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Sparx Services North America launches new offerings to support the BIZBOK® Guide for Business Architecture

Sparx Services North America is pleased to announce a new set of training, consulting and technology offerings aligned to the BIZBOK Guide to support the Business Architecture discipline.  Business Architecture is an essential part of companies’ digital transformation and operational excellence strategies - weaving together people, processes, information and technology in support of strategic vision and operational objectives. A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge® (BIZBOK Guide) from the Business Architecture Guild® represents the generally accepted standards of practice for the Business Architecture discipline.

BIZBOK Training Offerings

Whether you are a new or aspiring Business Architect seeking to learn the fundamentals of the role; a seasoned Enterprise, Business, Information or Systems Architect looking to add the BIZBOK methodology to your toolbox; or a company that uses Sparx Enterprise Architect today and are looking to bring best-practices into your architecture function – the BIZBOK training offerings from Sparx Services North America, a Guild Accredited Training Provider®, can help provide the skills you need to succeed.

BIZBOK Foundation: A 3-day course covering the core framework content of the BIZBOK to help students prepare for the Certified Business Architect® exam from the Business Architecture Guild.

Sparx Enterprise Architect BIZBOK: A 2-day course to help students understand how to use Sparx Enterprise Architect (the industry leading EA tool) to support Business Architecture activities as outlined in the BIZBOK.

BIZBOK Essentials: A 5-day course that combines the framework and essential concepts from the BIZBOK Foundation course with the practical application and tooling guidance from the implementation course into an intensive overview to give students the knowledge and skills to apply the BIZBOK in their daily work. 

Business Architecture Alignment and Integration: A 2-day course focused on leveraging the BIZBOK concepts to integrate Business Architecture with existing EA, Business Analysis and Solution Delivery functions.

BIZBOK Consulting Offerings

As active contributors to the Business Architecture Guild, the architects from Sparx Services North America understand how to apply the BIZBOK framework and methods within the context of a company’s EA/BA practice along with best-practices for configuring and using Sparx Enterprise Architect to support the BIZBOK methods.

Coming Soon! BIZBOK Extension for Sparx Enterprise Architect

Sparx Services North America will soon be releasing a new BIZBOK Extension (MDG Technology) for the Sparx Enterprise Architect platform - providing pre-configured objects, data models and templates to enable Business Architects to quickly perform techniques direct from the BIZBOK using the industry leading EA tool, Sparx Enterprise Architect.

To learn more about the BIZBOK offerings from Sparx Services North America, visit www.sparxsystems.us/bizbok or contact one of our BIZBOK experts at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Business Architecture Guild, BIZBOK, A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge, Certified Business Architect, CBA, Guild Accredited Training Program, and GATP are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Business Architecture Guild. Sparx Systems, Enterprise Architect, MDG Integration, and MDG Technology are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sparx Systems Pty Ltd

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During his time as an Enterprise Architect consultant, Jan van Oort trained numerous SparxSystems Central Europe customers eager to improve their modeling skills and methodologies. When he co-founded the startup KIVU in 2016, he naturally introduced Enterprise Architect there as well, which quickly became a key development tool. KIVU Technologies is a provider of scalable software for network analysis which is currently in demand, not only in the security sector.

In times of increasing monitoring and collection of mass data, KIVU is an exceptional example. Using well-designed software, KIVU enables the analysis of networks (not just social networks) from known nodes. The software is designed to assist analysts in narrowing down their data and connections to relevant, manageable networks, enabling them to focus on pertinent content and behaviour at greater speed.  Jan van Oort, Chief Engineer of KIVU: "As a former Enterprise Architect Trainer, I recognized the potential of model-based development right from the start of our project. Enterprise Architect supports me mainly in three key areas: Requirements definition, communicating with investors and customers, and presenting our project at events.”

As a result, KIVU recently completed a seed financing round of EUR 1.8 million and is thus able to push ahead with its development. Hans Bartmann, Managing Director at SparxSystems Software Central Europe: "We congratulate KIVU on a successful financing round. At the same time, we are pleased that one of our former trainers is now leveraging the potentials of model-based development to create a data-protection-friendly network analysis platform. This approach combines many positive aspects and has the best prerequisites for an international victory from Austria."

 

Requirements are easily defined in the model

“The KIVU platform consists of two parts: a graphical user interface (GUI) and a database (backend server) called TARIM. Right at the start of the development of TARIM, I realized that the requirements defined here had to be clearly understandable for every developer. A model is ideal for this purpose, because it allows requirements to be defined graphically, regardless of how the programming based on it is handled," explains van Oort. Based on this requirement shown in the model, a programmer creates source code, which is then stored in a version control system (Github). In this way, van Oort can always keep track of whether a requirement has been successfully completed or whether subsequent improvements are necessary.

While the Chief Engineer deliberately does not oblige the programmers to work with the model-based approach, they still see the benefits. “As our GUI has continued to grow over the past year, the developers recently asked me if they could work with Enterprise Architect, not least due to the fact that over 40,000 lines of code can very practically be handled in a single model.” The first model (database) has therefore now been merged with the second model (GUI). The GUI is created in JavaScript, has to run in every current browser and allows the display of different views. It has a connection to the database at any time in order to be able to display changes immediately.

Since the platform is designed for the throughput of large amounts of data (social networks, telephone, time or bank data, etc.), all analyses are carried out in the database. This relieves the GUI and ensures that the displays are always current. By using special filters, only highly relevant data is analyzed. “Our data processing and filtering must be very transparent in order to be able to disclose it at any time should we be requested to do so by the authorities. On the one hand, we must guarantee the required level of data protection, while providing a powerful network analysis tool on the other,” explains van Oort.

Due diligence mastered with modeling

These days, a ‘technical due diligence’ examination is usually required on the way to start-up financing. An external expert assesses whether the start-up can really perform the service as claimed. KIVU also had to take this step, but did not want to disclose its own source code. “I can only recommend to any software start-up to use a model for this purpose. Since our Bulgarian auditor works with Enterprise Architect himself, we were able to use shared model views to successfully and quickly complete the audit via the Internet,” van Oort emphasizes. Last but not least, the KIVU team uses the views from the model in lectures, most recently at the first VÖSI (Austrian Software Industry Association) Software Day in Vienna. “We usually show our approach at security conferences in front of developers who of course want to see something concrete and understand the interrelationships. With the help of model views, this is no problem.” The views can be varied according to the target group, which significantly increases the comprehensibility and effectiveness of the presentations.

1 Team KIVU

Image 1: The KIVU team (from right to left): in front, Christian Weichselbaum, Daniela Klimpfinger, Julia Franciotti; in back, Robert Wesley, Jan van Oort (in a white t-shirt) and Frazer Kirkman in back.

Tarim

Image 2: The TARIM database developed by KIVU

(All images ©KIVU Technologies)

3 KIVU API

Image 3: This image represents the top layer of  the KIVU API  in the form of UML / Java interfaces, as well as the "tip of the iceberg" with regard to the API's actual implementation.  Concrete classes will often appear in one or more sequence diagrams. These diagrams (the associated code) are what developers at KIVU get to work with. The interfaces are round-trip engineered against the source code: a modification by the Chief Engineer on one side (code or model) results into an update at the other side, and forces the developers to implement it. All the while, the Chief Engineer doesn't need to look at implementation details, although at any time he can reverse-engineer the implementation source code into the model. Similar diagrams exist of protocol layers, specific parsing utilities etc. etc.  

About KIVU Technologies

KIVU Technologies is a provider of scalable software for the analysis of networks in the security sector and beyond. The company was founded in 2016 in Vienna by Robert Wesley, Jan van Oort and Christian Weichselbaum, and recently received seed financing of EUR 1.8 million. Austrian aws Gründerfonds and btov Partners led the financing round with the participation of APEX Ventures. In addition, Ewald Hesse and Louis Curran are supporting the start-up as angel investors. The KIVU team consists of engineers, developers, data scientists, analysts and security experts.

http://kivu.tech/

About Sparx Systems

Sparx Systems was founded in Australia in 1996 and is the producer of Enterprise Architect, the world’s premiere UML modeling platform. Enterprise Architect is used to design and produce software systems, business process modeling, and modeling of any process or system. Enterprise Architect has been implemented by over 650,000 users due to its high performance at an unbeatable price. Enterprise Architect is an easy-to-understand, team-based modeling environment that helps organizations analyze, design and create well-documented systems precisely and comprehensibly. It also allows companies to collect and present the often distributed knowledge of teams and departments.

In order to support customers in their own language and time zone, SparxSystems Software Central Europe was created in 2004 to provide for the entire German-speaking region with software licenses, training and consulting.

You can find more information at www.sparxsystems.eu

Published in Case Studies
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:00

RAMI 4.0 Toolbox

RAMI 4.0 Toolbox

The RAMI 4.0-Toolbox deals with the complexity that comes up with Industrie 4.0. Implemented as extension for the modeling tool Enterprise Architect it provides a framework for modelling an architecture based on cyber physical systems.

RAMI Toolbox 2 768x432

History

Building on the success that comes with the SGAM-Toolbox we started creating a new concept for Industrie 4.0 in 2016. Currently the first launch of the toolbox is available which includes some adaptations and improvements.

 

Technology

The toolbox is based on the “Model Driven Generation” technology provided by Enterprise Architect where the results are stored in a XML-based file. The language of choice is C# which allows to make use of all functionalities that come with it.

The RAMI 4.0 Toolbox has been made possible and in cooperation with SparxSystems Central Europe (DE: www.sparxsystems.de, EN: www.sparxsystems.eu

 

Outlook

The next step is to improve the toolbox according to usability and scope of functions. To achieve this, the toolbox is under continuous processing and integration of suggestions from constant exchange with the community.

Complete documentation: https://www.en-trust.at/wp-content/uploads/Introduction-to-RAMI-Toolbox.pdf 

Press Relase (german): https://www.pressebox.de/pressemitteilung/sparxsystems-software-gmbh/SparxSystems-CE-RAMI-40-modellbasiert-umsetzen/boxid/876469

 

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VISEO EA UML to JHipster Generator MDG Technology

This article shares an MDG Technology that integrates Sparx Enterprise Architect UML models with JHipster.

VISEO EA UML to JHipster Generator MDG produces JDL (JHipster Domain Language) content from UML models maintained in Enterprise Architect. This output can be used in JHipster to create the application's entities, including properties and relations.

Not being able to find a suitable tool that generates JHipster entities from UML models, I started such integration for a software application that has been implemented with JHipster 2.

Note: the current version of the MDG is compatible with JHipster 2, latest available version when the project started. JHipster 3 new features could be integrated in a future version.

Context

A modelling project has been launched with Enterprise Architect to gather and maintain all the information and knowledge related with the project for the development team and stakeholders.

The initial models included business classes to identify the concepts, shared through a visual representation with UML. This approach has been useful when integrating these concepts in the technical environment JHipster.

JHipster, or “Java Hipster”, is a handy Open Source application generator that aims to create a complete and modern Web app:

  • A high-performance and robust Java stack back-end (Spring Boot, Spring Security, Spring Data, Spring MVC, etc.)
  • A sleek, modern, mobile-first front-end (Angular.js and Bootstrap)
  • A suite of pre-configured development tools like Yeoman, Maven, Gradle, Grunt, Gulp.js and Bower

UML to JHipster JDL generator

Overview

Defining class models on both business and technical layers enabled a proper integration of the business definitions in the software application. Design workshops were carried in an efficient manner through the use of a common language and tool (Sparx Enterprise Architect and UML).

Looking for existing integration solutions between UML tools and JHipster yielded XMI exports/imports. However XMI implementations in UML tools don't provide most of the time a proper and full exchange of UML models i.e. without loss or modification of definitions. JDL Studio looked interesting; this online tool renders an entity diagram matching the JDL content. The downloaded file can be used to generate entities in JHipster (command line example: "yo jhipster:import-jdl export-jdl-uml.jh").
Without a suitable link between Enterprise Architect and JHipster, I wrote a script that generates such content directly from Enterprise Architect models. It requires the following JHipster 2 customizations carried in Enterprise Architect:

  • Data types: JHipster types are available for the entities' attributes.
  • UML profile: stereotypes on UML classes and attributes to provide JHipster properties via tagged values, listed below.
    • Classes
      • jhipsterDto : use mapstruct for the DTO-entity mapping
      • jhipsterPaginate : pagination choice for lists (infinite-scroll, pager, pagination)
      • jhipsterService : apply serviceClass to the entity
    • Attributes
      • jhipsterisRequired : the attribut is required
      • jhipsterMin: provides the minimum value (declared as minlength for String attributes, or min for Integer, Long, Float, Double, or BigDecimal attributes)
      • jhipsterMax: provides the maximum value (declared as maxlength for String attributes, or max for Integer, Long, Float, Double, or BigDecimal attributes)
      • jhipsterPattern: provide the pattern value for a String attribute
    • Script: generates the JDL content

The following UML class diagram illustrates the meta-model applied for the UML to JHipster 2 JDL integration:

SparxSystems Enterprise Architect UML to JHipster JDL File generator metamodel

The script and UML profile have been improved through users' feedback and reviews from JHipster experts at VISEO.

Installation

The EA UML to JHipster MDG is published via an XML file. Once installed, it is listed in the MDG Technologies screen:

MDG EA UML to JHipster JDL

Note: this MDG is available on request (e-mail: jhipster[at]umlchannel.com).

JHipster diagram and toolbox

EA/JHipster MDG Technology supports a diagram with its toolbox to create stereotyped classes and attributes:

uml to jhipster sparx en toolbox

UML profile and JHipster stereotypes

EA/JHipster MDG Technology includes a UML profile with stereotypes on classes and attributes to provide relevant Tagged Values.

When starting a JHipster design class diagram, JHipster entities contain tagged values available from the JHipster tab: DTO, paginate, service. The "none" value is set by default so all tagged values are optional.

uml jhipster entity properties

The JHipster entity "Language" field is set to JHipster so its attributes are associated with the JHipster data types list.

The diagram toolbox can be used to add a stereotyped attribute to a JHipster Entity class. Such attributes also contains properties from the Tagged Values tab:

sparx ea uml attribute jhipster

UML to JHipster generation script

The following UML class diagram has been defined with Sparx Enterprise Architect based on the JDL Studio example. This model provides a mean to check that the generated JDL content from either solution matches.

Compared with the JDL studio diagram, UML class diagrams have the advantage of being based on the OMG standard. Furthermore using a tool like Sparx Enterprise Architect provides a way to maintain the entity design model within a complete modelling repository e.g. including requirements, business, analysis and architecture models.

The following JDL content has been generated using this script:

=== EA UML to JHipster Entity Export ===
== More information is available from www.umlchannel.com/jhipster ==
INSTRUCTIONS: copy and paste the following content in a text file, and rename it e.g. as dpl.jh =
entity Department {
departmentId Long,
departmentName String required
}
entity JobHistory {
startDate ZonedDateTime,
endDate ZonedDateTime,
language Language
}
entity Job {
jobId Long,
jobTitle String,
minSalary Long,
maxSalary Long
}
/**
* The Employee entity.
*/
entity Employee {
employeeId Long,
/**
* The firstname attribute.
*/
firstName String,
lastName String,
email String,
phoneNumber String,
hireDate ZonedDateTime,
salary Long,
commissionPct Long
}
entity Location {
locationId Long,
streetAddress String,
postalCode String,
city String,
stateProvince String
}
entity Task {
taskId Long,
title String,
description String
}
entity Country {
countryId Long,
countryName String
}
entity Region {
regionId Long,
regionName String
}
enum Language {
FRENCH, ENGLISH, SPANISH
}
relationship OneToOne {
Department{location} to Location
}
relationship OneToMany {

/**
* A relationship
*/
Department{employee} to
/**
* Another side of the same relationship
*/
Employee
}
relationship OneToOne {
JobHistory{department} to Department
}
relationship OneToOne {
JobHistory{employee} to Employee
}
relationship OneToOne {
JobHistory{job} to Job
}
relationship ManyToMany {
Job{task(title)} to Task{job}
}
relationship ManyToOne {
Employee{manager} to Employee
}
relationship OneToMany {
Employee{job} to Job
}
relationship OneToOne {
Location{country} to Country
}
relationship OneToOne {
Country{region} to Region
}
paginate JobHistory, Employee with infinite-scroll
paginate Job with pagination
dto Job, Employee with mapstruct
service Employee with serviceClass

The final step involves copying this content to a JH file, and use it in JHipster to generate entities.

Scope

This approach was used as a mean to easily generate new versions of the design entity model within JHipster. Updates were carried in Enterprise Architect to remain consistent with the business model, whilst being generated, tested and approved directly in the application.

Once entities are updated in JHipster with custom code, it prevents any synchronization with the UML model. Where a full synchronization between the JHipster and UML projects is not the final purpose of this MDG, it allows having a design model that matches exactly the entities definition in the development environment during the first iterations of the project. This level of information in the design layer is very useful, even if mismatches with the code are bound to occur. The design team may chose to manually update the UML design model when needed.

Future versions

This MDG has been implemented and used with JHipster 2. A future version could be released to support JHipster 3 that has introduced new properties such as:

  • new serviceImpl service
  • new syntax e.g. "dto (ou service ) * with … except …"
  • skipClient and skipServer declaration on entities
  • angularSuffix
  • Microservices (e.g. microservice with <jhipster app name>)
  • elasticsearch search on entities (e.g. search * with elasticsearch except …)
  • New types (AnyBlob, ImageBlob)
  • Generate minbytes and maxbypes for blob attributes( Blob, AnyBlob, ImageBlob)

 

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Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:07

New: Dunstan Thomas Consulting MDG Workshop

MDG Workshop

Dunstan Thomas Consulting is proud to announce the new one day MDG Workshop!

Overview


Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect provides modelling extensions to supplement UML through a technology known as Model Driven Generator or MDG. Tools are provided in Enterprise Architect for experienced users to develop their own MDGs either from scratch or based upon an existing MDG such as ArchiMate, or BPMN. This one day workshop will provide attendees with a practical experience of the tasks required to build a typical MDG.

User Story Screenshot


Agenda

The following topics will be covered:

  • What is an MDG, what it can contain and the benefits an MDG can provided to an organization.
  • Using the Model Wizard to create an MDG model repository.
  • The steps in planning an MDG.
  • Tagged values, their typed, use and creation.
  • Using the MDG Helpers to create a Profile.
  • Using the MDG Helpers to create a customized Toolbox.
  • Using the MDG Helpers to create a customized Diagram.
  • Generating the MDG.
  • Testing the MDG.
  • Deploying the MDG.
  • Making changes to the MDG and applying those changes to an existing model repository.
  • Shapescripts, their use, structure and applicability to an MDG.
  • The concept of Quicklink and its application to a customized Diagram.

Full details are available on our website.

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BPMN GeneratorBPMN Generator

An add-in for Enterprise Architect from Dunstan Thomas Consulting

We have had our very own Phil Chudley busy beavering away at a new project which is now commercially available & already in use with DT's customer base.

Overview

Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect has the functionality to create diagrams directly from Use Case textual scenarios, the most common of which is termed an Activity Graph. This Activity Graph is a simplified form of UML Activity Diagram. This works well, but many organisations have, or are in the process of, standardising the modelling of process flows using BPMN 2.0, and this form of diagram is not supported by Enterprise Architect. The BPMN Generator extension for Enterprise Architect has been developed by Dunstan Thomas Consulting Ltd to provide the functionality to generate a BPMN 2.0 process flow diagram from Use Case textual scenarios. A typical example is shown below:

Textual Scenario for the Basic Path

BPMN Generator - basic path  

Textual Scenario for the Alternate Path

BPMN Generator - alternate path  

Generated BPMN 2.0 Diagram

BPMN Generator - generated diagram


The BPMN Generator also provides the modeller with options to set:

  • The top margin of the generated diagram.
  • The left margin of the generated diagram.
  • The default height of each task.
  • The adjustment height of each task (used to ensure that text fits in a task).
  • Whether or not a new diagram and elements will be generated rather than overwrite any existing diagram and elements.

Watch the video below to see the BPMN Generator in action:

https://youtu.be/WhL9vEdvHF0 


The BPMN Generator is available from Dunstan Thomas Consulting at £85.00 +Vat per licence. If you would like additional information or to purchase licences for the BPMN Generator then please contact us.

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