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Overview

In the first webinar of our Pro Cloud Server (PCS) series we will walk you through the process of installing and configuring PCS for use in your local environment. Whether you are a System Administrator responsible for rolling out Enterprise Architect deployments within your organization, or simply interested in how deploying PCS empowers team-based and web-enabled modeling within your local Cloud environment, this webinar is for you

In this webinar, we'll show you how to:

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Session 1

Melbourne Thu 28 Feb 08:00 am
New York Wed 27 Feb 16:00 pm
Los Angeles Wed 27 Feb 13:00 pm
London Wed 27 Feb 21:00 pm
Auckland Thu 28 Feb 10:00 am

Session 2

Presenters

Ben ConstableSparx Systems

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Questions & Answers

Gereral

The Sparx Systems software components used in this presentation were:

  • Pro Cloud Server 3.0.24 (includes configuration programs and WebEA)
  • Enterprise Architect 14.1, Build 1428

Pro Cloud Server Deployment

This is really dependent on each organization and how it administers networks, but these general comments could be helpful:

  • Usually your Pro Cloud Server instance and the web server that hosts WebEA and WebConfig would reside on the same physical server. That said, Pro Cloud Server and the web server can be installed and run on separate machines. In such a scenario, there should be a very high speed network connecting the two machines to reduce latency.
  • In this presentation we used a very simple web server configuration with XAMPP, and simply deployed the WebEA and WebConfig files to the default htdocs location. There is no need to follow the same paths used in our example - if you have a standard folder structure for web servers in your environment, or a specific location for web applications, you can use that instead.
  • It is normally best to install Pro Cloud Server and WebEA on a dedicated web server that does not already have a different web server running or older versions of Sparx Systems Cloud components.

If you run Pro Cloud Server on IIS, Apache is not required.

It is not necessary to use XAMPP, nor is it necessary to use Apache for the web server. IIS can be used instead.

In this presentation, the server components were installed on a desktop environment. The general installation and configuration processes, however, are the same for the supported servers.

While theoretically the Pro Cloud Server components could run on Linux using a compatibility package, such as Wine, this scenario has not been properly tested nor is it officially supported. There are no immediate plans to add support for Pro Cloud Server running on Linux.

Yes. Enterprises can deploy Pro Cloud Server within their own corporate network infrastructure to avoid exposing sensitive model content to publicly accessible cloud servers.

Model Repositories

WebEA connects to a Pro Cloud Server Instance to access model content. So for your model to be exposed to WebEA, it must be either hosted on a Pro Cloud Server instance, or on another server to which Pro Cloud Server has access.

The Pro Cloud Server instance and its model repositories can be hosted on a public cloud or on your own network.

In this presentation, the model we edited resided with the Pro Cloud Server. Technically, the server, models and client programs were all installed on the same physical machine to simplify the demonstration. Usually, the model would reside on a server that is hosted on a separate machine to that used by the clients (Enterprise Architect and WebEA users).

Generally, Enterprise Architect's functionality is not limited by your choice of DBMS. There are some exceptions to this, such as support for Visibility Levels in Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server databases, which is not available with Firebird. (For more information on Visibility Levels, see the Help topic Visibility Levels.)

To help isolate each user's model updates and avoid conflicting changes, it is useful to apply user locks on Packages, diagrams or elements. This is supported by Enterprise Architect's role-based (user) security feature. For details, see the Help topic Security.

You might be thinking of the Nav Cells feature. One of our previous webinars explained this concept and how it can be applied to WebEA. For details, look for the Navigation Cells presentation from our Enterprise Architect 13.5 webinar.

WebEA

WebEA provides the ability to create Packages and elements and to update their properties, but does not provide the full suite of modeling tools available in Enterprise Architect such as editing diagrams.

Administrators can control which editing privileges users have and which element types are available in WebEA.

The ability to create and update elements is only supported in the Premium editions of Pro Cloud Server. For a comparison of functionality across Pro Cloud Server editions, see our Compare Editions web page.

Yes. When creating model connections for your Pro Cloud Server, you have the option to specify an existing model repository, rather than create a new one.

Yes.

There is no limit on the number of WebEA installations. The number of concurrent WebEA users and the number of models that can be accessed by WebEA, however, varies depending on the Pro Cloud license. For details, see our Compare Editions web page.

No, WebEA requires Pro Cloud Server.

You cannot currently edit diagrams with WebEA.

Yes, you can access your Enterprise Architect 13.0.1309 models with WebEA. This older version of Enterprise Architect, however, will not save the diagram images that are required for WebEA. Therefore, you will need to configure the Pro Cloud Model Connection to use the Worker application, which runs on the server and periodically generates diagram images for WebEA. For details see the Help topic How to configure automatic viewable components.

WebConfig

No. Currently WebConfig is not included with Pro Cloud Server Express, although there are plans to include it in the future.

One advantage is that WebConfig allows you to use a secure connection when configuring Pro Cloud Server remotely. WebConfig also provides a more friendly user interface.

Yes.

Licensing

Pro Cloud Server requires its own specific license key - you cannot use an Enterprise Architect key. If you have more than 5 current Enterprise Architect licenses, however, you may apply for a Pro Cloud Server Express license, which provides entry level access to the features of Pro Cloud Server and WebEA. For details, see our Pro Cloud Server Express web page.

For a comparison of functionality across Pro Cloud Server editions, see our Compare Editions web page.

If you have multiple floating licenses you might be entitled to a free Pro Cloud Server Express license. For details, see our Pro Cloud Server Express web page.

For a comparison of functionality across Pro Cloud Server editions, see our Compare Editions web page.

Integration with Third-Party Platforms

The integration features are listed in the Help topic Integrate Data from External Providers. There is an integration server provided with the Pro Cloud Server that handles the integration plugins for specific third-party platforms. For details, see the Help topic Install and Configure.

Data is exchanged between Pro Cloud Server and supported third-party platforms using the Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) interchange format. For more information see the Help topic Integrate Data from External Providers.

For a current list of integration plugins see the Help topic Integrate Data from External Providers.

We do not provide a list of additional plugins that might be supported in future.

Other

Rather than configure Pro Cloud Server to use version control, you can apply version control to a particular model hosted by Pro Cloud Server. This is done using Enterprise Architect. For details, see the Help topic Applying Version Control in a Team Environment.

Prolaborate is dependent on the Pro Cloud Server, so these software components are designed to integrate.

Prolaborate is designed for executives who do not necessarily have a good understanding of modeling, but need to consume the model content by means of tailored reports or dashboards to help drive business decisions.

WebEA is designed for people who know and appreciate modeling, but want to access and update model content via a mobile or web-enabled device.

Both Prolaborate and WebEA are based on Pro Cloud Server technology, but the purpose and target audience for each product is different.

No, currently Sparx Systems does not provide this service.

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