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EA Model Management Mountain Summit

Model Management Mountain Summit

 

Who is it for?

  • EA Model Managers.
  • Learning together and building on each other's ideas & experience
  • Tackling agreed common problems ***. 
  • To develop and deliver transferable skills and solutions that you can apply to your models straight away.
  • It's "Davos" for Large Enterprise Architect Models

*** Everyone attending will bring a question for the group, and we will work on answering them together. Here are some ideas to get you started...

  • How can we maintain control of our architecture models?
  • What's the best way to coordinate model contents across programmes and projects?
  • How can we improve the way we do model governance? 
  • What can we do to make sure quality doesn't drop as the model grows?
  • What's really going on inside our models?
  • ... [your question here]

When and where will it happen?

Wednesday February 20th 2019.

  • At the Ability Engineering purpose built meeting venue in the Black Mountains in Wales
  • Your ticket includes fantastic locally sourced and prepared food from Abergavenny - home of the renowned Food Festival.
  • Start at 10am and finish by 4pm.

How will it work?

Beforehand:

Each person coming will submit at least one ‘problem statement’ of a particular aspect of model management in EA that they are grappling with.
Problem statements to include as much supporting information as possible.
These will be accessible by everyone in a private Google group for a few weeks so that everyone can comment/discuss and think about them beforehand.
From the problem statements and discussions, we select 6 that are representative of the whole or of wide interest/application. (Selection date = Thursday 31/01/19)
 
On the day:

The authors of those 6 problems will give a short (no more than 9 minutes each) presentation to the assembled Summit.
Everyone present votes, and the top 3 are chosen to be work-shopped.
We split into teams and each team works on one of the three chosen issues.
Each team comes up with some options/impacts/recommendations and presents back to the whole Summit for review and comment.
 
And after:

That will be up to you.

London 2018 Training Outline

 MORNING SESSION 1 

 

EA4BI by Example 

Learn how to model business intelligence architectures and designs with the help of the EA4BI framework, a free MDG technology for Sparx Enterprise Architect (https://community.sparxsystems.com/community-resources/1124-ea4bi-enterprise-architecture-modeling-for-business-intelligence). After a short introduction of the framework by means of some practical examples, the trainees get the opportunity to model a small case study in cooperation with the trainer. As the timeframe of the training session is rather limited, the trainer will model the case study in real-time together with the trainees. They can either choose to view and/or follow this sample solution or create their own.

 

Rudi Claes - INNO.COM

I am a senior solution architect and enterprise architect, associated with inno.com (www.inno.com). Since 2006, I have been implementing, teaching, coaching, and realizing projects with Sparx Enterprise Architect for various organizations in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg. With a specialization and certification in the Microsoft business intelligence (BI) stack since 2008, I have also delivered various BI training courses and realized multiple BI projects. EA4BI combines all my favorite ICT topics –enterprise architecture, modeling, business intelligence and Sparx.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/rudi-claes-39a696b

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MORNING SESSION 2 

 

Model Harvesting – A systematic way to build and institutionalize Architecture practices

What does it take to start using EA? Just use the toolbox and start creating diagrams? If yes, why not stick to Visio? Modelling in EA is all about standardizing on specific modelling convention (aka metamodel) and adhering it. One may argue there are standards (UML, ArchiMate, etc.) to do that, however most standards are far too generalized that only 20% of it is consumable, and any architecture practice should span across multiple frameworks. This session will discuss the following • Defining a metamodel for a basic architecture practice, that uses standard notations from ArchiMate, BPMN, Requirements and Usecases • Customizing EA with standardized toolboxes and quicklinkers to align with Metamodel • Importing information from various external sources Excel, Word into EA based on the aligned Metamodel • Creating Kanban diagrams, Heatmaps, diagram legends based visualizations etc from the harvested model • Custom SQL Searches to exactly find the right model information • Generating Reports and publishing model to wider stakeholders. Takeaways • A user manual on the discussed approach • Sample Data Collection Templates (Excel) • MDG definition model • Custom Searches • Reporting Templates

 

Nizam Mohamed - Prolaborate

Experience with Sparx Enterprise Architect – 13 Years
Core Skills – Sparx EA Customization and Rollout, Training and Consulting.

Clients – Ericsson, Westpac, Vodafone, Digi, Infineon, MLC Insurance (Nippon), Kellogg

 

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MORNING SESSION 3

 

Advanced data modelling in Enterprise Architect 

Data modelling has multiple dimensions and layers. Think about the conceptual, logical or physical data model layers or modelling languages like UML, ERD or ArchiMate. In this hands on session we are going to create a small but full model on a sample case in Enterprise Architect. We will practically apply techniques like UML class modelling, ArchiMate Passive Structure viewpoints, CRUD matrix and ERD. Furthermore we will discuss and apply a technique for integrating the three modelling layers. At the end of this session you will have an example of an integrated data model which you can extend to your own situation. When you want to participate in this session it is best you bring a laptop with EA installed on it with you.

 

Bert Dingemans - EAxpertise

 Bert is a data architect working often with Enterprise Architect mostly for UML class diagrams and ArchiMate 3.0. He uses Enterprise Architect for generating message documentation, ETL scripts, Database models and XSD files. Furthermore he is modelling enterprise architectures with ArchiMate 3.0. IDEA and the WPP are developed by Bert and these OSS products can be found at http://eaxpertise.nl

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AFTERNOON SESSION 1

 

The Fundamentals of MDG Creation

During this training workshop, Phil will provide attendees with hand-on experience in the development of a Metamodel using Enterprise Architect’s MDG technology. Specifically, attendees will gain practical experience in

• What an MDG can contain
• Defining tagged values prior to developing an MDG
• Using the Model Wizard to structure an MDG Project
• Defining stereotypes for Elements and Connectors
• Overview of shapescripts to define appearance for elements and connectors
• Defining a custom toolbox
• Defining a custom diagram
• Generating, deploying and testing the MDG
• Overview of Quicklink definition

 

Phil Chudley - Dunstan Thomas Consulting

Phil Chudley is a principal consultant at Dunstan Thomas Consulting Ltd. He has been using Enterprise Architect for over 12 years, and has vast modelling experience ranging from UML, BPMN and SysML. He has provided training consultancy for numerous organisations in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. These organisations cover sectors ranging from financial to aerospace and defence.

Phil has also developed two extensions for Enterprise Architect, BPMN Generator and EA Safe Delete.
Phil’s latest consultancies are the development of scripts for automated project workflow and validation /export of elements and relationships, and the management of RDF vocabularies including the import and export of RDF XML files

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AFTERNOON SESSION 2

 

Workshop “Pro Cloud Next Generation”

Part 1:
Technical Overview, Hands On (Bring your own (virtual) Windows Server): How to setup Pro Cloud Server incl. WebEA and Key Store Server
If you don’t have a license please request one short before installation: http://sparxsystems.com/products/procloudserver/index.html#registerform and remark in comments:
For EAUserGroup Workshop in London purposes (Session of Sparx CE, Peter Lieber) – duration till 30th June 2018

Part 2:
Hightlights of the new Pro Cloud Server:
• Key Store over https
• Row Level Security – configure directly in EA14 who is allowed to see what
• WebEA: Context Browser, Matrix, MiniProps
• External Data Sources: Jira, TFS, WRIKE, DropBox, ServiceNow and EA (Cloud) – one of the most interesting ones :)

 

Peter Lieber - Lieber Lieber Software

Peter Lieber is the founder and owner of a number of software and related companies, and since 2014 he has held the position of President at the Austrian Software Industry Association (VÖSI) (www.voesi.or.at). He enjoys sharing his business knowledge with entrepreneurs, managers and students, and with an underlying commitment to promoting the further evolution and global integration of Austria's software sector. As the founder of SparxSystems Central Europe (www.sparxsystems.eu) and LieberLieber Software (www.lieberlieber.com), Peter focuses on the so-called model-based development of software and systems. This new approach is paving the way for innovation in even the most challenging projects, such as the engineering of complex safety-critical systems in alignment with the principles of Industry 4.0.-v-

 

AFTERNOON SESSION 3

 

Enterprise Architect and ArchiMate for Strategic Planning

This ½ day training session is aimed at architects and managers responsible for business strategy, change management and/or performance improvement. It provides an accelerated introduction to creating ArchiMate V3 Strategy models within Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect. Delegates will create a capability map defining a landscape of current and desired organisational capabilities. Tagged values will be used to add custom properties to record maturity levels and an auto-colour legend will create a heat map to identify areas of focus. Composite diagrams will be created for those capabilities that require attention, documenting courses of action and resources involved. We will also demonstrate an agile approach by adding courses of action to a Kanban diagram to schedule and track their implementation. Delegates who bring their own laptops running Sparx EA V13 or V14 will have the opportunity to follow demonstrations and create their own ArchiMate Strategy models.

 

Gillian Adens - Hippo Consulting

Gillian Adens is director at Hippo Software, an authorised services partner for Sparx Systems in the UK. Gillian studied joint honours Mathematics and Computing Science at Glasgow University and is a Chartered IT Professional Member of the British Computer Society. Gillian was one of the first adopters of UML and Sparx EA in the UK (using Sparx EA from V2 onwards). She is also an expert in BPMN and ArchiMate industry standard notations. Gillian currently provides formal training and consulting services to a wide range of organisations in finance, education, utilities, healthcare, travel and government market sectors.

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Brussels 2017 trainings

Agenda 5th October 2017 Brussels

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EA4BI: Modelling a BI architecture in EA

The current mainstream enterprise architecture modeling languages provide little syntax to describe the primary goal of any business intelligence (BI) project, i.e. the transformation of data into information and knowledge.
As a consequence, modeling in most BI projects is done in isolation with the focus on design in stead of architecture, leading to poor alignment with enterprise architecture and the goals it seeks to realize.
EA4BI expands the discipline of enterprise architecture
modeling to BI.
As an enterprise architecture framework and toolkit focused on BI, it facilitates and empowers end-to-end BI modeling, but also provides linkage to other enterprise architecture domains and modeling languages.

Rudi Claes

Inno.com

Rudi is a senior solution architect and enterprise architect, associated with inno.com. Since 2006, he has been implementing, teaching, coaching, and realizing projects with Sparx Enterprise Architect for various organizations in the Benelux. With a specialization and certification in the Microsoft business intelligence (BI) stack since 2008, he has also delivered various BI training courses and realized multiple BI projects. EA4BI combines all his favorite ICT topics –enterprise architecture, modeling, business intelligence and Sparx.

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Advanced Document Generation with standard RTF templates

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.

 

Enterprise Architect comes with a sophisticated document generator that has seen great improvements in the last versions (v10, v11, v12 and v13). You also get a standard set of document templates that will quickly generate a document for a part of your model.

 

The problems arise however the moment you try to do something a bit more sophisticated with the document templates. Get information from different packages, use different templates for the same (set of) elements, etc… You will quickly realize that the approach of having one large template that generates the whole document is not useful for real-world document requirements.

 

In this training Geert will teach you how to tackle this problem using a Virtual Documents, Template Fragments and Scripting in order to create professional documents from your EA model.

You will learn about

-          Basic Templates

-          Basic Template fragments

-          Custom SQL Fragments

-          Custom Script Fragments

-          Virtual Documents

-          Automating the creation of the virtual document

At the end of the training you will have created a document template for a use case diagram containing all the details that usually are required in that type of document.

Geert Bellekens

Bellekens IT

Geert Bellekens is an acknowledged Enterprise Architect expert and has written numerous add-ins for Enterprise Architect, including the free open source EA Navigator, EA-Matic etc..


Geert has helped several of the larger Belgian organizations to define and document their modelling method, train and coach the modelers and develop supporting tools for Enterprise Architect.


He is also one of the founding members and a regular speaker on the EA User Group events

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Collaboration with EA – Cloud Server, OSLC WebEA, Version Handling – third party solutions

In this Session Peter and Daniel will demonstrate how to setup and use some of the server features of Enterprise Architect – we will have enough time to talk about scenarios and your requirements.

 

  • Explain Technology and Use Cases around Pro Cloud Server

  • Installing ProCloud Server

  • Configuring ProCloud Server

  • Why it helps to make your models more federated and accessible

  • Customizing WebEA

  • OSLC and ProCloud Server

  • Considerations on Team Work and Version Management

  • Thirdparty extensions

  • Shared Asset Service

  • What Database engine should I use and why


Your key takeaway will be that you will have good understanding when – which technology or offering can help you to solve your team modeling challenges.

Daniel Siegl - Lieber Lieber

Peter Lieber - Sparx System CE

Daniel has been involved with model-based engineering since 2000. He first experienced model-based

engineering with Together, and then moved on to the current focus: Enterprise Architect by Sparx Systems.

He gained deep experience handling critical software projects around the world in the IT, apparel and

footwear industries.

The next logical step was to join European-based LieberLieber, the Enterprise Architect Specialists, in

2006. In 2009 he became CEO, and in his role as developer of international business he also became CEO of LieberLieber Software Corp, based in Houston, TX, in 2014.Daniel is heavily involved with LieberLieber's Automotive and Logistics clients, helping them to build tools to develop their products in a more efficient way. He is passionate about UML/SysML, embedded systems, and industry standards like AUTOSAR.

He is an experienced speaker, a founding member of the Enterprise Architect User Group and represents LieberLieber at the Object Management Group.

Daniel lives with his family in Vienna, Austria


Peter Lieber is a Serial Entrepreneur in Software Industry and since September 2014 president of the Austrian Association of Software Industry (www.voesi.or.at). He is committed to sharing knowledge with students, entrepreneurs and managers. In his most relevant businesses: SparxSystems Central Europe (www.sparxsystems.eu/www.sparxsystems.de) and LieberLieber Software (www.lieberlieber.com/www.lieberlieber.us) he is focused on model based systems and software engineering.

 
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Model Curation - getting other people to understand your models

As EA users we’re great at creating ever more complex and wonderful models, using multiple modelling languages, and maybe with subtle improvements of our own. These take lots of effort and thought to create, and even more to maintain.

So it’s especially annoying when other people don’t understand or appreciate what we have created. This makes it hard to check that the content of our models is right, and makes them much less useful to the rest of the business.

So this workshop will explore some ways of making models more accessible to non-EA experts.

We’ll quickly review some the EA features which allow this, and some of the other ways we can ‘curate’ content for other people. Most of the workshop will be spent looking at particular scenarios and examples, and collecting together some “best practice”, using the knowledge and experience of all the delegates.

So come along and be prepared to learn AND contribute.

Requires laptop with EA – yes, one between each 2 delegates

EA version needed: Instructor will be using EA 13, so if you decide if you want to use a previous version be prepared to translate.



Ian Mitchell

Ability Engineering

A long-standing EA user, business analyst mentor and teacher, Ian is the author of the popular eaDocX® document generator for EA, as well as being heavily involved with the design of Prolaborate.

He also shares his observations from 30+ years in IT at www.theartfulmodeller.com.

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Traceability in practice (Novice and average)

The need for traceability has always been one of the drivers in the selection of an analysis case tool. In this workshop, we will take a look at the variety of out of the box and custom possibilities EA provides in the successful implementation of traceability within EA. his 1/2-day training session is aimed at novice or average users of Enterprise Architect. The main part of this workshop will be hands-on.

A laptop with a working version of EA is required to get the best out of this workshop.  It’s also possible to work in pairs.

Dennis Geluk

Di Vetro

Dennis is a senior information analyst and partner at DiVetro in the Netherlands. He has over 15 years of experience in IT. During this period, he has fulfilled a broad spectre of roles at different customers.

Dennis helped numerous customers in the configuration and implementation of EA. (configuration management and best practices). Currently Dennis is working at KLM as a business analyst and coach in implementing a new agile way of working.

Over the years Dennis has worked with a variety of case tools. He has been using different versions of Enterprise Architect and always tries to get the best out of the use of a case tool.

 CALL TO ACTION:

 

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We're looking forward to seeing you!

 

Call for Speakers - Brussels 2017

 

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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!

Previous Event Presentations

 

User group attendees are provided with copies of the presentations from the events they attend.

If you were unable to attend an event but would like to have a copy of a presentation, then please contact the author directly.

The agenda details for each event can be found under the Past Events menu.

 

Presenters and Abstracts London 2018

Peter Lieber - Lieber Lieber Software

Peter Lieber is the founder and owner of a number of software and related companies, and since 2014 he has held the position of President at the Austrian Software Industry Association (VÖSI) (www.voesi.or.at). He enjoys sharing his business knowledge with entrepreneurs, managers and students, and with an underlying commitment to promoting the further evolution and global integration of Austria's software sector. As the founder of SparxSystems Central Europe (www.sparxsystems.eu) and LieberLieber Software (www.lieberlieber.com), Peter focuses on the so-called model-based development of software and systems. This new approach is paving the way for innovation in even the most challenging projects, such as the engineering of complex safety-critical systems in alignment with the principles of Industry 4.0.

Community Speech “EA14” 

Special inside to EA14 (the biggest launch of an EA version ever!). See and feel the new highlights and that your input from last year finally arrived also in the new release. Clearer Navigation Structure, Docked Property Windows (no need of any modal windows) for almost everything in a diagram, Easy change of views and technologies, Decision Modelling Notation (DMN) integrated to BPMN, SysML and SoaML, Journal functionality, and much more… (https://www.sparxsystems.eu/ea-sparx-systems/ea-news/article/news/enterprise-architect-14-beta-release-announcement/)
The main focus of this huge release is: Focus on your business not on the tool, raise productivity with your models.

 


 

USER STORIES

  

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Ewald Müller - Lieber Lieber Software

Enterprise Architecture Management

Enterprise Architecture Management is very often over-engineered. A lot of information is collected, but nobody is aware of using it and so at some point in time, nobody cares anymore. Enterprise Architect as a tool provides huge number of modeling standards (>60) and a fascinating trick to leverage the issue of creating information silos nobody cares about is to identify domain specific needs in preferred and customized domain specific languages.
Adminstration and controlling of business processes is for management of huge organizations essential. Currently EAM focuses on business processes and IT cares about IT processes. To leverage current needs of Industry 4.0/IoT and modern finance industry we identified that you have to find a circle and even a new best-of-breed customized modeling language (based on Archimate, BPMN and UML using MDG technology for specific diagrams, toolboxes and more) to allow to have fulfilled either the needs of management, IT and software development.
In this speech you will see the reference model of a mid-sized german insurance company with some thousand applications and a lot of different stake holders and how they found a way to really life EAM to achieve their goals.

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Stephen Channell - Deutsche Bank

Continuous Integration with Sparx and Visual Studio – a pattern for ArchOps

1. Presentation of framework tools (https://www.nuget.org/packages/EA.Gen.Model/ , https://www.nuget.org/packages/EA.Gen.Pool/ ) that enable Sparx models to be used within the batch environment of build servers.
2. Walkthrough of an example code-generation implementation using sparx models and Gen tools.
3. Demonstration of automated Continuous Integration from model-change through to tested code.

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David Faus - Gemalto

David is a knowledge management evangelist at Gemalto and is responsible for the modeling platform based on EA and several tools, methods and services he developed. He has over 20 years of experience in modelling business requirements, functional specifications and also very technical and operational processes. During years and until now, David built a new modelling method based on a mix between UML based methods, GUI specification methods and knowledge management concepts. He is currently using a viral strategy within the “Open IS” group (an agile oriented IT department) to launch inception phases (through POCs) in almost all Gemalto business units, with more and more success

GMOD modelling platform (Gemalto MODeling): A Process (or model) Driven Knowledge Management platform based on EA 

The GMOD (Gemalto MODeling) platform involves some advanced technical and methodological features implemented thanks to EA API openness and completeness:
- A client / server web structure with a dedicated architecture for deploying models web views, involving model versions management.
- A "Model Driven Knowledge Management" approach based on the life cycle where the model is considered as an information which may be capitalized as an enterprise knowledge. The innovation lies in the proposal of a multi meta-model environment that will be compliant with any business specificities, and deliver diagrams that can be considered and used as search engine inputs. As a result, diagrams are indexed and searched through the Gemalto search portal like any other indexed document (e.g. office documents).
- The "UC method" (I am the author) implementation thru an EA add-on. UC represents a great alternative of the well-known standards such as ArchiMate and BPMN (we tried to use them twice but without any success).
- An external tool called "SPARX EA Companion Tool" developed by using the very open EA API to:
1. Define automated deployments of HTML sites. This feature involves an html export post processing phase to make the diagrams more user friendly and consistent with the used meta-model. It also generates model diagrams which can be indexed by any search engine (which is not the standard case in EA).
2. Run models integrity checks (and the implicit business rules involved by the used meta-model)
3. Generate model reports: these are often used to generate the version comments in the source configuration management tool (for model versions management)

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 Phil Chudley - Dunstan Thomas Consulting

Phil Chudley is a principal consultant at Dunstan Thomas Consulting Ltd. He has been using Enterprise Architect for over 12 years, and has vast modelling experience ranging from UML, BPMN and SysML. He has provided training consultancy for numerous organisations in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. These organisations cover sectors ranging from financial to aerospace and defence.
Phil has also developed two extensions for Enterprise Architect, BPMN Generator and EA Safe Delete.
Phil’s latest consultancies are the development of scripts for automated project workflow and validation /export of elements and relationships, and the management of RDF vocabularies including the import and export of RDF XML files

Lessons learned from the API

Over the past few years, Phil has developed many scripts and extensions for Enterprise Architect, many of which have “pushed the limits” of the API. During this session Phil will share his experiences of using the Enterprise Architect API for both scripting and extensions. Phil will highlight common mistakes when developing scripts and extensions and will share specific experience in: • Adding elements to diagrams • Adding legends to diagrams • Adding attributes to elements • Managing tagged values

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Martyn Harris - Asystsu

 

Formed in 2012, Advanced Systems Understanding Ltd (AsystsU) is a privately owned UK company specialising in Systems Engineering and Enterprise Architecture. The company is 21 full time employees strong but has an active associate programme to draw in further specialists. AsystsU has a mix of retired military personnel and deep subject matter experts. It has generated a strong track record within defence, but applies its bespoke Model Driven Systems Engineering and Architecture (MDSEA) approach across many industries. The MDSEA has proven extremely successful at enabling widespread architectural federation and the ability to link different repositories and even the products of different tools. However, Sparx EA remains the tool of choice for modelling throughout.

UTILISATION OF SPARX ENTERPRISE ARCHITECT IN NATO FEDERATED MISSION NETWORK ARCHITECTURE

INTRO

  • NATO FMN is the post Afghanistan initiative to ensure that the coalition is ready to deploy any mixture of national forces on any operation in a pre-prepared state to interoperate effectively, not only in terms of communications and IT but also at a military capability level.
  • The FMN Mission Thread Approach was designed to manage the complexity of different operational scenarios and enable all nations to pre-plan their contributions.
  • The FMN Mission Thread Approach has now been mandated to all nations by the NATO Military Council. 

MISSION THREAD APPROACH

  • Originally created by AsystsU to define the MoD JEF Model; what forces were required on the existing SAG scenarios
  • Work was utilised to define the User Requirements across the MoD war fighters.
  • Success led to demonstrating this to NATO.
  • Reference Mission Threads are based on NATO doctrine.
  • Tailored Mission Threads – both tailored to specific Ops and Tailored to specific capabilities/equipment
  • This enables nations to develop known capability packages (military services) that follow a common process and utilise the national equipment. This enables preplanning for any op by a modular approach to joining the capability packages together. 

TOOLS

  • AsystsU utilise Sparx EA as the System Engineering tool; it deals with the complexity of all the information and ties this to provenance
  • Sparx has proven readily adaptable and extensible as an engineering tool used by architects for other architects and experts (trainers, IT, Cyber etc). We refer to this as a model.
  • AsystsU have developed automatic translation tools that take the underlying info and translate this in to other tools whose purpose is more focussed on Management Information. We refer to this as Architecture and share it more broadly.
  • Effectively, using a common method, one can manage having different repositories and even different tools. 

EVOLUTION

  • Aim to pre plan Operations to 85% maturity
  • This would utilise the written doctrine already mature in all militaries. It simply uses a more common language than English; that of symbols in Sparx models.
  • This easily demonstrates the gaps in doctrine and the inconsistences between doctrines.
  • The central architecture can then be utilised for other specialist roles, effectively tying all parts of the organisation together towards common goals with common understanding.
    • CYBER
    • Training
    • Procurement
    • Intelligence
    • BIG DATA 

CONCLUSION

The NATO approach to architecture is still immature yet the basis for utilising it to take the entire organisation forward is growing real impetus. There is a need for experienced modellers and architects of all specialities, to evolve and professionalise the whole endeavour. Sparx EA isn’t the tool of choice for the end product but it remains the easiest tool to utilise when understanding and exploiting information. It has proven readily translatable in to a variety of end architect tools such as MooD, Archi, BizzDesign and ARIS.

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HOW TO...

 

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Guillaume Finance - VISEO

After several years of experience in software programming, Guillaume has worked for more than 11 years with Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect tool to build and maintain models for software projects and produce functional and technical specifications based on the expected level of deliverables. As a modelling and EA expert/consultant at VISEO, official Sparx Systems Value Added Reseller in France, Guillaume also provides support, expertise and coaching services on UML, SysML and Sparx EA. Guillaume runs training sessions on Sparx EA with UML or SysML.

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Extending EA with custom scripts to cater for specific needs and user requests using Sparx API 

Enterprise Architect supports most modelling languages and notations i.e. UML, BPMN, SysML, and ArchiMate. Whether EA is used to build models for a software application, identify business processes, define the system with the MBSE approach, or carry the IT landscape via the business, application and technical layers, customizing the notation with stereotypes and adding tailored features is almost a recurring request. Automated tasks and additional features can be built using EA API via scripts, add-ins, external tools, etc.

Based on a large number of scripts implemented for clients involved in software, data, and systems engineering, Guillaume will share his experience on this growing activity over the past years:

  • Overview of the covered topics (custom Excel import/export, model QA, save users' time in avoiding repetive or time consuming tasks, manage EA users & groups via Excel, run a reverse on unsupported languages such as Fortran...)

  • Demonstration of a selection of scripts.

  • The need to organize and name scripts.

  • Debug scripts.

  • Compatibility with different DBMS and the Cloud connexion

  • Hints and custom scripts to publish scripts from the "dev EA project"

  • Addressing the lack of sub menus with more than 20 scripts

  • Automatically trigger scripts with Geert's free ea-matic add-in

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Bert Dingemans - EAxpertise

 Bert is a data architect working often with Enterprise Architect mostly for UML class diagrams and ArchiMate 3.0. He uses Enterprise Architect for generating message documentation, ETL scripts, Database models and XSD files. Furthermore he is modelling enterprise architectures with ArchiMate 3.0.IDEA and the WPP are developed by Bert and these OSS products can be found at http://eaxpertise.nl

Using Enterprise Architect for architecting a Big Data Platform

Many organisations are investigating the possibilities of Big Data solutions, for example in the energy sector. Introducing Big Data is new and traditional approaches are of limited use. Think about introducing data-lab functionalities, innovative and agile approaches, new technologies like NoSql or Hadoop. How are you going to support these activities in an organisation as an architect and how can Enterprise Architect support you in adding architectural value.
In this session we will discuss a reference architecture for a Big Data Platforms, modelling techniques, architectural patterns and agile approaches all supported by the use of Enterprise Architect. You will see examples of big data patterns, solutions and templates based on ArchiMate.

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Jasen Mitchell - Airbus

Getting more out of Enterprise Architect in large software development projects

Exploiting the strengths of Enterprise Architect we have benefited from EA throughout the software life cycle at Airbus Defence and Space. In this talk Jasen explores how EA has provided improved access to information, saved time by auto-generating documentation, provided automatic software test creation and can simplify the compliance problems associated with software development on large space projects.

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  Robert Sheridan

Robert started his career in IT in 1991 after completing an MSc at the University of York which gave him a broad foundation. After a stint in the NHS as a jack of all IT trades Robert worked as a developer before switching to business analsis (though he keeps his hand in at SQL). Doing the MSc  gave Robert an interest in methods and he started using UML around 2000 on the recommendation of a colleague who was researching methods. In the mid 1990s Robert had been introduced to case tools; an evaluation of the market it about 2006 led Robert to start using Sparx Enterprise Architect and he has since seen no reason to move away from it.

 Robert has succesfully set up EA repositories and trained and mentored people on using EA for business analysis in a number of companies as well as using it to model data, processes and applications and generate documents. Why use EA? Using EA my productivity is far higher than when I used Word and Visio, especially in complex projects where the revisions need to be tracked. 

Using Class Diagrams for Data Migration

In this presentation, Robert will show direct mappings and mappings via transformations that are needed to move data from one application to another.

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 Bert Dingemans - EAxpertise

 Bert is a data architect working often with Enterprise Architect mostly for UML class diagrams and ArchiMate 3.0. He uses Enterprise Architect for generating message documentation, ETL scripts, Database models and XSD files. Furthermore he is modelling enterprise architectures with ArchiMate 3.0. IDEA and the WPP are developed by Bert and these OSS products can be found at http://eaxpertise.nl

Integrated Data Architecture Add On for Enterprise Architect

Enterprise Architect has great implementations of multiple techniques for creating data models. For example UML class diagrams, the extended data model, ArchiMate and matrix views for specific association types. This gives you the opportunity to create conceptual, logical and physical data models. However integration of these modelling layers is possible but can be rather tedious. Therefor http://eaxpertise.nl is developing an Open Source extension named IDEA (Integrated Data Entity Architecture) This Add On is based on numerous scripts and screens making the integration of the before mentioned data modelling layers simple and fully automated. Furthermore the extension has an advanced web interface giving non modellers access to all your (integrated) data models. Participants of this session will receive a sample repository containing the automation scripts.

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MODELLING

 

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Rudi Claes - INNO.COM

I am a senior solution architect and enterprise architect, associated with inno.com (www.inno.com). Since 2006, I have been implementing, teaching, coaching, and realizing projects with Sparx Enterprise Architect for various organizations in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg. With a specialization and certification in the Microsoft business intelligence (BI) stack since 2008, I have also delivered various BI training courses and realized multiple BI projects. EA4BI combines all my favorite ICT topics –enterprise architecture, modeling, business intelligence and Sparx.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/rudi-claes-39a696b

Practical business intelligence modeling with EA4BI

After the introduction of the EA4BI framework to the academic world (https://kuleuvencongres.be/poem2017/articles/program-IndustryTrack) and the Sparx community (http://www.eausergroup.com/past-events/october-2017-brussels/13-past-events/155-brussels-event-trainings-2017), it has been used during a couple of real-life projects. After a short introduction of the framework by means of some practical examples, the experiences gained with business intelligence modeling in general and EA4BI during these projects will be shared and discussed.

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Ian Mitchell - Ability Engineering

A long-standing EA user, business analyst mentor and teacher, Ian is the author of the popular eaDocX® document generator for EA and the EA model quality tool Model Expert, as well as being heavily involved with the design of Prolaborate. He also shares his observations from 30+ years in IT at www.theartfulmodeller.com.

Modelling with Instances in EA

Most of our EA modelling happens with Elements: Requirements and Use Cases, Classes and Components. But there’s another bit of EA which deals with the Instances of those elements. But what does that mean? And is it useful?

In this session, Ian will see not just how to create and manipulate instances in EA, but also how they can add another dimension to (some parts of) your models. We’ll look specifically at the lower layers of your Architecture models, where abstract ideas start to become real live ‘things’: servers, locations, software systems, and see how the combination of EA abstract ideas and real instances can create some useful insights, when instances get populated with real numbers.

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  Jan de Liefde - The Collective

Jan de Liefde is working as a senior consultant for public and private parties. His working field is mostly related to Model Based (Systems) Engineering and Technical Management during the different stages of the System Life Cycle of Infrastructure systems such as tunnels, sluices, water surge barriers and metro.

Enterprise Architect as an modelling platform for the integrated design of a metro system

In this presentation we look at the modelling of a large infrastructure system like a metro system by using Enterprise Architect. We present not only how we made the design by using Use Cases, Functions, Objects and Interfaces but also how we integrated test coverage in relation to release management , Hazard analyses, Geographical deployment, management reporting and specific rail items such as track zones and safe working areas in the design. We will close our presentation with a view on the next steps we are taking to model a network oriented system like a public transportation system.

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   Nizam Mohamed - Prolaborate

Extending the value of models by reaching beyond the Modelling fraternity

Modellers spend a big deal of time and efforts to create models that are of immense value. But most models fail to be that indispensable part of the enterprise information ecosystem due to lack of visibility. Positioning EA models as the pivotal source of knowledge for due-diligence and business decisions would multiply the value of EA models several folds and also ends up in the model being more relevant and accurate. This talk will discuss the tools and techniques to make models more consumable and foster wider engagement and feedback.

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Jan de Liefde - The Collective

Jan de Liefde is working as a senior consultant for public and private parties. His working field is mostly related to Model Based (Systems) Engineering and Technical Management during the different stages of the System Life Cycle of Infrastructure systems such as tunnels, sluices, water surge barriers and metro.

Enterprise Architect as an (integrated) modelling platform for the Infrastructure and Industrial Domain.

Is Enterprise Architect usable as an integrated modelling platform for Infrastructure and industrial systems? For a positive answer on this Enterprise Architect should not only be enable to support mechanical, electrical, industrial automation design and safety analysis but also offer graphical presentations for non-engineers like fire departments, traffic operators, legislation departments, etc. This presentation shows engineering artefacts like hazards, event trees, FMECA’s and fault trees for supporting safety analysis and piping & instrumentation diagrams, one line schema’s, elevation diagrams and instrument loop diagrams for supporting electrical, mechanical engineers and instrumentation engineers. This talk has been updated since 2017, with an updated MDG including new modelling elements and connectors, plus an integration with Prolaborate.

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May 24th 2019

 

Gdańsk Oliwa, Poland

 

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Thursday 6th June 2019

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