Category Archives: Sparx EA

Pages under this category describe my thoughts on Enterprise Architect by Sparx, what I like, dislike, and the experiments and the lessons of myself, my staff and my peers as we’ve used Sparx EA to capture the models and information we rely on as Business Analysts.

Version: I’m currently using Sparx EA 13.08
Manual: Sparx EA 13 Online User Guide

 

Setting the an Image Asset as an Alternate Image using Sparx’s API

I’ve also been experimenting with image assets, this is what I’ve found so far: You can use the image assets directly in diagrams, they seem to be treated as class elements…. I’ve been in contact with Sparx, and they don’t recommend using image assets directly in you diagram, the intent… Read more »

Tips and Tricks: Creating Diagrams in Sparx EA

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Sparx EA offers numerous ways to create new diagrams, and then add elements and connectors to your diagrams, this blog entry summarizes these different options. Creating a new Diagram in Sparx EA by first selecting a Package or Element in the Project Browser and either: using the Ctrl+Insert Shortcut Key,… Read more »

Tips and Tricks: Diagram Layout using Keyboard Shortcuts in Sparx EA

I spend a lot of my time working on Diagrams in Sparx EA, a few years ago I set up the following keyboard shortcuts to make it quicker (for me anyway) to modify the layout of Elements in my diagrams. In addition to setting up the keyboard shortcuts to help… Read more »

Organizing my projects in Sparx EA

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About a year ago I posted about how I started using Sparx EA, and stated that because of the tools flexibility it can be challenging to determine how to organize your work. So I thought I’d share how I’ve currently organized projects in Sparx EA where I work. First, a… Read more »

How I started using Sparx EA as my Business Analysis tool of choice

In late 2009 (just before version 8 was released), I began learning how to use Sparx EA.   A different branch in the organization I work for had purchased a few licenses to evaluate using Sparx EA as a Data Modeling tool, they decided to go with a different product, but… Read more »

Excel, Oracle and Sparx EA Part 3 of 5: Tagged Values as columns

In my previous post I described how I was able to use different Oracle functions to maintain the hierarchy for the Packages and Elements so they would appear in the same order in Excel as they appear in my Project Browser in Sparx EA.  The next step was to figure… Read more »

Excel, Oracle and Sparx EA Part 2 of 5: Maintaining Hierarchy

In my previous post I described how I’ve started pulling data from a Sparx EA repository hosted on an Oracle Database.   The next step was to determine how to maintain the hierarchy for the Packages and Elements so they would appear in the same order in Excel as they appear… Read more »

Excel, Oracle and Sparx EA Part 1 of 5: Retrieving Data

The organization I work for has adopted Sparx EA as our Business Analysis modeling tool of choice and decided to use an existing Oracle repository for all our projects.  We simplified new installations by creating an installation package that automates the install of both the Oracle client and Sparx EA… Read more »

Importing and tracing from a Source Document using Sparx EA 12

*** Currently there is a Bug in Sparx EA 12.0.1215 that prevents you from using the features in 3.1 and 3.2 *** http://www.sparxsystems.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?num=1438024703/0#0 As a Business Analyst I often reference existing documentation as a source of statements that describe people, processes, requirements, rules etc, included in my analysis.   Early on… Read more »