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.


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