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With over 100 participants the second Enterprise Architect User Group Event in Germany was a great success. Airbus Group in Ottobrunn (Munich) provided the conference facilities and there was a lot of networking and discussion after the speeches and during the breaks. All registered participants will soon find the presentations at the Enterprise Architect user group site www.eausergroup.com for download.
We say thank you to Airbus Group for the great cooperation, to the organizing team for the excellent preparation and to all participants, that they gave us their interest and feedback. We are sure, that model based development and engineering will grow further and Enterprise Architect as a tool for different groups of users will foster its position in the user community.
Creating Charts in Enterprise Architect to Aid Decision Making
Date: September 2014
Mr Scott Hebbard, Communications Manager at Sparx Systems, will show how Charts in Enterprise Architect can help you manage projects, communicate strategy, identify trends, track KPI's and make informed decisions.
In this webinar you will learn how to:
- Place Charts and Graphs on diagrams, group them to display an interactive project dashboard and include them in generated reports
- Source data from the model, from specific Packages within the model, or from a custom SQL query that extracts the information from the model
- Create burn down charts and time series graphs that are automatically updated by Enterprise Architect on a regular basis.
Following the resounding success of last year’s first-ever event for the German Enterprise Architect User Community, it is our sincere pleasure to invite you once again on October 7th, 2014 to Munich. Thanks to the generosity of Airbus, this year’s European Enterprise Architect User Group Event 2014 will be held at Airbus Group Headquarters in Ottobrunn, southeast of Munich, Germany.
Clotilde Marchal, Head of Systems Engineering Steering Group, will start the keynote with insights into the strategic role of model based systems engineering (MBSE) and corporate initiatives in this area at Airbus Group, and will be followed by Carsten Strobel, Research Team Leader for Model-Based Systems & Software Engineering at Airbus Group. He will explain how only model-based development allows a network of associations to be displayed, analyzed and solved within a multidisciplinary environment, as tightly integrated as possible, yet above and beyond disciplines and domains. Infineon Technologies and the Austrian Virtual Vehicle Research Center will concentrate their joint speech on the use of Enterprise Architect in the automotive sector by presenting the main findings of the project VeTeSS. Furthermore, the organizers will also present interesting topics: Ian Mitchell from Ability Engineering will talk about "Models to Shout About" and Phil Chudley from Dunstan Thomas will have a speech on "Blocks, Ports and Their Connections - A Practical Approach to SysML 1.3 Modeling using Enterprise Architect".
These are only some of a wide variety of practical use cases that will be presented on two tracks on October 7th. All presentations will be delivered in two parallel sessions by dedicated Enterprise Architect experts, and during coffee and lunch breaks you’ll have plenty of opportunity to get to know users, speakers and stakeholders eager to share their experiences.
So, register today for the most interesting and informative meeting in the European Enterprise Architect User Community! Get the latest information on the newest trends and developments in the world of Enterprise Architect, learn the best tips and tricks from other users and even get the answer to that question you’ve always wanted to ask!
The User Group Event is organized by the Enterprise Architect User Group EAUG (Dunstan Thomas, Ability Engineering and LieberLieber Software), tickets are available from:
Looking forward to seeing you in Munich,
European Enterprise Architect User Group 2014
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
9 am - 5 pm
Updated 9th June, 2016: Covering all new features available in Enterprise Architect 12.1
Enterprise Architect integrates Requirements Management with other software development disciplines, by creating requirements directly in the model. Requirements Management is built into the core product, solving many of the issues of traceability, interdisciplinary team divisions, integration with change and configuration management systems. Read the following whitepaper for more information:
If you are not using Enterprise Architect to design your systems, you are giving up opportunities for increased productivity, that result from re-using your data across the whole project, sharing that data across the entire project team and using the model to drive the solution.
Enterprise Architect delivers the capacity for data sharing and re-use, achieving synergies and efficiencies that can only be realized using an integrated development environment.
You could be reaping the benefits of Enterprise Architect in less than twenty minutes!
For more information, please visit the following pages:
To learn how to move from Microsoft Visio to Enterprise Architect, please visit:
In an earlier Sparx Systems White Paper the scenario of a jigsaw puzzle was used as a metaphor for agile, flexible and collaborative response to the creation of a shared vision within an environment that is in a state of high flux. The process of digital transformation will increase the probability of technology failure and change to complex systems will heighten risk exposure. It is essential that organisations mitigate these threats by deploying tools to support the creation of enterprise wide, agile responses. This paper discusses the inter relationship between managing digital transformation, collaborative agile tools and approaches and provides relevant examples of industry responses to digital disruption.
In the puzzle scenario, the mutual dependencies and unpredictability could be analogous to the challenges of digital transformation. Traditional business models will be driven to change by the forces of disruption and current business and IT portfolios will need to meet future demand. The agility with which organisations respond to these changes will be the key factor that governs their future success or their relegation to the beleaguered, whose business models have been made redundant.
These forces of digital disruption actually encourage business agility. The scalability afforded by cloud technology for example enables highly flexible service costs. Gartner predicts that “By 2017, 40 percent of utilities with smart metering solutions will use cloud-based big data analytics to address asset-, commodity-, customer- or revenue-related needs.” In another example the just released “2014 Airlines IT Trends Survey” reveals that “the disruption caused by mobile is so significant that airlines feel that they must invest in mobile services to ensure that they are not left behind.” The survey also reports that “Today, 100% of airlines are investing in the mobile space.” In the retail industry social media on mobile phones is creating a constant feedback loop that informs the development of business agility. As it permits real-time interactions with customers, it also drives growth. The 17th Annual Global CEO Survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers, reports that technology is already having a far-reaching impact on healthcare delivery and CEOs are already planning ways to take advantage of this trend. 89% plan to improve their ability to innovate; 93% plan to change their technology investments; and 95% are exploring better ways of using and managing big data.
Across industry, successful business evolution over the next decade will be based on the extent to which organisations can harness the forces of disruption and become the disrupting force. Organisational risk profiles will be changed by these forces and the new profiles will inform strategy and decision making. To translate business vision and digital strategy into effective enterprise change will require that leaders possess the ability to visualise, simulate and optimise the target state and ensure that the activities of everyone in the business are co-ordinated.
A systematic approach to the management of change provides an inclusive framework that considers the whole enterprise as well as the needs of different stakeholders. This agile business approach ensures that during the change process lifecycle, priorities are regularly assessed and progress continually monitored. As requirements are identified adjustments are made by managers and their teams, and not left to the end.
Data visualisation enables insights that support faster and more effective decision making while improving communication and bridging the IT – Business divide. To enable agility and insight to support decision making, organisations must also address silos in legacy systems, business, and information.
Enterprise Architect is and remains a technology that is fit for purpose in meeting the challenges of the changing business and IT environment. Visually powerful, it provides a fantastic viewpoint of multiple technologies and organizational units, all working together. Team review, shared data models and model mail are all in-built tools that can improve communication and break down silos, because everyone is using the same data/info/model.
To more effectively manage growing complexity and to stay focused and in control, agile and traditional teams choose Enterprise Architect. Due to very competitive total cost of ownership, large and distributed teams can collaborate more effectively and increase speed and ease, in the design, build, and management of their solutions and processes.
The industry tested traceability features of Enterprise Architect speak directly to shared awareness and clarity on what has been previously achieved. According to Gartner, “An agile, multidimensional approach to architecture is absolutely essential to support continuous development and innovation. Give developers the tools to fail fast, iterate quickly and innovate for business transformation.” The Kanban burndown charts that have been added to Enterprise Architect help to bring project reality into clear focus by showing the work done against the timeline, decision impacts and eliminate fuzziness about time based goals and deadlines.
Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect combines Agile projects with non Agile projects in a single projects portfolio, eliminating the necessity for any additional tools. For further information on tools for digital transformation and the creation of a shared vision within an environment that is in a state of high flux go to:
ArchiMate is an industry standard notation developed by The Open Group for the graphical modeling of enterprise architectures. The notation has evolved to be fully aligned with TOGAF. Many companies recognise the value of these architectural models in understanding the dependencies between their people, processes, applications, data and hardware. Using ArchiMate allows them to integrate their business and IT strategies.
Gillian Adens, Director of Hippo Software, demonstrates how Enterprise Architect can be used to create ArchiMate models and viewpoints to help in understanding, documenting and communicating knowledge of the enterprise architecture. The webinar:
- Explains the purpose of ArchiMate and how it supports TOGAF
- Shows how to model business organisation, processes and products using ArchiMate business layer viewpoints
- Illustrates an application landscape and explores dependencies using ArchiMate application layer viewpoints
- Shows how to catalogue company infrastructure (hardware, system software and networks) using ArchiMate technology layer viewpoints
- Demonstrates how to identify stakeholders, drivers, goals and requirements using the ArchiMate motivation extension
View the webinar and corresponding online resources at:
July Webinar Announced by Sparx Systems, register Today:
Business requirements are often stored as text documents, resulting in poor traceability, lost requirements and flawed software design. The Specification Manager in Enterprise Architect 11 can help address issues of traceability while providing the convenience of a simple in-place text editor. Create, edit and review elements as text representations of objects in the model, using a process that is well understood and familiar to business analysts and management professionals alike.
In this webinar you will learn how to:
- Create and edit model elements with ease, using Indicator Icons to examine important relationships, linked documents and object properties.
- Create a review document and leverage element discussions to improve the quality of your software specification.
- Leverage tools for traceability, change management, documentation and team collaboration from a single view.
ArchiMate is an industry standard notation developed by The Open Group for the graphical modelling of enterprise architectures. The notation has evolved to be fully aligned with TOGAF. Many companies recognise the value of these architectural models to understand the dependencies between their people, processes, applications, data and hardware. Using ArchiMate allows them to integrate their business and IT strategies.
This webinar will demonstrate how Enterprise Architect can be used to create ArchiMate models and viewpoints to understand, document and communicate knowledge of the enterprise architecture. The webinar will:
- Explain the purpose of ArchiMate and how it supports TOGAF
- Show how to model business organisation, processes and products using ArchiMate business layer viewpoints
- Illustrate an application landscape and explore dependencies using ArchiMate application layer viewpoints
- Show how to catalogue company infrastructure (hardware, system software and networks) using ArchiMate technology layer viewpoints
- Demonstrate how to identify stakeholders, drivers, goals and requirements using the ArchiMate motivation extension
To learn more about using ArchiMate within Enterprise Architect, please register for this webinar today.
Guest Presenter: Gillian Adens, Director of Hippo Software.
Sparx Systems Honoured for Innovation and Industry Leadership
The editors of SD Times identified the industry’s top leaders, innovators and influencers, in separate industry segments. Some companies lead in one category, others in more than one. In each category, one company has been spotlighted as a star deserving of special notice.
When choosing the SD Times 100, we carefully considered each company’s offerings and reputation. We also listened for the “buzz”—how much attention and conversation we’ve heard around the company and its products and technologies—as a sign of leadership within the industry.The SD Times 100 looked for companies that have determined a direction that developers followed. Did the company set the industry agenda? Did its products and services advance the software development art? Were its competitors nervously tracking its moves? Were programmers anxiously awaiting its developments? Those qualities mark a leader.Subjective? Of course. But leadership and innovation can’t be measured by stock valuations or analyst reports. The SD Times 100 represents what we believe to be the best of the best.
“The software development industry has always been competitive, but never more so given the innovation we’re seeing in so many spaces, including mobile, cloud, SaaS, DevOps/ALM, developer tools, quality assurance and Big Data,” said David Rubinstein, editor-in-chief of BZ Media's SD Times. “For the 2014 SD Times 100, our editors carefully considered each nominee’s products and services, thought leadership and reputation. Thanks to companies like Sparx Systems, the future for software development is very bright!”
For more information, please read the corresponding press release.