Sparx Systems has released Prolaborate 3.2 this summer with the following enhancements.
** Features detailed in this article.
Architecture Landscape is a new chart available in Prolaborate. It provides a way to render any kind of architectural views on a single page.
In the example below, ArchiMate Business Actors are displayed under each assigned Business Role (roles are listed by type i.e. internal or external).
With this chart view, a single element can be rendered several times e.g. the "Distribution Department" actor is visible under "Delivery Driver" and "Logistic operator" roles, compared with the matching view in Sparx Enterprise Architect.
This chart has been created using the Chart Designer:
The Business Roles package (model) must be selected.
With the following setup, ArchiMate Business Roles are grouped by Alias value (Internal/External), and the elements names are shown (alternatives: tagged values, etc.).
In the next group, the graph is looking for the actors assigned to each business role.
The resulting graph is dynamic i.e. a role can be selected to get the assigned actors within a report e.g. Retailer role -> Customer. Selecting an actor from this report provides access to its properties as per the Attributes zone illustrated below.
I tried a different scenario using the Prolaborate ArchiMate demo EA project with the aim to list all data flows between applications. In the following example, ArchiMate flows have been defined between application components, and ArchiMate Data Objects (e.g. Data1, Data2) have been associated as "conveyed items".
The required details from EA require to define the chart using custom SQL queries instead of the Chart Designer.
Relationships matrix is a very useful Enterprise Architect feature to visualize, understand and update relations between elements. The following matrix illustrates business actor assignments with roles.
EA matrix profiles are now available in Prolaborate to be opened with your favourite browser (note: matrices can be created in Prolaborate).
Creating or updating model information in bulk can be relevant using CSV or Excel spreadsheets. Available in Enterprise Architect, this is now available with Prolaborate: you can create or update packages and elements in your Enterprise Architect models using its new intuitive Excel-like interface
Once permission rights are granted, a user can create an import profile as illustrated here with ArchiMate application components.
Details can be entered directly within the displayed worksheet. Otherwise a CSV file can be generated (Download as CSV), populated, and imported into Enterprise Architect (Import CSV File).
I found that Prolaborate lets you copy and paste data a matching Excel file, very useful!
Once the details are provided, the import can be carried globally or row by row.