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Share Enterprise Architect Models in Confluence

In the recent past, majority of the organizations have moved away from file-based documents to tools like Atlassian Confluence and SharePoint for sharing, storing, and collaborating on business information.

If your organization is one of them, there are high changes you would be sharing information from Enterprise Architect (EA) models using these platforms with the business stakeholders.

While these tools reduce the overheads in sharing file-based documents, they still involve significant manual effort to keep the content up-to-date.

Prolaborate aims at putting an end to all such manual efforts! It achieves it by letting you create dynamic and self-refreshing EA model-based pages in Confluence.

The major capabilities are

  1. Single Source of Truth - Publish real-time EA information in Confluence
  2. Seamless Integration - Seamlessly integrate EA models with Confluence
  3. Auto-update - No more copy-paste needed every time the diagrams are changed

Here?s a quick look at how an user shares live EA diagrams in Confluence just by a few clicks:

This is a kind of add once and forget way to share EA information. The shared diagrams show live information all the time; no manual intervention required.

This integration is not just about letting you share diagrams; you will be able to share packages, elements, repositories, and even visualizations created in Prolaborate based on EA data.

Let?s have a quick look at these advanced capabilities through this 1-minute video series:

We will be looking at the following in this comprehensive guide:

  1. EA Confluence Integration Case Study
  2. How it exactly works?
  3. How to evaluate?
  4. How to get started?
  5. Frequently Asked Questions

EA Confluence Integration Case Study

This organization based out of Australia (Featured in Fortune Global 500 in 2019) has a strict mandate not to use emails to communicate within the company to talk about Enterprise Architecture.

Teams are supposed to use Enterprise Architect for modeling and designing, and Confluence to publish and collaborate on them.

And they were using the only way possible to bring information ? taking a screenshot and pasting in Confluence and documenting the rest even if the information is already available in EA.

After they started using Prolaborate, live information is directly brought in at ease to all the Confluence users across the organization.

The larger impact has been on the adoption on EA. Any business user, who is a Confluence user, can view and publish information from the EA models easily in a few clicks. They need not have any licenses for other apps; they need not learn a new app.

Information is made available to everybody in the organization in the apps they are comfortable with and use daily.

Confluence Integration

How it Exactly Works?

There are two ways how you can bring information from your EA models to Confluence.

  1. Prolaborate Macro
  2. Prolaborate links

Prolaborate Macro

Prolaborate macro for Confluence lets you share Diagrams, Packages, and Elements for all the connected EA repositories.

The macro is available in the Atlassian marketplace and you can start using it from the day the initial configuration of Prolaborate and macro is done. Learn more here .

Prolaborate Links

Using the Prolaborate links, you can share every information that you see in Prolaborate ? Diagrams, Packages, Elements, Repositories, simple and advanced Visualizations.

You can start using the links once the initial configuration of Prolaborate is done. Learn more here.

Evaluation Options

On-Premises Proof of Concept

It is better to start a Proof of Concept (PoC) to demonstrate the value of Prolaborate to the decision makers in your organization.

This is the reason we have an option to start a no-obligation free-of-cost PoC where you can try every single capability discussed in this article with your own EA models.

Learn more here.

Cloud Proof of Concept

Using the Prolaborate links, you can share every information that you see in Prolaborate ? Diagrams, Packages, Elements, Repositories, simple and advanced Visualizations.

You can start using the links once the initial configuration of Prolaborate is done. Learn more here.

Purchase Prolaborate

Once you are happy with the Proof of Concept, it?s time to go ahead with the purchase.

To help you, here are some common options that most of the organizations go for.

Scenario Requirements Products On-Premises Prolaborate on Cloud Prolaborate and EA on Cloud
1 We want to share live information in Confluence using the macro Growing Teams Edition (10-licensed users) and Integrations add-on 320 490 675
2 Scenario #1 + capability to share repositories and visualizations using links Growing Teams Edition (10-licensed users), Integrations and Open Community Access add-on 435 610 790
3 Use Prolaborate for sharing, collaborating, integrating, visualizing, and analyzing EA models Large Teams Edition ? 100 licensed users 850 1210 1370

Note:

  1. Above mentioned prices are for a month in USD
  2. Pro Cloud Server license cost are included. If you have a paid version of Pro Cloud Server already, prices will go down. You can check all the pricing plans in this link
  3. Learn more here about on-premises Prolaborate deployment
  4. Learn more here about cloud Prolaborate deployment
  5. Place purchase request using this link.

It?s better to get started with Large Teams edition as it gives access to all the capabilities without any limitations.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is the macro compatible with Confluence Server or Cloud or Both?

    Both.

  2. What are the prerequisites to configure Prolaborate macro in Confluence?

    EA repositories should be configured in Prolaborate and Confluence server should be able to access Prolaborate server.

  3. How many users can use the Prolaborate macro?

    As of now, there are no limitations to the number of users who can use the Prolaborate macro.

  4. Which option is the best to get started with?

    To get started with Prolaborate, the best option is to get Large Teams edition. To get started with Confluence integration, best option is the first scenario mentioned above in Purchase Prolaborate section.

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