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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.

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
 Introduction In versions 11 and 12 of Enterprise Architect several changes have been made to BPMN 2.0 which affects the way that modellers use this notation and in particular how the repository must be structured. An excellent video which summarises these changes is available at http://www.sparxsystems.com/resources/webinar/partners/bpmn/bpmn-introduction-cephas.html This article summarises these changes and presents a Tutorial so that you can have a hands-on experience of these changes and hence model effectively using BPMN 2.0 and Enterprise Architect versions 11 and 12. Since Collaboration and Process diagrams are the diagrams most commonly used in Business Process Modelling, this article concentrates on these…
Introduction Version 11 of Sparx Enterprise Architect included significantly enhanced reporting facilities. This was worthy of some celebration, and so I contributed an article to the Sparx Community that illustrated the improvements through a couple of UML diagrams. This was quite well received, and resulted in me being featured in a Community Author Spotlight on sparxsystems.com (thanks, Scott)! Subsequently, Sparx ran a fresh Webinar on the basics of reporting, with more advanced topics to follow. Emboldened by all this action around reporting on models using the functionality that's already built into Sparx Enterprise Architect, I decided to apply immersive language…
Monday, 09 June 2014 09:27

The Power of Instance Classifier

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This tutorial is about a strange corner of UML - and of EA - which you may have noticed, but perhaps not used. But it's one which has a surprising power to make your models easier to understand and to manage, AND which can deliver new insights to your stakeholders. Instance Classifier The Instance Classifier relationship has a special status in EA, but it's special in a way we can use to our advantage, without necessarily knowing what it means in deep UML-speak (which is beyond both the scope of this article, and the authors knowledge). If you come across…
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 12:06

Exploring EA 11 Specification Manager

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Introduction Specification Manager introduced in Enterprise Architect 11, provides a simple document view for editing and maintaining model elements in Enterprise Architect. Specification Manager's Word Processor like interface makes it easier for the key stake holders and business users to contribute and maintain the model elements. This document intends to peek into the features of Specification Manager and how its combination with other Enterprise Architect's features and plugins makes Enterprise Architect a powerful Application Life Cycle Modeling tool, especially in the area of Requirements and Use Case management. The disruptive innovations like Social Media, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud are forcing…
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