Essential Labs

See what’s in development and have a play

Take the opportunity to try out some prototypes from our labs

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We’re offering users the opportunity to try out some of the development views and capabilities that we are working on in our Labs, and some of which will move into the Essential EA tool in the future.

Feel free to download and use them with your data, we’d love to get your feedback on suggestions, improvements and further ideas to help you in your role. These are working prototypes, so if you do happen to find any bugs please let us know.

Note: The Labs developments are not supported, although you can post queries on the forums. We do not guarantee all developments will appear in future releases. We do not guarantee release dates but will aim to push some of these into the next release.

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Latest Labs

View Helper

Helps you populate key views by describing the meta model required, with some helpers, such as a capability to process mapping so you can see where you have relationships defined.

View Helper Scn

Previous Labs

Application Technology Lifecycles

App Tech Lifecycle

See the technology lifecycles for an application, and where there is risk. Critical applications can be flagged (requires v6.12)

Class Model Browser

Class Browser

Overall Essential model in one view, showing where you have data. Click to see dependent classes – zoomable and draggable

Process Hierarchy – NOW IN BASELINE

Process Hierarchy

A hierarchy of processes, which can be used with our APQC data model files here or with your own process hierarchies

Simple Application Dashboard


Summary information on the applications, this is a good starting point for new developers to build out a view

Class Model Viewer

Class Model View

The ability to see relations between classes and the slot values between them in your repository in the Essential EA Tool. If you click a class in the diagram then that becomes the focus.

Technology Lifecycle Management – NOW IN BASELINE AND UPDATED

Technology Lifecycle

View of vendor technology lifecycles and applications they impact.

Data Centre Impact Analysis

Data Centre Impact

Search from a data centre location or specific technology node to see the impact, e.g. of a node failing. This view crosses the enterprise architecture layers from business capability down to technology nodes.

New Application Dependency Model – NOW IN BASELINE AND UPDATED

Full Application Dependencies

Proposed refresh of the application dependency model into a more dynamic style.

Business Process Dashboard – NOW IN BASELINE

Process Dashboard2

Overview of Business processes and implementations of them in the organisation, with a link off to a location summary when a marker is clicked on the map.

New Organisation Model

Org Model New2

Overall Application Dependency – NOW IN BASELINE

Application Dependency Overall

View of applications and dependencies in the estate

 Embed Videos

Videos In Essential

Ability to embed videos in the repository


Supplier License Summary

View of suppliers and the due licence dates, with timeline for renewals due in the next 12 months.

New Technology Reference Model – NOW IN BASELINE AND ENHANCED

Technology Reference Model2

Revised technnology reference model with duplication

Updated Application Summary with Costs – NOW IN BASELINE AND ENHANCED

App Provider Cost Snap

Leveraging the new cost capabilities to show an overall application cost.

Deprecated Slot Viewer

Simple maintenance table showing where deprecated slots are populated in the repository


It Asset Dashboard Snap

See your IT assets, duplication, status and risk is one place

Completeness Dashboard – NOW IN BASELINE


See completeness of data in your repository, which instances aren’t populated, which slots are populated, find objects not populated, etc

Data Duplication Dashboard – NOW IN BASELINE

Duplicate Dashboard

See potential duplicates in your repository.

Data Duplication Finder – NOW IN BASELINE

Duplicate Instances

Utilise fuzzy logic to identify duplicates by class.

Detailed View for Integrations – NOW IN BASELINE AND ENHANCED

Integration Detail

See where data is flowing where integration technology is used.


Design Authority Image

See if your solution requires a waiver from the Design Authority or not.

New Process View – NOW IN BASELINE

Bus Process Image

Revised process view


App Roadmap Animated

Application changes over time shown in the animated roadmap.

Business Capability to Technology (tree) – NOW IN BASELINE AND ENHANCED

Caps Tree

View linkages from capabilities to technology.

Simplified Project Dates Data Capture

Project Status Capture

Edit dates on the screen directly through a simplified capture mechanism. Import back in via the import utility.

New Software Architecture View – NOW IN BASELINE

Software Architecture

Display the software components of your applications.

Updated Application Catalogue View – NOW IN BASELINE AND ENHANCED

App Cat

Added lifecycle status to the catalogue.

Updated Principles View – NOW IN BASELINE

New Ea Principles

Reformatted. You can now tie assessments to the view using the Principle_Compliance_Assessment class.

Updated Business Capabilities

New Bus Cap Model

Minor Reformatting. These changes will flow through to other business capability models



New view with associated import spec and spreadsheet.

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