Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect
About Sparx Systems
Sparx Systems specializes in high performance and scalable visual modelling tools for the planning, design and construction of software intensive systems. With customers in industries ranging from aerospace and automotive engineering to finance, defence, government, entertainment and telecommunications, Sparx Systems is a leading vendor of innovative solutions based on the Unified Modelling Language (UML) and its related specifications. A Contributing Member of the Object Management Group (OMG), Sparx Systems is committed to realizing the potential of model-driven development based on open standards. The company’s flagship product, Enterprise Architect, has received numerous accolades since its commercial release in August, 2000. Enterprise Architect is the design tool of choice for 580,000 registered users world-wide.
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Enterprise Architect 13
EA 13 brings many new enhancements & technologies for distributed agile modeling & design, cloud-based project management, integrated simulation as well as software & database engineering.
The new ribbon interface of EA 13 allows you to access all the tools you need daily quickly & easily.
EA 13 has ribbons to help you with design, layout, publishing, coding, simulation and more.
In EA 13 you’re now able to create charts to track tasks, resourcing, change management and testing from predefined searches.
The new diagram filter functionality allows you to quickly highlight diagram Elements using Element Tagged Value Filters to highlight diagram elements based on their corresponding Tagged Value. EA 13 even allows the grouping and toggling of diagram filters. By creating diagram filters under a specific group it’s easier to sort, arrange & manage. You can toggle multiple filters or simultaneously enable an entire group of filters.
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Time Aware Modelling is the ability to create an As-Is model, and to clone this to create a new To-Be version whilst maintaining traceability between all the elements. This can be done by simply selecting the package or diagram you would like to change & using the Context Menu to ‘Clone Structure as New Version’. Having done that you can now you can make changes to subsequent versions without altering the underlying structure of the ‘As-Is’ diagram.
This cloning approach provides substantial benefits and allows you to take a snapshot in time of model development.
EA 13 brings you enhanced Kanban Diagrams to allow you to visualize the current team resources allocations to the Kanban element, seeing what resource has been assigned, and how close to completion it is. The Kanban drawing style can be used showing Type, Status, Version, Priority, Bold name, Stereotype, Phase, Author, Truncate name and Icon.
SysML Simulation with OpenModelica
Simulation using SysML & OpenModelica is the ability to create a Systems Engineering Model using SysML, model mathematical behaviour & perform time simulation using OpenModelica. The simulation provided by EA 13 is a graphical plot for a number of variables (which have the same dimension) on the y-axis against time on the x-axis.
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Integrations, Standards and Styles
EA 13 offers the following functions in this area:
- Office 2016 Visual Style: this is the new default style on new installations of EA 13.
- MDG for AML: EA 13 offers an MDG for the Archetype Modeling Language.
- Improved Linux / Mac Support.
- Enhanced Code Engineering including:
- C# 6 enhanced support
- Java 8 support
- C++11 support
- PHP 5.6 support
- ADA 2012 support
- Updates to:
- C parser
- VB.Net parser
- XSD generation
- WSDL import
- Code Editor C++
- Custom Progress Bars: Enterprise Architect 13 now allows you to place custom progress bars on any element that supports rectangle notation and suppressed shape scripts.
- Hybrid Scripting: Hybrid scripting is provided to extend the capabilities of the standard scripting environment to high level languages such as Java and C#.
Dunstan Thomas Consulting have been Sparx Systems Global Enterprise Architect (EA) training and solution partners for the past 13 years and over that time have been instrumental in delivering solutions to a variety of industries. Our clients range from Waitrose and John Lewis Partnership in retail, Vodafone and EE in the Telecoms space, GE Aviation & EADS Astrium in the aviation sector, Allianz and Deutsche Bank in the financial sector and Transport for London, and The Intellectual Property Office in the public sector.
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