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Tutorials can be used to become more productive and efficient in the use of Enterprise Architect. Tutorials, getting started guides, videos and workbooks can all be used to explain concepts and assist others in realizing the power and flexibility of using Enterprise Architect. Use this link to submit tutorials, training material, example workbooks and quick start guides.

Introduction Straight out of the box, Sparx Enterpise Architect provides support for multiple modeling notations. Using a synergy of notations can result in a better description of business architecture. This article considers how ArchiMate, BPMN and UML can be combined into a model that is focused at a high-level of abstraction, whilst still allowing for some critical details to be explored. Revealing layers of abstraction As explained in Marc Lankhorst's book Enterprise Architecture at Work (third edition, p. 117), modeling notations provide a way to represent knowledge. The process of building, sharing and transforming the model can foster a new…
Thursday, 14 January 2016 09:39

Enterprise Architect - Exploring the tool

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Exploring Enterprise Architect through video I have had the pleasure of working with Phil Chudley over the last 8+ years at Dunstan Thomas Consulting & last year we were working very closely on the online training project. While putting together the various materials that make up our online content we recorded a series of helpful video clips to supplement the materials and we thought we would now share these with the wider EA community. In these videos Phil Chudley, Principal Consultant & OMG Certified UML Professional at DT Consulting, will be walking us through the Sparx Systems modelling tool, Enterprise Architect.…
The Enterprise Architect VBScript Library is an open source library of VBScripts written to be used in Enterprise Architect. This article explains how to download, import and use the library in Enterprise Architect. Initial Import The Enterprise Architect VBScript Library contains some scripts to load and save scripts from/to your file system, but before we can use those we have to import an initial set of scripts to get started. After downloading the file select menu option Project|Data Management|Import Reference Data and choose the downloaded file. Make sure to select Automation scriptsand click Import. This will import the minimum set of scripts required to load other scripts…
  Introduction   In order to provide a consistent look-and-feel to documents (RTF/DOCX/PDF) produced from Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, Sparx Systems provided the facility of a Style sheet so that when applied, the styles defined in the style sheet override the corresponding styles used within the document template(s).   A style sheet is selected when a document is to be generated using either:   An artefact selected in the Project Browser such as a package. A Master Document.     The main challenge faced by EA users is the creation of the style sheet, this tutorial provides you with the…
Thursday, 19 November 2015 10:24

Capture runtime method calls with the Execution Analyzer

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Enterprise Architect is mainly used as a modelling tool to define and maintain a structured set of models based on standard languages or notations such as UML, BPMN, SysML, or ArchiMate. Enterprise Architect includes several features to fulfill other needs, associated with functional, business, design, or architecture aspects. This article illustrates the use of Enterprise Architect Execution Analyzer to capture and record method calls between instances of implementation classes during code runtime. A method call recording feature can be enabled: to visualize and analyze interactions i.e. invoked methods between instanciated implementation classes, to document implementation classes, to understand a software or application behaviour, as an option to identify reasons…
Step 1: Create the virtual document with a script Step 2: Generate the document from the virtual document Document generation is important in most organisations that work with Enterprise Architect. Storing information in the model is good, but most stakeholders still require documents. Documents are using as a tool for validation, as a work order, or just to give you an overview of a specific set of thing in the model. The main advantages of a document versus a model is that it has a limited scope and a linear order. You can read a document from start to finish,…
Thursday, 24 September 2015 09:56

Validating ArchiMate models

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When to consider the use of ArchiMate? The Open Group recently released the ArchiMate 2.1 specification; I think that there are five principle reasons to consider using the notation to describe the architecture of your enterprise. By design, ArchiMate is focused toward: Providing a high-level of abstraction Facilitating the construction of a layered enterprise architecture Illustrating how business concepts are supported by IT systems, comprising both hardware and software Tracing stakeholder concerns through to their realization by the enterprise architecture Showing the possible, and actual, evolution of an enterprise architecture through a number of recognizable intermediate states. How does ArchiMate…
As part of an EA add'in implementation, I had to import all Enterprise Architect table and column names in enumeration classes. Having access to a database that stores a Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect project (e.g. MySQL, SQL Server, or even an EAP file via ODBC), there was a number of ways to populate enumeration classes with literal values using a small application in C# or another programming language. As Enterprise Architect 12 includes the Database Builder, an integrated tool to work on DB schemas, I took the opportunity to use it. Compared with the result of a C# application, this …
MDG Office Integration for excel supports the following Import from Excel Importing artifacts from MS Excel documents Synchronizing subsequent changes (additions, modifications) from the MS Excel document into EA Export to Excel Export Enterprise Architect contents into a (pre-formatted) Excel spreadsheet Please follow the following steps to try synchronization Import an Excel document using the profile defined for the respective worksheet Check ‘Enable Synchronization’ in the Importer dialog You will be prompted with the following dialog You can request EA to write sync data into the original file that is imported Or write the synch data to a backup file…
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 09:18

Watch new BEASI Tutorial video clips for guidance

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A library of tutorial videos is now available for the Enterprise Architect tool, BEASI. The videos are 2-4 minutes long and explain in detail how each function of the software plug-in works. The videos can be used as reference points or as a tutorial session to gain more of an understanding of how BEASI works and how it could be useful in your EA work. Topics covered are Repository and ADM Example, Generate Gap Diagrams, Relationship Matrix, amongst others. All videos can be found here: http://www.biner.se/beasi/beasi-tutorial-videos
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