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Sparx Systems


99 Albert Street
Creswick,
Victoria
3363
Australia
P: +61 3 5345 1140
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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 740,000 registered users worldwide.
Friday, 10 January 2014 02:16

Order from Chaos - Developing Use Cases

Using the metaphor of a jigsaw puzzle from the previous blog, we inferred the necessity of technology to tame the complexity of a system that is in a state of constant change but which nevertheless must be managed and guided such that it meets key objectives at the individual and enterprise level. The major problem is that jigsaws never come with instructions on how to build order out of chaos – and the individual approach is usually random, based on trial and error!

 

With any project, be it building a house or fixing a washing machine, a manual is essential. To have any chance of arriving at a destination when setting out into unknown territory, it is wise to have a plan or a map. Without these instructions one can lose track or get completely lost. In the enterprise, when teams lose the focus of project objectives, this translates as financial loss or project failure.

 

Similarly, a Use Case is a documented record that describes a procedure for interaction with a system and when these records are collectively available they stimulate discussion, which generates ideas for improvements and efficiencies. A Use Case approach forces the consideration of users and customers, which can help elicit feedback and create a dialog to help build better systems. The interaction or cooperation generated creates added value. These records provide transparency, agreement and shared awareness, acting as way markers in a broad landscape of procedures that are foreign to many, as individual knowledge is often siloed.

 

Although Use Cases are valuable and provide a positive return on investment in time and resources, their development is also takes time. For many different teams however, they lay a foundation for future reference. Enterprise Architect is an indispensable, time saving tool in the Use Case development process.

 

In mid 2013 Sparx Systems conducted a webinar showcasing model driven development of Use Cases. This informative session reviewed the rich features of Enterprise Architect that can assist in the key processes of analysis, development and testing, saving time while replacing random processes with best practice and creating consensus and clarity between stakeholders.

 

The webinar can be viewed at:

http://www.sparxsystems.com.au/resources/demos/use-case-analysis/model-driven-use-case-analysis-with-structured-scenarios.html

 

 

 

Thursday, 19 December 2013 22:49

Enterprise Jigsaw Puzzle

 

Imagine that a group of people are putting together a jigsaw puzzle whose pieces continually change shape as do the spaces that they must eventually fill. Each group has responsibilities to the completion of the overall puzzle but more importantly must develop their own respective piece of this puzzle and ensure that ultimately, that piece seamlessly complements those shared boundaries created by the relationships of others. This scenario of mutual dependencies and volatility could be analogous of any organisation in the current hyper-competitive business environment.

 

 

 

Of course each team can communicate with others throughout the project, but without a fully shared vision, collaboration will be sub-optimal. Ideas and innovations will remain siloed within each group and should the puzzle ever be completed on time and to budget, it will have many disconnects, repetitions, gaps, and missing pieces. Some groups will produce excellence, but no group can fully share its value with the others.

 

 

 

Ultimately, someone must have overall responsibility for coordination of the effort and more importantly management of inherent risk, resources and timelines, all of which demands access to technology solutions. Each piece, complementary space and multi-shared relationship in the puzzle requires collaboration between many different stakeholders.

 

The plan and co-ordinated approach shared by each team responsible for each piece must be captured at the beginning and the ability to communicate and share progress at the individual, team and organisational level must be made transparent, simplified, and accessible to everyone.

 

 

 

The responsibility for Enterprise Architecture falls to the Chief Enterprise Architect. However, the creation of the architecture is a shared task. Stakeholder equity of access to enabling technology is imperative - and it must be affordable. Every role, including managers, analysts, systems architects, and engineers must have sufficient understanding of the strategy detail, allowing them to make informed decisions and to execute the plan that leads to realization of the shared vision.

 

 

 

Enterprise Architect provides the ultimate collaboration solution, transparently interlinking all of the individuals and groups in a shared vision, while enabling an inclusive and contextual decision history across the local and global locality of the project teams. Enterprise Architect is an enterprise requirements definition and management platform, with full support for collaboration including authoring, validating, and managing requirements, and communicating those requirements to the broader team through seamless integration.At any future time, and as the delivered solution evolves to meet changing business objectives, the thread of those original decisions can be continually reviewed, tracked and monitored to ensure complete traceability.

 

 

 

For more information on requirements management in Enterprise Architect, please visit: http://www.sparxsystems.com/resources/demos/requirements-management.html

 

 

 

To learn more about tools for traceability in Enterprise Architect, please refer to the following webinar:

 

http://www.sparxsystems.com/resources/demos/traceabilitytools/webinar-tools-for-traceability.html

 

 

 

Thursday, 05 December 2013 05:28

CIM User Group Meeting in Australia

The CIM Users Group (CIMug) is a subgroup of the UCA International Users Group, to provide a forum in which users, consultants, and suppliers can cooperate and leverage the IEC CIM international standards to advance interoperability across the utility enterprise.

 

The Common Information Model (CIM) is an abstract information model that provides data understanding through the identification of the relationships and associations of the data within a utility enterprise. This model which is maintained and developed in Enterprise Architect supports the exchange of data models and messages and increases the ability to integrate applications both within the enterprise and with trading partners. The CIM Users Group is focused on helping its members obtain the benefits of adapting IEC TC57 modeling standards for all utility operations on a global basis.

 

These include IEC 61970 – For power system modeling and energy utility data exchange including EMS, topology, wires, SCADA, etc.

 

IEC 61968 – For power system modeling related to DMS, assets, work, GIS, metering and application messaging.

 

IEC 62325 – Modeling for energy markets with support for both North American, European and other markets under consideration.

 

For the first time, the CIMug will meet in Australia to address the use of the CIM standards in Australia, New Zealand, and other Asian countries. This meeting will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)



Date: Feb 25-27, 2014
Venue: Melbourne, Australia

 

As they come to hand there will be further details available at the website http://cimug.ucaiug.org/default.aspx

 

 

 

Monday, 25 November 2013 03:59

Workflow Scripting in Enterprise Architect

Using Workflow scripting you can set the order of work to be performed by members of the team and ensure that specified outcomes are obtained on completion of the workflow routine.

This paper describes Enterprise Architect's Workflow scripting and the key features that facilitate a Workflow process. It makes reference to a sample model containing examples of workflow definitions and other metadata that enable workflow support, along with guides for writing and debugging workflow script.

Friday, 22 November 2013 04:49

ODM MDG Technology Whitepaper

This paper introduces ontology development with UML using Enterprise Architect's MDG Technology for ODM. The Ontology Definition Metamodel (ODM) was developed by The OMG and covers the Web Ontology Language (OWL) and the Resource Definition Framework (RDF).

By integrating ontology support into Enterprise Architect, MDG Technology for ODM facilitates direct traceability between elements in system models and concepts defined in an ontology.

 

Friday, 01 November 2013 04:32

Gartner's Nexus of Forces

The recent Gartner IT Expo and Symposium on the Gold Coast focussed on the Nexus of Forces, the convergence and mutual reinforcement of social, mobility, cloud and information patterns that are the basis of the technology platform of the future and which will drive the creation of new and innovative business models. During the keynote it was noted that in response to these forces, enterprise architects will need to use enterprise architecture to help drive growth and innovation, while identifying opportunities for performance improvement and cost cutting in a period of budgetary constraint.

 

 

Sparx Systems will attend the Gartner IT Expo and Symposium in Barcelona from 10th to 14th November 2013. Our attendance follows our fourth successive inclusion in the Enterprise Architecture Magic Quadrant. We look forward to sharing case studies with stakeholders on the use of Enterprise Architect to address emerging data management challenges and to profiling the changing needs of industries, specifically in terms of their requirements with respect to standards, frameworks and tools.

 

Sparx Systems press release can be read at:

http://www.sparxsystems.com/press/articles/gartner-enterprise-architecture-mq.html

Trac-Car Recognised for Technology Innovation at UNFCCC

Sparx Systems Partner, Trac-Car, has been recognised as the Response to Climate Change (RTCC), Sustainable Technology Company of the Year 2013-Australasia, for their greenhouse gas reporting system.

 

The Trac-Car system is accessible to carbon emitters or companies seeking to understand and reduce their own emissions. The core of the reporting has been generated from an Enterprise Architect UML model, and the cloud platform is designed to connect to existing meters, spreadsheets, databases etc and capture accurate, geospatially referenced global emissions data, accessible to all interested parties. With an accurate measure of their own carbon footprint organisations can respond with optimised energy efficiency measures.

 

Trac-Car and Sparx Systems will attend the November 2013 meeting of UNFCCC COP19 in Warsaw where this prestigious award will be presented.

For more information about the awards, please visit:

http://www.rtcc.org/2013/10/02/rtcc-2013-awards-sustainable-technology-firm/

 

The models can be viewed via:

http://community.sparxsystems.com/news/742-energy-greenhouse-gas-reporting-in-the-cloud

 

Official observers to the UN Framework Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) - See more at:

http://www.rtcc.org/about-us/#sthash.Lhxth6PQ.dpuf

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 11 October 2013 04:52

Gartner Symposium ITxpo

Sparx Systems has confirmed it's booth location at the upcoming Gartner Symposium ITxpo in Barcelona. To be situated at Booth E5, Sparx Systems is pleased to be involved with this event, bringing together the premier vendors and CIOs of the IT industry. Talking place over 5 days, the event helps to define the solutions and strategies setting the pace of innovation for the following year.

We encourage any and all attendees to come by the Sparx Systems booth (Booth E5) where we will be demonstrating Enterprise Architect's enterprise knowledge integration capabilities - organizational planning through requirements management, process modeling, deployment, testing and documentation.

 

http://www.gartner.com/technology/symposium/barcelona

Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools, released on October 3rd, recognizes Sparx Systems offering to the marketplace for the 4th consecutive year. The Gartner Magic Quadrant reports examine the most influential companies in specific markets, providing readers with the information they need to evaluate providers to meet their own business needs.

Vendors are evaluated on their Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision. This gauges the vendors ability to compete effectively, impact revenue to a positive degree, and deliver solutions to clients that create vendor-client win-win relationships. Areas of analysis include modeling, decision analysis, frameworks and standards, repository / metamodel and usability.

To access the report as a Gartner Client, or purchase a copy visit: http://www.gartner.com/DisplayDocument?doc_cd=247545

 

Gartner Disclaimer

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

 

 

Monday, 07 October 2013 03:36

UPDM 2.0 Modeling

When modeling joint task operations involving different organizational groups you need to have a consistent model approach. The Unified Profile for DoDAF and MODAF (UPDM) Version 2.0 provides a framework that incorporates both DoDAF 2.0 and MODAF 1.2 frameworks. Although based on military frameworks, you can use UPDM to model any type of combined operations from domestic search and rescue through to combined force military operations.

The purpose of this paper is to examine the development of a UPDM model using Enterprise Architect.

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