organisations of all shapes and sizes.

  • 2023

    Continued Development

    We will continue to develop Essential to meet the needs of our Customers and Community, with new views, editors and functionality.

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