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Sparx Systems


99 Albert Street
Creswick,
Victoria
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Australia
P: +61 3 5345 1140
F: +61 3 5345 1104
 
Sparx Systems specializes in high performance and scalable visual modeling tools for the planning, design and construction of software intensive systems. A Contributing Member of the Object Management Group (OMG), Sparx Systems is committed to realizing the potential of model-driven development based on open standards. The company’s flagship product, Enterprise Architect, has received numerous accolades since its commercial release in August, 2000. Enterprise Architect is the design tool of choice for over 740,000 registered users worldwide.
Thursday, 14 February 2019 05:30

Best of the Community Site 2018

We are very pleased to publish this compilation of the most popular resources submitted in 2018

Best of 2018

 

Since its launch, the Sparx Systems community site has been a central repository for knowledge and resources around Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

Over the past year, contributors showcased numerous skills and shared time-saving expertise, which we have now put together a compilation of the most popular posts submitted to the Sparx Systems Community site in 2018.

These generous contributions help propel the community and modeling industry forward.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the community site this past year.

Sparx Systems Community Site Team

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 03:55

Tidy Diagrams using Neaten and Auto Route

In Enterprise Architect Version 14, Sparx Systems added functionality to simplify the process of creating neat and tidy diagrams. This tutorial highlights the "Neaten" and "Auto Route" functions, which are a handy means of tidying diagrams.

 

The Neaten function brings elements together based on proximity and optimized alignment. Try it out on your next diagram via Layout > Tools > Diagram Layout > Neaten.

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 Before and after Neaten

 

The Auto Route function tidies the connectors on a diagram, automatically neatening up lines and re-routing them to avoid overlap, where feasible. See, Layout > Tools > Diagram Layout > Auto Route.

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Before and after Auto Route

 

To learn more about diagram layout tools in Enterprise Architect, take a look at the Building Models in Enterprise Architect Guidebook, which covers more functions like Neaten and Auto Route.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

- Helen Keller

 

Is the digital transformation process a technology, business, customer engagement, digital service or cultural change issue? It is all of the above, and then some. Each function has its own level of importance and naturally, each will become the focus of their process owners. But the risk of this myopia is that process transformation efforts will become siloed, reducing their value for others and will limit the potential for a successful digital transformation, of the whole organization.

 

Like a digital map, the key functions of an organization are like feature overlays, which when looked at holistically, can provide insights into the aspects within the overall organizational structure, that complement and compete. Similarly, identifying interdependencies between the key processes is to recognize that many of them, will have to be transformed in parallel.

 

To meet such a collaborative challenge, be it by a business, an industry, a community - or the world, - requires an inclusive approach. Working inclusively requires that everyone has digital access and that the supporting technology platform can meet and grow with the changing needs of every stakeholder, while encouraging knowledge sharing and supporting the capture of community best practice.

 

In 2015 a great and noble challenge was issued by the United Nations General Assembly. These are the Sustainable Development Goals - a collection of 17 global goals - to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people, enjoy peace and prosperity.

 

The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) System Transformation report released in 2016 found that digital technologies will be fundamental for the achievement of all 17 SDGs, and over 50% of the 169 related targets. The GeSI has also shown “there is a clear, positive link between digital access and 11 of the 17 SDGs”.

 

Sparx Systems has joined the UN-GGIM Private Sector Network, to work with other member organizations and provide access to collaborative technology, in support of meeting these goals.

 

Thursday, 03 January 2019 05:06

University Week February 2019

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Sparx Systems is pleased to announce an upcoming University Week (Feb 25th - Mar 1st).

During Sparx Systems University week, a range of both free and paid training sessions are hosted online and at centers by Sparx Service providers. This week-long event is a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and improve skills around Enterprise Architect. February's course line-up covers a broad range of topics and has been developed with both introductory and advanced users in mind.

Get your New Year off to a great start with a course in your area.

 

Provider

Date

Timezone

Course Title

Location

Language

SparxSystems Central Europe

Feb 25th 10:00-11:30

CET

Document Generation Templates for Modellers (free)

Online

English

SparxSystems Central Europe

Feb 25th 13:00-15:00

CET

Web Development with JavaScript, Node.js and Enterprise Architect (free)

Online

English

SparxSystems Central Europe

Feb 26th 10:00-11:30

CET

Cyber Security Modelling (free)

Online

English

SparxSystems Central Europe

Feb 26th 13:00-15:00

CET

Defining your own MDG and Meta-Modelling based on SysML and SYSMOD (free)

Online

English

SparxSystems Central Europe

Feb 28th 10:00-11:30

CET

Enterprise Architect – What you need to know for a successful start (free)

Online

German

SparxSystems Central Europe

Feb 28th 13:00-15:00

CET

Enterprise Architect – Modeling, the right way (free)

Online

German

SparxSystems Central Europe

March 1st 10:00-11:30

CET

Model Simulation with multiple executed State Machines (free)

Online

English

Sparx Services UK

Feb 25th

9.30 - 12.30 or 13.30 - 16.30

GMT

Enterprise Architect Executive Overview (free)

Booked Out

Online

English

Sparx Services UK

Feb 25th

9.30 - 16.30

GMT

Enterprise Architect Introduction and Requirements

Livingston, UK

English

Sparx Services UK

Feb 26th

9.30 - 16.30

GMT

Enterprise Architect Document Workshop

Online

English

Sparx Services UK

Feb 26th

9.30 - 16.30

GMT

Enterprise Architect and BPMN

Livingston, UK

English

Sparx Services UK

Feb 27th

9.30 - 16.30

GMT

Enterprise Architect Internal Scripting Workshop

Online

English

Sparx Services UK

Feb 27th

9.30 - 16.30

GMT

Enterprise Architect and Data Models

Livingston, UK

English

Sparx Services UK

Feb 28th

9.30 - 16.30

GMT

Enterprise Architect and ArchiMate for Business Architecture

Online

English

Sparx Services UK

Feb 28th

9.30 - 16.30

GMT

Enterprise Architect and Use Case Models

Livingston, UK

English

Sparx Services UK

Feb 28th - Mar 1st

9.30 - 16.30

GMT

Enterprise Architect and ArchiMate for Enterprise Architecture

Online

English

Sparx Systems India

Feb 25th

9.30 - 16.30

IST

Enterprise Architect UML Training

Online

English

Sparx Systems India

Feb 26th

9.30 - 16.30

IST

Enterprise Architect UML Training

Online

English

Sparx Systems India

Feb 27th

9.30-16-30

IST

Enterprise Architect Business Analysis

Online

English

Sparx Systems India

Feb 28th

9.30-16-30

IST

Enterprise Architect Business Analysis

Online

English

Sparx Systems Japan Feb 26th JST

Enterprise Architect - Useful Features

Booked Out

Yokohama, Japan Japanese

Sparx Services North America

Feb 26th

CST

Requirements Management with Enterprise Architect

Online

English

Sparx Services North America

Feb 27th

CST

System Development with Enterprise Architect

Online

English

Sparx Services North America

Feb 28th

CST

Business Process Modelling with Enterprise Architect

Online

English

 
Thursday, 01 November 2018 04:59

Searching for Orphan Elements

Orphan Elements are elements that exist in the model, but are not included on a diagram for some reason. They can occur in the process of creating and editing diagrams and get left behind, sometimes due to being deleted off the diagram, but not subsequently the model.

Enterprise Architect has a pre-defined search that identifies any Orphan Elements, which can come in handy when cleaning up your model.

To search for Orphan Elements, open the Model Search using Crtl+Alt+A and from the Pull Down Menus > select Diagram Searches > then Find Orphans.

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You can search for specific terms as well, for example name - this case "Oliver Twist."

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If you would like a list of other pre-defined model searches take a look at our User Guide

As of today, Sparx Systems will be offering Prolaborate as a core component of The Pro Cloud Server. Prolaborate leverages the model data in Enterprise Architect to allow the wider user community to analyze, interact and make key decisions.

 

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For more information, please read the official press release on the Joint Venture between Sparx Systems and Sixth Force.

 

 

Monday, 08 October 2018 22:19

Elements of Business Modeling

Modern Analyst Webinar Series
 
Featured Speaker: Ramsay Millar, Business Architect, INTEGRATE IT, Inc.
When: Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM Pacific (1:00 PM Eastern).
Elements of Business Modeling - Every sector today is being led by the wealthiest technology business leaders in history because those leaders embraced technology as a strategic capability. Eighty percent of executives believe “their business models are under attack” according to McKinsey Research. Leading organizations need business architects to build better business solutions.
 
Organizations who plan to survive rapid technology, cultural changes, cyber security threats, artificial intelligence, and demands for more business agility must find skilled business architects who guide, analyze, recommend, communicate, and guide high risk transformations. Are you a strategic business analyst who wishes to grow your career?
 
All Business Architecture models presented were created by Ramsay Millar using Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.
 
Webinar URL:

Enterprise Architecture

 

Enterprise Architects are now being reported as the highest paid discipline in IT, however with this realization organizations need to ensure they are getting the most out of these highly-skilled professionals. The skills and experience of Enterprise Architects combined with the right tools like Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect can support business agility with a lowered exposure to risk.

 

Glassdoor, the job posting and company feedback website, recently published its annual 25 Highest Paying Jobs in America list with the technology sector boasting 65% of highest-paying jobs. The title of 'Enterprise Architect' however did best, coming in at #4 overall. This annual list from Glassdoor is produced using employee-submitted salary reports, which are then used to rank them according to their annual base salary and the job openings/listings posted that year.

 

It's gratifying to see organizations are better-valuing the contribution of technically-skilled workers - especially given that IT capabilities are increasingly the wellspring of organizational growth. According to the list, Enterprise Architects are now the highest paid IT discipline and are highly sort-after in the workplace. This also bears out in last year's Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey which found enterprise architecture is the fastest-growing technology skill; up a "massive" 26 per cent compared with the previous year. All this begs the question - what is it about Enterprise Architects in particular that are commanding such wages and enjoying such standing in the workplace?

 

We know that Enterprise Architects are at the nexus of business and technology, working to align business strategy and IT execution. They are also increasingly responsible for envisioning and supporting future business capabilities by anticipating and evaluating IT investments and development. This all requires excellent strategic thinking, communication and problem-solving skills, along with a wide range of technical capabilities.

 

However, like many change-agents, Enterprise Architects encounter resistance and are required to continually prove the value and viability of their solutions. To this end, Enterprise Architects must demonstrably connect their work with long-term business strategy in a compelling fashion, otherwise the many competing elements at play within an organization - such as short-term vs. long-term business interests and business vs. IT prerogatives - can inhibit an architect's ability to get anything done. The ability to connect strategy and execution is essential for buy-in from the right business and IT stakeholders.

 

Wally McLaughlin, Director of Sales at Sparx Services North America notes, “We encounter leaders every day who have skilled and experienced architects on their teams – some really talented people. But in-spite of all of that knowledge, their teams are struggling to explain to business leaders and decision makers how to affect real transformational change. Companies are complex, but with the right modeling tools like Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, Architects can help leaders break down the complexity into manageable parts that the rest of the organization can understand and act upon.”

 

Ideally by drawing a line between business strategy, architectures and outcomes like business processes, databases and source code, Enterprise Architects can hope to create clear demonstrable links between strategy and execution. Of course, extracting corporate strategy itself can be difficult (especially in cases where it's non-existent), but by referencing documented roadmaps and consulting executive staff, Enterprise Architects can at least begin to model the corporate strategies that should guide IT strategy. In fact, by allowing business executives to view the business roadmaps while they are defined, Enterprise Architects can prompt some useful discussions that help organizations identify opportunities for growth.

 

Example diagram types useful for documenting this information in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect include Strategy maps that offer a coherent view of the enterprise business strategy and Value Chains that reveal where real business value lies. Enterprise Architects can then create linkages in the meta-model from strategy maps to all areas of the enterprise.

 

When IT silos develop within an organization, often it can mean IT initiatives continue for some time without a cohesive approach. Enterprise Architects can help bring IT strategy back into focus by reviewing current processes, products and initiatives and their links to corporate strategy. This is especially simple where organizations are already using modeling platforms like Enterprise Architect to model their software and systems. With enterprise-wide collaborative tools, Enterprise Architects can begin to break down silos across business architecture, IT architecture and systems to better direct the organization's development priorities.

 

Business Capability Modeling is a great way to represent and communicate the future and current states of business operations. It defines what a company needs to execute its strategy. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect contains built-in business profiles and technologies that Enterprise Architects can use define current and future state architectures and then trace system deployment and business processes from management decisions and corporate strategy. A further GAP Analysis can be used to analyze model artifacts, identifying potential gaps between solution architectures. Staff competencies, data and information, business processes, lines of business and more can be modeled to analyze current and future states of an enterprise.

Architects can create incremental versions of their architecture models in Enterprise Architect with Time Aware Modeling, with tools that facilitate the migration of elements through multiple versions. This provides the ability to trace any changes as the underlying architecture evolves through each stage of development, in a manner that preserves the integrity of the As-Is model elements. This allows you to track changes of an individual element over time, in conjunction with understanding changes to the broader model using Enterprise Architect's numerous traceability capabilities. Architects can then see the evolution of an architecture over different versions, and create new versions of model elements automatically and conduct insightful model simulations without altering the underlying structure of the 'As-Is' architecture.

Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect supports frameworks like TOGAF, Zachman, UPDM and ArchiMate which provide a formalized methodology for planning, designing and implementing an Enterprise Architecture.

 

With all this investment, Enterprise Architects need the right tools to get the job done. Why offer the wages being reported by Glassdoor and Harvey Nash/KPMG and then give them a spreadsheet? There is a lot on the line. Not only is software and systems increasingly critical to both day-to-day operations and growth, there is a large financial investment in Enterprise Architects themselves. A platform like Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect equips Enterprise Architects with the tools to effectively execute corporate strategy whilst keeping teams connected and collaborating toward a shared vision.

 

If you would like a trial of Enterprise Architect, please visit: http://www.sparxsystems.com/products/ea/trial/request.html

To learn more, Sparx Systems has released a new Enterprise Architecture Guidebook.

 

 

Thursday, 27 September 2018 05:01

Enterprise Architect Gathering

Sparx Services UK (Hippo Software) is hosting a Scottish gathering of Enterprise Architect Users in Livingston on Tuesday 23rd October, 2018.

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Click for further details and to complete your online registration.

This user group is a friendly and relaxed get together for anyone using Enterprise Architect and interested in sharing their experiences, knowledge and ideas. The day will start with a presentation of Enterprise Architect 14 by Sparx Systems via live link with Australia, followed by end user presentations and interactive discussion groups with lots of Q&A opportunities.

Monday, 17 September 2018 06:57

Copy a Diagram to the Clipboard

Copying a Diagram to the Clipboard

This tutorial is a very simple example, but also very handy when producing reports and documentation.

You can copy and paste your current diagram using the shortcut CTRL+B. It's a simple way of copying and pasting your diagrams into word processors, image manipulation tools or any 3rd party environment that can handle images.

 DiagramCopied2Clipboard

The above image was copied using the default options and the shortcut CTRL+B.

Some preferences exist when copying diagrams to the clipboard.

  • By default, Enterprise Architect places a diagram caption and border around diagrams copied to the Clipboard. To turn this off, go to Start > View > Preferences > Diagram > Diagram Frames > deselect Clipboard Images.
  • Sometimes it's convenient to turn off the Opacity on Diagram Labels. That can be done from Start > View > Preferences > Diagram > Use Opaque Diagram Labels > deselect Clipboards and Files.
  • Images are created in Metafile format by default. Bitmap format can be selected from Start > View > Preferences > General > Clipboard Format.

For more options exporting diagrams from EA, watch our demonstration video Diagram Export Options

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