Daktronics, based in Brookings, South Dakota, designs, manufactures, sells and services video displays, scoreboards, digital billboards, dynamic message signs, sound systems and related products. The company is known for its electronic LED displays.


As Daktronics was building out its EA practice, the team needed a better way to capture the current state of its business, applications, infrastructure and data architecture. After determining that ArchiMate was the best way to describe, analyze and visualize its architecture within and across business domains in an unambiguous way, it needed to find an EA tool.


After evaluating several EA solutions, erwin Evolve was selected because it is compatible with ArchiMate, cloud-hosted for fast implementation with lower cost and has a configurable metamodel for easy modifications. In addition, erwin Evolve enables the retrieval of information from other systems for reporting via APIs. With erwin EA, you can also easily create and retrieve diagrams, including the associated relationships for future use.


  • Fast and easy to implement
  • Configurable with ability to create information beyond ArchiMate
  • Ability to conduct impact analyses based on roles and processes via APIs
  • Cost-effective