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General Board / Re: What is Sparx and for what purposes it should be used
« on: October 05, 2017, 01:39:03 pm »
Like I said before the learning curve is massive for both Enterprise Architecture Discipline and the Sparx EA tool so you really need to bring in some experts. My colleagues call me an expert but I still sometimes struggle with some aspects from time to time and I've been using Sparx EA for Enterprise Architecture over a decade now.

I ran into someone on the street the other day who said something along the lines of it's really only the pair of us in town who have a decent grasp on modelling an enterprise using tools like EA.  So you can probably have expert, but "dedicated" is probably closer to your reputation.  :-) 

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General Board / Re: Multiple KeyStores in the Same Machine
« on: October 05, 2017, 12:19:22 pm »
Hi everyone,
Please kindly help, as I am really stuck.
The documentation about Keystore is really lacking. There are features that are not well documented. For example using two keystores in the same machine, with different set of keys. I set them up in the manager, and they are in different folders.
But my question, how come the Keystore service only point to one keystore located in the same folder as the key store service. How can I configure it to also connect to the other key store.
In addition, How can I ask my EA client users to connect to this store versus that store?

I see no option in the client to change the port you're talking to the Licence Server on so my assumption is that you can only have one key store per server.

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Sure but is it that hard to make a stub in a package that opens up what is currently called a "relationship matrix profile"?

You mean like a Matrix Specification Artifact?

Right didn't know about them and they are definitely helpful.  But why can't the UI around it be a little bit more normal?  For example, why do I need to go into a Documentation menu to edit it?  After a model view can be edited from its own properties.

And now I have to think about where to hide these damn specifications in my package structure.

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Diagrams, searches, matrices, package lists, gantt charts, roadmaps, kanban, even the project browser and property dialogs are all examples of views of the model. Conceptually, there are views that you want to parameterize differently and save/load them as needed. There are views that need to respond to the user actions and views that should be constant. There are also cases where different users may need/want to see something different when looking at the same view.

Sure but is it that hard to make a stub in a package that opens up what is currently called a "relationship matrix profile"?  I'm currently using EA to find a large number of gaps in service offerings.  It works really well.  Anyone can open up my project and browse it. However the real analysis is all hidden.  You have to understand this crazy non intuitive convoluted construct needed to get the relationship matrix to display.

So I export them all to csv and load them all into a spreadsheet and email them around.


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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Model Search: More than one Search Term?
« on: October 04, 2017, 08:02:16 am »
Maybe its because it is in the afternoon and I've just had a big lunch but I'm  missing something here as I thought the query builder provided multiple <search terms>.
It's the long lunch!  ;)   

Don't encourage him.  It's a cushy gig being a public servant. 

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General Board / Re: What is Sparx and for what purposes it should be used
« on: October 04, 2017, 07:56:49 am »
Thanks! I know about Archimate and I and my collegues are using it. I just would like sime example of how can I organize everything in Sparx

Use the TOGAF content meta-model as the basis for your package structure.  If it doesn't have a place to file something there's a good chance you're doing something wrong.

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I'm becoming a little sick of the Matrix being a special diagram.  It would be very useful if they were normal diagrams sitting in packages with some of the same magic sauce we have in normal diagrams.

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Can you post general questions in the General Board please.

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General Board / Re: What is Sparx and for what purposes it should be used
« on: September 29, 2017, 05:51:45 am »
mentioned "convey infoemation items across the info flows" - ok. I will convey but if I open the properties of Information Item, I won't see to which Info flows it belongs. Can I? Sparx is a rich featured instrument but it can't answer on some simple questions.

The Information Item doesn't "belong" to any of the Information Flows but I understand your point.  I believe Geert's add on does this for you.

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More over if I make a link between 2 elements, I go to the properties of the element and I would like to go to the linked element from the properties of the first element. All that I can do is do go to the "link properties" from element properties. Or you know how can I go?

That's not all you can do.  Double click on the what you see in the links.

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Bugs and Issues / Re: Values of attributes always truncated
« on: September 28, 2017, 10:53:55 am »
Ahhhh - so that was YOU in the news report of a gentleman taken from Southern Cross to St Vincent's Hospital with a broken nose, black eyes, cracked skull and broken ribs after shooting over the handle of a luggage trolly into a platform pillar when he inexplicably sprinted with said trolly into said pillar. It's taking you a while to learn, Paolo. I thought you might give up after the episode when you burned your feet in the fire after sneezing into your "floo dust" and blowing it back out into the lounge.

I would have though his constant spelling mistakes while posting from the night bus would have given it away a long time ago.

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General Board / Re: What is Sparx and for what purposes it should be used
« on: September 28, 2017, 10:52:39 am »
Ducks aside.  Supporting any area of business there is generally an ecosystem of software, ranging from software from large well known vendors to home grown scripts.  Some people like to call this "the x system" or the "the x application".  Personally - based solely on the actual meaning of the words - I like to use system from the broader container (or containers) and only use application for discretely deployed pieces of software.  I've had other architects vehemently disagree.

But really - apart from the fact they're wrong - at the UML level you use a component element for both and it doesn't make a difference for creating a landscape diagram.  At the lower levels when your components become things you discretely deploy you can start to use assemblies between components and swap conceptual objects for something more representational of the actual payload.

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Bugs and Issues / Re: Values of attributes always truncated
« on: September 28, 2017, 08:52:49 am »
Flinders St Station and its surrounds frightened me.  There was so many things on the outsides of buildings that would kill you in an earthquake.
Just as well Australia is so geologically stable then.

One of KJU's missiles can probably reach you though :-)

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General Board / Re: What is Sparx and for what purposes it should be used
« on: September 28, 2017, 07:32:52 am »
I would like to create Full Architecture: all systems, all info flows between the systems, all business and data objects and many other things. So, I would like to see my model in different hierarchy views, but I can't

I've done this many times in EA.  Firstly you have to decide what you mean by "system" and "application" because you'll run in to problems discussing your models with others.

But anyway, start by creating all of your systems at the broad brush level as a UML component (a component can contain other components).  Create all of your high level business objects/concepts as Information Items.  Create Information Flows between the components, and convey the Information Items across them.

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Bugs and Issues / Re: Values of attributes always truncated
« on: September 27, 2017, 07:27:13 pm »
Victoria is not planet Sparx, you need to take platform 9ĺ from Flinders Street Station to get there.

Flinders St Station and its surrounds frightened me.  There was so many things on the outsides of buildings that would kill you in an earthquake.

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General Board / Re: What is Sparx and for what purposes it should be used
« on: September 27, 2017, 07:23:37 pm »
The better question is what kind of "Enterprise Architect" are you trying to create?

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