Sparx Systems Newsletter - September 2008

Enterprise Architect 7.1 – build 832 now available

Sparx Systems' commitment to delivering the most flexible, scalable and affordable modeling solutions available today, continues to define and extend the success of Enterprise Architect. New case studies, new partnerships, new technologies, new sister companies and new offers from our partners all reflect the power and productivity that come with using version 7.1.

Take advantage of build 832, which contains many optimizations, enhancements and improvements to make modeling and design faster and more productive, enhances interoperability and improves collaboration.

Outstanding highlights of build 832 include:

  • Significantly improved loading time of very large server based models
  • Optimized loading of the relationship matrix to support much larger data sets
  • New automation API to create baselines, manage user locks and more
  • Many user interface changes, including sorting and searching, rich edit notes and spell checking
  • Optimizations and additions to the version control capability
  • Improved rendering of extremely large sequence diagrams
  • Improvements to validation of some UML diagrams, additional quicklinking options
  • Improved XSD import and XMI export/import

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Latest Case Studies

Aviation: Learn how the AD4 Consortium improved air-traffic management systems with Enterprise Architect and MDA.

Astronomy: Using Enterprise Architect, The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project achieved end-to-end traceability from requirements to functional prototype implementation.

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New partnership with Siemens PLM Software

Sparx Systems has established a new technology partnership with Siemens PLM Software, which has resulted in the integration of Enterprise Architect with the Teamcenter systems engineering and requirements management environment. The integration helps customers to incorporate UML-based design approaches into the product lifecycle management for electro-mechanical systems.

See our press statement for details:

New Zealand and Spanish sister companies launched

We are proud to announce the launch of two new sister companies: Sparx Systems New Zealand and Sparx Systems Spain

These newest members of the Sparx Systems family provide local support and services to the growing Spanish and New Zealand Enterprise Architect user communities.

RM-ODP (Open Distributed Processing) support for Enterprise Architect

Based on the well-established RM-ODP architectural framework, Sparx Systems is pleased to announce the availability of MDG Technology for ODP. This new technology provides a detailed Enterprise Architect profile implementation of the UML4ODP metamodel, kindly contributed by Barry Steer of SteerConsulting.

To download the complete UML4ODP metamodel and MDG Technology resource visit:

Tips and Tricks

Tip 1: Rapid-fire way points for connectors.

Here's a really simple and useful way to route connectors quickly even on a complex diagram:

  1. Select a connector from the toolbox
  2. Drag it from one element to another
  3. Each time you press Shift, a bend in the line (way point) is created at the current mouse position

Tip 2: Do you find yourself always using the “Align to” commands?

Try Smart Placement. Select: View | Snap to Grid | Smart Placement

Messages From Our Partners

Enterprise Architect meets Requirements and Change Management

Polarion ALM for EA is a fully integrated solution that extends UML modeling capabilities to the full product development life-cycle solution; that covers the gamut from Design (UML modeling), on into Requirements, Project, Task and Time Management, Change Management (Bug Tracking), plus Process Audit, and total Traceability.

Add the power of wiki and team collaboration to real time project management capabilities and synchronize all your changes through out the entire development process in a single environment. Maintain accountability with entire history of changes made in EA are stored in.

ICONIX holds "Hands on EA for Power Users" public class in NY Oct. 13, Boston Oct. 16.

Students will use EA to take the example project from use cases and functional requirements all the way through sequence and class diagrams, and will generate C# code and test cases.

The example project is an interactive hotel-finder application, built with ArcGIS Server from ESRI, that is currently in production use at, and is featured in the popular book "Agile Development with ICONIX Process".

Each student will receive a copy of both the "Use Case Driven Object Modeling - Theory and Practice", and "Agile Development with ICONIX Process" books along with a copy of the "Enterprise Architect for Power Users" multimedia tutorial and an EA Desktop Edition license.

More Executable UML with Enterprise Analyst

After a successful first year of the presence on Internet market, Enterprise Analyst ( is growing faster that ever. Current features include class model compilation and simulation, object and sequence diagrams automatic generation and model validation and documentation

The next release will include the static model structure analysis tool with dependency matrix generation, model tangles detection abd software arquitecture metrics

Domain model is where the software complexity begins. Let Enterprise Analyst help you manage your software complexity in its heart!

New Webinar: Rapid Requirements Definition with RAVEN and Enterprise Architect

Miscommunication between analysts and architects is a major source of software project delays, budget overruns, and project cancellations. Missing and incomplete requirements make architectural decisions high risk. This webinar will cover

* How to find missing requirements
* How to improve analyst/architect communications
* How to accelerate the transition from analysis to design

This webinar will include a demonstration of the integration between the award-winning RAVEN solution for Requirements Elicitation and Definition, and Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

Dont miss out. Register now!

Seminar "Requirements Engineering with UML and Enterprise Architect"

This 3 day seminar will focus on business process modeling, requirement specification and analysis using Enterprise Architect Version 7.1 (EA).

You will get an overview over the UML and a general requirement engineering process. Along a case study you will learn how to structure your EA projects, define textual requirements, specify use case and domain models, design user interface prototypes, generate documentation, manage traceability, import and export model information. Theory inputs are followed by hands on training on your notebook. The seminar will be held in German.

MDA Workshop in Berlin

The 3rd MDA Workshop is hosted by the Special Interest Group in Model Driven Software Engineering in Berlin/Germany.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together people working on MDSE techniques and tools, and applying them on web applications, enterprise information systems or embedded systems, so that they can exchange their experience, create new ideas, evaluate and improve MDSE and spread its use.

This year, the workshop takes a closer look at transformations, e.g. model-to-model and model-to-text transformations, transformation languages and transformation specification. It also focuses on the human factor, e.g. qualification of software engineers for MDA.