The Strategy on a Page view can be used to support storytelling by offering the possibility to combine different types of information (strategic, tactical, operational). Information from different strategy and business model views can be combined in this view. The Strategy on a Page makes use of three different types of strategy blocks which can be used to group and visualize this information:

  • Textual block: Elements that are included are displayed as a list with bullet points.
  • Graphical block: Elements that are included are displayed using their original notation.
  • View block: For views only. An image of the selected view is displayed, which updates based on changes in the selected view. Clicking a view block will open the view.

The Strategy on a Page is one of the strategy views for ArchiMate® modeling and makes use of specific ArchiMate concepts.


Strategy on a Page

Example of a Strategy on a Page

Modeling the view

  1. In your ArchiMate model in the model browser, right-click the folder in which you want to add the Strategy on a Page, and then click  New > Strategy > Strategy on a Page.

  2. Click the newly added view in the model browser to open it. An empty strategy view is shown.

  3. Determine what information you want to display in the view, and add a textual, graphical or view strategy block to the view using the quick-create pop-up window. How?

    Strategy on a Page blocks

  4. Add the information to the block, and resize and move the block if needed. Depending on the type of block, do the following:

    View strategy block: Drag a view from the model browser onto the block.



    Textual or graphical strategy block: Select the block, click , and define the population for the block. It is similar to defining the population of a chart. Alternatively, you can drag the elements of the population from the model browser onto the block. That can be a simpler way if you want to add a single or a few separate elements.
    You can sort the items in the block by dragging them to the desired position in the block.

    It is also possible to define the population of the block using a script. In that case, select the block, click  on the left side of the block, and click  to select the viewpoint containing the script.

    Strategy on a Page strategy blocks

  5. If needed, rename the strategy blocks. Select a block, press F2, and type the name for the block.

Additional components for the view

To complete your Strategy on a Page, you can also include other displays or units of information like charts and shortcuts, in addition to the strategy blocks. 

If you have views that you do not want to be shown in the strategy view, but still want to be accessible from this view, create shortcuts of these views. Just drag a view from the model browser onto the strategy view. Double-clicking the shortcut will open the view.


Strategy on a Page highlight analysis

Once the view has been modeled you can perform a highlight analysis on it. The highlight analysis displays the relation between a specific object (the subject) in the view and other objects, provided that these are also present in the view. Following the example Strategy on a Page at the top of this topic, the highlight analysis can be useful to show the relation between goals (as displayed in the Balanced Scorecard), but also the relation between an initiative and its goal (as specified at the goal properties in the Balanced Scorecard).

For the analysis, the highlight colors of the selected object (subject) and of the related objects can be set, as well as the depth of the relation.


Examples of highlight analyses


  1. To configure the highlight analysis colors and depth, click to open the canvas menu, an then click to open the properties window.

  2. Specify the analysis properties an close the window when you are done.



    Highlight color: Set the highlight color of the related objects. To use a different color, click the color box and select a color.

    Highlight subject color: Set the highlight color of the selected object. It is the subject of your analysis. To use a different color, click the color box and select a color.

    Depth of highlight analysis: Set the depth of the relation. The depth specifies the number of successive relations used for the selection of the range, as counted from the selected object.

  3. In the view, select the object that must be the subject of your analysis. For an object in the textual strategy block, click the bullet preceding the object name. For an object in the graphical strategy block, click the dot control in the upper left corner of the object. You can only select one object as the subject of the analysis.

    The selected object will be highlighted immediately. If related objects can be found in the textual and graphical strategy blocks, these will be highlighted too.


Please take note that if you are using objects in your Strategy on a Page that are read-only to you, you cannot perform a highlight analysis on them. A read-only object in the graphical strategy block does not have the dot to highlight the object, the bullet of a read-only object in the textual strategy block is not clickable. If the view itself is ready-only, you cannot perform a highlight analysis either. The highlight properties in the canvas menu are also inaccessible.


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