sparxsystems

sparxsystems

Sparx Systems


99 Albert Street
Creswick,
Victoria
3363
Australia
P: +61 3 5345 1140
F: +61 3 5345 1104

Sparx Systems specializes in high performance and scalable visual modeling tools for the planning, design and construction of software intensive systems. A Contributing Member of the Object Management Group (OMG), Sparx Systems is committed to realizing the potential of model-driven development based on open standards. The company’s flagship product, Enterprise Architect, has received numerous accolades since its commercial release in August, 2000. Enterprise Architect is the design tool of choice for over 300,000 registered users world-wide.
Friday, 02 August 2013 02:36

Modeling Successful Project Outcomes

Geoplex, a Sparx Systems partner and professional services and solutions company specializing in geospatial enterprise and data management solutions, is successfully deploying Enterprise Architect, to build and deliver high-performance, location based solutions to solve real business problems.

 

Enterprise Architect supports spatial database modeling in several ways such as linking requirements to database objects ensuring traceability; reverse engineering existing databases and reducing the risk associated with legacy applications and databases - and most importantly - expressing complex designs in various ways, thus allowing all stakeholders to participate in the design process. By creating DDL and ArcGIS Workspace XML in Enterprise Architect, designs can be quickly realized in physical databases.

 

With spatial database and GML modelling now core functions, Enterprise Architect can be used to support a range of geospatial project work and is used on many Geoplex projects. It has become a core component in the delivery of successful project outcomes to clients, including NBN Co., Customs and Border Protection Service and DEPI (Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Victoria).

 

More information on Geoplex's services can be found at: http://www.sparxsystems.com/partners/vars/oceania.html#Geoplex

 

For more details on Sparx Systems' profiles for ArcGIS and GML in Enterprise Architect, visit: http://www.sparxsystems.com/enterprise-architect/arcgis/gml-arcgis.html

Sparx Systems has partnered with Esri Inc. to deliver cutting-edge geospatial solutions based on Esri technology. Since Enterprise Architect version 9.3, Sparx Systems has offered an ArcGIS plug-in developed in conjunction with the CSIRO, Australia's national science agency. This feature, which supports the design of geodatabases for the ArcGIS 10.0 suite, is proving popular within the global geospatial community.

By visualizing geodatabase designs, Enterprise Architect can facilitate the traceability of geospatial systems to the broader enterprise model, communicate geospatial design concepts to a wide audience of stakeholders and leverage model driven architecture.

Esri Australia Partner Manager Laura Berman said, "As a result of this latest partnership with Sparx Systems, organizations across a range of industries including aerospace, finance and telecommunications are able to leverage Sparx Systems design tools to easily visualize and analyze their data in a new and more meaningful way," said Ms Berman. "It's incredibly rewarding for us to be partnering with an Australian organization whose product has a global impact and is used by thousands of organizations around the world."

Read more on ArcGIS in Enterprise Architect at: http://www.sparxsystems.com/arcgis

Metadata Management

At the recent meeting of the G8 in Northern Ireland, the members released the Open Data Charter. The Charter recognizes the central role open data can play in improving government and governance and in stimulating growth through innovation in data-driven products and services. On the principle of quality, the goal of the charter is to ensure that releases of “high-quality open data that are timely, comprehensive, and accurate. To the extent possible, data will be in their original, unmodified form and at the finest level of granularity available.”

High levels of granularity support more structured information and allow more technical manipulation while metadata with levels of low granularity can be created for much less cost but provide less detailed information. Granularity impacts creation and capture.  However, the greatest impact of granularity is in maintenance. As the metadata structures become outdated, access to the referred data will become much harder to manage.  To enable continued access to the reference data, Enterprise Architect helps to manage the structure and transformation of the metadata, from one structure to another as new systems get developed.

A metadata repository enables collection, storage, maintenance, and dissemination of metadata information and Enterprise Architect is a powerful and inexpensive repository tool that can be used with a variety of databases including:

  • SQL Server 2000, 2005 or 2008
  • MySQL 4 or 5
  • PostgreSQL 7 or 8
  • Adaptive Server Anywhere 8 or 9, or SQL Anywhere 10 or 11
  • Access 2007
  • Progress OpenEdge
  • MSDE or
  • Oracle 9i, 10g or 11g


By default, Enterprise Architect stores its repository data in a .eap file

July, 2013

Mr Ben Constable, Senior Analyst at Sparx Systems, shares helpful tips on preparing Enterprise Architect diagrams for presentation in your specification documents, technical standards, reports or other publications. In this webinar, you'll learn:

  • Great tips on rapid visual modeling and creation of diagrams
  • An effective approach to tidying diagrams - whether imported from other tools or even machine-generated
  • How to choose the best diagram options and image formats to suit your needs

 

Register Today to be part of this exciting event.

If you missed any of our previous webinars, please visit:

http://www.sparxsystems.com/resources/webinar/webinar-series.html

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 22:41

Website Notice - www.sparxsystems.com

The Sparx Systems website was temporarily offline due to issues experienced by the hosting provider.  We believe this issue has now been resolved.

Sparx Systems would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

 

Sparx Systems recently attended the INSPIRE Conference in Florence to present the CEN/TC 287 Award for Academic Excellence in INSPIRE for the third year. This year the Award went to Aurete Pereira and Gabriel Luís of Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia, and Pedro Cabral of Instituto Superior de Estatística e Gestão de Informação, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. 

The winning project "Implementation of the INSPIRE Directive in digital geological map production in Portugal" focussed on the elaboration of a harmonization approach applied to the geological datasets of Portugal in order to bring them in line with INSPIRE Implementing Rules. Ms Pereira noted, “the project development task was made easier through the availability of tools such as Enterprise Architect and the recently added ArcGIS profile.” This is the second consecutive year that a Portuguese university has received the award. 

Sparx Systems' ArcGIS plug-in was developed in conjunction with CSIRO and supports the creation of visual UML models of ArcGIS geodatabases. Visualizing geodatabase designs, facilitates traceability of geospatial systems to the broader enterprise model, communicates geospatial design concepts to a wide audience of stakeholders and leverages model driven architecture.

 

 

Thursday, 04 July 2013 01:52

INCOSE International Symposium

At the recent International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) International Symposium, Sparx Systems participated both as an exhibitor and as a participant in the Tool Vendor Challenge. As described by the symposium organizers, the challenge presents “tool vendors with a common use case derived from a practical problem for them to solve and demonstrate at the 2013 INCOSE International Symposium”.

The presentation by Sparx Systems Ambassador, JD Baker was well received. It demonstrated how Enterprise Architect can model requirements, construct strategic models and help to solve business and technical issues related to the supply of ice following a natural disaster
 
INCOSE is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to "share, promote and advance the best of systems engineering from across the globe for the benefit of humanity and the planet."  Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is a significant part of the INCOSE vision and Sparx Systems supports that vision with the Enterprise Architect implementation of OMG SysML.
 
For more information on the Tool Vendor Challenge, visit the INCOSE website. Vendor solutions are expected to be posted soon.

The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium is an aviation focused professional group managed by the Open Group. Recently Sparx Systems contributed a collection of licenses to assist members in their development of the FACE Data Model. The Open Group, via its latest news release and the FACE website thanked Sparx Systems for their assistance:

"[Enterprise Architect has] been instrumental towards the development of the FACE Data Model and DoDAF 2.0 representations of FACE Enterprise Architecture products. In addition we appreciate their assistance in setting up a shared working environment for these efforts."

 

          

 

 

Friday, 28 June 2013 07:16

Sparx Systems Named in SD Times 100

Sparx Systems is proud to announce it has been named to the SD Times 100 list for the fifth consecutive year. The list, which recognizes the top leaders and innovators in software development, awarded Sparx Systems in the ALM and Development Tools category.

 

Geoffrery Sparks commented on the award recognition, "We have worked hard to offer a platform that delivers power to the modeler and helps realize the potential of model driven engineering, so it is especially pleasing to receive this recognition of our dedication.”

 

The SD Times Editorial Board in its announcement stated, “Since 2003, the editors of SD Times have examined the newsmakers of the previous year, looked back at their achievements and decided who were the best of the best. We carefully considered each organization’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.”

 

To view the full SD Times article visit: http://sdtimes.com/51682

 

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:39

OMG Technical Meeting Berlin

Sparx Systems a long standing member and sponsor of the OMG is attending the current working group meeting in Berlin. This technical meeting provides IT architects, business analysts, government experts, vendors and end-users a neutral forum to discuss, develop and adopt standards that enable software interoperability for a wide range of industries.

 

The Berlin meeting has over 300 attendees and Sparx Systems has several partners attending. These include Lieber Lieber, Ability Engineering, transentis and Trisotech. More information about these partners can be found at: http://www.sparxsystems.com/partners