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Types of Perspective

There is a wide selection of built-in Perspectives provided within Enterprise Architect, each containing a suite of Patterns. This topic is a reference, describing each Perspective Set and Perspective. You can also create your own custom Perspectives, which are included as the last item in the list of Perspective Sets.

To select and apply any of these Perspectives, see the Using Perspectives Help topic.




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 Customizing Perspectives Help topic.

Customizing Perspectives

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