Essential Cloud – Enterprise Architecture Software


The Essential Enterprise Architecture tool helps you to understand how the people, functions, processes, IT applications, data, infrastructure, suppliers, and customers interact across the business. Essential enables you to spot opportunities to improve and to assess the impacts of planned changes to the operating model.

It provides support across several areas, including digital transformation, customer journeys and value streams, process automation, strategic planning and so on—but it is important to note that:

You capture the facts about the organisation and their inter-relationships; Essential generates views to provide clarity and enable analysis.

Everyone’s Essential easy data maintenance editors allow everyone in the organisation to capture and maintain data, no knowledge of EA or Essential is required – more here

Enterprise architecture business capability model

Business Capability Dashboard with Application Overlay

      • You don’t have to draw and maintain pictures with Essential, our data-driven approach means that you let Essential create the data visualisations for you
      • Essential uses advanced algorithms to work out where you have potential issues, opportunities and risks
        • Essential Launchpad allows you to quickly start data capture and populate some of the key foundational views in Essential, linking Business, Applications and Technology
        • Essential Playbook helps you focus on specific areas within your business. Currently we have 8 guides to help bring value and improve inefficiencies across a range of areas, including Anchor on applications, bring in elements or more simply, Get data in shape.
    Bus Strat View

    Business Strategy Overview


Features and Benefits

As award-winning enterprise architects, we recognise the limitations EA tools generally have, in not providing outputs that are geared towards providing insight or visualisations that can be presented to Senior Management. We understand what enterprise architects need to know to succeed in their job.

We have built, and continue to develop, Essential so that we can address our EA consulting needs. We therefore have a detailed knowledge of what is required for any business transformation tool to be effective. Essential Cloud combines and improves on the best of Essential OS with a hassle-free cloud offering, all for an affordable cost:

  • Over 130 out of the box views focused on analysis, road-mapping and decision making
  • Organisational data capture tool – Everyone’s Essential
  • Ontology based meta model for an entire organisation, with the ability to support other EA Frameworks
  • Access to extensive range of REST APIs
  • Import and export of data via unique Excel import utility, with quick start view loaders and APIs, integrating with existing data sources if required
  • Fast access to our commercial accelerator lenses providing enhanced support for key areas such as APM and Data Management
  • See all features here
Plans Dashboard

Roadmaps and Strategic Plans


Roadmaps, Projects and Impacts

Bring Enterprise Architecture to the Wider Organisation

Essential is the only Enterprise Architecture Management tool on the market that has been built by award-winning Enterprise Architects and is focused, primarily, on the Enterprise Architect role. Essential is however, also able to support the wider organisation by enabling good architecture with minimal effort. We have designed Essential to be:

  • Intuitive and easy to use and learn
  • Provide speed to value – see results in weeks not months
  • Support many roles across the business
  • Provide the solutions to support the aims of a modern organisations:
Applifecycle And Impacts

Application Lifecycles and Impacted Business Processes

App Strategy Technology

Application Technology Strategic Alignment

Key Information     

From $19,999, Essential Cloud is a low-cost option, hosted by us, with the annual subscription covering unlimited access to the data management tool, APIs and the viewer, and technical support. With cloud, we use AWS and you have a choice of an instance hosted in US, Europe, or Australia.

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Essential Cloud FAQs

A flat $19,999 per annum subscription for unlimited editors and users – there are no additional license fees or seat-based costs to add. The subscription covers the entire Essential Cloud platform including the 130+ views out of the box that you see in the online demo viewer.

There is no additional charge, it’s covered under your annual subscription

There is no additional charge, it’s covered under your annual subscription.

There is no additional charge, it’s all covered under your annual subscription.  We don’t charge on a per user or volume of data basis, which means you have predictable costs both this year and for future years

No, we are committed to Open Source. We see the two as peers, the cloud just offers a simpler way for organizations to use and access Essential. It also has enhanced user management and security that is not possible in open source. Our business model relies on having both platforms, so we will not be neglecting open source.

It Cost Dashboard

Application Cost Dashboard

Strategic Tech Product Selector

The Strategic Technology Product Selector allows Solution Architects to self-govern based on Reference Architectures defined

The Essential Project

You can use our Essential Cloud to understand the strategic impact of your IT infrastructure on business outcomes. Pinpoint rationalisation opportunities to increase agility and reduce cost or use it to explore cyber security risk. Engage your whole organisation in data capture – from line managers to C-level executives – with Everyone’s Essential.

Essential has been built by our team of Enterprise Architects, based on their real-world experience as Enterprise and Chief Architects in organisations of all shapes and sizes. Our views will support you in achieving success, helping you make key decisions with the facts at your fingertips. Our data management solutions will reduce the data maintenance overhead and allow to you to focus on success.

Support for Organisations of all Shapes & Sizes

Essential Cloud Services For Business

Our cloud deployment is our premier product offering all the benefits of Essential plus additional features that leverage our cloud architecture. Hosted in AWS, in either the EU, US or AU, Essential Cloud supports unlimited users and covers technical support for an annual subscription from just $19,999.

Essential Open Source

Our original open source offering utilises open source technology and is ideal for organisations that prefer a more hands on approach to installing and supporting their own technology stack. It is also ideal for organisations that want a longer trial of Essential before committing to a subscription, or smaller, even non-commercial organisations.

Delighted Customers and an Active Community

Essential has a large, active community that feeds into the development of the tool through input into the development and priority of new views and into the Essential roadmap.

Our customers, both large and small, and our community provide great feedback:

Services Company (>$50M)

Essential is a great tool to model enterprise architecture. It offers flexibility and amazing visualisation of EA.

Manufacturing Company (>$10BN)

The meta-model is so powerful, it is a fabulous tool.

Finance Company ($500M – $1BN)

Overall, we have been very happy with the solution and would recommended it.

Manufacturing Company (<$50M)

Vendor has been a pleasure to work with, very engaged with our objectives and how to exploit the product to achieve them.

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