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General Board / Re: Unassign Resource from element
« on: February 10, 2015, 06:49:19 am »
Yeah forgot to mention using V11. That worked thanks Aaron.

General Board / Unassign Resource from element
« on: February 09, 2015, 11:43:52 am »
Thought I'd try out the Gantt view of a diagram and assign resources (people) to the elements. Trouble is I can't find a way to unassign a resource. Tried searching the help and scouring the menus but no luck. Any help would be most welcome.

General Board / Re: EA v12 (BETA) feedback
« on: November 11, 2014, 06:47:31 am »
Nice to see Sparx are making an attempt to revamp the UI. I like what they are doing. The portal and navigator help newbies find things easier which is great.
I did notice access to the image manager seems to be only via the context menu on an object in a diagram. Would be nice to be able to access the image manager via the main menu. View would be good but I guess Project has its merits too.

General Board / Re: Projected release date for EA V12?
« on: January 31, 2015, 05:35:39 pm »
Know what you mean about getting stuff installed on corporate environment. It can be a real pain.
If you look at historical dates you'll see that after release of RC2 its usually 3 or 4 week when the release of a version is made. So as RC2 was released on 13 Jan I'd expect next couple of weeks in Feb.
I'm therefore waiting for V12 before getting the upgrade in corporate environment.
Hope that helps :)

General Board / Re: Exporting CDM from EA to Magic Draw
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:46:15 pm »
Got to ask the question why? What does Magic Draw do for you?

General Board / Re: How do you model AS-IS/TO-BE in EA?
« on: December 04, 2014, 08:33:05 pm »
I've found Separating the the objects under one package tree and managing the objects via the phase attribute whilst putting the diagrams in another package tree structure with as-is and to-be in separate packages under that tree. This way all the objects are grouped together and the diagrams are clustered. I then run doc generation and differences on the diagrams.
     Current State
           Segment (Finance)
            Segment (HR)
      Future State
          Segment (Finance)
            Segment (HR)
Get the idea :)

General Board / Re: Power Designer and Sparx EA info exchange
« on: December 04, 2014, 08:20:40 pm »
Thanks Geert, coming to the same conclusion that writing some code and accessing the data via the API is probably the best approach. Funny I seem to be doing this a lot recently. Last weekend it was Abacus.


General Board / Power Designer and Sparx EA info exchange
« on: December 03, 2014, 06:40:39 am »
We have an enterprise architecture team working with two different tools. Kind of evolved that way before my time  :(. The data architects are working in power designer with the business and application architects working in Sparx EA. We would like to link the data entities with applications in Sparx EA. But first we need to get those entities from power designer into Sparx EA to link them. Has any one had a similar situation. Would be good to have some advice, tips and tricks on how to exchange information between the two tools?

General Board / Re: Import from Avolution Abacus
« on: December 03, 2014, 06:56:37 am »
Thought I'd just post how I did this for future reference to others. I can provide the code upon request should anyone want it.
Abacus has the ability to export to MS Access so I did exactly that.
I then wrote a C# plug-in to Sparx EA to query the Abacus model in MS Access and create the equivalent Packages, Objects and relationships in  Sparx EA. I chickened out trying to port the diagrams via the C# plug in as I only had 20 hours to do this over the weekend. I had about 40 diagrams  that I could re-construct by manually by dragging and dropping from the project explorer. I figured a about 4 or 5 hours to reconstruct those diagrams manually as opposed to about 30 or 40 hours more writing C# code to do the diagram port.
Anyway I'm now off Abacus and using Sparx EA much to my delight  :)

As an aside I've now tried 3 different tools that appear in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for enterprise architecture and everyone in my humble opinion is inferior to Sparx Enterprise Architect (No I'm not getting paid to say that). Although a couple have a few useful features that Sparx doesn't have (yet).

Just like to say thanks to Sparx for providing such a rich tool set at such a reasonable price. [smiley=happy.gif]

General Board / Import from Avolution Abacus
« on: October 29, 2014, 06:58:11 am »
I have an enterprise architecure model in Avolution's Abacus and its modelled using Archimate. I would like to import this to Sparx EA. Has anyone done this before and has any tips.  
It apears Avolution have created a plug-in to export from sparx EA and import to Abacus but not the other way around. Funny that  :o? Also Abacus can export to XML but its a proprietry format so Sparx EA doesn't recognise it  >:(.
At present the best option seems to export to an Access database then write some script to extract transform and load into a Sparx EA eap file.

General Board / Re: EA Upgrade v9.3 to v11
« on: November 21, 2014, 06:52:23 am »
No problem upgrading just install new version and go ahead. I've found it just works.
If you want to be extra cautious then suggest installing it on one of your machines and do some tests on a copy of your repository. You can usually satisfy yourself within an hour or two that it works okay.

General Board / Re: EA 11 (wine) : Failed to initialize JScript en
« on: November 27, 2014, 06:55:10 am »
Thanks for sharing the solution. Thinking about getting a Mac and will need that info to run on wine

General Board / Re: Good Job Sparx!!!!
« on: October 31, 2014, 01:21:19 pm »
Confession time. I'm currently using another EA tool at present not by choice as I changed jobs recently. It costs about 10 times as much and is in top Gartner magic quadrant for EA tools. I've been using it for 5 weeks now.
Guess what?
Its not as good as Sparx EA - what do Gartner know about EA tools anyway?
Diagrams are terrible
Can't generate docs
Can't publish to web
Need to spend $10,000's more to get additional modules to do generated docs and web :(

Keep up the good work Sparx I miss using Enterprise Architect.

General Board / Re: Color coding and instance issue
« on: October 31, 2014, 01:12:05 pm »
I use some jscript to colour code for heatmapping. Sorry can't fit all the code in this space

General Board / Re: How to stop user from creating certain diagram
« on: September 19, 2014, 07:00:21 am »
Presumably this is in association with that MDG you are creating so put the diagrams types in another MDG and hide the MDG files from the other users.

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