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Nizam Mohamed

Nizam Mohamed

13+ Years with Sparx EA - Training, Consultation, Customization and Support. Offered Training and Consultation for Sparx EA clients across the world.

Key Skills - Sparx EA - Metamodel definition, Deployment, MDG Development, Addin Development, Advanced Documentation Templates, Model Harvesting.

Complimentary Skills
Business Development, Data Warehousing, UML, SysML, BPMN, Enterprise Architecture, Solution Architect, TOGAF, ArchiMate, SDLC management.

Enterprise Architect supports comprehensive architecture modelling through its extensive support for standards and ability to allow extending such standards to suit organization specific needs.  Enterprise Architect can be used to create a holistic view of the organization with all granular details across the Business , Application , Information and Technology Layers captured in a single source of truth. The details are stored as Attributes associated to indvidiual artifacts, which can be used for slicing and dicing and further due diligence.

Application Portfolio Management includes several tasks which require careful analysis of Enterprise Architect model information. Dynamic, intuitive reports and charts provided by Prolaborate can present the model information in Sparx System Enterprise Architect in a visual way to make users aware of current or upcoming architecture and specifications. This allows teams to take the right decisions driven by accurate model information.

The Architecture dashboards by Prolaborate leverage the information in Enterprise Architect Models. These dashboards allow Enterprise Architect modellers to address key reporting requirements such as application lifecycle management, portfolio management, cost management, health management and much more. Dashboards for these use cases can be created for different organizational units and consumers using Prolaborate Dashboard designer. This Article shows some commonly used dashboards for Application Portfolio Management

Application Health

The dashboard for application health check showcases the health indicator information for all applications (Systems). This is considered as one of the most informative views to understand the IT landscape. The clickable charts and reports allow users to understand the details if required.

Applications by Lifecycle

The dashboard for Applications by Lifecycle shows a holistic view of the Status of Applications in the IT landscape. This view allows users to be informed in the budgeting, forecasting, and new integration designs. The intuitive report allows searching Applications by Name or status and identifying its status. Users could also delve into the details to understand additional details of the systems including its IT and Business Units, Health Indicators, etc.

Application Ownership and Support

This multi-factor dashboard reports on applications, by its ownership (IT and Business) and Vendor (Support). The graph allows users to enable or disable a supporting vendor and see the result set or slice and dice based on Business unit or IT unit and understand the supporting vendor. These types of consolidated reports greatly simplify the due diligence activities and provide significant business insights.

Application Security Classification

The security dashboard for applications provides users with an overview of Security classification of applications categorized by its lifecycle. This chart gives users and governing authorities a clear view of applications that need attention and further IT Spend.

These dashboards present data in Enterprise Architect  models in a conceivable and comprehensible way that allows you to evaluate the application landscape seamlessly. This was a quick look at the Reporting and charting utilities in Prolaborate that allows performing Application Portfolio Management using Enterprise Architect models.

The video shows all these dashboards in action.

The Sparx Systems Pro Cloud Server offers a powerful gateway for third party tools to integrate with Enterprise Architect models. Pro Cloud Server allows users to Explore, query, retrieve and update information from Enterprise Architect using powerful OSLC interface.  Prolaborate, powered by Sparx Systems Pro Cloud Server, is a sharing and collaboration software for Sparx Enterprise Architect, that makes model sharing simple, efficient and collaborative. Prolaborate is an agile way to foster model based collaboration across the enterprise. It lets modellers engage wider business community with customized landing pages, simplified forms, structured reviews, instant notifications, advanced visualizations and much more.

Visit www.prolaborate.com or Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you have any questions or would like to look at some worked out examples in Enterprise Architect to enable such Architecture capabilities.

The Sparx Systems Pro Cloud Server offers a powerful gateway for third party tools to integrate with Enterprise Architect models.

Pro Cloud Server allows users to Explore, query, retrieve and update information from Enterprise Architect using powerful OSLC interface. 

Prolaborate, powered by Sparx Systems Pro Cloud Server, is a sharing and collaboration software for Sparx Enterprise Architect, that makes model sharing simple, efficient and collaborative. Prolaborate is an agile way to foster model based collaboration across the enterprise. It lets modellers engage wider business community with customized landing pages, simplified forms, structured reviews, instant notifications, advanced visualizations and much more.

Prolaborate InfoGraphic

Prolaborate - HIGHLIGHTS

  • View models from anywhere, anytime - web browsers and tablets
  • Simple, contemporary interface.
  • No installation overheads
  • Connects to EA models directly
  • Minimize the need to transfer contents between models
  • Greatly minimizes XML Model export efforts
  • User Experience driven portal with advanced visualizations and dashboards
  • Superior Impact analysis graphs based on EA data
  • Custom user specific dashboards for personalized experience.
  • Ability to share selective parts of Enterprise Architect Model to intended end users
  • Show end-users exactly what they’ll be interested in,
  • Minimize the need to transfer contents between models
  • Integrate with Knowledge management systems (SharePoint, Confluence, etc.,)
  • Embed live, interactive EA diagrams in portals
  • Always view the current information when it matters
  • Advanced model governance with granular access control capabilities
  • Control visibility of packages and artifacts to different business groups.
  • Attribute level read/write control
  • Custom forms and views to cater to different users
  • Choose the right mix of artifacts and attributes to design user specific forms
  • Minimize information overload by removing unused or advanced tagged values.
  • Get Notified instantly on model updates and comments
  • Email and in-app notifications to keep you updated
  • Explore happening items from the comprehensive personalized feeds

You can take a quick look at how Prolaborate works by clicking the links below.

  • See how a diagram is viewed as a Guest. Click here
  • See how a team member gets to see a selected part of the model. Click here 
  • Check out the landing page – a completely tailored Dashboard. Click here 
  • You can also display a thumbnail view of diagrams for a user to start with. Click here 
  • Take an obligation free 30 day trial https://prolaborate.com/try-instant-trial . For more information or a personalized demo, please visit www.prolaborate.com or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Sparx Systems Pro Cloud Server offers a powerful gateway for third party tools to integrate with Enterprise Architect models.

Pro Cloud Server allows users to Explore, query, retrieve and update information from Enterprise Architect using powerful OSLC interface. Use the extensive RESTful API to exchange information between your model repository and other systems. 

Sparx Systems Pro Cloud Server (PCS) offers a gateway to Enterprise Architect models. This offers a significant advantage in the tooling space. As modern teams evolve to be more agile and robust, there is an increasing need for various tools to seamlessly exchange information. The conventional way to extend the COM API of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect was perceived as an overhead in integrations with web-based tools such as JIRA, Jama, VSTS, ServiceNow, etc. The Pro Cloud Server RESTful API is a perfect answer to this problem.

Sparx Systems strengths lies in its strong partner ecosystem, which works closely with clients across the globe offering training, consulting services, and also develops niche products that solve critical business needs. The Pro Cloud Server API now opens up the channel for such partners to leverage this API to develop web based applications that extends Enterprise Architect capabilities or develop web based integrations to other tools.

The next section discusses the two web based platforms that leverages the capabilities of Sparx Pro Cloud Server to offer web based interface to users.

  1. WebEA – WebEA provides a real-time view of content contained in an Enterprise Architect repository to be shared with EA modellers with a smart phone, tablet or computer simply using a web-browser.
  2. Prolaborate - Prolaborate provides an agile way to foster model based collaboration and lets modellers engage the wider business community. It offers the tools to share simplified view of model information and let teams work together to produce models that are accurate and up-to-date. 

Please refer to WebEA , Prolaborate – Analysis article to get an overview of the web solutions that explores the gateway to offer web platforms for Enterprise Architect.

5 reasons why web based sharing and collaboration is imperative for modeling teams.

Enterprise Architect offers a wide spectrum of modeling solutions that lets users capture all
facets of an IT landscape. The models are rich, comprehensive and greatly helps in articulating key
answers to business queries. This article shows 5 key reasons why web based sharing and
collaboration maximizes the value of these models.

Acceptance from the business community - Models in Enterprise Architect convey pivotal information
to business users. Sharing a selected view of the model with focused information lets business users
conveniently view the live information. This maximizes acceptance of models as the key source
for due diligence. See how a business user can view models by clicking a link
View Live Diagram

Minimize Learning Curve - Viewing simplified views of models over web browsers and iPads greatly
reduces the learning curve in getting accustomed to a new modeling tool. The business users gets to
see what is relevant for them. Simple, modern web interfaces allows quick understanding and
fosters engagement significantly. A targeted set of diagrams can be shown in a
Thumbnail View a
customized
User Dashboards to let the business users quickly navigate their way around.

Simple and Focused - Models are comprehensive, which also makes it overloaded with information.
Simplifying an end users view is highly imperative to convey the right details. Prolaborate, is a web
sharing software for Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, allowing the creation of simplified portals for users.

This can be used to define highly curated views on any part of the model. See how a process diagram and its details are
simplified
Process Diagram

Instant Feedback and Updates - Enterprise Architect diagrams are created to answer key user queries or demands.
Such finished diagrams are usually printed in Word documents and the review comments are
gathered in Excel. A live sharing platform like Prolaborate lets modelers and end-users to view live
Enterprise Architect diagrams, share Feedback on live diagrams, and also get the changes updated instantly. This
greatly reduces the turnaround time and improves agility.
Participate in Review


Keep them Notified - Another significant challenge in keeping the users notified of new discussions,
model changes, review comments, approvals, rejections etc is also addressed by the web sharing
solutions. Social media like discussion portals, instant notifications, email notifications, daily
summary and much more lets users to be always informed of key events from the team.
Learn more
on Notifications


Prolaborate, powered by Sparx Systems Pro Cloud Server, is a sharing and collaboration software for Enterprise Architect that allows these models to be conveniently shared to non-modeling community.

To know more on how you can enable collaborative modeling please visit www.prolaborate.com or
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