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Good day all,

I'm looking for a clear and concise explanation of what the intended purpose is for the business process element or object in the tool box for BPMN 2.0.

We have had and have a current discussion as to how it should be used, it's in our Team Standards Guide, which I refined a bit 2 years ago. I disagree that it needs to be used to represent every single process in our hierarchy, including sub processes and call activities.

My position is that all of these can be represented in higher level diagrams, in groups or 'branches' of a larger 'tree' process hierarchy. I fail to see why anyone would want use them to hyperlink connect to the diagrams representing lower level sub process and call activity, especially with their limited connection shape script. Both the sub process and call activity elements can be used just like the business process element, which then has the advantage of differentiating between a high level process, a sub process and call activity visually.

Thoughts, suggestions, recommendations?

We are using the Business Process element from BPMN 2.0 <<BusinessProcess>>. I have created 4 new Tagged Value Types (for project management/reporting purposes) and would like to add those to all of the existing Business Process elements in the project en masse vs. having to manually add it to each one, as we have 100s of these.

(I may also want to do this for sub process and call activities as well.)

I've tried numerous times to get a new RTF template for generating reports to include some really basic information. One group is creating BPMN diagrams, with titles or labels of the process diagram and descriptions in the Notes field. Another is creating packages and Class objects with names or labels of the class and also using the Notes field as a description.

We need a solution for this as every attempt at creating a template does not pick up the Notes field for Diagram or Class objects.

Thanks in advance for any and all input!

We are using Call Activities (BPMN 2.0) within our business process diagrams, and then linking them to their relevant diagrams.

We also each have to work locally and then use XMI Export, the XMI Import Merge up to the client's master repository. (I use the Direct merge option as I am the only one currently on the team using ver 13.0 EA.)

After the Import completes the link from the Call Activity to the Child diagram for it, is dropped and has to be added back in manually on the repository copy.

The main reason to use XMI Export/Import is the lack of SVN being deployed and used by the client. The team and I are hoping that will change in the very near future, although I personally feel the client will need to make additional improvements regarding network and DB optimization too.

Bugs and Issues / Sparx Systems Cloud Services [2003] error
« on: November 09, 2016, 01:40:03 am »
Received this pop-up/error message during import of an XMI file, size is 102MB.

Sparx Systems Cloud Services [2003]

Transmission error communicating with server.
The operation timed out.

EA version 12.1. 1224 (Build: 1224)

Our current work configuration is: We all work locally on models, export our models via XMI and hand-off to a team admin with a centralized local of EA that consolidates and combines the individual XMI via import. That is then exported from the admins local and imported to the EA repository.

The prior team admin was using a laptop with 8GB, and the one I've been assigned has only 4GB (3.88GB usable.) I'm curious if this is contributing to this as uploads are and always have been painfully slow.

General Board / UID and PW for dashboard.eap file from webinar?
« on: September 26, 2016, 05:25:42 am »
This webinar: Creating Charts in Enterprise Architect to Aid Decision Making

When trying to load it in EA, you get a popup asking for the repository UID/PW.

For the BPMN 2.0 Business Rule Task, I'm hoping to see expanded Decision Table view structures and functionality in a future version of EA.

Also related to this, I'm hoping to eventually see the addition of the fairly new Decision Model and Notation DMN 1.1.

I'd rather have a Business Rule Task be able link to a Decision Model in DMN, then have the decision table link to one of the DMN elements. Support for FEEL and boxed expressions would also be very beneficial, if and when the DMN specification advances and clarifies those two items.

General Board / Kanban Example for EA ver. 12.1?
« on: August 16, 2016, 04:59:45 am »
I'm currently trying to locate any detailed examples of how to build a Kanban board (Kanban Facilities) from scratch. I'm unclear when it comes to applying Tagged Values.

As is typical in EA Help, and other available resources the step-by-step details are MIA. Version 13.0 seems to address some of this.

General Board / EA Corp edition, BPMN 2.0 & business rules?
« on: July 12, 2013, 10:45:05 am »
Suggested approach for including business rules in EA BPMN 2.0 diagrams?

Looking to initially separate business rules from requirements as the beginning steps towards business rule management.

I see the requirement business rule stereotype, but what about business rule objects and/or as part of activity elements?

Seems to be a lack of detailed information around this in the EA documentation, an ongoing Achilles heel for EA and Sparx...

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