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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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.

 

Brussels 2017 Talks

Agenda 6th October 2017 Brussels

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What's new in EA 13 and 13.5

During this session Peter will guide us through the main novelties in the latest versions of Enterprise Architect: versions 13 and 13.5


Find out how Enterprise Architect moves forward and discover which new or improved features can make a difference in your day to day work.

Peter Lieber

Sparx Systems CE

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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EA @ Jan de Nul

The cornerstones of the Jan De Nul Group as a dredging, offshore, civil and environmental contractor are innovation, expertise and sustainability.


Thanks to its skilled employees and its continuous investments in own equipment, Jan De Nul Group is a leading expert in the business.

The professional and innovative solutions are trusted across the industry.


In this session, Patrick and Rudi will explain and demonstrate how JDN is using Enterprise Architect for their Business Process Management project.   


Business process lifecycle management, improving search ability by a uniform browser-structure and by extended use of custom search,  and document generation are important aspects in this project.

Rudi Claes

Inno.com

Patrick Frankignoul

Jan De Nul Group

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.


Patrick is a senior analyst and project manager with more than 30 years of experience in ICT projects.  He was responsible for the total life cycle of software solutions for a wide range of companies, as well packages as custom made solutions.  Since two years he is the inspirer of the BPM project at Jan De Nul

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Web Collaboration - Everything is about to change

Making EA information available to people via a web interface isn’t just a technical change. It means that knowledge stored in EA can now be shared with whole new groups of business users.


Done well, this can massively improve how we engage our stakeholders.

Done badly, we’ll just create more confusion.


In this talk Ian will explore how this can be a game-changer for us modellers, and show what the future can hold.


The future of EA starts here.

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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Manage a Canonical Data Model using EA

Enexis aims for a flexible and agile integration landscape. The creation of platform-independent service interfaces using a Canonical Data Model (CDM) that is based on open standards (such as OAGIS, HR-XML, UN/CEFACT CCTS and EPRI-CIM), is essential in achieving this goal. However, managing these, mainly large and complex, reference models without proper tooling is no easy task.

Enexis has chosen Enterprise Architect as the primary tool for maintenance of the reference models and generation of service interfaces from these models.

The presentation will highlight the steps that Enexis has taken to build a CDM management tool using EA and the process we use to transform reference models into a CDM framework, build domain models from the framework, use the Schema Composer to build service profiles and eventually generate service interfaces (both SOAP/XML and Swagger/JSON) from these profiles.

Wouters Meijers

Nebulon

Wouter Meijers is a highly experienced technologist with over 30 years of background in information technology, technical automation, multimedia and e-commerce. His focus is mainly on Service Oriented Architecture, Internet technology for portals, application integration and identity & access management. In the past 15 years, he has been working as an Enterprise Architect as well as Solution Architect for various, mostly large, customers in many different business domains, from government to education to industry. Wouter is currently working for Enexis in the role of Data Architect and is responsible for creation, maintenance and roll-out of the EA-based CDM Management tool.

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Managing with models, what difference does it make?

In this interactive session, we will investigate how the increasing use of models changes the way that organisations manage their business development, projects and BAU ops. We’ll identify the advantages and disadvantages of working with models, review the options and decisions that need to be made, and understand the likely outcomes of those decisions. The session will include examples taken from:

model and project governance

risk & issue management

contract management

reporting

‘Traditional’ Project Lifecycle including change management

Agile delivery projects including backlogs, scrums, deployment

stakeholder management

Jackie Mitchell

Ability Engineering

Jackie has been a project and programme manager, consultant and trainer in technology industries (Aerospace, Health, Telecoms and IT) for more than 30 years. She has taught and delivered projects using a wide range of different PM approaches, tools and methods.  Working with Enterprise Architect and a range of clients, Jackie’s recent experience has been helping organisations to integrate structured system design into end-to-end Project delivery, putting EA model data at the heart of their business.

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Enterprise Architect as a 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.

Jan de Liefde

The Collective

Jan de Liefde is co-owner of The Collective and 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.

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User Forum: This is what we need from EA!

Enterprise Architect is a tool very diverse tool with numerous features and options to suit everyone. It can be used by project managers, architects, analysts, developers, testers, etc..

But because EA is serving such a diverse user base we feel like sometimes Sparx Systems is not entirely aware of what we as users really need the most from this tool; so let’s do something about that.

This session is aimed at gathering a list of top requirements with all EA users present at the meeting.

This list will then be presented to Sparx Systems to be considered for implementation. By speaking as a group we can make Sparx Systems understand that these requirements are not just the wishes of an individual user, but the top requirements of the user base in this area.

EA User Group

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Using Enterprise Architect for architecting the TenneT Data Platform

Many organisations are investigating the possibilities of Big Data solutions, for example the Dutch and German Electricity Transport System Operator TenneT. 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 the TenneT 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. Participants receive an eap with sample patterns, templates and a sample blueprint of an Big Data Platform.

Bert Dingemans

TenneT

Bert is a data architect working often with Enterprise Architect mostly for UML class diagrams and ArchiMate 2.0. He uses Enterprise Architect for generating message documentation, XSD files and modelling enterprise architectures with ArchiMate 2.0

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Deriving code from models for the sake of traceability

The generation of code for embedded targets is becoming more and more common.

Especially in light of the  EU Directive on data protection, some of the lessons learned are starting to become feasible again for Line of Business Applications.

Why? Because it is simply the best way to prove that what you document is also what you run. To be successful with this approach, however, you must prepare yourself.

Come and join us to see how EA, with or without third-party tools, can make your software better.

Daniel Siegl

LieberLieber

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

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Modelling Messages with the Schema Composer

Modelling Messages has always been a difficult task in most modelling tools, including Enterprise Architect.

Since version 12 EA has a new tool to accommodate this taks: The Schema Composer.

With the Schema Composer, you can define messages as a subset of your general information model. You can cherry pick classes, attributes and associations to build the exact message structure you need, without having to duplicate parts of the information model, or resort to somewhat unstable methods such as diagram visibility.

In this session Geert wil explain and demonstrate the usage of this powerful tool and its different possibilities for managing your messages in EA.

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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Presenter Bios London 2017

 

Bob Hruška

Lieber Lieber 

Bob, formally known as Bohumil Hruška is an OMG Certified UML® Professional™ who has over fifteen years’ experience in software engineering, where he has played various roles in several industries delivering systems that offer real value for customers. Bob possesses experience in running large projects both on-site and working with remote, multicultural teams. Bob is also experienced in the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) appraisal journey and with development of the New Product Introduction (NPI) process.

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Dennis Geluk

DiVetro

 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.  Being a certified UC2.0 coach Dennis helped numerous customers in implementing the UC2.0 practice and improving company requirements standards and guidelines with agile elements. Currently Dennis is working at Dutch Railways as an information analyst and coach in implementing the UC2.0 practice within a project that creates Apps for all outside staff of Dutch Railways.  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.  Both Dennis and DiVetro are convinced that a good set of company guidelines and standards can help to maintain a high level of quality and consistent documentation set. As a business partner of Ivar Jacobson International, DiVetro adopted the UC2.0 practise within their company standards. 

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 Geert Bellekens

Geert Bellekens is an acknowledged Enterprise Architect expert and has written numerous add-ins for Enterprise Architect, including the free open source EA Navigator and EA-Matic. Geert Bellekens has helped several of the larger Belgian organizations to define and document their modelling method, train and coach the modellers and develop supporting tools. He is also one of the founding members and a regular speaker on the EA User Group events.

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Gillian Adens

Hippo Software 

Gillian Adens is director at Hippo Software, an authorised Sparx Systems training partner. Gillian studied joint honours Mathematics and Computer 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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 Graham Williamson

Interserve

Graham Williamson is the Head of Business Systems Architecture for Interserve, a FTSE 250, international support services and construction company. Graham is responsible for advising, assessing, planning and governing transformations and optimisations to Interserve's business systems, applications and technology. In this role, Graham leads a team of internal and consultant Enterprise Architects, who together define Group technology strategies, standards and transformation programmes, as well as work with their federated divisions to architecturally guide, support and assure their significant change initiatives.

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Guillaume Finance,

VISEO

 After several years of experience in software programming, Guillaume has worked for over 10 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. Working at the business and technical levels, Guillaume liaises with the business stakeholders and development teams.  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. 

www.umlchannel.com | www.eautils.com   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Twitter: @umlchannel

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Hans Natvig

Consoden 

Hans Natvig is a certified systems engineering professional (CSEP) with over twenty years' experience, mainly from the defense domain, practicing SE processes such as requirement analysis, requirement definition, architecture definition, detailed design, integration, verification, and validation. Hans experience of using Sparx EA started in 2006, including the development of system architectures using OOSEM, enterprise architectures using UPDM, and custom made MDGs.

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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, 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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 James Cullen

Martin-Baker Aircraft Company

 James Cullen is a Systems Engineer at Martin-Baker Aircraft Company the world leader in the design and manufacture of ejection seats. He has gained his experience from a master degree in systems engineering and using EA to drive the change to model-based engineering within Martin-Baker.

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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.

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   John Gladstone

Protean Electric

 John is a Senior Systems Engineer at Protean Electric and has been responsible for the development of the company’s Model-Based Systems Engineering Process for automotive Functional Safety applications (ISO-26262). He has more than 14 years’ experience of Systems Engineering, is a member of International Council on Systems Engineering (MINCOSE) and part of the UK MBSE Working Group.

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Matthew Thomas

Principality Building Society 

Is a Solutions Architect at the Principality Building Society headquarters in Cardiff, where they have adopted TOGAF and Sparx EA to support its transformation programme.  Responsible for defining the structure of the Architecture Repository and curating much of the content, as well as defining workable approaches. Work began by addressing documentation debt and building a baseline architecture model, and using the model to perform impact and gap analysis on various target solution options.  Matthew has many years of using modelling tools in different environments, and is a Chartered Engineer with an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) gained in an industrial setting.

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Peter Lieber

Lieber Lieber 

 Peter Lieber is a serial entrepreneur in the software industry and since September 2014, president of the Austrian Association of Software Industry (www.voesi.or.at). He is committed to sharing his 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.   In his own words: "I am an extrovert promoter and results-oriented controller and director. It like creating new partnerships and relations. I like people that are talking with me and it is important for me to help and motivate others. I'm very self-motivated and I prefer doing thinks I really like. I need a lot of creative and open space. But I also need people doing the administrative tasks and people realizing the ideas.  My highest motivation is doing creative work with and around Enterprise Architect. (www.sparxsystems.de)

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Phil Chudley

Dunstan Thomas Consulting Ltd

Phil Chudley is a principal consultant at Dunstan Thomas Consulting Ltd. He has been using Enterprise Architect for over 10 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 consultancy is the development of scripts for automated project workflow and validation /export of elements and relationships. 

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Ramsay Millar, INTEGRATE iT

www.IN2GRATEiT.com 

Millar is a proven expert in the areas of business and enterprise architecture transformations involving the collaboration of business leaders, enterprise architects, business analysts, projects managers, and is a loyal Sparx Systems Partner since 2001.  Ramsay has demonstrated the ability to harmonize and bring together diverse skill sets meet time, budget, and the stated vision of the leaders he serves. Millar is involved in many successful enterprise transformation initiatives since 1989. He began his career as a business and technology transformation early adopter and is highly practiced in the areas of project management, business analysis, business architecture and enterprise architecture.  Ramsay offers his consulting practice, and mentorship workshops to a diverse international client base through INTEGRATE iT.  Ramsay shares “insights from the road” gathered during his many consulting and training events.

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Richard Hilekes

DiVetro 

Richard is a senior information analyst at DiVetro in the Netherlands. He has over 10 years of experience in IT. During this period he has fulfilled a broad spectre of roles at different customers. Currently Richard is working at Wigo4it as an information analyst and scrum master. In this project he is responsible for the requirements of automatic processing of inquiries for social welfare. Over the years Richard has worked with Enterprise Architect at different customers and DiVetro. He is always looking for the most practical way to use a case tool.

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Stephen Channell

 Stephen is a freelance Technology Architect, specialising in Investment Banking risk pricing and trading.  He has used Sparx EA for ten years for Model Driven Architecture and has authored a number of tools ( https://www.nuget.org/packages?q=channell ) to extend Sparx for application generation from models.

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Terry Merriman

OAD Consulting Inc. 

Terry Merriman is the President and Chief Architect of OAD Consulting, Inc. He has over thirty years in software development and founded OAD in 2000 to provide consulting and training services in the enterprise architecture space. He has consulted with fortune 500 countries in the US and Europe, providing training, on the job mentoring, and consulting services on multi-million dollar projects. For the past twelve years, he has worked with clients to create architectural principles and guidelines along with supporting toolsets to make designing systems that conform to the principles and guidelines the easiest path to take. The result of this effort is Model Guardian, a profile and model management extension to Sparx System’s Enterprise Architect. Mr. Merriman first developed Model Guardian in 2005 and has continued to enhance it with new features that have been directly applied to OAD consulting engagements.

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Tom Geerts

Atrias 

Tom is a Business Analyst / Information Architect at Atrias, a neutral consultation platform in the Belgian energy market that develops and optimizes the energy market processes and is currently realizing a federal Clearing House. He has 8 years of experience with Enterprise Architect and is familiar with modelling BPMN, UML and XML Schema, document generation, custom searches, metamodels, version control in TFS.  He strives to continuously improve and extend the use of Enterprise Architect within his organisation. He writes internal modelling standards, trains end-users and likes to share his EA knowledge and best practices.

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Training Day Abstracts      EAUG Friday Abstracts      Venue     Agenda

 

Stockholm Nov 2016 - Abstracts

Ruth Sommar – Folksam

Information model as a common asset for development

Abstract: (Presentation in English)

The 2008 world crisis increased the pressure for information tracking, especially in banking and insurance sectors which led to many rules, laws and reporting that must be complied. Information structures within any organisation must be aligned and consistent in order to fulfil these rules. Alignment can be faster achieved by using a common information reference for the whole organisation. This means an information model that can be reusable by any team or project at the company aiming to develop or improve IT solutions. This information model will represent thus, a valuable asset for the organisation. However, many challenges come along.

o What tools allow the availability of the models

o How to use the CIM to specific purposes

o How to govern the models

 

Hans Westergren – Folksam

How to take care of project models and create value

Abstract: (Presentation in Swedish)

When projects are finalized and deliver there are often some models that helped them. These models can be useful while maintaining projects results. When new projects start they usually start from scratch, what if we could take care of already developed models which are made available. If future projects can save months of work by reusing existing models we can decrease time to market and speed up development. This presentation describe the Journey Folksam has done and how far we have come.

 

Ian Mitchell – eaDocX

“Model Governance is Not Boring”

Abstract: (Presentation in English)

When teams of people work collaboratively in large EA models, it can be difficult to deliver quality and consistency. That means someone has to take on the job of model management and model governance. There aren’t usually people queuing up to take on the governance role as it is seen as dull, difficult and time consuming.

In this talk Ian will describe his recent experiences with a number of clients, which led to the creation of the Model Expert extension for Enterprise Architect. He will outline the principle Model Expert Use Cases and show how customers have applied these to their models, distributing governance activities across the team and helping to model “Right First Time”.

 

Martin Krammer – Virtual Vehicle

Abstract: (Presentation in English)

Virtual system development becomes more important in a plenitude of industrial domains to reduce development times, stranded costs and time-to-market. Modeling and simulation techniques allow the specification, analysis and test of embedded systems during various phases of development. However, integration and coupling of real-time systems into simulation environments still require enormous efforts. Typical examples are automotive electronic control units (ECUs). First of all, functional models are developed (model-in-the-loop, MiL). Second, code is generated and tested within a software-in-the-loop approach (SiL). During hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) or vehicle-in-the-loop (ViL) tests, the leap from the virtual to the real world is taken. This step is often highly expensive, due to insufficient standardization and interface agreements, as well as missing knowledge about interfaces.

The aim of the ACOSAR project is to develop a non-proprietary Advanced Co-simulation Interface (ACI) for real-time system integration and an according integration methodology. The Modelica project has paved the way for a seamless exchange of simulation models and improved interoperability of simulation tools with the introduction of the Functional Mock-Up Interface (FMI). ACOSAR wants to perpetuate the idea of FMI in order to support the full development cycle of embedded or cyber-physical systems. Its main output will be the full specification of the open ACI.

The ACOSAR project consortium is made up of strategically selected partners from the automotive domain. This includes original equipment manufacturers (OEM), suppliers, tool vendors, as well as institutions from research and academia. Nevertheless, the area of application of the ACI is not limited to the automotive domain. Since the full ACI specification will be publicly available, it is open for all fields.

In this talk an overview of the ACOSAR project will be given. The project has collected numerous requirements for the ACI, which led to the introduction of a novel architecture for the construction of networked Advanced Co-simulation Units (ACU). Detailed information about the main design intents of ACUs will be stated, next to the contemplated communication mechanisms for ACUs. Enterprise Architect is used in ACOSAR and supports (1) management of requirements and documentation, (2) definition of the advanced co-simulation open system architecture, together with (3) specification of the communication protocol. Future areas of application for Enterprise Architect also include configuration of real-time simulation scenarios comprised of ACUs.

 

Lars-Erik Berglund – Folksam

Enterprise Architecture infrastructure at Folksam

Abstract: (Presentation in Swedish)

 The number of modelers at Folksam has grown a lot since Enterprise Architect was first introduced at Folksam and its subsidiaries. From the beginning, only a select few enthusiasts dared to embark on UML-based modeling using EA. We had other tools like Qualiware and Rational, and with our subsidiaries we found Erwin Data Modeler and Process Designer. Today we have 390 registered users of which 100-150 are regular producers of models. The number of projects-spaces in the common repository has grown from only a few to 50-60, and the number of assets has grown exponentially. The growing volumes require some “tender love and care” and the infrastructure solution needs to “tag along” to meet the requirements from users. This is our journey.

 

Peter Nilsson – Wasa Kredit

Our journey towards process orientation

Abstract: (Presentation in Swedish)

The presentation describes how Wasa Kredit realized a company-wide process project in 6 months. The result is a comprehensive process structure which impels the correct way of doing business, enables swifter business development, and makes us compliant into the bargain. The presentation describes our journey and adds a few words on how we use (and don’t use) Sparx.

 

Bert Dingemans – InterActory

A web publication platform for Enterprise Architect

Abstract: (Language English)

When you use Enterprise Architect as a replacement for architecture documents publication and collaboration on the web will be an interesting scenario. For this scenario I developed an Open Source Web Publication Platform (WPP). The WPP is a combination of an EA reader and a CMS. This platform has numerous features to facilitate easy access to the architecture repository content, enrich the user experience and collaborate and review the repository content.

In this session I will demonstrate how easy it is to publish an EA project file to the web and how you can configure the platform in layout, autorisations, navigation, search and forum functionality. In 10 steps I show you how you can adapt the platform to your own needs. After this session you can download and configure the WPP and publish your own EA files to the web.

  

Johan Wretö – Ferrologic

Increasing maturity using maturity models in Sparx EA 

Abstract: (Presentation in English)

Maturity models such as CMMI have been around for quite some time. In this presentation, we will have a look at standards for maturity models and show how a maturity model can be implemented using Sparx EA. We will have a closer look at maturity models such as EAMM Enterprise Architecture Maturity Model and Process maturity models that are closely related to modelling. A case study will be presented on how to work with maturity and what the results were.

 

Bob Hruska - LieberLieber Software GmbH 

Concurrent modeling with ease in multiuser environment

Abstract: (Presentation in English)

Traditional collaborative modeling in Enterprise Architect tends to be performed sequentially. Users take turns accessing the model due to the locking mechanism, editing and committing their changes. This process causes delays since each user must wait for his turn. Moreover, it may be difficult to manage. For example, each user needs to keep track of who is editing what package, which version of the model is the most recent and when the user will have a turn.

 This presentation is intended for those who is facing challenges such as:

* Work in parallel within geographically distributed teams

* Version control management of the model

* Choice of model repository for large scale deployment

 

Tommy Gällhagen & Mikael Persson - Scania

How to align diverging ERP solutions into one Enterprise solution, from a business perspective.

Abstract: (Language English)

Today organizational units are accustomed to build their own IT solutions without taking into account the needs of other units. As architects within a complex organization Tommy and Mikael uses Enterprise Architect to map diverging planned solutions to real business needs and ongoing initiatives. By creating a business capability map and harmonize needs within each capability, a joint solution can be possible to achieve.

 

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:

 

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!

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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Venue     Agenda

 

Brusssels October 2017

 

A 2 day event in Brussels, Thursday 5th and Friday 6th October 2017

Thursday 5th October: an EA training day, with a small number of in-depth sessions led by approved EA training partners.

Friday 6th October: a ‘traditional’ EAUG event day - presentations,case studies and user stories.

Please Note: numbers on Thursday for training will be limited.

AGENDA:

  • Thursday 5th October: EA training day - Details
  • Friday 6th October: a ‘traditional’ EAUG event day - Details

VENUE:

 ACV-CSC Offices, Aeropolis Haachtsesteenweg 579, 1031 Schaarbeek, Brussels 

 

TICKETS - BUY NOW:

Best value: €525  - To join us for both days

€500 - To join us on Thursday for the training day.

€75 - To join us on Friday for the presentations.

 

CALL TO ACTION:

 

EAUG Friday Presentations

Presentations -  London 2017 -   Friday May 19th

 

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Opening Keynote - Peter Lieber; LieberLieber Software

 Enterprise Architecture and Standardisation to survive as innovation leader and/or to have the chance to innovate

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 EA and version control in practice.

Dennis Geluk; DiVetro

 Trying to find the best way to get your model under version control? What to choose? Separate EA project files with simple merges, the “common” database or integrating a version control tool like TFS or SVN.  During this presentation Dennis will give an insight in the experiences and best-practices of DiVetro. These best-practices were created as the result of several consulting assignments and the experience of DiVetro consultants with their own EA / SVN implementation.  We will look into the pros and cons of some configurations and pin-point which configuration suits which situation best.  

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 How to get non-IT people to start liking EA

Graham Taylor; Cofunds

 Anyone who has used EA knows it has its quirks. It can be hugely powerful, or incredibly frustrating depending on what you’re trying  to achieve, so how do you get people with no IT background to want to get involved?  In this warts and all case study, we look at how Enterprise Architect has gone from being the domain of just a few “geeks” into the central source for all change programmes within a large financial organisation. Different audiences require very different outputs and so we have had to work through ways of delivering the information people need in a way they can understand.  The session will cover, loading information from various sources such as Visio, Excel and Word, document production with eaDocX and the RTF generator, generating reports with a reporting server / Access databases, Integrating diagrams into PowerPoint.

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 Planning and managing business and technology transformation using Enterprise Architect

Graham Williamson; Interserve

 In the last 6 months Graham introduced Sparx EA into the Group Technology Strategy function within Interserve to enable more accurate and detailed transformational planning of their complex landscape and ambitious change portfolio.  Graham would like to share with you his experience of the following: Real-world enterprise architecture modelling and planning requirements, selecting the right solution (and getting it wrong),extending Sparx EA 13 and Archimate 3.0, creating temporal architecture models, searching and reporting from temporal architecture models, creating exec-level content as well as architect and engineer-level content from the same model,  migrating data from an existing EA repository into Sparx, warts and all, benefits so far and future plans.

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 Running automated tests with your EA add-ins

Guillaume Finance; Viseo

One of the strengths of EA lies in its capability to be extended through stereotypes and UML profiles, custom searches, automated scripts, add-ins, etc. Scripts and add-ins use EA’s API to run automated tasks and achieve new features. As a result, Sparx EA community has released a wide range of free and commercial add-ins such as EANavigator, hoTools, eaDocX, BEASI, etc.  Since 2015, Guillaume maintains and shares a free utilities add-in: eaUtils (www.eautils.com). This add-in started off with the need to centralize and share features from existing custom scripts. eaUtils is aimed at saving time in specific scenarios such as sorting a wide array of elements within the model, generating the alias value for elements according to their layout in a diagram.  Since its release, eaUtils range of settings has increased making it more and more time consuming to run tests for each build. As a personal project, Guillaume looked at defining and running automated tests for eaUtils addin directly in EA before releasing version 1.12. To extend further the usefulness of such module successfully implemented specifically for eaUtils, Guillaume has investigated existing open source add-ins to associate and run automated tests.  This talk will illustrate the automated test module designed and implemented in eaUtils addin, followed by the integration study with other add-ins.

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Visualisation of EA model data in non UML tools.

Hans Natvig; Consoden 

Stakeholders are often not interested in UML/SysML diagrams. Many feel that the diagrams are difficult to understand and lose interest very quickly. However, EA-data can easily be exported in a language-independent data format such as JSON for customised visualisation in other tools. An example will be demonstrated where EA is used with UPDM/UAF to model an enterprise architecture where parts are subsequently visualised in a web browser using D3.js and Bootstrap.

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Web Collaboration - Everything is about to change

Ian Mitchell; Ability Engineering 

Making EA information available to people via a web interface isn’t just a technical change. It means that knowledge stored in EA can now be shared with whole new groups of business users.  Done well, this can massively improve how we engage our stakeholders. Done badly, we’ll just create more confusion. In this talk Ian will explore how this can be a game-changer for us modellers, and show what the future can hold.  The future of EA starts here.

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Introduction to Martin-Baker and ejection seat technology

James Cullen; Martin Baker Aircraft Corporation

What is driving the change to model-based engineering? What are the advantages gained by using SysML in ejection seat design? A walkthrough of the model and how the systems development lifecycle is implemented with SysML.  How we are developing a standard for model-based engineering at martin-baker. Challenges ahead and areas of improvement.

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

 Jan de Liefde; The Collective

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

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 Using Enterprise Architect & SysML for the Development of an In-Wheel Motor System

John Gladstone; Protean Electric

Protean Electric is an award-winning technology company that has developed an in-wheel electric motor system for hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles.  This In-Wheel Electric Motor System is being developed to comply with automotive standard ISO-26262, which provides guidance and recommendations for the development of safety related systems. Included in these recommendations is the use of UML and/or SysML.  Protean Electric has used Enterprise Architect with SysML to develop a system model of the design; ensuring compliance with the standard.  This presentation will explain, with the use of real examples, the specific EA capabilities that have been exploited by Protean Electric during their developing activities. Topics will include: model Structure – how do we organise our model and why? use of Architecture Frameworks & Patterns – why are they useful and how can you implement one? SQL Queries – why being able to write queries is essential for your Systems Engineering activities with EA, Document Generation and the Glossary – document generation is easier than you think! Methodology & Process – putting it all together, Required Reading – there is lots of information out there... where do you start?  This talk will not make you an instant expert on this topic. Its goal is to show what you need to know if your organisation is considering similar activities with EA.

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Suppression of Empty Data Properties in Documentation Reports

Phil Chudley; Dunstan Thomas Consulting

 When using EA’s documentation functionality and reporting templates, data fields are always output whether or not they contain data. This can result in reports containing many blank sections which may be undesirable. During this presentation, Phil will present a method of supressing properties when no data is present in that property.

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A BA, PM, and EA success Story

Ramsay Millar; Integrate 

Leaders steering business transformation initiatives, in public and private enterprise, need highly effective strategic BA’s, PM’s, EA’s working collaboratively to ensure business outcomes are realized. We also need to reduce the severe risk of highly visible transformation failures by leveraging productivity tools, and by adopting highly effective techniques. Transformation failures are growing but for a small skilled percentage this is not the case. Find out what success looks like.  Creating collaborative and repeatable transformations with diverse stakeholders are not skills of traditional stove pipe BA’s, PM’s and EA’s. Learn insights on why BA’s PM’s and EABA’s need to collaborate effectively to dramatically improve business value during ever demanding and changing times. Gain insights on how the top few performing organizations practice a systems thinking approach to succeed the first time and avoid failures.  Learn directly from recent case studies on how to succeed when planning and executing a transformation across diverse landscapes involving diverse stakeholders.   Over twenty successful Sparx EA TOGAF repository deployment engagements, Millar developed the open INTEGRATED Framework for Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, consisting of a harmonized blend of modeling standards from respected individuals and standards groups including, OMG BMM, OMG BPMN, OMG BIZBOK, OMG UML, CMMI, IEEE, IIBA BABOK, and TOGAF.  Learn how one consultant firm has proven to their clients how to accelerate transformations, improve business flexibility, and reduce the severe risk of transformation failures. Enterprise Architects must ensure value by dramatically reducing transformation risks.

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Keeping track of changes within a release.

Richard Hilekes: DiVetro 

Have you ever tried to keep track of all the changes you and your team made to the model for a specific release? What if your model is used as a benchmark for functionality and suppliers need to have a detailed overview on the changes within a release?  During this presentation Richard will give an insight into the experiences of DiVetro during the maintenance project of the civil records specification in the Netherlands.  During this project DiVetro and Municipal experts make regular changes to civil records specifications and release them 2 or 3 times a year. With each release, detailed release notes were needed to keep suppliers involved.  Clever use of tailored “Statuses” and traceability options within EA made it possible to generate the release notes for every release (up to 100 pages).  We will look at the process we use and the way EA helps us to keep track of changes.

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Implementing repository specific EA addin code

 Stephen Channell

  Sparx provides a Software Development Kit (http://sparxsystems.com/downloads/resources/booklets/enterprise_architect_sdk.pdf ) to enable full customisation of EA through a COM registered addin.  EA.Gen.Addin (https://www.nuget.org/packages/EA.Gen.Addin/) is Façade component that enables addin development as a rapid alternative to scripts, but without the need for Dev-Access or packaging. Stephen will be presenting a worked example of an addin using EA.Gen.Addin.

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 Gaining Control over Your Enterprise’s Modelling Environment

Terry Merriman; OAD Consulting

 More and more companies are realizing the benefits of formally modeling their architecture. This is especially true where they are focusing on incorporating business architecture with their enterprise architecture to further the company’s strategic plans. However, they are also realizing the need to gain control over their modelling environment in order to produce consistent, meaningful results. This is especially true with more and more business based individuals joining the modelling effort.  In this session, we will explore the development of a profile incorporating concepts from numerous areas including the Business Motivation Model, Business Capability Model, Business Rules, Business Processing, Application Architecture, Solution Architecture, Information Architecture, and Technology Architecture. We will then see how the profile was leveraged to establish processes to promote elements from the planning phase to the implementation phase. Included will be a look at some of the patterns used within the profile to efficiently handle the tagged values and relationships that elements’ metatypes can inherit from their parent metatypes.  Throughout the session, Model Guardian, an extension to Enterprise Architect, will be used to show the overall structure of the profile and to quickly make adjustments and embed extended rules that control what modelers can do. Examples include: Assigning roles to users and limiting their ability to make changes to just those areas of a model that are specific to their role, e.g. creating and deleting only those element types germane to their role. Controlling what element and connector types may be created on a given diagram type. Controlling what element and connector types may appear on a given diagram type. Limiting relationships between elements to those defined in your profile. Consolidating  all or parts of XML based MDG profiles for Enterprise Architect, e.g. BPMN 2.0, into your profile and extending your profile rules over them.  Finally, the session will demonstrate powerful, dialog driven ways with which to control the modelling effort, e.g. element relationship management. The dialog's leverage your profile to present only those elements and connectors that are relevant to the specific modelling task at hand.

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 Modelling XSDs with EA’s Schema Composer and add-in EA Message Composer

Tom Geerts; Atrias

 Tom will provide an in-depth look at the modelling approach for XML Schema Definition files (XSD) using EA’s built-in Schema Composer, the EA Message Composer add-in and the standard XML Schema generation. This approach involves the use of a centrally managed messaging model and the creation of a subset per message, which results in an XSD file. Tom will also discuss the migration process and compare the new way of working with the previous modelling approach. Other uses of the Schema Composer will be introduced as part of the challenges in the future.  The modelling approach (use of the Schema Composer and the EA Message Composer add-in) will be demonstrated in a live demo.

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 Training Day Abstracts      Agenda       Venue     Presenter Bios

 

Training Day Sessions

 

 Training Sessions -  London 2017 -   Thursday May 18th

 

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The Art of Visualizing Software Architecture in EA

 Bob Hruska

 Ask somebody in the building industry to visually communicate the architecture of a building and you'll be presented with site plans, floor plans, elevation views, cross-section views and detail drawings. In contrast, ask a software developer to communicate the software architecture of a software system using diagrams and you'll likely get a confused mess of boxes and lines.   This workshop aims to provide a lightweight Simon Brown’s “C4 model” approach that software development teams can use to visualize their software in Enterprise Architect. The MDG Technology for C4 Model provides predefined model structure together with diagrams and relevant elements enabling you to draw diagrams at varying levels of abstraction to visualize the static structure of a software system.

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Advanced Document Generation with Enterprise Architect

Geert Bellekens

 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. 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.

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Sparx EA and ArchiMate for Architects

Gillian Adens 

This 1/2 day training session is aimed at business, solution, technology and enterprise architects. (Using EA V13 and ArchiMate V3) It provides an accelerated introduction to creating ArchiMate V3 models within Sparx EA. Delegates will learn how ArchiMate is structured and how it relates to TOGAF, UML and BPMN. The session will cover notation for the most commonly used ArchiMate concepts and show how to create layer specific and multi-layer viewpoints within Sparx EA. It will also demonstrate key decision making techniques within Sparx EA such as using traceability to understand the impact of change, using tagged values to hold properties of architectural significance, using auto-colour legends to create a heat map and documenting technology roadmaps. Delegates who bring a laptop running Sparx EA will have the opportunity to follow demonstrations and create their own ArchiMate models. 

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Model Curation - Getting other people to understand your models

Ian Mitchell 

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. 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.  Come along and be prepared to learn AND contribute.

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TOGAF - How to operate an Architectural Framework for success

Matthew Thomas 

Building a model and changing it over and over until it is right, is quicker, less costly and less risky than doing the same thing in the real world. As project size and complexity increase, the more modelling can pay off. Equally, the more challenging the modelling work itself. This is where architectural frameworks can bring value, by guiding and structuring the architectural effort.  Embodying very many years’ experience of executing architecture successfully, TOGAF - The Open Group Architectural Framework - is a leading architectural framework. Sparx has a TOGAF MDG plug-in that puts some structure to your model, and defines 13 additional diagram types and toolbars. Good to go! But are you?  This hands-on interactive workshop introduces the Sparx TOGAF MDG, and ways to build upon it to execute architecture successfully. It addresses the limitations of the MDG, and gets us to think about how the TOGAF specification help to fill the gaps. It then focusses on how a model structured in Sparx around TOGAF can be used to describe baseline and target architectures. The gap analysis and impact analysis features of Sparx will be examined and practised.

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Business Process Modelling using EA v13 and BPMN 2.0

Phil Chudley 

For anyone who needs to model business processes using BPMN 2.0 in EA version 13, this training is hands-on and supplemented with presentations and demonstrations, ideally attendees will have their own laptop with EA version 13 installed. Covering the four diagrams of BPMN, their use and potential target audience, Conversation Choreography, Collaboration, Business Process.  Modelling approach using EA, focussing on re-useable elements. Practical Business Process Modelling in EA using Collaboration and Business Process Diagrams: Use and role of owning Process Model elements, Re-using Pools and Lanes, Re-using Activities, Use of Callable Sub-Processes. 

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Agenda      EAUG Friday Abstracts    Venue     Presenter Bios

Next Event

September 27th & 28th - Utrecht, NL

 

Thursday 27th September: an EA training day, with a small number of in-depth sessions led by approved EA training partners. 

 

Friday 28th September: a regular EAUG event day - presentations, case studies and user stories.

 

THE CALL FOR SPEAKERS is currently live - see the NEXT EVENT page for more details.

 

Future Events

Future EAUG related events being planned include:

27/28 September 2018

A 2 day EAUG event is being planned in Utrecht, NL. - see Next Event page for more details

 

One day events are also being investigated for Poland and ItalyMore information will be added as soon as we can confirm the details.  

 

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