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Enterprise Architect 14 and Sparx Services Australia

Come join us on the dates listed below as we celebrate the recent release of Enterprise Architect 14 and the establishment of Sparx Services Australia.

Register using the URL Below:

http://www.sparxsystems.com/press/event/register.html

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Enterprise Architect 14

Sparx Systems recently released Enterprise Architect 14, come and see first hand the latest and greatest in the release. Scott Hebbard, Communications Manager at Sparx Systems will walk through and answer any questions around the most notable features of the release.

Sparx Services Australia

Come meet the experts from Sparx Services Australia, Sparx Systems newest services arm. Listen to Stephen Maguire, Principal Consultant and Trainer of Sparx Services Australia and author of over 1000+ patterns in Enterprise Architect 14.

When and where

The event will be held at the following locations: 
  • Melbourne - Tuesday, 8th May, Rendezvous Hotel - 328 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Adelaide - Wednesday, 9th May, Grosvenor Hotel - 125 North Terrace, Adelaide 5000
  • Sydney - Wednesday, 9th May, Sydney Masonic Centre - 66 Goulburn Street Sydney NSW 2000
  • Canberra - Thursday, 10th May, Hellenic Club - Matilda Street, Woden ACT 2606

Entry is free but seats are limited, register today to avoid disappointment. Light refreshments will be provided. 

We invite you to register now!

 

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Enterprise Architect 14 and Sparx Services Australia

Come join us on the dates listed below as we celebrate the recent release of Enterprise Architect 14 and the establishment of Sparx Services Australia.

Register using the URL Below:

http://www.sparxsystems.com/press/event/register.html

 eauglogo.png

Enterprise Architect 14

Sparx Systems recently released Enterprise Architect 14, come and see first hand the latest and greatest in the release. Scott Hebbard, Communications Manager at Sparx Systems will walk through and answer any questions around the most notable features of the release.

Sparx Services Australia

Come meet the experts from Sparx Services Australia, Sparx Systems newest services arm. Listen to Stephen Maguire, Principal Consultant and Trainer of Sparx Services Australia and author of over 1000+ patterns in Enterprise Architect 14.

When and where

The event will be held at the following locations: 
  • Melbourne - Tuesday, 8th May, Rendezvous Hotel - 328 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Adelaide - Wednesday, 9th May, Grosvenor Hotel - 125 North Terrace, Adelaide 5000
  • Sydney - Wednesday, 9th May, Sydney Masonic Centre - 66 Goulburn Street Sydney NSW 2000
  • Canberra - Thursday, 10th May, Hellenic Club - Matilda Street, Woden ACT 2606

 

Entry is free but seats are limited, register today to avoid disappointment. Light refreshments will be provided. 

We invite you to register now!

 

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Join us for a meet and greet informal meeting where we get together around a table with our laptop (or not) and discuss all-things-EA with other enthusiasts.

We're also planning to retire to a locally accessible bar/pub for drinks and/or dinner after the meeting, depending on interest, etc.

Date: Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Location: Brisbane Square Library - Tiered Theaterette (Ground Level) - 266 George St, Brisbane

Please register

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Enterprise Architect - Best Practices Day 2018 (German Event)

After the great feedback of our first Best Practice Days we will continue this series of events. We are creating during this yearly event a personal and interactive plattform for the Enterprise Architect Community hosted by Sparx Systems Central Europe.

Nach dem großen Erfolg und den vielen positiven Rückmeldungen zu den ersten beiden Auflagen der «Best Practice Days» gibt es im 2018 die Fortsetzung! Mit diesem jährlichen Event schaffen wir die persönliche und interaktive Plattform zur Enterprise Architect Community. Dienstag, 10. bis Mittwoch, 11. April 2018 in Nürnberg NH Collection Hotel Nürnberg City.

BPD2018 teaser

Der erste Tag ist den Praxis- und Fachbeiträgen gewidmet, der zweite Tag reserviert für Schulungen rund um den effizienten Einsatz der Modellierungsplattform.
Berichte aus der Praxis, Fachbeiträge rund um neue Funktionalitäten, interaktive Schulungen und die persönliche Vernetzung mit anderen Enterprise Architects machen aus diesen beiden Tagen ein Muss für jeden, der die Plattform in seinem Unternehmen einsetzt. 

BPD2018 CommunityDay

 

BPD2018 training

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Hippo Software is hosting the Scottish Gathering of Enterprise Architect Users 2017 in Livingston on Friday 29th September 2017 (9am to 4pm).

This is a great chance to attend a friendly and relaxed get together of like-minded IT professionals currently using Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect. It is an excellent opportunity to share real-world experiences, knowledge, ideas and innovations.

If you would like to join us, please visit our website to download a Delegate Registration form.

 

More information (URL): http://www.hippo-software.co.uk/pages/EAGathering.htm

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Call for Speakers and/or Teachers

Brussels
October 5 & 6, 2017

Dear Enterprise Architect enthusiast.

Our next EA User Group event is planned on the 5th and 6th October 2017 in Brussels.
Similar to the event in London in May we will organize a two-day event.

The first day, 5 October will be the training day. This day will be filled with 1/2 day hands-on training sessions to allow us to go into detail on a variety of subjects.

The second day, 6 October will be a classical EAUG day filled with 45-minute sessions covering all kinds of EA related topics.

We are interested in just about everything you do with Enterprise Architect, from the organisation of your model to enhancements you have made using MDG or the automation API, or even just a project with which you are especially happy with. That said, we are not just after the sunshine stories and would be interested in hearing about any experiences learned the hard way. Presentations of an obvious or purely commercial nature will not be accepted.

Some example topics are:

  • Enterprise Architecture (TOGAF, DoDAF/UPDM)
  • Business Architecture, Capability Mapping, Process Modelling
  • Systems Engineering
  • Business Analysis, Requirements Management
  • Modelling Languages (UML, SysML, BPMN, ArchiMate)
  • SOA, DDS, GIS, NIEM
  • Data modelling
  • Code generation/IDE integration
  • Project management
  • EA-based reporting
  • EA scripting and automation
  • Simulation
  • Tool adoption/deployment
  • MDG Technologies/UML profiles
  • Model collaboration and management
  • Test management

Do you have a story to tell or a course to teach?

If so, please let us know.

Closing date for Speaker submissions for the
Enterprise Architect Brussels Conference 2017 is
September 15, 2017

You will be confirmed as a speaker no later than September 22, 2017.
Thank you for taking time to share with us!

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EA User Group London 2017

This article provides some feedback on the EAUG London 2017 event, covering a full day of presentations, case studies, and user stories which took place on Friday, May 19th.

It illustrates the quality of information that has been delivered if you couldn't make it this year.

As shown on the agenda below, the day started with a keynote followed by 5 sessions, each time with a choice between 3 topics.

EA User Group London 2017 presentations agenda

Below is a feedback on some of the presentations I followed on that day.

Keynote: Innovation Needs Models

The keynote this year was run by Peter Lieber, from Sparx Systems Central Europe (Austria).
Peter shared his experience and recommendations when introducing a modelling approach within a project or company:

  • To start with, a modelling language (e.g. UML, SysML...) and a tool (EA) must be chosen. A method is paramount to structure the modelling approach and processes. The final item to consider is the existing and progressing experience.
    • It is important to highlight that a tool and language like EA + SysML are not sufficient as the methodology is mandatory to enable a modelling approach. Having no standards for the methodology, it needs to be defined according to the context.
    • The need for a modelling tool such as EA is required to achieve productivity.
  • Some useful feedback on failed and successful modelling scenarios were illustrated:
    • A successful modelling experience requires an iterative approach where reachable targets can be completed as the teams make progress.
    • An example of a failed case was given where a complex target was defined and once completed, a lack of acceptance and internal support led to a progressing drop in the related actions.
    • Another example involves the wrong idea that using everything e.g. all diagrams types from UML is the target. Resources and the team's involvement are often completely gone before getting any visible output.

Peter then focused on safety relevant systems e.g. trains, cars, aircrafts, medical MRI, etc. involving both complexity and safety. Safety is often subject to standards such as ISO 26262 for Road Vehicles Functional Safety. Looking at the challenges that need to be solved based on the ISO26262 standard, the modelling approach is considered to be the only sustainable option. This is supported by the fact that modelling makes it possible to maintain elements (e.g. requirements, components) and models (diagrams) that are all connected via traceability, coined as the model intelligence.

Where traceability is achieved with the tool, additional issues need to be addressed with the modelling methodology, e.g. a process to define in what order should one go about working on the model, what diagrams need to be used and for which purpose, where do elements and diagrams need to be stored, etc.

To enable adoption by Systems Engineers, the chosen language (SysML, UML) can be extended e.g. via a UML profile and its stereotypes. For instance the ISO 26262 ASIL levels (Automotive Safety Integrity Level) can be implemented in the system's model blocks through a range of colours.

Where diagrams are not always appropriate, details can be extracted and published through the means of Excel documents, e.g. via a Decision Matrix.

The final idea covered by Peter is to use Enterprise Architect as a platform that provides:

  • links with other tools such as DOORS to exchange requirements,
  • UML profiles and custom toolbars,
  • automated scripts,
  • running simulation and validation,
  • publish models via the Reusable Assets Service,
  • document generation.

Automated tests solution for add-ins and scripts in Enterprise Architect

My presentation was aimed at introducing an automated tests solution for EA automation scripts and add-ins, based on a personal project that I worked over the past months.

Since 2015, I maintain and share a free utilities add-in: eaUtils (www.eautils.com). It is aimed at saving time in specific scenarios involving sorting a wide array of elements within the model, or generating the alias value for elements according to their layout in a diagram.

The enhancements that I identified throughout the time, in addition to the feedback and requests received from users led to an increasing complexity level. Even if eaUtils is published as a free tool, a good level of testing and quality is required for the target users. Time consuming tests prompted the need for an automated tests solution with the following objectives:

  • Save time.
  • Define and run tests on my add-in in EA, moving away from manual tests.
  • Spend time improving tests rather than running them.

I came up with the following business class diagram to define the test structure:

eautils addin sparx enterprise architect automated tests structure

Moving to the design, I created an XML Schema model and generated the XSD file with EA to structure the XML test definition files. Having implemented a first working version of my automated tests in eaUtils, I could use it as illustrated below:

  • Run an addin feature with associated settings to generate the test data for a new step. This function prevented me from manually build the XML file which would have been time consuming.
  • Enable the automated tests module as the eaUtils developer, and run in on a test EA project.
  • Review the results via the generated sequence diagrams.
  • Fix any bug in case there's a failed test and repeat this process.

sparx enterprise architect addin automated tests process

The following illustrates the EA test project structure with packages that contain data sets, test step elements, and the automated tests execution process (load the tests description from the XML file, and for each step, load the settings, call the add-in method with the provided parameters, check the post conditions, and generate the results).

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Generated sequence diagrams are aimed at reviewing results and keeping a history of run tests. Here is an example:

eautils addin sparx enterprise architect automated tests results

I ran eaUtils addin automated tests in Enterprise Architect via the first part of my demonstration, having only as a demo effect a spilled glass of water which did not reach my laptop. Thankfully no IT related demo issue.

The second part of my presentation covered the next step forward by making this solution available for other add-ins and even scripts. There are numerous EA automation scripts and add-ins out there. Most of them are specific to a project and therefore not shared with the community, whilst the remaining ones are released as open source, free, or commercial tools. Note that EA add-ins are listed by Sparx Systems on their third party extensions page.

In order to integrate this automated tests solution with other addins and scripts, I selected the following candidates:

  • hoTools add-in, an Open Source project maintained by Helmut Ortmann. An Open Source project was paramount so I could access and amend the C# code as part of this study (with the help and support of Helmut).
  • EA scripting library shared by Geert Bellekens.
  • A selection of scripts defined for a client: Lock Package and a Teiid virtual DB schema DDL import.

The tasks that followed were:

  • Extract a generic library from eaUtils automated tests into a new C# project: eaTests.
  • Update eaUtils add-in to use eaTests generic library.
  • Update hoTools add-in to use eaTests.
  • Define a new add-in to tests scripts.

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As a result I successfully ran tests on one hoTools feature, a script from Geert, and 2 of my scripts. These were illustrated in the second part of the demonstration.

This study has led to a new solution called eaTests that has a dedicated site (www.eatests.com). The foreseen enhancements for eaTests library are mainly linked to the type of tests to carry on post conditions.

Replacing existing solutions with Enterprise Architect and extending function with custom MDGs

interserve eaug London presentation

Graham Williamson from Interserve, a major construction company with 85,000 staff worldwide, shared his experience on using Sparx EA to define Enterprise Architecture models, custom ArchiMate 3 stereotyped elements, and EA model validation.

The aim of an Enterprise Architecture was to move away from paper-based processes and achieve a digital construction. The audit of existing services, locations, customers, processes, applications, data, and technologies quickly led to the need of a modelling tool. Sparx Enterprise Architect successfully fulfilled this need, delivering the following:

  • Custom meta model
  • Flexible modelling
  • Archimate 3 support
  • UML profile and stereotypes support
  • Model search based on SQL queries
  • Document generation
  • Automation tools
  • Low license cost

Graham shared the meta model via the selected Archimate 3.0 relationships and elements, followed by examples of Archimate 3 stereotypes to handle additional properties. All Interserve stereotypes were made available via a custom toolbox.

EA 13 Model Validation feature was used to make sure that relationships between elements were valid according to a set of rules.

  • Validation rules i.e. a list of permitted relationships first need to be set up in EA. To save time in defining them in the required XML format, a custom add-in has been created to provide a handy user interface (e.g. Archimate associations allowed between an Application Collaboration and a Meaning element).
  • The model validation is then run in EA for a selected package, displaying any error found.

Graham then talked about customizing EA diagrams to provide a suitable view for stakeholders:

sparx enterprise architect archimate example eaug london

It was interesting to see a practical use of Archimate plateau elements as illustrated below (definition from the Open Group: "A plateau represents a relatively stable state of the architecture that exists during a limited period of time").

sparx enterprise architect archimate plateau example eaug london

As relationships couldn't be connected to an Archimate plateau element whereas this level of traceability was expected, the solution involved custom searches based on SQL queries with results grouped by Plateau. Search results enabled Interserve users to review each Plateau or architecture state content.

Other used EA features included:

  • The relationship matrix to maintain links between plateau elements and other model elements.
  • Roadmap diagram for the transformation planning.
  • Heatmap and charts.
  • Traceability and insert related elements in a diagram to build the business capability model.

Using Enterprise Architect and SysML for the development of an In-Wheel Motor System

protean in wheel motor systems sysml sparx enterprise architect

I was looking forward to this presentation as I'm currently involved in an MBSE (Model Based Systems Engineering) project in the automotive industry for ISO 26262 safety compliance.

John Gladstone works for Protean Electric Ltd, a UK based company that develops in-wheel electric motor systems for hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric light-duty vehicles. John's presentation provided an interesting feedback on the challenges that have been addressed with SysML and Enterprise Architect models.

Project context

John opened a SysML BDD diagram to illustrate the project context.

  • The development of In-Wheel Motor systems falls under the scope of the ISO-26262 (Road vehicles – Functional safety), which requires the identification of Safety Goals
  • The In-Wheel Motor system must include safety mechanisms which integrity is fulfilled by Design and Safety Architecture models. Such mechanisms are intended to prevent hazardous events such as an unintended acceleration of the vehicle.

System behaviour

The system behaviour was modelled with use cases and sequence diagrams for the scenario details. In order to model the system behaviour when things go wrong, Protean team has invented an actor called the Gremlin.

As a result SysML sequence diagrams had the driver and gremlin lifelines as the actors, and the electric vehicle lifeline in the middle with all interactions.

Modelling needs

Another BDD diagram was used to illustrate a complete view of the modelling needs for a motor system:

  • An architecture framework to comply with architectural integrity via consistency, completeness, and correctness as per the ISO-26262 standard needs.
  • The system is described by the architecture and modelled by SysML practitioners who use SysML modelling language, a semi-formal notation highly recommended by the ISO-26262. 

Understand SysML

John shared his recommendations on the literature to read about SysML, including:

  • SysML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Systems Modeling Language from L.Delligatti
  • SysML for Systems Engineering from Jon Holt and Simon Perry (Simon attended this EAUG)
  • A practical guide to SysML from S.Friedenthal and A.Moore

Architecture Framework model

The structure of the framework model was described as follows:

  • It defines a number of viewpoints (perspectives).
  • It is implemented using an MDG Technology that contains SysML stereotypes, toolboxes, and custom model searches.
  • It is defined in the model repository alongside a Design Model.

Process and methodology model

Guidelines and diagrams describing the process to follow according to the methodology have been defined for each viewpoint.

Example model

To help understanding and improving this modelling environment with frameworks, processes and a methodology, an example model has been defined. This worthwhile exercise is based on an example system:

  • Sufficiently defined to understand a practical results from the existing frameworks and processes.
  • Not in scope of a motor system so nobody can argue about the details.
  • Introducing fun: Protean chose the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek series as the system. This led to system elements such as an antimatter reactant injector and storage pod, a warp nacelle, etc.  

Final topics

Remaining covered topics included:

  • The need of a glossary of terms to enforce using the right vocabulary the system or ISO standard.
  • Generate documents from the models to minimize overheads.
  • Structure the models with a library of elements (e.g. blocks, use cases, requirements...) and views/perspectives.

Sparx EA community of users

Throughout this 2 day event, I had the opportunity to meet great people. It was very interesting to share ongoing work and questions around EA, whether the context applied to software projects involving analysis and design, systems engineering with SysML and MBSE, or enterprise architecture with UML or ArchiMate. It was very nice catching up or meeting users that I know via Sparx forum or other online means throughout the year, giving an opportunity for a face to face discussion.

EAUG events are aimed at making the large community of EA users meeting up, gain valuable knowledge, and create new opportunities.

I'm looking forward to next year's EA User Group.

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Enterprise Architect User Group

London 2017; 18th - 19th May

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2017 meeting of the Enterprise Architect User Group sees a shakeup to the agenda in the form of an additional day being added to the roster. In additional to the traditional presentation day of User Stories, How to's etc the extra day added to the event is taking the form of a training day.

The training day adds to the event a selection of six, three hour training sessions on a variety of subjects from BPMN to TOGAF and Model Curation.


Location

Code Node, 10 South Place, London, EC2M 7BT

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Agenda; Thursday 18th May

EA User Group - London 2017

You can find information on these training sessions over at the EA User Group website.


Agenda; Friday 19th May

EA User Group - London 2017

You can find a synopsis for each of these presentations over on the EA User Group website.


How to buy your tickets...

Tickets for the event are available directly from the EA User Group website and are priced as follows:

  • Full two day event ticket; £550.00 +Vat
  • Friday only ticket; £75.00 +Vat

EA User Group - London 2017

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Save the Date: 21.2. – 22.2.2017

csm EA best practice 62030bd7dfEnterprise Architect 13 is full of new functionalities that we would love to show and explain to you. So, for the first time ever, we will be presenting EA 13 as a combination of numerous Workshops in a two-day format. We're looking forward to seeing you there, and to showing you how to use the new EA 13 to your advantage!

This event caters primarily to German-speaking users; therefore, please be aware that all presentations will be delivered in German.

For more details, please visit the Sparx Systems Central Europe website: http://www.sparxsystems.de/ea-practice-days/

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The final Enterprise Architect User Group event in Europe for 2016 will be held on November 11th at the Folksam, Bohusgatan 14, 106 60 Stockholm.

Tickets available now for the upcoming Swedish Enterprise Architect User Group, full schedule published with presentations based on separate User Story and Technical tracks

agenda updated stockholm nov 2016

 

eausergroupFor just €75, join with other Enterprise Architect users for the last European User Group Event of 2016. Presentations will be in English and Swedish.

Meet other users, and share practical insights, advice, experience and inspiration.

Full event information, including directions to the venue, agenda and presentation abstracts, plus links to buy tickets are available now at www.eausergroup.com

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