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Overview

The Model Wizard has been available in Enterprise Architect for many years, but in version 14 it has received a huge update. The goal of these changes has been to greatly enhance the modeling experience and to make it much easier to find and use the right modeling approach for a particular domain and purpose.

In this webinar, we preview the new Model Wizard and its huge selection of model patterns that come with detailed guidance and references, perspective-based filtering and use of meta-model driven views that combine to vastly improve the modeling experience.

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Session 1

Melbourne Tue 14 Nov 08:00 am
New York Mon 13 Nov 16:00 pm
Los Angeles Mon 13 Nov 13:00 pm
London Mon 13 Nov 21:00 pm
Auckland Tue 14 Nov 10:00 am

Session 2

Presenters

Ben ConstableSparx Systems

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Questions & Answers

General

We are planning to release version 14 during the first quarter of 2018. There will be a beta release beforehand.

Anyone with an Enterprise Architect Corporate edition (or higher edition) license can access a cloud server instance. You only need the URL of the server instance and login credentials. To create a cloud-based model repository, however, you need a separate Pro Cloud Server license.

Existing MDG Technologies will continue to work as before. However, in time you will be will be able incorporate some of these new features with your MDG Technologies.

Yes.

Yes. You simply use Enterprise Architect 14 to open the project that you originally created with version 12.1. There is no other action required of you to migrate to the new version.

No.

Patterns

Model Wizard patterns are normally distributed with an MDG technology. The patterns exist as separate XMI files from the MDG Technology file, and need to be copied to the EA ModelPatterns directory in your installation path.

The MDG Technologies don't define perspectives, but a perspective can reference user created MDG Technologies.

We will likely provide both guidelines and one or more webinars on creating patterns and other customizations with version 14.

There will be.

Yes, there is at least one Entity Relationship model pattern that uses the ER notation.

We are planning a webinar session in this pre-release series that will address this point specifically.

Process Guidance

Currently the Process Guidance page of the Model Wizard doesn't provide any customization function. In the future we may be able to incorporate these into MDG Technologies.

As mentioned in another response, not yet. This may be possible in future.

Yes.

That type of example - a review activity - suits the purpose of Checklists in Enterprise Architect well. Note, however, when you create a Checklist from a model pattern, you are creating a copy of the element, not an instance in the UML sense. Even if you create a Checklist directly using the Diagram Toolbox and then instantiate that element in the UML sense, you won't get the Checklist steps automatically defined for the instance.

So at this stage Enterprise Architect doesn't support the scenario you describe where a Checklist acts as a classifier for Checklist instances, and where each instance represents a unique review that uses the common steps defined by the Checklist classifier.

It's an interesting request, which we'll make known to our development team.

Yes - the guidance is instantiated in the model just as a model pattern is. From the Process Guidance pattern, you can generate documentation in the usual ways.

Metamodel Views

We will demonstrate this in a future webinar.

Yes.

Yes, the metamodel definition takes the form of additional connectors between your existing stereotypes and metaclass elements. The View definitions are additional elements with references to your stereotypes and metaclass elements. The only part of your existing profile that may not apply is an existing Quick Linker definition.

Comparative demonstrations sounds like a good idea. We will consider this - thanks for the suggestion.

This will be the focus of a future webinar.

Other

We are working on ArchiMate 3.01 updates in conjunction with the EA 14 release. Whether those updates will be available on initial launch of version 14, however, is not yet determined.

The corrections made in the ArchiMate 3.01 specification will result in only a minor update to Enterprise Architect's Diagram Toolbox for ArchiMate, but significant changes to the relationships offered by the Quick Linker - so they harmonize with the updated set of allowed relations in ArchiMate 3.01.

In the context of database modeling, SQL Server 2016 is already supported, even though there is no specific DBMS language listed for it in Enterprise Architect. You can model your SQL Server 2016 database using the SQL Server 2012 DBMS language in Enterprise Architect as the modeling conventions are the same. In future, we may provide a flag so that your model can specify the target version of SQL Server.

Enterprise Architect does not specifically support functional programming languages at this stage.

The XSD generation has been updated in version 14 to ensure a stable order for all members, and to make it easier to specify a partial or complete order using the position tagged value.

Not in version 14.

Not specifically for test management.

Not in version 14.

We are not updating the scripting engine at this time. JavaScript and JScript are available in addition to VBScript.

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