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General Board / Re: Are Virtual Master Documents on their way out?
« on: February 21, 2014, 07:21:13 am »
I like the new changes to the Document Generator. It provides a better and more flexible framework for creating docs. I will still use master documents as my clients often want documents with sections with different layouts/formats. A case for example mentioned before is the requirements section is often in tabular form and the architect part often uses diagrams with sub-headings to explain the elements.
I'm currently working for a client that has a need to generate a document with about 12 different sections all formatted in different ways.
So in answer to your question I don't think Master Docs will disappear from my radar for a while yet.

General Board / Re: Is there a way to export scripts?
« on: February 19, 2014, 12:32:10 pm »
If you're after the automation scripts written in Javascript, JScript or VB Script  you can use
Project | Model Import/Export | Export Reference Data
and tick automation scripts

General Board / Re: Exported diagram has empty space
« on: January 14, 2014, 05:44:15 am »
I'd be interested in the fix to this problem too as on occasion its occurred on some of my diagrams when generating RTF docs.

General Board / Re: Roadmaps, anyone successfully used EA to roadm
« on: July 26, 2012, 07:16:37 am »
I use the Archimate 2 notation to create roadmaps. This is how I do it;

1) Create the roadmap diagram with Archimate 2 implementation and migration diagram

2) Create a matrix in the diagram with columns showing the time such as quarter year and rows showing some kind of stream/programme of work such as HR, Finance or whatever.

3) Create the roadmap activities using the Work Package by dragging the Work Package from Achimate 2 Implementation and Migration toolbox.

4) Put the title in the name field, the description in the notes field, Set status to [Concept|Approved|Implemented], I use the Phase field to store the time the work package is due i.e. 1Q2012. I use requirements to specify high level requirements and the complexity field to give me an order of magnitude of size. I put a unique ID in the alias field and set up the diagram to show both the name and alias.

You can also use the Files to link to documents to things like concept papers, business cases etc.

If you have any other data needs you can probably add tag values or use constraints. For instance estimated cost.

I use triggering relationship in Archimate to show any dependencies between the workpackages.

I recently imported the achimate 2 mdg into the model and changed the shape script to change the colour to reflect the status automatically. I now have a roadmap that show the status via colouring the workpackage.

Well hope that helps   :)

General Board / Re: Tagged value types for profiling
« on: October 21, 2013, 02:37:05 pm »
Took me a while but found that post from Phil regarding the solution. For those who need it please find it here

General Board / Re: Recommended DBMS System
« on: April 04, 2013, 07:08:06 am »
I've used SQL with no problems. Heard MySQL works well from a colleague in another organisation. Had some issues with Oracle which is my organisation's preferred database. You'll need a good DBA to ensure everything works okay so take what they are skilled in unless its Oracle  :)

General Board / Re: How can I reference an element from another to
« on: February 15, 2013, 12:21:17 pm »
I use the alias field to store Requirement numbers so you could you that. Not sure what TestLink is and couldn't find a safe reference on the web - kept getting "warning attack page" so stopped looking.
If you can access TestLink via web URL you can use the file links using web address on each requirement.

General Board / Re: BMM - Business Motivation Model
« on: March 04, 2013, 09:41:01 am »
Yes Archimate is a bit more cut down than BMM. However I have found its better received by CxOs than the BMM.

General Board / Re: BMM - Business Motivation Model
« on: February 11, 2013, 08:39:22 am »
You can use the TOGAF MDG it has Motivation Model Diagrams. Alternatively you can use Archimate Motivation extensions - not quite as rich as the Business Rules Group's BMM. However Archimate have published some view points that like stakeholder motivation etc. Can find these on the Open Group website.
You could also use matrixes to cross reference Business policies vs business rules etc.

I've found softening the diagrams by making the outline the same colour as the fill colour can make them more presentable. I tend to use pastel colours.

Visio diagrams can be imported in to EA although not always produces good results. Powerpoint - no.

I know someone who is working on an MDG for EBMM as published by Nick Malik at MS. Not sure what their plans are for making it public.

Hope that helps  :)

General Board / Re: Instance Updates
« on: February 19, 2013, 12:47:10 pm »
Unclear about what your are asking so guessing.
Do you really need instances? Consider using component instead of instance that way if you change the name it changes on all diagrams.

General Board / Re: What is the best database for the EA datastore
« on: January 18, 2013, 01:06:17 pm »
I've used MS SQL with no issues. Had issues with Oracle but think thats been down to the DB Administer so suggest taking into account skills of your DB administrator as well.

General Board / Re: Quick question?
« on: January 25, 2013, 07:00:24 am »
Windows 8 - UI clunky
Java - zero day vulnerability
See for more info
EA - none

General Board / Re: Archimate Elements and Compartments
« on: January 23, 2013, 10:52:06 am »
Yes you are right the usual way to show tag values on UML elements is to right click on the diagram properties, select elements tab and tick the Tags tick box and click on the ok  button. Unfortunately when you do this Archimate Elements don't show the tags. So the only way I can think of to fix this is to import the Archimate MDG file into resources and edit the shape script on the relevant Archimate Stereotypes to show the tag values. It means you have to learn and understand shapescripting.

Or if you are willing to sacrifice Archimate Notation just delete the stereo type in the element and it will show the underlying UML element with Tag values. However I suspect you don't want to sacrifice Archimate Notation.

The other alternative is to ask Sparx to do it for you in next release of EA. However that might be a bit of a wait.

Hope that helps

General Board / Re: Old and new Version of EA co-exist?
« on: December 14, 2012, 08:53:50 am »
When you install V10 it automatically uninstalls the previous version. I'm using an apple Mac with Wine so I've created another Wine Environment to be able to run both for a while whilst I test out V10.

General Board / Re: EA 9 to EA 10
« on: December 14, 2012, 08:51:14 am »
Haven't had to do anything special going from 9.3 to 10 either.
Did find a minor problem with Archimate Functions and text colours. There are two ways of colouring text and moving to 10 stopped one of the ways.
Using default colours (F4) or the tool bar at top of diagram. The tool bar doesn't work any more  :(. Reported it to Sparxs and they said they would fix it.

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