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Friday, 20 September 2019 08:04

Prolaborate 3.2 released: Architecture Landscape chart, Matrices, Bulk import

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Prolaborate 3.2

Sparx Systems has released Prolaborate 3.2 this summer with the following enhancements.

  • Charts
    • ** Architecture Landscape: new chart dedicated for your Enterprise Architecture data.
    • Chart Designer: build your graphs with this step by step design tool (SQL queries can be used as an alternative to address complex issues).
  • ** Relationships Matrices created in Enterprise Architect can be used with your web browser. 
  • ** Excel-like spreadsheet interface: Bulk import and edit EA elements online + CSV download and upload.
  • Integration
    • Ms Azure DevOps is now supported to create end to end links between items in EA and Azure DevOps (similar to the existing JIRA integration).
    • Public APIs introduced for custom Integration with Prolaborate.
  • Multiple Active Directory domains supported for SSO

** Features detailed in this article.

Architecture Landscape charts

Architecture Landscape is a new chart available in Prolaborate. It provides a way to render any kind of architectural views on a single page.

In the example below, ArchiMate Business Actors are displayed under each assigned Business Role (roles are listed by type i.e. internal or external).

01 Architecture Landscape Archimate Prolaborate 3.2 Sparx

With this chart view, a single element can be rendered several times e.g. the "Distribution Department" actor is visible under "Delivery Driver" and "Logistic operator" roles, compared with the matching view in Enterprise Architect.

Archimate_roles_and_actors_Prolaborate

This chart has been created using the Chart Designer:

  • The Business Roles package (model) must be selected.

 03 select package Architecture Landscape Archimate Prolaborate 3.2 Sparx

  • With the following setup, ArchiMate Business Roles are grouped by Alias value (Internal/External), and the elements names are shown (alternatives: tagged values, etc.).

04 group definition business roles Architecture Landscape Archimate Prolaborate 3.2 Sparx

  • In the next group, the graph is looking for the actors assigned to each business role.

05 group definition business roles Architecture Landscape Archimate Prolaborate 3.2 Sparx

The resulting graph is dynamic i.e. a role can be selected to get the assigned actors within a report e.g. Retailer role -> Customer. Selecting an actor from this report provides access to its properties as per the Attributes zone illustrated below.

06 view chart with sub report Architecture Landscape Archimate Prolaborate 3.2 Sparx

I tried a different scenario using my Prolaborate ArchiMate demo EA project with the aim to list all data flows between applications. In the following example, ArchiMate flows have been defined between application components, and ArchiMate Data Objects (e.g. Data1, Data2) have been associated as "conveyed items".

07 application data flows architecture Archimate Prolaborate 3.2 Sparx

The required details from EA require to define the chart using custom SQL queries instead of the Chart Designer.

08 application data flows graphique architecture Archimate Prolaborate 3.2 Sparx

Relationships matrix

Relationships matrix is a very useful Enterprise Architect feature to visualize, understand and update relations between elements. The following matrix illustrates business actor assignments with roles.

sparxsystems_enterprise_architect_relationships_matrix

EA matrix profiles are now available in Prolaborate to be opened with your browser (note: matrices can also be created in Prolaborate).

web_prolaborate_sparxsystems_enterprise_architect_relationships_matrix

Result:

11 web prolaborate sparxsystems enterprise architect relationships matrix 

Bulk import and edit of EA elements via Prolaborate Excel-like interface 

Creating or updating model information in bulk can be relevant using CSV or Excel spreadsheets. Available in Enterprise Architect, this is now available with Prolaborate: you can create or update packages and elements in your Enterprise Architect models using an intuitive spreadsheet interface.

Once permissions are granted, a user can create an import profile as illustrated here with ArchiMate application components.

prolaborate import en masse applications archimate modele csv tableur

Notes: 

  • The element and parent element unique EA identifiers (GUID) makes it possible to respectively update an existing element, and/or set the target element.
  • Data Flow definition will be imported within a tagged value, itself used in EA using a custom script to generate data flows between applications.

Details can be entered directly within the displayed worksheet. Otherwise a CSV file can be generated (Download as CSV), populated, and imported into Enterprise Architect (Import CSV File).

prolaborate_sparxsystems_import_data_elements_form_excel

I found that Prolaborate lets you copy and paste data a matching Excel file, very useful!

32 prolaborate sparxsystems copy informations from excel

Once the details are provided, the import can be carried globally or row by row. 

prolaborate_sparxsystems_copy_informations_from_excel

 

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Guillaume

Guillaume Finance

VISEO (Sparx EA Expert, OMG OCSMP Model User certified)
 
Modelling consultant and expert on Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect modelling tool and solution, I'm helping clients with the model-based approach using standards for a number of contexts including:
- Software analysis, design and architecture with UML.
- Systems Engineering and MBSE with SysML.
- Enterprise Architecture, IT landscape with UML or ArchiMate.
- Business processes with BPMN.
My other activities include:
- Defining and maintaining the model repository including requirements, analysis and design for software projects.
- Remote support and expertise on Sparx Enterprise Architect modelling.
- Running training sessions on UML or SysML with Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.
- Installation and configuration of Prolaborate web solution for Sparx EA.
 
I publish articles and news about modelling languages and Enterprise Architect on my blog www.umlchannel.com, maintain eaUtils free addin: www.eautils.com, and I participate in the European EA User Group events www.eausergroup.com
Contact details: guillaume[at]umlchannel.com

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