Sparx Systems Newsletter - December 2008

Enterprise Architect 7.1 – build 834 now available

Sparx Systems' highly scalable, cost effective suite of rich modeling tools and technologies continue to deliver the kind of modeling depth and power you need. Specify, visualize, understand, build and manage today's complex business and software systems. Take advantage of Enterprise Architect's exceptional value and features and share your vision with the whole team.

Included in this newsletter, you can find details of the latest changes and enhancements to Enterprise Architect, information about new partnerships, offerings from our partners and 3rd party product announcements. We hope you find it useful and informative.

Some highlights from build 833 and 834 include:

New Business Modeling Toolbox

Enterprise Architect's new Business Modeling Toolbox is a perfect complement to its already strong BPMN tool set and can be found under the “Extended” section of the Toolbox menu.

RTF and HTML Reporting Enhancements

The creation of advanced RTF and HTML reports has been made even easier with new filters, document scaling, Master Documents and more.

XMI 2.1 and 1.1 Interoperability Updates

Interoperability updates to XMI 2.1 and 1.1 enable even greater support for distributed development, moving model constructs between models and interchanging model information with other XMI supporting tools.

Access 2007 Support

Support for the storage of Enterprise Architect models in the latest version of Microsoft's Jet database.

And Many More Tweaks and Improvements

Including updates to code and database engineering, enhanced in-place editing, version control, security updates and more.

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Enterprise Architect 7.5 - Beta Release

The Beta release of Enterprise Architect 7.5 is coming soon! With an exciting range of new and enhanced modeling capabilities for the business user, systems engineer and advanced modeler alike, keep an eye out for the Beta announcement and access for our registered users early in Q1, 2009.

Tips and Tricks

Tip 1: Need more room to document your elements? Try Linked Documents.

In the Corporate edition of Enterprise Architect, you can link an RTF document to any UML element in the model.

  1. Select an Element
  2. Right-click and Select “Create Linked Document” (Ctrl+Alt+D)

You now have a complete document to include rich-text, images, tables etc.

Tip 2: The fast way to link and add an existing element to your diagram...

  1. Select an element on your diagram.
  2. Drag the new link control (arrow at top right of selected element) to an empty space on the diagram.
  3. As you select the element type you want to link to, hold Shift.
  4. From the dialog, select your target element.

The element is now placed on the diagram at the selected position with the selected link type.

Messages and Information From Our Partners

The following messages were supplied by Sparx Systems' Partners. Their contents do not necessarily reflect the views or intentions of Sparx Systems.

ARCSeeker version 2.2 now available

Sparx Systems Japan releases ARCSeeker version 2.2, a Reusable Asset Management Tool for Enterprise Architect.

ARCSeeker version 2.2 offers a new feature 'Relationships diagram'. Various kinds of relationships between components (created from Enterprise Architect's packages) are shown as a diagram. You can also modify the relationships in the diagram.

A free trial can be downloaded from the Sparx Systems Japan website.

Learn process mapping with BPMN through Tieturi

Business Process Modeling Notation is an advanced notation for business process mapping. Training for BPMN using Enterprise Architect is now available.

There have been various ways to map processes, but now there is a standardized process mapping language BPMN. Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) gives more power to process mapping allowing you to define process steps etc. more accurately. It is even possible to generate BPEL code from it. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect supports BPMN and it is used in this course. This course is available in Finnish as a public course and in English as a customer specific course.

New White Paper: “Enterprise Architecture for Architecture Driven Planning”

Terry Merriman from OAD Consulting discusses the role of Architecture Driven Planning and UML for Enterprise Architecture.

Terry Merriman from OAD Consulting discusses the role of Architecture Driven Planning and UML for Enterprise Architecture. Terry Merriman is a Sparx Systems partner and a senior consultant for the Cutter Consortium in the areas of architecture and modeling frameworks.

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Dr. Dobb's Online Feature Article: “Closing the Gap”

Ramsay Millar of integrate IT explains how to close the gap between Business and IT.

Sparx Systems partner Ramsay has been featured in an interview on Dr. Dobb's online. Ramsay cites the benefits of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect and explains how corporate America is doing a better job of closing the gap between business requirements and the development of code.

Sparx Systems partners with Doreen Evans Associates

New partnership set to deliver business analysis excellence to the enterprise.

Doreen Evans Associates (DEA) is a professional services firm with 20 years of experience with leading modeling tools and through its new partnership with Sparx Systems greatly benefits customers deploying Enterprise Architect at the enterprise level.

ObjektDev wins prestigious BAE Systems Chairman's Award for Innovation

ObjektDev and BAE Systems Insyte Christchurch team presented with BAE Systems Chairman's Bronze Award for Innovation at celebrated RAF Hendon ceremony.

The award recognises the innovative process developed to migrate a legacy, secure and mission-critical system to the .NET platform. Key benefits for BAE Systems are a reduction in cost through high efficiency and improved productivity, a reduction in risk and a change-driven approach.

ObjektDev performed an in-depth Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) study of the legacy artefacts including requirements and System Electronic Information Security Policy (SEISP). The conclusion was a trade-off report enabling informed decisions as the project progressed.

The expertise of ObjektDev with Enterprise Architect was deployed to support the development of the process and to model the system under development. Furthermore, ObjektDev developed bespoke plug-ins for Enterprise Architect to maximise the developers' productivity.

Discounted Enterprise Architect Training for 2009 with Dunstan Thomas ALM

Book before the 31st of December to receive 20 percent off scheduled Enterprise Architect training for the first quarter of 2009.

If you place a booking before the 31st of December 2008 on any scheduled training course between January and March 2009 you will receive a 20 percent discount on those bookings.

Dunstan Thomas Application Lifecycle Management (DT ALM) has been instrumental in delivering solutions to a variety of industries.

The available courses are: UML with Enterprise Architect for Beginners, UML with Enterprise Architect for Business Analysts, UML with Enterprise Architect for UML Practitioners, Enterprise Architect for Power Users, Enterprise Architect for Project Managers (New) and OOAD with UML and Enterprise Architect.

Company innovation fosters partnered development of Enterprise Tester

Catch Limited has partnered with Sparx Systems, Atlassian and the Centre for Software Innovation, to develop a fully-integrated, web-based test management solution.

Enterprise Tester is a single solution which both derives test cases from UML requirements and allows test project management. It has been developed for use as both a stand-alone tool and as part of an integrated tool set; integrating with Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect and Atlassian's JIRA to provide an end-to-end solution, facilitating traceability from UML requirements through to test cases and defects.

Catch Limited have the full support of partner companies, Sparx Systems and Atlassian in the development of this tool, whilst specialist expertise is being provided through a partnership with the University of Auckland's Centre for Software Innovation.

Enterprise Tester will be BETA released in early December.

Canonic can import and translate your documents into Enterprise Architect

Import information into Enterprise Architect projects eliminating the need for manual entry.

For years Canonic has been assisting clients organize and enter artifact information into their Enterprise Architect repositories. The value of an Enterprise Architect repository increases with the amount of information in it. Canonic offers a service to import information into Enterprise Architect projects eliminating the need for manual entry. The Canonic team can import most artifact types resulting in customer defined, model elements.

The following artifacts are examples of data that can be imported: Requirements (with custom properties as Tagged Values), Use Case Specifications, User Interface Specifications (with custom properties as Tagged Values), Test Cases, User Stories and Conditions Of Satisfaction.

Expert-IT is holding free Enterprise Architect information sessions & training

Learn more about Enterprise Architect, your favorite modeling tool, by participating at the Expert-IT free information sessions held in Brussels, Lille and Luxembourg.

Expert-IT is pleased to invite you to their free Enterprise Architect information sessions.

The main topics include Enterprise Architect's support from requirements to implementation management, its support for every role, a review of the latest build and a demo of Enterprise Architect's features.

The free information sessions will be held in Brussels, Lille and Luxembourg, during December 2008 and January 2009.