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General Board / Re: Use Cases and benefits of EA/ServiceNow integration ?
« on: December 01, 2022, 04:45:39 am »
The Service Now data model is quite comprehensive - if populated - going from strategic/top levels such as capabilities and services down to very granular information about applications, application components and infrastructure components. 

If Service Now is the Master Source for all this, the information is very relevant for solution modelling and design but also for strategic analysis - portfolio health, tech lifecycles, vulnerability management etc..  What this means is that a combination of Sparx EA and Prolaborate - the "Sparx Architecture Platform" - can be really efficient and powerful when integrated to Service Now as you can model and reference the latest data in real time.  Gone go the days of exporting the application list and attributes (for example) from Service Now and uploading (duplicating) them to Sparx only for the data to be stale quickly.  Referencing those objects (elements) directly in Service Now with them always being current and modelling with them creating diagrams as you would normally (or Dashboards in Prolaborate) has to be the way to go.  Doesn't it?

General Board / Re: EALite for qea files?
« on: October 26, 2022, 04:30:39 am »
Yes, although WebEA seems to require a full EA licence to operate !
It requires a PCS license, it doesn't require an EA license.

Here's a direct quotation from the main Sparx website....
"WebEA is a complementary product and is not intended to replace Enterprise Architect. WebEA allows your entire organization to read and consume models, and provide feedback where appropriate.

A valid licence of Enterprise Architect is still required to create models and edit diagrams."

I assume then that the last sentence refers to the full EA product and is intended to show that WebEA is purely read-only? 

One question - if PCS is licensed at the Team Server or Enterprise Server level, this means you can have unlimited WebEA users?


General Board / Re: EALite for qea files?
« on: October 25, 2022, 04:39:03 am »

EALite is still available for download, but have not been updated since EA 14.1. Seems to me it is still there for those who are still on older EA versions. Otherwise, qwerty is right. Sparx is pushing PCS and WebEA as the read-only option for EA.


Yes, although WebEA seems to require a full EA licence to operate !

General Board / Re: Upgrade path to Sparx EA v16 and PCS v5
« on: August 06, 2022, 04:05:08 am »
We are planning our upgrade to Sparx EA v16 (build 1605) and PCS v5 (build 105). Am I correct to assume the following?
  • The PCS backend (including WebEA and WebConfig) can be upgrade 1st.
  • Sparx EA 15.2 (build 1559) should work fine with PCS v5 (build 105).
  • We should be able to run a mixed Sparx EA setup for a while - i.e., v15 and v16 clients interfacing with PCS v5 (build 105).

We have been unable to use 15.x which doesn't seem to work with the latest PCS so we're going straight to 16.

Can anybody think of any gotchas (other than odd v16 and v5 behaviours)?

General Board / Re: Upgrade path to Sparx EA v16 and PCS v5
« on: August 06, 2022, 04:02:19 am »
One note of caution on 16 64bit. In my testing, i got timeout errors when opening a package with a large number of elements/subpackages in. When i tried with the 32 bit version all was ok. I need to do more testing. Bit if you have a large repository ... i'd run some tests yourself first...

Same here, we have reverted to 32-bit throughout for now.  MS-SQL DBMS   with quite a small repository.

General Board / Re: Linking processes to a system/product
« on: June 11, 2022, 03:04:51 am »

Have you created business process/collaboration elements within which your process diagrams etc.  exist?
If so, then from a simplistic point of view you can create relatonships between them and your system/application objects/elements without affecting the process definitions. 

Modern browsers do not allow opening the HTML generated in EA 15.2 or earlier. In EA 16.x the HTML generator and templates have been upgraded to overcome that.

Just for interest, do we know how this was achieved in EA 16.x ?

General Board / Re: Version 16 release date estimation?
« on: January 27, 2022, 03:09:01 am »
Since Sparx seems to be very unwilling to respond to e-mails about this, I'll try here: does anyone have an estimation/expectation on the release date of version 16.0? It's the release that contains a lot I've been waiting for a few years, so I'm 'mildly' interested in upgrading...

I don't disagree with qwerty, but if you want some sort of estimate you could look back over the posts in "Latest news" to see the elapsed time between the first build of a beta and when it gets finally gets released.  From what I can see version 16 is taking longer than most.

General Board / Re: 'Invisible' items in the traceability view
« on: November 03, 2021, 02:11:12 am »
Would be good to get those things addressed before v16 leaves beta - have you formally raised your points?  In fact is there a way to provide beta feedback formally?

General Board / Re: Sparx Blocks Password Manager = Bad Bad Not Good
« on: November 02, 2021, 10:06:39 pm »
My LastPass doesnt recognise it either. A consistent annoyance...

Yes it really is a constant consistent annoyance.

I just tried it.  Doesn't look possible to me, but I agree it would be good to be able to do that.

+1 to make this configurable

Bugs and Issues / Re: v15 Attributes dialog is gone again!
« on: October 04, 2021, 11:31:41 pm »
V16 is due soon.  But something tells me none of us hold out much hope that this will be fixed.  If anything other workflow will have been "improved" to heighten everyone's frustration.

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