Enterprise Architect - UML tool for analysis, design and implementation

Object orientated programming is more than only diagram drawing.

Life-Cycle Software Design includes the whole developmentcycle:
Enterprise Architect provides complete traceability from requirements analysis and design artefacts, through to implementation and deployment. Combined with in-built task and resource allocation, Project managers and QA teams are equipped with the information they need to help deliver projects on schedule.

Effective Project Management
Project managers can use Enterprise Architect to:

•Assign resources to elements
•Measure risk and effort
•Estimate project size and complexity
•Implement change control and maintenance procedures
Enterprise Architect's Use Case Metrics capability makes it easy to assess relative project complexity, based on the number and type of use cases within the model, the type of project and capabilities of the development environment.

With experience, use case metrics provide a great way to quickly assess the scope of a project.

High Value, End-To-End Modeling
Enterprise Architect provides full life cycle modeling for:

  • Business and IT systems
  • Software and Systems Engineering
  • Real-time and embedded development

With built-in requirements management capabilities, Enterprise Architect helps you trace high-level specifications to analysis, design, implementation, test and maintenance models using UML, SysML, BPMN and other open standards. Enterprise Architect is a multi-user, graphical tool designed to help your teams build robust and maintainable systems. And using high quality, built-in reporting and documentation, you can deliver a truly shared vision easily and accurately!

Speed, Stability and Performance

Fast! Enterprise Architect users agree - Enterprise Architect is a spectacularly fast performer, loading extremely large models in seconds.

Featuring a high-performance model repository, Enterprise Architect easily accommodates large teams sharing the same view of the enterprise.

With tightly integrated version control capabilities, Enterprise Architect also allows globally distributed teams to collaborate effectively on shared projects.

End-to-End Traceability

Enterprise Architect provides complete traceability from requirements, analysis and design models, through to implementation and deployment.

Effective verification, validation and immediate impact analysis are possible across the entire life cycle, using such capabilities as Enterprise Architect's Relationship Matrix and Hierarchy View.

Combined with built-in task and resource allocation, Project managers and QA teams are equipped with the right information to help deliver projects successfully.

Model, Manage and Trace Requirements
Capture and trace formal requirements to design, build, deployment and beyond.
Use impact analysis to trace proposed changes to original requirements. Build the right system.
Enterprise Architect’s built-in requirements management features can be used to:

•Define an organized, hierarchical requirements model
•Trace the implementation of system requirements to model elements
•Search and report on requirements
•Perform impact analysis of proposed changes to requirements

Manage Complexity
Enterprise Architect helps individuals, groups and large organizations model and manage complex information.
By integrating and connecting a wide range of structural and behavioral information in visual form, you can build a coherent, verifiable model of what-is or what-will-be.
Tools built into Enterprise Architect that help you manage complexity include:

•Diagrams for modeling strategic and business level concepts
•Domain-specific profiles and reusable model patterns
•Baseline and version management for tracking and integrating changes
•Role-based security to help the right people contribute in the right way

Powerful Document Generation
Enterprise Architect provides powerful document generation and reporting tools with a full WYSIWYG template editor.
Generate detailed reports with the information you need in the format your company or client demands!
At the click of a button automatically produce HTML versions of your model for easy distribution over the Internet or your organization's intranet.

Generation and Reverse Engineering of Source Code
Enterprise Architect supports generation and reverse engineering of source code for many popular languages, including:

•ActionScript

•Ada

•C and C++

•C#

•Visual Basic

•PHP

•Verilog

•Java

•System C

•VHDL

•Python

•Delphi

•VB.Net

•and more...

The built-in source code editor lets you quickly navigate from model directly to source code in the same environment. Tight integrations for Eclipse and Visual Studio .NET, provide developers with direct access to blueprints and modeling capabilities right inside the IDE. Code generation templates let you customize generated source code according to your company specifications.

Visualize your Applications

Enterprise Architect helps you visualize your applications by supporting reverse engineering of a wide range of software development languages and database repository schema.

Bring in complete frameworks and legacy systems from source code, jar files or even .Net binary assemblies!

By importing frameworks and library code, you can maximize re-use and understanding of your existing investment.

Advanced Model Driven Architecture
Enterprise Architect supports advanced Model Driven Architecture (MDA) transformations using easy to edit transform templates.

With built-in transformations for:
•C#
•DDL
•EJB
•Java
•JUnit
•NUnit
•WSDL
•XSD
You can quickly develop detailed solutions from abstract models.

A single platform independent model (PIM) can drive generation of multiple platform-specific target solutions - providing a significant productivity boost!

Debugging, Compiling and Visualizing Executing Code
Enterprise Architect enables you to build, test, debug, run and execute deployment scripts, all from within the Enterprise Architect development environment.
With the ability to generate NUnit and JUnit test classes from source classes using MDA Transformations and integrate the test process directly into the Enterprise Architect IDE, you can now integrate UML and modeling into the build/test/execute/deploy process.
In addition to build/test and execute functionality, Enterprise Architect includes debugging capabilities for Java, .NET and Microsoft Native (C++, C and VB).
The debuggers built into Enterprise Architect are specifically designed to enable a developer or tester to capture stack trace information as they ‘walk through’ the executing code, performing runtime inspection of suspended threads.
They can then use the final stack trace history to generate Sequence diagrams within Enterprise Architect, converting the actual code execution and calls into visual diagrams.

Automation - Harness the Power
The Automation Interface lets you access the internals of Enterprise Architect models.
Some examples of tasks you could perform via the Automation Interface:

•Automatically generate and publish a daily HTML report to your local intranet
•Script repetitive tasks, such as property update common to all model elements
•Generate code from a state machine or diagram
•Produce custom reports
•Execute ad hoc queries against the model
Any development environment capable of generating ActiveX Com clients can be used to connect to Enterprise Architect's Automation Interface.

Powerful Database Modeling
Enterprise Architect’s built-in Data Modeling profile extends UML to provide an intuitive mapping from the database concepts of tables and relationships onto the UML concepts of classes and associations.
These extensions also enable you to model database keys, triggers, constraints, RI and other relational database features.
Enterprise Architect supports modeling of database schema and automatic generation of DDL scripts for eleven DBMS targets out-of-the-box:

•InterBase

•DB2

•Informix

•MySQL

•Sybase ASE, ASA

•Oracle

•MS Access

•Ingres

•MS SQL Server

•Firebird

•PostgreSQL




 

Systems Engineering and Simulation
Integrating many high-end features for Systems Engineers, the Ultimate and Systems Engineering editions of Enterprise Architect provide built-in support for:

•SysML 1.1
•Parametric model simulation
•Executable code generation
•Model to code transformations for Hardware Description Languages and ADA 2005

Business Process Modeling
There are many approaches to Business Process Modeling (BPM) using UML as the base modeling language.
In particular, Activity diagrams, Object Diagrams and custom Profiles provide powerful modeling approaches for Business Analysts.
Enterprise Architect complements UML 2.1 with BPMN support and extension elements for analysis, requirements management and process management (such as change, feature and issue elements).

Enterprise Architect's Business Process Modeling capabilities let you:

•Visualize business process with a UML profile for BPMN
•Generate executable BPEL scripts from BPMN models
•Validate the correctness of BPMN models

Build upon UML 2.3

Enterprise Architect’s foundations are built upon the UML 2 specification - but it doesn’t stop there!

Use UML Profiles to extend the modeling domain, while Model Validation ensures integrity.

Combine Business Processes, Information and Work Flows in the one model using our free extensions for BPMN and the Eriksson-Penker profile.

Enterprise Architect in brief

Enterprise Architect is a comprehensive UML analysis and design tool, covering software development from requirements gathering, through to the analysis stages, design models, testing and maintenance. EA can outfit your whole team, including analysts, testers, project managers, quality control staff, deployment team, for a fraction of the cost of some competing products.
EA is a multi-user, Windows based, graphical tool designed to help you build robust and maintainable software. It features flexible and high quality documentation output. The user manual is available online 

 


UML (Unified Modelling Language) assist you to develop exact, traceable and consistent models in your software projects.Enterprise Architect supports this process in an easy to use, fast and flexible environment.

To give you an opportunity to assess the feature set and functionality of Enterprise Architect, download our 30 days Trial version, without functional restrictions.

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Enterprise Architect helps you manage complexity with tools to track dependencies, support for very large models, version control with CVS or SCC providers, baselining for point in time snapshots, compare (diff) utility to track changes to the model, intuitive and high performance interface with "explorer like" project view.

Enterprise Architect provides powerful document generation and reporting tools with a full WYSIWYG template editor. Generate complex and detailed reports from Enterprise Architect with the information you need in the format your company or client demands.

Enterprise Architect supports generation and reverse engineering of source code for many popular languages, including C++, C#, Java, Delphi, VB.Net, Visual Basic, ActionScript, PHP and Python. A free add-in is available for CORBA. With a built in "syntax highlighting" source code editor, Enterprise Architect lets you quickly navigate and explore your model source code in the same environment. For those working in Eclipse or Visual Studio .NET, Sparx Systems also sells lightweight bridges to these IDEs, letting you model in Enterprise Architect and jump directly to the source code in your preferred editor. Code generation templates let you customize the generated source code to your company specifications.

Enterprise Architect helps you visualize your applications by supporting reverse engineering of a wide range of software development languages and database repository schema. Bring in complete frameworks from source code or Java .jar files - or even .Net binary assemblies! By importing frameworks and library code, you can maximize re-use and understanding of your existing investment.

Enterprise Architect supports advanced Model Driven Architecture (MDA) transformations using easy to edit and develop transformation templates. With built in transformations for DDL, C#, Java, EJB and XSD, you can quickly develop complex solutions from simple "platform independent models" (PIM) that are target at "platform specific models" (PSM). One PIM can be used to generate and synchronize multiple PSM's - providing a significant productivity boost.

Note: Actual features depend on edition purchased. Please ensure you purchase the right edition for your needs.

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