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General Board / Re: Information Architecture repository
« on: June 01, 2016, 08:14:02 am »
Hi Glassboy

Just to give you some context, what we are trying to do is document how each type of data flows from a Master source system, all the way through the enterprise. The idea is if we have an issue on a particular data source, we can see all the touch point applications throughout the enterprise and hence focus in the areas of concern. The Data Landscape Diagram you commented on is also related to the same repository.

So to answer your questions:

Do you have a stock take of applications within your organisation?
Yes we have information on all the applications but its not in a central place. The information is all in design documents.

Have the applications been ranked in the order of importance for analysis?
Yes we are starting with the applications that have the most market sensitive data first.

Have you checked which applications have published schemas and which don't?
We haven't gone through them all yet but its about 40% as we have quite a few legacy systems.

Have you taken one of the schemas and looked at how much of it is data that has an interested audience?
All the data that goes to the outside world is market sensitive and very important to our customers.


General Board / Information Architecture repository
« on: June 01, 2016, 07:25:47 am »
Hi All

I am creating an Information Architecture Repository for our enterprise relating to the applications we have. I want to store information about each application including types of information that flow in an out and where they go. As I have no idea on the Sparx EA's ability, please forgive any daft questions. Currently the data analysts have started collecting this information in spreadsheets. I want to use Sparx EA to do the whole thing from entering the data to storing and reporting. Is this a reasonable demand on the tool? I do not want to use extra tools if I can avoid them. I will be needing to do the following:

1. Document each application by having a template of what needs to be filled in by the Data Analysts.
2. Document each data type (and sub-types) in the enterprise - also based on a template.
3. Attach each data type relevant to each application flow.
4. Produce a report that shows data flow between two applications.

How would one go about doing this? Can I custom the Sparx pop-up boxes where I could enter the data I need to store? Or is this approach wrong and I should be defining class attributes which would need filling.

Sorry for the waffly blog but I am just sharing my ideas and looking for some guidance.

Many thanks.

General Board / Re: Data Landscape Diagram
« on: May 31, 2016, 05:51:30 pm »
The context is really making sure all our data and its flow is documented in one place so its easier to apply governance and improve the quality. By having a single diagram, the idea is to be able to easily home in on the flow of a particular type of data and see where its mastered and which applications down stream are its touch points.

General Board / Re: Data Landscape Diagram
« on: May 31, 2016, 10:03:48 am »
Thanks all very much for you valuable comments.

What do others feel about Glassboy's cool idea about using Component Diagrams for showing how about 100 applications interact with each other in terms of the data flows and documenting application details.

Hi All

I want to be able to automatically generate a personalised ID for each component I am creating on a component diagram. The first one I create should be tagged with id AC001 where AC represents Application Component. The next one I create should automatically be tagged AC002 and so on. I also want to be able to generate sub-ids. Say for example AC001.01 becomes the first sub-component within component AC001 and AC001.02 is the second sub-component. I have a big diagram and many people will be working on it. I don't want people to have to keep track of what ID we are up to. I will have an Oracle database in the background so maybe I can use sequence ID number from there (Just a thought).

As I am completely new to Sparx, I dont know if this is asking for too much. I assume there must be a way of coding this to work in Sparx. Can someone please advise?

Thanks in Advance

General Board / Data Landscape Diagram
« on: May 29, 2016, 09:43:26 am »
Hi All

I am new to Sparx EA and am looking at using the tool to implement a Data Landscape Diagram. The diagram will document each application in the enterprise and also document the type of information flowing between the applications. I am using the Ultimate version 12.1.1228.

Firstly a question:
Can I embed diagrams within each object/class. For example, I click on an application box in my Data Landscape Diagram and it pops up another diagram which shows the application in a more detailed diagram showing the activities being performed on the data. If so how is this done?

Secondly need some advice:
Is the best way of doing a Data Landscape diagram by having an application class which has all the attributes I want to capture for any application. The Data Landscape Diagram would then have an object application representing each application and have the attributes filled by me when instantiated. I could then also have a Data Class for each type of data I have. The information flow between any two applications could have all the applicable Data classes attached to show what type of information is flowing between any two applications.

Any guidance form the community will be greatly appreciated.

Simon M, You hit it on the head. The Rational System Architect tool only has general XML output which is not compatible with EA's XMI import facility.

Thanks all for your comments.

Hi All

I am trying to import a System Architecture diagram from Rational System Architect (version ) as an XML into Sparx Enterprise Architect ( version 12.1.1228  ).
It fails on the import with error "Unknown XMI Exporter or Version".

Has anyone successfully managed to import diagrams as above. I have a bunch of complex diagrams and it will save me a great deal of time if anyone can share a solution with me.

Thanks in advance.

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