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Types of Perspective

There are several types of Perspective provided within Enterprise Architect, each containing a suite of Patterns as described here. Notice that there is a wide selection available, and that they can be accessed from a number of different points. This makes it easy to start your work in the appropriate environment with the required Perspective from any point, and to quickly and smoothly switch to a different Perspective if the need arises.


Some access paths take you to the Perspectives Portal, and when you select a Perspective from that the Model Wizard opens and you choose the appropriate Patterns from there. Other paths take you directly to the Model Wizard.


Start > View > Perspective > Select a Perspective (takes you to the Perspective Portal)

Show > Portals > Perspective > <perspective group> (takes you to the Model Wizard)

Design > Package > Insert > Insert Using Model Wizard > Model Patterns > Perspective

Context Menu

Click on Package > Add a Model using Wizard > Model Patterns > Perspective


These options all display the Model Wizard:

Start Page | Open a Portal | Perspective Portal > <perspective group> > <perspective>

(Top right corner of screen) > Choose perspective button. > <perspective group> > <perspective>

Navigator Toolbar : : All portals. > <perspective group> > <perspective>




See also


The UML category provides the Perspectives for normal UML modeling, including:

  • All UML Modeling - all modeling tools and objects provided by the other Perspectives in this group
  • Structural - the modeling tools and objects for structural UML models, such as:
         -  Package diagrams
         -  Class diagrams
         -  Object diagrams
         -  Composite Structure diagrams
         -  Component diagrams
         -  Deployment diagrams
  • Behavioral - the modeling tools and objects for behavioral UML models, such as:
         -  Use Case diagrams
         -  Sequence diagrams
         -  Timing diagrams
         -  Interaction Overview diagrams
         -  StateMachine diagrams
         -  Communication diagrams
         -  Activity diagrams
UML Behavioral Models UML Structural Models


The Strategy category provides Perspectives for:

  • Mind Maps - the basic Mind Map diagram
  • Strategy modeling, such as:
         -  Organizational Charts
         -  Value Chains
         -  Strategy Maps
         -  Balanced Scorecards
         -  One-level and Two-level Flowcharts
         -  Decision Analyses with Trees and with Decision Tables
         -  SWOT Analyses
  • Risk Analysis - the Risk Taxonomy Threat Community diagram
Value Chain Strategy Map Balanced Scorecard Flow Chart Decision Models Decision Tree Risk Taxonomy SWOT Analysis Mind Mapping


The Analysis category provides Perspectives for:

  • White Boarding - diagram structures in Whiteboard and/or Hand-drawn mode
  • Simple Analysis, based on a Two Activity Process
  • Case Management Model & Notation (CMMN) analysis, with a:
         -  Claims Management example
         -  Basic 5-Task Plan
         -  Three Choice Tasks Pattern
         -  Two Phase Case Plan
  • Erikson Penker modeling, the basic business process
  • Web Modeling, based on a simple Java Server Page (JSP) model
Eriksson-Penker Extensions Web Stereotypes Hand Drawn and Whiteboard Mode


The Requirements category provides Perspectives for:

  • Creating a range of Requirement Hierarchy diagrams, and a Requirement Specification View
  • Working with Decision Modeling Notation (DMN) to:
         -  Create a simple Decision diagram with a Decision Table
         -  Set up a DMN Business Knowledge Model
         -  Model a DMN Decision
  • Setting up a Business Rule model
  • Setting up one-level and two-level Data Flow models

UX Design

The UX Design category provides a number of Perspectives for modeling user interfaces on various devices, including:

  • Wireframing for various phone and tablet devices
  • IFML Interaction flows on desktop applications, information entry, interaction on wireframe devices, and information searches
  • A basic Enterprise Architect user interface model for a window with lists and combo boxes
  • An alternative simple user interface
  • Win 32 User Interface modeling

Business Modeling

The Business Modeling category provides these Perspectives:

  • BPMN - Patterns for:
         -  BPMN 2.0 modeling
         -  BPEL 2.0 Starter model
  • BPSim - Patterns for BPMN 2.0 and BPEL 2.0 modeling, plus:
         -  Patterns for Business Process Simulation (BPSim) constructs and
         -  Patterns for a number of BPSim Case Studies
  • Business Model Patterns for Business Use Case models and Use Case Realization
  • Business Interaction model Patterns
  • BABOK - a wide range of Patterns supporting models for:
         -  Strategies
         -  Collaboration activities
         -  Analyses
         -  Business Processes
         -  Project Management activities
         -  Standard business documents
  • BIZBOK - Patterns for modeling BIZBOK activities
Package Browser The Gantt View Specification Manager

Software Engineering

The Software Engineering category provides Perspectives for software development, including:

  • Code Engineering, modeling programs in a number of programming languages
  • Service Oriented SOMF 2.1, for several Conceptual Association types
  • SoaML, for modeling aspects of basic service provision
  • XSLT Feature demonstrations, such as XSLT transforms and debugging
  • ICONIX modeling
  • GOF Patterns for Creational, Structural and Behavioral models

Systems Engineering

The Systems Engineering category provides Perspectives to support systems Engineering projects under:

  • SysML1.5, with a wide range of Patterns for generating:
         -  Project structures
         -  Requirements diagrams
         -  Use Case diagrams
         -  Activity diagrams
         -  Block Definition diagrams
         -  Internal Block diagrams
         -  Parametric diagrams
         -  State Machine diagrams
         -  Libraries
         -  Model elements
         -  Modelica Case Studies
  • UAF, with Patterns for:
         -  Strategic Views (St-xx)
         -  Operational Views (Op-xx)
         -  Services View (Sv-xx)
         -  Personnel Views (Pr-xx)
         -  Resources Views (Rs-xx)
         -  Security Views (Sc-xx)
         -  Projects Views (Pj-xx)
         -  Standards Views (Sd-xx)
         -  Actual Resources Views (Ar-xx)
         -  Dictionary View (Dc)
         -  Requirements View (Rq)
         -  Summary and Overview (SmOv)
         -  Information View (If)
         -  Parameters Views (Pm-xx)
         -  The SysML 1.5 sets (as listed, except for Modelica Case Studies)
  • UPDM with Patterns for:
         -  UPDM Frameworks (DoDAF and MODAF)
         -  DoDAF All Viewpoints (AV-n)
         -  DoDAF Capability Viewpoints (CV-n)
         -  DoDAF Data and Information Viewpoints (DIV-n)
         -  DoDAF Operational Viewpoints (OV-n)
         -  DoDAF Project Viewpoints (PV-n)
         -  DoDAF Services Viewpoints (SvcV-n)
         -  DoDAF Standard Viewpoints (StdV-n)
         -  DoDAF Systems Viewpoints (SV-n)
         -  MODAF All Views (AV-n) Viewpoints
         -  MODAF Acquisition (AcV-n) Viewpoints
         -  MODAF Operational (OV-n) Viewpoints
         -  MODAF Service Oriented Views (SOV-n) Viewpoints
         -  MODAF Strategic Views (StV-n) Viewpoints
         -  MODAF System Viewpoints (SV-n)
         -  MODAF Technical Standards Views (TV-n) Viewpoints
  • Executable State Machines, with various Patterns including a set to demonstrate case studies
Visual Styles Manage Workspace Layout Working Sets

Database Engineering

The 'Database Engineering' category provides sets of Perspectives for modeling a range of DBMS repositories, including:

  • Starter Model and Model Structure Patterns for each of the main DBMSs supported by Enterprise Architect
  • Patterns for simple Entity Relationship models
  • Patterns for simple ArcGIS projects and workspaces
  • A simple Enterprise Architect Data Modeling diagram Pattern

Enterprise Architecture

The Enterprise Architecture category provides a number of Perspectives for Enterprise Architecture frameworks, including:

  • ArchiMate, supplying Patterns for:
         -  Basic viewpoints such as Organization, Application Usage and Service Realization
         -  Motivation Viewpoints such as for Stakeholders, Principles and Requirements Realization
         -  Strategy Viewpoints
         -  Implementation and Migration Viewpoints
  • TOGAF, with Patterns for:
         -  A Starter Model
         -  The Architecture Development Method
         -  The Enterprise Continuum
         -  The Technical Reference Model
         -  Catalogs
  • Zachmann Framework
  • GRA-UML annotations library and starter model

Information Exchange

The Information Exchange category supports a number of built-in technologies, providing Perspectives and basic model Patterns for:

  • Ontology Definition (ODM)
  • Geographic GML
  • Archetype Modeling Language
  • NIEM 3.0, 3.1, 3.2 and 4.0 Reference Models and NIEM 3 and 4 starter models
  • SIMF
  • Universal Business Language
  • UPCC 3.0
  • UMM 2.0 Profile
Working Sets


The Construction category provides these Perspectives:

  • Project Roadmaps, for a range of management work areas
  • Kanban workflows
  • Document Publishing for types of Project document
  • Dashboards and Charts for various scenarios
  • Reviews and Discussions to define the structure and function of these team collaboration activities
  • Test Management to define how tests are planned and managed
  • Change Management to define a model for managing issues and changes
  • Resource Management to define how resources are identified and managed
  • Legends to define how diagram legends are set up and used
Diagram List The Gantt View Element View


The Management category provides Perspectives to support:

  • SPEM
  • Process Guidance - working up process templates
  • The Enterprise Architect Script Library
  • The MDG Technology Builder
Manage Workspace Layout

My Perspectives

The 'My Perspectives' category holds the Perspectives that you have created for yourself, using the 'Start > View > Perspective > Customize List of Available Perspectives' option. For further details, see the Managing Perspectives Help topic.

Managing Perspectives

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