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General Board / How do I remove or delete a tranformation template
« on: December 11, 2015, 08:25:54 pm »
Dear all,
I have written a number of transformations which I need to remove. How may I do this?
Thank you in anticipation.

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General Board / Re: EA drifting away?
« on: December 11, 2015, 08:17:58 pm »
About 10 years ago, before IBM's acquisition of System Architect, I worked in a Law Enforcement organisation (Government Agency) where we developed data standards in Rational Rose which then exported XMI 1.1 (will not export diagrams) and had to import this into version 9 of System Architect which had no XMI import capability. We paid huge consultancy fees to write a custom import utility for this import. Based on this experience, I helped IBM to specify the requirements for the alpha version of the Rational Data Architect (RDA).

Given all of that painful experience, I would hate to go back to those days.

I later joined an organisation in the Aviation industry that had acquired System Architect before my time. Of course, I demonstrated the dis-benefits of staying with the tool and worked hard to ensure that the dominant CASE tool in the organisation and the allied industry standards organisations is EA. Our suppliers also adopted the tool.

The contributions of ideas from these diverse groups helped EA grow up very fast hence some of the complaints in this Forum. I could imagine the pressure on the staff of Sparxsystem (still a small company in terms of number of staff). By the way I submitted 2 bug reports yesterday.

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General Board / Re: EA drifting away?
« on: December 11, 2015, 12:25:12 am »
"Some of the new or improved features we've seen in recent version seem to be very far from the core functionality of a modeling tool. (such as project management features, or charts)"

EA is currently being used in some large organisations where the modelling task is outsourced to a service provider that provides modellers. Examples include industry models development and enterprise architecture models development.

In these contexts, the modelling effort is large and require project management support, hence the pm tools.

I also think that bugs apart, part of the pain for the individual early user of the software is seeing the tool grow with features that do not directly support parts of the model delivery process of interest. But I can assure you that it can only get better. I would rather have a company that innovates with imperfect solution than a stagnant company with perfect limited product capabilities. Where is KnowledgeWare (IEW/ADW) and Popkin Software (System Architect) today. I used these tools and in the early days of my career, they were considered great.

I am pleased with the addition of new tools - the Schema Composer and Builder. These additions make otherwise complex processes more visual for non-programmers. They enable a more truly agile approach to application development.

We are the community, so lets keep on raising the bug reports and of course new feature requests as the CASE tool market is highly competitive and fragmented. For our favourite tool to survive and be available to us,  it must beat competing solutions in a number of areas including usability and useful features. ;)

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General Board / Re: Book about MDG
« on: November 27, 2015, 01:58:59 am »
Hi Tom,
I purchased your book for the content even though I may not create an MDG Add-In in my career but primarily to support your good work in the Sparxsystems community. I note that you were kind to mention the contribution of other members of this community. Well done. ;)

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General Board / Re: Cropping element names in relationship matrix
« on: September 27, 2015, 03:30:31 am »
Thanks Geert. I will raise a feature request.

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General Board / Cropping element names in relationship matrix
« on: September 24, 2015, 08:59:35 pm »
Dear all,
I have developed two models, objectives and strategies. The model elements have long names. I have created a relationship matrix mapping the objectives to the strategies.
Given that the names of the elements are long, the titles in the matrices are almost unreadable.
I would like to wrap the names of the elements to several lines. Is this possible

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