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QUAD-ML – Rapid Modeling Mastery Course with Enterprise Architect (EA) v11

May 28-29 starts 7:00 AM Pacific – Register Here
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Take advantage of our new mixed-language course, QUAD-ML, a one-time only offer at a deeply discounted rate.

What is the QUAD-ML mixed-language?
It is a unique proprietary approach to integrating the four key modeling languages UML, SysML, BPMN and SoaML, into one compact and simplified hands-on course using EA, designed specifically for enterprise modelers, business & systems analysts, software developers and technical managers.

Why QUAD-ML? Why Now?
This course was designed based on inquiries and questions from our customers regarding best practices in mixed-language environments. We also learned that competent hands-on knowledge of these four key languages is becoming a standard in many corporate environments.

QUAD-ML was carefully designed to provide you with a quick and affordable way to gain practical knowledge rapidly with these four languages. It is the best way we know of (so far) to help you come up to speed and compete effectively in the current fast-paced business and high technology environment.

What you will learn:
  • The 10 most important modeling practices you should be applying today
  • The 7 best practices successful organizations use in mixed-language environments
  • How all four languages "integrate" in the same model-based environment
  • How to effectively use the Sparx EA modeling tool
  • Key fundamentals of UML and SysML enterprise modeling
  • The BPMN and SoaML languages
  • How and when to use BPMN and SoaML in mixed-language environments
 
What to expect?
  • Learn first-hand from experts in the industry with over 20 years experience
  • Full course delivery in only 2 days using EA (agenda details upon registration)
  • Experience a real world project in a mixed-language environment
  • A free early copy of the eBook "Rapid Enterprise Modeling" that will soon be selling on Amazon.
  • Register by May 23rd and get 50% off the regular course price
  • Cancel any time up to 24 hours before the class begins
  • 100% money back guarantee
May 28-29  – Register Here
June 5-6 – Register Here

With appreciation,
Ernest Stambouly
949-378-1138
 
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Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is a great tool to produce and organise your models using UML, SysML, BPMN or other modelling languages or notations.

In some cases, the default rendering of elements on certain types of diagrams lacks a suitable colour scheme and font.

This article deals with two topics :

  • Highlight the strengths of Enterprise Architect as a modelling tool versus that of a drawing tool,
  • Applying visual styles to improve the look and feel of your diagrams.

A vital switch from a drawing tool to a comprehensive modelling tool

Initial context : A colleague and I discovered a set of BPMN diagrams maintained by a team using a BPM modelling tool, Bizagi BPMN Business Process Modeler. Being a freeware must have helped to quickly try and adopt this tool for the project. I have to say that the rendering of the diagrams looked rather attractive and modern. As a UML and BPMN expert, my colleague was the first one to get involved in this task. He started to model new business processes, and update existing ones as requested. He noticed a number of mistakes (e.g. broken sequence flow, missing end event) that he promptly fixed.

As things went on, we had a chat and I asked what he thought about this tool compared with Sparx Enterprise Architect. His feedback was interesting ; Bizagi was more or less a drawing tool like Ms Visio, that can be used to create a couple of UML diagrams. A project browser was  missing from Bizagi i.e. when you create a BPMN node like an activity or gateway, you have no access to this element so that it can be reused into several diagrams. Not to mention all the other powerful advantages from Enterprise Architect including traceability with other model elements from the same project, e.g. to link an activity with a requirement it fulfils, or with a use case to establish links between the business and system analysis models.

The need for a real modelling project quickly lead to a move from Bizagi modelling tool to Enterprise Architect, as agreed by the client.

Applying visual styles to improve BPMN diagrams rendering

As I started to create and maintain BPMN diagrams in Enterprise Architect, I looked at simple ways to reproduce a similar look and feel from the original tool (Bizagi).  The aim was to improve the default rendering of Elements in Enterprise Architect.  Below,  I managed to reproduce a similar visual style using the following colour schemes:

  • BPMN2 start event : light green background + dark green line

 Sparx EA diagram visual start on BPMN start event

  • BPMN2 end event : light red background + dark red line

 Sparx EA diagram visual start on BPMN end event

  • BPMN2 activities and gateways : light blue background + dark blue line

 

The procedure to create those visual styles is quite easy:

  • 1- I first defined the visual settings on a selected element using the diagram toolbar by setting the background colour, line colour and width, and the font.
  • 2- Then I clicked on Save as New Style icon from the toolbar, and entered the style name as prompted by Enterprise Architect, e.g. start event.
  • Alternatively, having an element with its visual settings already done, a new style can be created using the Get Style icon from the toolbar, followed by Save as New Style.
  • 3- Having repeated this process for each new visual style, I ended up with a list styles ready to apply onto my diagram's elements.

Note : Visual styles are stored within your Enterprise Architect project (e.g. the EAP file) but I haven't found them yet from the Reference Data to export them and share with others.

Once all visual styles have been defined, the following list can be opened from the diagram toolbar :

 

Here is an illustration of what I came up with, having applied the new styles :

 

Published in Tutorials

CRaG Systems has scheduled a number of public courses in Johannesburg, South Africa teaching model-driven development with UML, BPMN and Enterprise Architect. The courses take place over the five days of one full working week on a regular basis at the CRaG Systems Training Centre in the heart of the central business district of Sandton in the north of Johannesburg.

Over the 5 days students will learn the use of Enterprise Architect for business analysis, requirements definition and system analysis using the most appropriate syntax for the job in hand. Students can choose which of the three sections they would like to attend enrolling for one, two or all three sections in any one week.

Industry best practice is taught for business process modelling, system use case modelling and system analysis at every appropriate level of abstraction based on the Business Process Modelling Notation v2.0 for business process modelling and on the Unified Modelling Language v2.4 for systems modelling. The techniques are taught within the context of a business process management (BPM), improvement or re-engineering strategy and a model-driven development process in a way that satisfies the needs of both technical and non-technical stakeholders.

Enterprise Architect is used for the exercises throughout the course and the relevant details of the use of Enterprise Architect for modelling, reporting, traceability and change management are taught.

CRaG Systems' Johannesburg Training Centre

Currently scheduled dates:

  • August 19th - 23rd 2013
  • October 7th - 11th 2013
  • November 18th - 22nd 2013
  • January 27th - 31st 2014
  • March 10th - 14th 2014
  • May 5th - 9th 2014

 

For more information see the CRaG Systems BPMN and UML using Enterprise Architect Training Courses in Johannesburg page.

 

CRaG Systems' Johannesburg Training Centre

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Changing the Appearance of BPMN 2.0 Elements 

 

1       Introduction

 Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect provides a very rich modelling toolset for Business Process Model and Notation2.0 (BPMN 2.0), which is increasing in popularity particularly amongst Business Analysts.

 

The BPMN 2.0 notation uses a common set of symbols, which have an icon to show their meaning, for example, the type of event that triggers the start of a business process.

 

Each BPMN 2.0 element has a set of tagged values identified by the label BPMN 2.0 in the properties dialog.  The value in these tagged values affects the appearance of the associated element.

 

Enterprise Architect can generate Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) directly from BPMN 2.0 models. This code generation uses tagged values also identified by the label BPMN 2.0

 

This use of tagged values results in a large number of them to choose from and for modellers beginning with Enterprise Architect, this prospect can be rather daunting. Sparx Systems have tried to resolve this problem by grouping the tagged values into sections, but it can be challenging to know which tagged values to use.

 

Business Analysts will not be using the BPEL tagged values and this article presents a tabular summary of just the tagged values, which affect the appearance of BPMN 2.0 elements.

 

This information is in the on-line help and user guide, it is presented here for convenience.

 

2       BPMN 2.0 Elements

 

2.1      Activity

The Activity element used on Collaboration and Business Process diagrams uses the following tagged values to change its appearance.

 

Tagged Value Group

Tagged Value Name

Values

Effect

Activity

activityType

Task

Sub-Process

Task – displays no “plus-in-box” icon

Sub-Process – displays “plus-in-box” icon

isACalledActivity

false

true

false – displays normal Activity border

true - displays bold thick border

isATransaction

false

true

false – displays normal Activity border

true - displays double border

isForCompensation

false

true

false – displays no “rewind” icon

true - displays “rewind” icon

Task

taskType

BusinessRule

Manual

Receive

Service

Send

Script

User

Abstract

Displays the corresponding BPMN 2.0 Task icon

 

BusinessRule is equivalent to BPMN 2.0 Conditional

AdHoc

adHoc

false

true

false –displays no “tilde” icon

true - displays “tilde” icon

Loop

isSequential

false

true

Only takes effect if loopCharacteristics is set to MultiInstance

 

false – displays “three vertical lines” icon

true - displays “three horizontal lines” icon

loopCharacteristics

None

Standard

MultiInstance

None – displays no loop icon

Standard – displays “counter-clockwise arrow” icon

MultInstance – depends upon isSequential

Sub-Process

triggeredByEvent

false

true

false – displays normal Activity border

true - displays dashed border

 

2.2      Gateway

The Gateway element used on Choreography, Collaboration and Business Process diagrams uses the following tagged values to change its appearance.

 

Tagged Value Group

Tagged Value Name

Values

Effect

Gateway

gatewayType

Exclusive

Complex

Inclusive

Parallel

Event

Displays the corresponding BPMN 2.0 Gateway icon

 

Exclusive will display icon only if markerVisible is set to true

When Event  is used eventGatewayType must be set to Exclusive

Event Gateway

eventGatewayType

Exclusive

Parallel

Used with instantiate to indicate type of event, displays the BPMN 2.0 event-based (instantiate) gateway icon

Instantiate

false

true

false – “normal” gateway

true – event-based (instantiate) gateway

Exclusive Gateway

markerVisible

false

true

false – gatewayType set to Exclusive does not display icon

true – gatewayType set to Exclusive displays icon (recommended best practice)

 

2.3      Start Event

The Start Event element used on Choreography, Collaboration and Business Process diagrams uses the following tagged values to change its appearance.

 

Tagged Value Group

Tagged Value Name

Values

Effect

Start Event

eventDefintion

None

Compensation

Conditional

Error

Escalation

Message

Multiple

Timer

Signal

ParallelMultiple

Displays the corresponding BPMN 2.0 Start Event icon

 

NOTE

Some of these values only make sense when the Start Event is used within an Event Sub-process

isInterrupting

false

true

Only used when the Start Event is used within an Event Sub-process

 

false – displays solid border

true – displays dashed border

 

2.4      End Event

The End Event element used on Choreography, Collaboration and Business Process diagrams uses the following tagged values to change its appearance.

 

Tagged Value Group

Tagged Value Name

Values

Effect

End Event

eventDefintion

None

Cancel

Compensation

Error

Escalation

Message

Multiple

Terminate

Signal

Displays the corresponding BPMN 2.0 End Event icon

 

 

2.5      Intermediate Event

The Intermediate Event element used on Collaboration and Business Process diagrams uses the following tagged values to change its appearance.

 

Tagged Value Group

Tagged Value Name

Values

Effect

Intermediate Event

cancelActivity

true

false

Must only be used for Boundary Intermediate Events

 

true – displays solid double border

false – displays dashed double border

catchOrThrow

Catch

Throw

Displays white icon

Displays black icon (only for non-boundary intermediate events)

eventDefintion

None

Cancel

Compensation

Conditional

Escalation

Error

Link

Message

Multiple

Timer

Signal

ParallelMultiple

Displays the corresponding BPMN 2.0 Intermediate Event icon

 

NOTE

 

These settings depend upon the value of cancelActivity and if the event is a boundary intermediate event or a non-boundary intermediate event

 

2.6      Pools

The Pool element used on Collaboration diagrams uses the following tagged values to change its appearance, for which there are no groups.

 

Tagged Value Name

Values

Effect

blackBoxPool

false

true

false – displays Pool as a “white box” ready to contain Activities and other process flow elements

true – displays as a “black box” resembling a UML Class element

participantMultiplicity

false

true

false – no icon displayed

true – displays “three vertical bars” icon

 

2.7      Data Object

The Data Object element used on Collaboration and Business Process diagrams uses the following tagged values to change its appearance.

 

Tagged Value Group

Tagged Value Name

Values

Effect

DataObject

dataInOut

None

Input

Output

None – displays no icon

Input – displays a hollow arrow icon

Output displays a black arrow icon

isCollection

false

true

false – displays no icon

true – displays “three vertical bars” icon to show data object represents a collection

 

2.8      Sequence Flow

The Sequence Flow connector drawn within Pools and Lanes on a Collaboration diagram uses the following tagged value to change its appearance, for which there are no groups.

 

Tagged Value Name

Values

Effect

conditionExpression

 

Text entered here will display if the conditionType is set to Expression

conditionType

None

Expression

Default

None – usual form of Sequence Flow connector

Expression – adds a “hollow diamond” icon on the non-arrow end of the Sequence Flow connector

Default – adds a “slash” icon on the non-arrow end of the Sequence Flow connector

 

2.9      Message Flow

The Message Flow connector drawn between Pools or elements in different Pools to model B2B communication on Collaboration diagrams uses the following tagged values to change its appearance, for which there are no groups.

 

Tagged Value Name

Values

Effect

messageVisible

None

Initiating

Non-Initiating

None – usual form of Message Flow

Initiating – adds a “hollow envelope” icon on the Message Flow connector

Non-Initiating – adds a “grey envelope” icon on the Message Flow connector

 

 

2.10    Participant

The Participant element drawn on Conversation diagrams uses the following tagged values to change its appearance, for which there are no groups.

 

Tagged Value Name

Values

Effect

participantMultiplicity

false

true

false – displays no icon

true – displays “three vertical bars” icon

 

2.11    Conversation

The Conversation element drawn on Conversation diagrams uses the following tagged values to change its appearance, for which there are no groups.

 

Tagged Value Name

Values

Effect

isACallConversation

false

true

false – displays standard Conversation element border

true – displays  thick bold Conversation element border

isComposite

false

true

false – displays no “plus-in-box” icon

true – displays “plus-in-box” icon

 

2.12    Choreography

The Choreography element drawn on Choreography diagrams uses the following tagged values to change its appearance.

 

Tagged Value Group

Tagged Value Name

Values

Effect

Choreography

choreographyType

Task

Sub-Process

Task – No “plus-in-box” icon

Sub-Process – “plus-in-box” icon

isACalledChoreography

false

true

false – displays standard Choreography element border

true – displays thick bold Choreography border

loopType

None

Standard

MultiInstanceParallel

MultiInstanceSequential

None – displays no icon

Standard – displays “counter-clockwise arrow” icon

MultiInstanceParallel – displays “three vertical bars” icon

MultiInstanceSequential – displays “three horizontal bars” icon

Participants

initiatingParticipant

participantA

participantB

participantC

participantD

Clears the grey background colour from the corresponding participant section in the Choreography element

numberOfParticipants

2, 3 or 4

Creates the corresponding number of participant sections in the Choreography element

Participant A

participantA

Text

The name of the first participant

participantAMultiplicity

false

true

false – displays no icon

true – displays “three vertical bars” icon in the participantA section of the Choreography element

participantARef

Selected Pool element

Navigate to a Pool within the Project Browser and the name of the Pool (prefixed by <<Pool>>) is displayed in the participantA section of the Choreography element

Participant B

participantB

Text

The name of the second participant

participantBMultiplicity

false

true

false – displays no icon

true – displays “three vertical bars” icon in the participantB section of the Choreography element

participantBRef

Selected Pool element

Navigate to a Pool within the Project Browser and the name of the Pool (prefixed by <<Pool>>) is displayed in the participantB section of the Choreography element

Participant C

participantC

Text

The name of the third participant

participantCMultiplicity

false

true

false – displays no icon

true – displays “three vertical bars” icon in the participantC section of the Choreography element

participantCRef

Selected Pool element

Navigate to a Pool within the Project Browser and the name of the Pool (prefixed by <<Pool>>) is displayed in the participantC section of the Choreography element

Participant D

participantD

Text

The name of the fourth participant

participantDMultiplicity

false

true

false – displays no icon

true – displays “three vertical bars” icon in the participantD section of the Choreography element

participantDRef

Selected Pool element

Navigate to a Pool within the Project Browser and the name of the Pool (prefixed by <<Pool>>) is displayed in the participantD section of the Choreography element

 

3       Conclusion

This document aims to highlight those BPMN 2.0 Tagged Values used to change the appearance of BPMN 2.0 elements. It presents them grouped into tables according to BPMN 2.0 element type.

I hope you find this to be a useful and valuable resource when using Enterprise Architect for modelling business processes in BPMN2.0

 

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eBook: Modeling Service Oriented Architectures

Presents a practical approach to modeling Service-Oriented Architecture solutions from concept to code. Topics include: generating web service interfaces from visual models, BPEL engineering and behavioral code generation.

This E-book presents a practical approach to modeling Service-Oriented Architecture solutions from concept to code. The author helps us to understand key SOA concepts and demystifies the "acronym soup" surrounding service-oriented development. Using an illustrated example, the reader is guided through the 'hands-on' ICONIX Process Roadmap for Service-Oriented Architecture. Each step of the roadmap is brought to life using Enterprise Architect Business and Software Engineering edition to derive concrete deliverables from visual models.

Topics include: business rules identification, generating web service interfaces from visual models, BPEL engineering and behavioral code generation.

The eBook is accompanied by an "SOA Project Template" EA model.

ICONIX SOA Project Overview

The SOA Project Template model contains our SOA Roadmap, a pre-fabricated project package structure, and a Car Rental example which includes:

  • a Domain Model
  • a WSDL package
  • a BPMN model
  • example of BPEL code generation from the BPMN model
  • a Rule Flow diagram containing Rule Tasks for use with the Business Rule Composer and Behavioral Code Generation

ICONIX now offers JumpStart training on the process described in this eBook, details are available at http://www.iconixsw.com/soajumpstart.html

ICONIX Process Roadmap for Service Oriented Architectures

 

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