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I've read some articles that map the ORM to the UML and it appears that this notation is better at capturing business rules in concept models and this may be a factor in its choice for the OMG SVBR specification.

I recommend the implementation of this profile by Sparxsystems given that there are open source developments on-going for the Visual Studio environment.

I will be raising a feature request.


Dear all,

I came across Keith Short's (Microsoft) blog on the Whitehorse Class Designer and Domain Specific Language.

Has anyone tested the Class Designer? I'd be interested in finding out how this environment delivers improved productivity over a tool like EA.

I appreciate all comments.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Status Field for diagrams
« on: March 08, 2010, 05:22:42 pm »
These requests have my vote!

I think that there are documents on using version control systems on the Sparxsystems web site. Reading trough may suggest a solution and if that does not help, please, contact user support directly.

I support this simple feature and more. Please, kindly raise a feature request.

Current best practice to domain concept models suggest the development of a domain taxonomy which guides the selection of the business concepts used in the domain model.

EA could parse the text of the business use cases and generate a candidate list of business concepts based on the tuple (subject, verb and Object).

An experience of "Sentence Diagraming" techniques (Check Arlow and Neustadt "Literate Modeling Techniques") suggests that above tuple may be applied to business use case statements to generate a candidate taxonomy. Use Google to search for a paper with the term "Taxonomic Class Modeling" (It wasa long time I read the article.).

My suggestions are already achieved in the areas of Ontology extraction from text corpus (Check OntoGen 2.0 for a prototype). I currently use the IBM Taxonomy tool to achieve the same purpose (Check IBM's web site for an evaluation copy)

I think that this approach would add a bit of intelligence to current approaches to class / concept modeling especially if this feature is backed by a thesaurus such as WordNet (Check Princeton University).

I hope this community will agree that we need a bit more intelligence in our tools.

kind regards


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Web Interface and\or Model API
« on: December 10, 2009, 07:27:12 am »
This is also a requirement in my environment where we are migrating to sharepoint. Supported.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Lossless Import of Spreadsheet Data Models
« on: December 03, 2009, 10:37:55 am »
You are kind, Geert. the community will appreciate this.

best regards


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Lossless Import of Spreadsheet Data Models
« on: September 02, 2009, 07:02:39 am »
Thank you, Geert,

I have the utility and I should be using it.

kind regards


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Lossless Import of Spreadsheet Data Models
« on: September 01, 2009, 12:24:38 am »
Thank you, Geert.


Hi Geert,

I read your comment as an offer to help. I need this urgently but cannot program. I would therefore appreciate if you can send me this utility with instructions on how to use it.


Suggestions and Requests / Lossless Import of Spreadsheet Data Models
« on: August 29, 2009, 07:38:36 pm »

There is a requirement for the existing spreadsheet import capability of Sparxsystems EA to be extended to import classes, attributes and relationship elements established.

There is an increased need for data standardisation to support information interoperability within and between organizations. Organisations that operate in global markets are participating in data standatds definition efforts.

Because of the diversity of organizations participating in these efforts, business analysis of data is often done in spreadsheets (see the data definition spreadsheets for UBL, UN/CEFACT and many others). The spreadsheet is seen as the common denominator between the affluent and financially constrained participants.

I am aware of Sparxsystems efforts to provide free development licences for some standards development efforts (which of course promotes EA).  Sparxsystems must go beyond merely seeking to, promote its interests. Urgently required are solutions that help to resolve existing problems encountered within and outside these standards groups.

There is therefore a need for EA support for the lossless import/export of data definitions (class definitions, attribute definitions and relationships) from spreadsheets.

I have also looked at the templates shipped with EA, it is also a good idea to seek to understand the nature of reports required by these classes of users and deliver some templates based on these requirements. For example, I recently struggled to create a standard domain business rules report which is based on the roles, constraints and associations in a concept model.


I support this request.
Pls raise a proper feature request on the support page

Suggestions and Requests / Sparx MODAF-DODAF MDG Add-In
« on: September 17, 2009, 08:03:45 am »
Could any Sparxian confirm the next release date of the MODAF-DODAF Add-In that would be compatible with release 1.2 of MODAF and 2.0 of DoDAF?



Suggestions and Requests / Document generation from class diagram subset
« on: September 15, 2009, 12:15:10 am »
I have created classes to build a hierarchy of business concepts in a package (taxonomy).

I have also created another package in which I am re-using the concepts as copies to create a class diagram.

I would like to create an RTF document based only on the business concepts used in the class diagram by selecting all the elements in the class diagram.

I observed there is no entry for documentation. Is it possible to enable this feature?

In the interim I'd appreciate a workaround, please!

kind regards


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Multidimensional relationship matrix
« on: September 09, 2009, 03:41:33 am »
I strongly support this submission. I have over the past two years been suggesting that Sparxsystem further develop the Matrix facility. The reason is simple, it is an IT planning and coordination tool. This is proven by the capabilities embedded in the Zachman Add-In which has some model element clustering to generate project implementation dependencies (made popular in IE/EE by Clive Finklestein).

My company has recently procured the services of a consultancy to develop a roadmap for the implementation of three types of EA portfolios, the information architecture, the application architecture and the functional architecture portfolios. This exercise could easily have been achieved using EA if it supported multi-dimensional matrices.

The consultancy chose to use Excel despite the fact that they also use EA for other types of projects. This is an opportunity lost.

kind regards


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