For the purposes of this document, the following terms and definitions apply. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary should be referenced for terms not defined in this section.

Digital Enterprise
  1. An organization characterized by the creation of digitalized products or services that are delivered fully digitally (e.g., digital media or online banking).

  2. An organization where physical products and services are obtained by the customer by digital means (e.g., online car-sharing services).

(Source: The DPBoK Standard, Chapter 2: Definitions)

Digital Standard (or Guide)

A publication that helps an enterprise succeed as a digital enterprise; i.e., one that primarily delivers value through digital means (sometimes called a “digital-first” business model).

Digital Transformation

The radical, fundamental change towards becoming a digital enterprise.

(Source: The DPBoK Standard, Chapter 2: Definitions)

Emergence Model

An organization of information where topics are related to the organizational complexity or scale of the enterprise.

(Original Source: The DPBoK Standard, Emergence model)


A qualitative statement of intent that should be met by the architecture.

(Source: The TOGAF Standard, Section 20.3: Components of Architecture Principles)

See also the Definitions used in the O-AAF Draft Standard (see Referenced Documents).