Use of Enterprise Architect (EA) Tool
Is business analysis (BA) work intended to be designed as a work flow using this Tool?
A Business Analyst can use Enterprise Architect as a Work flow tool and a business process modeling tool. Enterprise Architect can also be used to model business rules, manage project resources and provide a collaborative modeling environment to discuss and improve your work flows. Tools and Techniques for BABOK Guide v3 helps to map Business Analysis tasks to example Enterprise Architect models, making it easier to start modeling work flows that adhere to IIBA best practice guidelines.
Will Tools and Techniques for BABOK Guide v3 be a standard release for Enterprise Architect customers and IIBA members?
This is a very sophisticated development. How can one identify the right product for a BA practitioner and an organization based on all the available editions?
Enterprise Architect provides a comprehensive range of features that can assist a BA practitioner perform their daily tasks, covering everything from business analysis planning, requirements management through to solution evaluation. The Compare Editions page is a great place to start, as it helps to break down each edition of Enterprise Architect – outlining which features are available in each edition.
You can even download the comparison table as a PDF document to conduct a detailed analysis offline: http://www.sparxsystems.com/products/ea/compare-editions.html
Where do we find training materials to gain a better understanding of how to use the Tool?
A comprehensive landing page has been developed to provide information about Tools and Techniques for BABOK Guide v3. To view tutorials, demos and webinars on Enterprise Architect see: http://www.sparxsystems.com/resources/index.html
There are also whitepapers and case studies available on: http://community.sparxsystems.com/
Sparx Systems also has a comprehensive partner network all around the world that can provide training and consulting services, including some who are also IIBA EEP Trainers.
Many clients / stakeholders prefer to review / update requirements in MS Excel. What best practices can EA support in “round tripping” from Excel ==> Sparx ==> Excel etc. rather than modelling solely in EA?
Does the tool allow for document export? If so, what formats are supported?
You can export to RTF, PDF and DocX. Enterprise Architect also supports the generation of web based reports, If you want to customize the look and feel of a web report for your company or client, you can use the HTML And CSS Style Editor to change the HTML associated with the various sections of the report. Enterprise Architect Models can be published as Articles (HTML page) in a local Joomla! installation, using the 'Publish as Joomla! Article' dialog.
Compatible with Microsoft® Word® or OpenOffice, Enterprise Architect's RTF document generator is capable of creating entire specification documents directly from the model. Documents are generated from customizable templates, helping you to create reports and project deliverables that suit your corporate standards. You can selectively include or exclude specific information items to create tailored reports for a wide range of stakeholders. To reach a wider audience, reports can also be generated in PDF format.
For more information on reporting, please view the following webinars that focus on report and document generation:
Does the tool support RoadMapping ?
Is group share capability part of the feature set? For example, stencils and reference architectures.
My organization has a central SQL Server repository for projects. Can models generated within Enterprise Architect be migrated into a central repository and also be accessible via the web interface?
Does the Tool provide templates for the documentation of tasks (i.e., business process flow)?
BA's familiar with using text can use the Specification Manager to document tasks. The Specification Manager is a simple document-based interface to a selected Package in the model, providing the means of creating and reviewing elements as text representations of objects in the model, using a process that is familiar to all users including business professionals and management, who might not have expertise in model development.
Enterprise Architect can document tasks and model a business process flow. The Tools and techniques for BABOK Guide v3 provides a number of sample models including BPMN diagrams, business rules, decision models and Data flow Diagrams. There are a number of Business Process Modeling languages supported by Enterprise Architect and you can learn more about them via the Enterprise Architect User Guide links below: http://sparxsystems.com/enterprise_architect_user_guide/13.0/model_domains/analysis_and_business_modeling.html
To learn more about business process modeling: http://sparxsystems.com/enterprise_architect_user_guide/13.0/model_domains/bpmn_1_4.html
How does Enterprise Architect support Agile and Lean Techniques?
Does Enterprise Architect support ArchiMate 3.x?
Can I use EA in MacOS platform too?
Does EA fully support UML 2.5?
Yes, Enterprise Architect does support UML 2.5.
Does the desktop/professional license have a limit to how long it is valid for or is it simply use as long as you wish?
Licensing for Enterprise Architect does not expire.
How is pricing determined (per seat, amount of storage, etc.) ?
You can purchase either fixed user Licenses or use Floating Licensing. There are no limits on storage. The price of Enterprise Architect is listed on the Sparx Systems website: http://www.sparxsystems.com/products/ea/purchase.htmlEnterprise Architect is sold as a licensed product according to the terms and conditions of the EULA. Purchasing a license makes you a registered user for 12 months, which entitles you to:
- Download and activate the current, full version of Enterprise Architect.
- Access free updates and new builds for a period of 12 months.
- Access Sparx Systems' email support services for 12 months. Access the registered users area and any associated resources for 12 months.
Important: At the end of the initial free maintenance period, you can continue to use the latest build of Enterprise Architect that you have downloaded -OR- renew your maintenance agreement (see below) for a further 12 months of access to new builds, upgrades and support.
What's the access code for http://babok.sparxpublic.com/login.php (the beta version of the Tools and Techniques for the BABOK® Guide v3 )? And, how long will the beta version be available to the public?
The access code for the public website is: babok.model
The Beta Version will continue to remain available for free online and will most likely evolve and expand over time to incorporate feedback from the Business Analysis community.
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