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Key pain points for introducing MDG Color Configuration

In previous versions of Prolaborate (before 4. X), creating charts and heatmaps with a consistent color was a tedious process as it required manual configuration for every chart. This made it difficult to scale up uniform visuals across architecture dashboards.

However, the latest version of Prolaborate (4. X) addresses this pain point by introducing MDG Color Configuration, which enables the configuration of colors across the model. The feature simplifies the process of creating charts and heatmaps with a consistent color setting, allowing users to easily create a uniform look and feel across their architecture dashboards.

As a result, Prolaborate 4. X helps to foster readability and better decision-making by enabling users to create clear and visually appealing dashboards.

Problem Statement 1: Inconsistent colors for properties

In Prolaborate V3, to apply a specific color for a property across model, we must set colors in every place it is used. This is a tedious process for one who tries to showcase the same color for a property across model. In the below dashboard, ‘Enterprise Capability Analysis’, the colors for a property ‘Criticality’ the color is configured manually in each widget.

Inconsistent Color across Model

The colors have been configured by using the color palette from the chart configuration. It needs to be done manually, which consumes a lot of time and effort. However, With MDG color configuration we can achieve this easily in V4.

Set consistent colors across the model

In the below dashboard, the colors are set to properties in one source and the widgets have automatically rendered the colors in dashboards in accordance. Hence, colors are maintained consistently across model.

The colors have been auto-configured from the MDG color configuration. For more personalization users can select the colors for tagged values, which consumes less effort and time.

Set consistent color

Problem Statement 2: Repeat the configuration for each widget

To generate a great visual cue, users need  to configure colors for properties in each widget. So that the widgets complement each other. To achieve this in Prolaborate 3.x one must configure colors manually for all the charts and reports. A user can easily overcome this challenge in Prolaborate V4.

Redundant Effort

One-time Color Configuration

One can skip the hassle by setting the colors for the tagged values in MDG color configuration as it  enables Prolaborate to render the colors in the following areas-

  • Dashboards and widgets
  • EA Reports
  • Property tab
  • Overview page

Below is a sample dashboard defined using MDG Color Configuration.

One Time Configuration

Problem Statement 3: Scale up uniform visuals across architecture dashboards

As we mature through the process, it becomes a necessity to define multiple dashboards that cater to different stakeholder groups. It is a mundane task for a person who is setting up these dashboards to refer across dashboards to find which color is for which property. This allows users to follow various colors across the repository. As, a result, they end up creating dashboards in different colors.

Challenges in scaling up uniform visuals across architecture dashboards

Showcase uniform visuals across architecture dashboards

MDG color configuration comes very handy in applying the uniform color for the tagged values across models. This helps us in creating various dashboards for diverse stakeholder groups with matching standard colors. In the below example we have shown multiple dashboards and the colors for the properties used in these dashboards at one place.

Showcase uniform visuals across dashboards

Other useful links

Read how to configure MDG Color Configuration here - https://prolaborate.sparxsystems.com/resources/v4/documentation/mdg-color-configuration

Find more resources about Prolaborate at  https://prolaborate.sparxsystems.com/resources/v4/documentation 

Explore what is coming up in the next version of Prolaborate V4.4.1 https://prolaborate.sparxsystems.com/resources/articles/prolaborate-441-features-overview

Discover more such features from recent Prolaborate Training - https://prolaborate.sparxsystems.com/training/prolaborate-monthly-training 

Download latest version of Prolaborate from https://prolaborate.sparxsystems.com/resources/release-history/release-notes-v4?id=440

Read 4725 times Last modified on Monday, 30 January 2023 21:14
Nizam Mohamed

14+ 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.

https://prolaborate.sparxsystems.com

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