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General Board / Re: Advice - to nest or to compose ?
« on: June 28, 2018, 11:16:14 am »
Consequently, as part of our automated processing, we unnest things that should not be nested - even (and especially) if Sparx EA incorrectly nests them.  Part of the problem is that Sparx EA only PARTIALLY supports Nesting and Visual embedding (and in my view, some of it is just WRONG) and, as a consequence, users find EA's behaviour confusing.

I think the problem is more that sometimes ArchiMate is like UML and other times it isn't, and there is no [consistent] logic to when it is and when it isn't.

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General Board / Re: Advice - to nest or to compose ?
« on: June 28, 2018, 08:20:53 am »
You're thinking from a diagram-centric perspective not a model-centric perspective.  Create explicit relationships so anyone else creating diagrams from the model has access to "the truth".  They can chose to hide any relationships they do not want to show.

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General Board / Re: Search for *connections* ... ?
« on: June 26, 2018, 08:39:38 am »
Perhaps it is just another scenario where I'm using Sparx as an Archimate modelling tool, when it doesn't really speak Archimate

Archi doesn't allow you to search for elements or connectors.  Nor does it have the ability to use a query language to supplement the canned searches.

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General Board / Re: Search for *connections* ... ?
« on: June 25, 2018, 01:40:01 pm »
No - I'd settle for some pre-defined reports that support connections ...

Well you don't have to insert related elements but it's a quick way of seeing what connections exist.  Plus each element has a Related Links tab.

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General Board / Re: Search for *connections* ... ?
« on: June 25, 2018, 01:14:59 pm »
Just to clarify, i intended to mean, which way of using SQL queries ('cos there are zillion ways of using SQL queries in EA) as you were comparing this with Scripting (which is a tad more complex)

EA's Search functionality has been working with SQL queries for most use cases, however you can try requesting a predefined filter option for 'Connector' like we have for elements, attributes, etc.

May be something like this.

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General Board / Re: Replace element
« on: June 25, 2018, 07:30:58 am »
Why?

Well, how about when you import a whole bunch of Visio pictures and suddenly end up with dozens of copies of the 'same' element.

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Bugs and Issues / Re: Frames in Statemachine Diagram
« on: June 25, 2018, 07:23:51 am »
I tried to submit a bug report, however the captcha link seems to be broken. Hopefully somebody from Sparx Systems reads it here:

email support.  Let them know about the captha as well.  I've seen a few forms recently with broken captha.

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General Board / Re: Deployment Diagram questions
« on: June 22, 2018, 12:09:43 pm »
Second, somewhat related, how does one best represent a cluster and its individual nodes on a deployment diagram? We've been simply using a single node using a naming convention 'Cluster'<Type><RootName><Node1Name>/<Node2Name>/etc. So example ClusterAIXFluffA/B/C. However, there are times when we'd like to specify differences in node behavior in instances of the same cluster type. So ClusterAIXFluffA/B/C is a mirrored redundant set of nodes but ClusterAIXPeanutA/B/C has a primary node with two fail-over nodes. Our engineers need to know that a node failure on ClusterFluff is automatically handled and no special code needs to be written. However on ClusterPeanut, they need to know to wait for the failover node to spin up if the primary node goes down, as well as which is the primary,secondary,tertiary node (legacy systems, amiright?). What would be the best way to model the differences and failure details between the two cluster types?

I think, that a cluster is a collection of nodes.  It has no compute resource in of itself (unlike a hypervisor).  So I think Qwerty's advice is spot on, although with what you're trying today a package may be better than a boundary.

In ArchiMate terms you'd use nodes in a grouping and then assign locations to each node.  I must admit I never use Sparx's group element because the shapescript is far harder to deal with than a boundary.

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General Board / Re: Mind map connectors
« on: June 21, 2018, 01:29:36 pm »
The shape script for the mind map is horrible.

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General Board / Re: Windows Authentication & User Principal Name
« on: June 20, 2018, 07:12:00 am »
the usual Domain\Username

samAccountName

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General Board / Re: Notes and Shapescript
« on: June 18, 2018, 07:14:29 am »
What do you mean by "convert note to pin"?

A note has the following appearances
  • Standard
  • memo
  • memo style 2
  • pin
  • sticky
  • paperclip

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Bugs and Issues / Re: Files on Sharepoint
« on: June 15, 2018, 07:16:47 am »
I know it's an access file, however my company has a standard that we need to follow, and SharePoint is the way to go until we get to deploy EA as an Enterprise solution. The long term plan is to go Pro Cloud on premise, but before I get there I have to demonstrate it works...

It doesn't.  Access databases don't even synchronise for offline folders.

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General Board / Re: Client Verification by Certificate
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:44:06 am »
I presume you mean user authentication, and user certs.  No.

If you mean the actual client, it is a signed executable. 

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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Support LDAP within WebEA
« on: June 12, 2018, 06:50:28 am »
To reuse the security defined in a model which uses Windows authentication, WebEA shall provide a interface to such an LDAP server.

My employer sells a number of services that offer LDAP as standard for identity management and authentication.  Increasingly we're finding that customers are declining to use LDAP.  For web apps they're asking for SAML.

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Suggestions and Requests / Re: New standard element property: ID
« on: June 08, 2018, 06:53:32 am »
Now *this* is a much more interesting conversation.  Certainly I'm aware of much similar criticism of Archimate, and I'm far more interested in the Strategy, Business & Motivatioon layers, a little bit with Implementation (which is light anyway) and not as much in Application and Technology.  I'm also not especially wedded to Archimate, however it does have the advantage of being a 'standard'.
So - are you doing anything like this (or know of anyone who is) and/or do you have any suggestions on where I might look for inspiration ?
Or are you more coming from a general modelling perspective - ie, if the notation isn't representing the ideas well enough then work with one that does (?)

At least two posters here have extensively reworked or custom ArchiMate MDGs.  Every couple of weeks to a month someone asks a question on extending ArchiMate.  I stick to vanilla ArchiMate so as not to cause problems for my customers who struggle with the basics.  For most of the real crunchy things I do, I use other notations such as UML, Sequence Diagram, DFDs et al as it's easier to be correct.

While ArchiMate is a standard, it is a standard from a consortium of tool vendors, it's certainly not an "open" standard.

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