A representation is defined as the perceptible form of the information carried by a business object.

Representations (for example, messages or documents) are the perceptible carriers of information that are related to business objects.

A single business object can have a number of different representations, but a representation always belongs to one specific business object. A representation may realize one or more business objects. A meaning can be associated with a representation that carries this meaning.

The name of a representation is preferably a noun.

Category: Business Layer and Passive structure aspect

Examples: Paper Bill, Request Form, Claim Form, Online Form.

Typical Relationships:

  • Association - meaning
  • Realisation - business object

Source: Archi - The Free ArchiMate Modelling Tool - Hint for the model element.


Alongside the breadcrumbs for this item which shows its "ancestry" in concept space, the Child items tab lists its descendants, and the Siblings items tab the concepts that exist under the item's "parent item".