Enterprise Architect 11 - Release Highlights
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Enterprise Architect 11 is a ground breaking, major release of Sparx Systems' award-winning modeling platform. With so many exciting enhancements, we want you to see why this release makes your modeling more productive than ever!
Here you can view recordings of each release topic, read answers to questions raised by the audience and download example models used by Sparx Systems presenters Ben Constable and Tom O'Reilly.
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Questions from the AudienceClick on a question to see the answer.
When will Enterprise Architect 11 be released?
Enterprise Architect 11 was released in April 2014.
How do I upgrade from version 10 to version 11?
- Download the installer, using one of the links listed above.
- Double-click the installer file and follow the prompts.
- The installation process replaces your existing version of Enterprise Architect with version 11.
Can you explain the migration process for moving existing Enterprise Architect 10 models to Enterprise Architect 11, particularly for DBMS based shared models?
There is no migration process required. Enterprise Architect 11 is backward compatible with the Enterprise Architect 10 models, whether they are hosted in a shared DBMS or in EAP project files.
If you use any new modeling constructs in version 11, such as Chart elements, others who view or edit your model with version 10 will only see a standard element, rather than a rendered Chart. (The model will be preserved though, as long as the Chart stereotype and its tag remain unaltered.)
Are there any improvements in HTML generation?
Yes. Though these are not shown in our video demonstrations, you can read about improvements to HTML generation from the Enterprise Architect 11 release notes.
Which new features are included in which editions of Enterprise Architect?
See our web page that compares Enterprise Architect editions.
Can you edit the Requirement ID? For example, you show REQ020. Can you have a different ID, like, APPREQ020?
Yes. That ID is part of the Requirements name, which you can directly edit in the Specification Manager. You can also control what prefix is used when you create new requirements, using Auto Naming and Auto Counters. See the Enterprise Architect User Guide for details on how to use Auto Naming and Auto Counters.
Can I display and edit tagged values in the Specification Manager?
You can display tagged values for elements that belong to a profile. Use the Type dropdown list to select the Profile's element type. Use the option Limit Display to Selected Type. The tagged values of the chosen element type then become available from the Field Chooser. If you double click a tagged value, Enterprise Architect's Tagged Values window is invoked to enable editing of the tag.
For elements that do not belong to a profile, simply dock the Tagged Values window (View menu | Tagged Values). When you select an element in the Specification Manager, its tags will be displayed.
Does the Specification Manager have the capability to synchronize with a DOORS database?
No. We have a separate add-in for that, MDG Link for DOORS.
What are the mechanisms for integrating the Specification Manager with external requirement management tools like Quality Center by HP?
Apart from the MDG Link for DOORS mentioned above, there are numerous third-party extensions for Enterprise Architect that integrate with various requirements management and test management tools. These tools are listed on our third-party tools page.
In the Specification Manager, is there a way to reproduce the hierarchy between requirements elements based on connectors (specialization, aggregate)?
No. This would add the complexity of including elements at multiple points in the hierarchy.
Can you print the list of elements in the Specification Manager?
Yes. The third icon from the right contains an item, Print List, that generates a report designed to look similar to the Specification Manager and that sends it to a printer.
Do we get any email notifications for every change?
Currently, there are no notifications. There are predefined Model Searches for recently discussed elements and a History tab in the Element Discussions window that allow you to view discussions that occurred within a specified time frame. Future versions of Enterprise Architect may provide a dedicated view.
How can I find elements with an existing or ongoing discussion?
The Element Discussions window has a History tab that lists discussions for all elements during a specified time frame. As mentioned above, you can also use a Model Search to find elements with recent discussions.
For collaborators to comment in the Element Discussion, do they need a full Enterprise Architect license?
Yes. We are, however, considering allowing users of the free Enterprise Architect Lite (read-only) edition to participate in Element Discussions.
Is there an indication of Element Discussions shown on elements in a diagram?
Are Element Discussions saved within the project?
Charts & Dashboards
Can charts and dashboards be scoped to a particular model (root node) in the project? For example, I have multiple models (that sit on a common enterprise infrastructure) in the same Enterprise Architect project, and use lazy load.
Yes. You can populate Chart elements based on a specific package, which can be a root node. Make sure you check the option Include Child Packages.
Can you write scripts to get specific information to feed into a chart?
We plan to add this capability. You can already populate charts based on a custom SQL query or a comma separated values (CSV) file. Furthermore, for Time Series charts, you can use a Scheduled Task with cloud-based repositories to automatically update the Chart at daily, weekly or monthly data point intervals. This is shown below.
Regarding Connect To Cloud, isn't this already available in version 10? What is the difference here?
As of version 11, Enterprise Architect can connect to a model repository via the http or https protocols. This has not been available in previous versions.
Using http/https allows you to access a model repository without establishing a direct connection to the database on which the model resides. Apart from simplifying access to shared models, this opens up more possibilities for team-based model sharing.
For example, in some corporate environments, team members are not allowed to connect directly to a database – all network communication must be via https. Teams in such environments can now leverage shared models, where an internal cloud hosts Sparx Systems' Cloud Server and the model is accessed from each Enterprise Architect desktop client via https.
What is the benefit to the user of accessing the model in the cloud compared to directly connecting to it via the DBMS?
There are several benefits, including:
- Simplifying model deployment. Previously, each team member that accessed a model on a DBMS repository would require the database driver to be installed and to have all the connection details for that database. For medium and large teams, the overhead of installing drivers alone could be significant. Now, accessing that same database using the Cloud Server, each team member only needs the URL, model name and user name/password.
- Enhanced performance for remote connections. Accessing and editing models over a WAN is faster when using the Connect To Cloud option, because the connection is optimized to reduce network chatter.
- Support for other team-based modeling tools such as OSLC, RAS and Scheduled Tasks.
What is the benefit of the Cloud Service compared to a solution where you have the Enterprise Architect installed on a Terminal Server / Citrix Server?
The two solutions are complementary and could be combined to good effect. Whereas the Terminal Server / Citrix approach simplifies application deployment, the Cloud Server simplifies model deployment (creating, monitoring, managing and accessing shared models.) For example, if you have a Terminal Server or Citrix Server, you still need each user to establish database connections to every shared model repository. Using a cloud connection would eliminate the need for them to create those direct database connections.
Both solutions address performance in different ways as well. The Terminal Server / Citrix approach will allow high-performance access to shared models, as long as there is a high-speed link between the application server and the DBMS hosting the model repository. A cloud connection will improve performance in situations where the model repository is being accessed, say, over a WAN outside that application server's local environment.
The cloud connection also facilitates Enterprise Architect's new RAS and OSLC capabilities.
Can I share model and meta data of the model in the cloud? Currently meta data doesn't get automatically stored in SVN.
When you use the Connect To Cloud feature, you connect to an entire model repository. That includes the model and its meta data (called Reference Data in Enterprise Architect).
Note: By using the new Connect To Cloud option with the Cloud Server, you are not necessarily changing how you store the model, or whether Version Control is applied. Rather, you are changing how the model and its metadata are accessed.
Is the cloud repository navigable via a web browser or only with the Enterprise Architect application?
You still need to access the model with the Enterprise Architect application. At this stage, we have not provided a web client to view and edit the model.
How are updates to models handled in the cloud?
There is still a database that hosts the model repository, and this repository is updated via the Enterprise Architect client. Using the cloud connection, however, the Enterprise Architect client no longer directly interfaces with the DBMS. Instead it sends queries via http to a Cloud Server, which then operates on the DBMS that hosts the model repository.
Can we host an Enterprise Architect project on our company's own internal cloud environment?
Yes. Sparx Systems makes available the server components you need to do this. We have created a web page that guides you through the process.
Does Sparx Systems supply a public cloud option?
We have provided some read-only cloud repositories to allow users to experiment with our Cloud Server components, before establishing their own cloud-hosted model repositories.
The following web page provides three test environments that you can immediately connect to: http://www.sparxsystems.com/products/ea/cloud-trial.html.
Apart from these read-only test environments, Sparx Systems does not provide a commercial, cloud-hosted model service.
Enhanced Document Management & Report Generation
Regarding the Store Documents facility, is there any restriction on the number or size of external documents that could be loaded to a model?
Enterprise Architect does not impose a specific limit. It would be dependant on what your DBMS server can physically handle.
Can internally stored documents be accessed by read-only users via the cloud?
How is the location of the Table of Contents (ToC) selected when using the templates for ToC and Cover Page?
When using the ToC and Cover page templates, the final document is constructed as follows:
- Cover Page
- Generated Packages and Elements
Can a Matrix Specification be referenced in a report specification to be included in the report?
No. Currently this is not supported.
Any plans to support the ability to link .xlsx documents as Enterprise Architect elements in future?
You can link .xlsx documents to Artifact elements, similar to what was done for the PDF document in this video demonstration.
State Machine Code Generation and Execution
Can you reverse engineer state diagrams from code?
No, but you can reverse engineer sequence diagrams that contain state transitions. For details, see Enterprise Architect's online User Guide under the topic Reporting State Transitions.
Can you reverse engineer changes to the generated code back into the model?
Not for state machines. The state machine code engineering feature is designed for forward engineering only.
Could you explain again how can we see the simulation with the code, when we generate, build and run?
Enterprise Architect shows you what your application is doing by means of the state machine diagrams, not by displaying lines of generated code. As your application executes and transitions through various states, Enterprise Architect highlights the current state and enabled transitions on the diagram. This is more useful than just showing lines of code that are executing, because you can validate your design against the implementation's run-time behaviour.
The Simulation also lists the output of each Trace statement from the code, so you can track what's going on at the code level that way. (In the demonstration video you can see this info updating in the bottom-right of screen, in the Simulation window).
For code generation, can you set up your build environment and build from Enterprise Architect?
Yes. If you search the Enterprise Architect User Guide for "build", you'll find information on how to do that. You can also search for "state build" to find how it relates to state machines.
Can the ability to pass, read and write objects be simulated in a business process modeled using BPMN?
No. The ability to pass, read and write objects only applies to Activity model simulation currently. The BPMN model simulation does not yet support the DataObject and DataStore elements and DataInput/DataOutput associations.
Visual Execution Analysis
Is Enterprise Architect 11 capable of generating sequence diagrams for interprocess applications like in a client-server architecture, such as client.exe, server1.exe, server2.exe? Is it possible to trace dynamics among these executables?
No. You can only debug one process at a time.
Reusable Asset Service (RAS)
When the Register Package operation analyzes dependencies, which dependency types are considered (classifier, note links, etc)?
It's designed to analyze all dependencies.
Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC)
Is it possible to make OSLC links between work items defined in Rational Team Concert and Enterprise Architect 11 model elements or diagrams?
The current implementation of OSLC in our server doesn't allow for reading additional information from external sources. It may be possible to create a reference to an Enterprise Architect diagram, but there is no hyperlink protocol outside of Enterprise Architect that supports this.
Is there anything new in the ArcGIS profile?
Most of the recent profile changes we made were shipped with the final Enterprise Architect 10 release, which included support for modeling and generating modular geodatabase schemas.
Version 11 also included some minor enhancements for ArcGIS modeling and we have further enhancements being developed for upcoming point releases.
The following may be of interest in the meantime:
The list of ArcGIS related changes in Enterprise Architect 11:
A webinar that features modeling and generation of modular geodatabase schemas:
Is there an option to auto save changes so that you don't have to click save on every action? For example, to add 7 attributes to a class diagram I click save and add 7 times each.
There are some existing tools that you might find useful. Enterprise Architect's in-place edit facility could speed up your attribute creation scenario.
With an element selected in the diagram you can use the keyboard short-cut Ctrl+Shift+F9 to add an attribute. Then Ctrl+Enter to repeatedly add attributes. With the Notes window docked, you can rapidly create and edit attributes without many mouse clicks.
One of our previous webinars provides a video demonstration of in-place editing, shown at the 18 minute mark.