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Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: EA Repository As A Service?
« on: September 24, 2016, 03:48:37 am »
Thanks for all your thoughtful replies.  It seems very do-able to me, particularly on AWS, which is a fully encrypted and very secure environment when set up properly.  (I used to be responsible for IT security in a bank, and I'll tell you that AWS is miles ahead of most banks).    I would have no hesitation in putting a commercially sensitive EA repository on AWS as many organizations are putting much more sensitive data than that on AWS.  If you had such a service that would auto-provision a new EA instance, it seems to me that it could run more hands-off than hands-on.   

I wish I had the time...

Touche, Glassboy.   Although I think architects could sometimes learn from salesmen.  I see you are in NZ and so am I.  We should have a beer.

I used to be a big fan of ABACUS from Avolution because its really great at letting me extend or come up with my own custom metamodel.  So, I spent a lot of time as head of Architecture at a bank doing just that.   Then I started to realize what a waste of time it all was because all we did was argue about semantics while the actual work was left to languish.   Now, I just follow the standards and live within their definitions,even if I don't always like or totally understand them.  Usually I find, after a while, that the metamodels hammered out by standards bodies are better formed than anything I could have come up with on my own.  I'm much happier that way!

Now, there is a small minority of EAs who are perfectly qualified to mess about with metamodels, and I'm sure many of them lurk on this forum!  However, my experience is that most so-called "enterprise architects" are really posers who really don't understand the discipline very well at all. (These are often spotted in the wild as "PowerPoint Architects")  Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to stop them from opining about the ideal metamodel that would only be so perfect if we just made that. one. last. tweak!   (Sigh)

It's a bit like a novice musician trying to argue the fine points of musical notation. (Sorry, dude, but Mozart you aint!)  Fortunately, the music guys sorted this out a few centuries ago, but we, as a group, are probably not that advanced!

... I feel better now, thank you...

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / EA Repository As A Service?
« on: September 23, 2016, 05:56:16 am »

I was watching this video...
... and reading through the documentation on the website (with some dread) and wondering if anyone has set up an "as a service" capability for EA repositories.   All I want is to just be able to sign up for the service and just connect my EA securely to it rather than going through all this configuration in AWS.  Has anyone done that? If not, why not?  Seems like a good idea to me.   Please let me know! 

only4thefish,  I found this book to be an essential reference to get started...

Hi Paolo, I just tell everyone to use the definitions in the Archimate application layer and get over themselves. Seems to work for me  Too many amateur metamodelers around!

Yeah, well I just go with the Archimate definitions, mostly!

Thanks, Geert.  I will check it out.  I think the primary use case for this is when someone using EA is working with others to gather and update catalogs of elements as part of building an enterprise architecture model.   

See some of the standard TOGAF catalogs here (See Section 35.6)

Sometimes, the easiest way is to get "helpers" to ferret out this information to load into the repository for modeling and those helpers, in many cases, are not going to need or want to use EA.

Hi There,   I've been looking for an easier way to exchange "catalogs" of elements between EA and Excel.  Not having found anything that did it the way I wanted, I hacked together this little program which you can see demoed here...

I'm not trying to make any money from this and I'm happy to give the Visual Studio project to anyone who asks for it.  I'm mostly interested to know whether this is something useful/unique or whether there are better ways to do this that I'm not aware of.  (I did check out the MDG for MS Office, but I found that to be more than I needed).   


Bugs and Issues / Re: Columns Layout in List View - Does it work?
« on: September 12, 2016, 02:50:28 pm »
Thanks for that.  I tested it in 13 and it appears to be fixed (but it's still a bit awkward to use)  I can get all the properties and tagged values in the view, but I cannot edit the tagged values 'in line' like you would with a spreadsheet.   For large catalogs (like application inventories, etc.) this would be a good feature and many other EA tools have this.   I'm thinking of writing something that will just exchange data between an Excel spreadsheet and a package  -- not a as an import/export -- but more of a live synchronizer by a 3rd application. 

Bugs and Issues / Columns Layout in List View - Does it work?
« on: September 12, 2016, 11:07:57 am »
I'm going a bit crazy with the list view and columns layout.   What I want is to be able to save different column layouts so I can use them with packages where I have components of the same type, so I can quickly get a list and edit that list "spreadsheet style".   I just can't get this to work reliably and I find my self reconfiguring the layout every time I open the package as a list.   First, I was able to save some different layouts and get them back, but after I added tagged values to one of the layouts, the whole thing just stopped working.  No matter what layout I selected, it just showed me the default which applies to all packages.   Has anyone else had this problem and is there a fix or workaround?    All I really want is to have different column layouts by package.  It seems simple enough, but I have never been able to get this to work reliably.   

Bugs and Issues / Re: Co-Exist EA 13 and 12.1?
« on: September 12, 2016, 10:17:06 am »
Go away for a while and lots of stuff happens!   ;)

Bugs and Issues / Re: Co-Exist EA 13 and 12.1?
« on: September 02, 2016, 03:05:28 pm »
Thanks, guys!   I followed the instructions that Aaron pointed me to and that worked.  I was trying to install 13 a new directory rather than renaming the current install directory, so I had it backwards.

Bugs and Issues / Co-Exist EA 13 and 12.1?
« on: September 02, 2016, 12:42:32 pm »
Hi There,   I've tried searching but cannot find and answer for this.   I'm trying to co-exist 12.1 and the 13 Beta.  I thought by changing the install directory, that this would work...

C:\Program Files (x86)\Sparx Systems BETA\EA

... but the 13 installer still seems to find my 12.1 version and uninstall it.    This must be something that has been solved before.  Can you help?

Thanks for the advice, Paolo.  I just logged the bug report. 

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