Resource Center

What is the Resource Center application?

The Resource Center is one of the applications that is part of Dragon1 and has functionality that compares to MS Sharepoint, a Semantic Wiki and an Intranet Website. Dragon1 Resource Center supports a collaborative and consistent way of working with enterprise architecture.

The Resource Center provides functionality to create a management information library that you can use to share and to communicate your strategy, policy and way of working with enterprise architecture, project management, it management, etc.

Also you can easily upload and manage example checklists, document templates, presentations and reference models or integrate it with documentation of other companies.

You can access the Resource Center from the main screen. See picture at the right hand side.

Enterprise Content Management and Document Management

Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is about management and storage of documents about the organization and about the processes and other content.

The Resource Center enables Enterprise Content Management and Document Management for you. Just like you were used to work with SharePoint or Alfresco or other CMS and DMS systems. More information about Enterprise Content Management can be found at Wikipedia.

Because Dragon1 is cloud-based you can collaborate world wide with your teams on different locations in different time zones on a single set of data.

Dragon1 Resource Center as Wiki, Portal or Intranet

The Dragon1 Resource Center is often used as a Wiki, Portal or Intranet. You can define any number of main pages and sub pages you like and put links to documents on strategies, policies, processes, products, services and projects and anything else on Dragon1.

Dragon1 Resoure Center can be styled in any color scheme you like to match your corporate standards. Also the Resource Center can be switched into Wiki mode and Portal mode. In portal mode the Resource Center can be used to give access other applications outside of Dragon1 on your network or intranet via URL-linking.

The benefit of dong this is you can work using a single source of truth. No more using different and maybe wrong versions of documents. If there are multiple versions of documents around, just place them together as a different version of a document on a Resource Center page.

Dragon1 provides an online help file supporting you in defining and inserting HTML 5 data blocks and Excel/XML-based page information files. Also some names and data of columns in a spreadsheet-page information file are interpreted like color, width, usernames, content types, categories and tags. See for yourself how brilliant this works!

Dragon1 Enterprise Search

In Dragon1 there is a search module making finding information is easy. Just click search on the top level menu bar and type in what you are looking for. Dragon1 Enterprise Search also searches the content of your Resource Center, so you will never create duplicate content anymore or send emails duplicating files and generating data.

Overview of Basic Features

Below is an overview of the basic features of the Resource Center:

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1. Work with a single of truth: a single published source of strategic Information and architecture documentation
2. Communicate the Enterprise Architecture Process (alignment of the architecture, strategy and project portfolio) across teams and organizations at different locations or timezones.
3. Check In and Check out of documents
4. Manage and publish one enterprise language: A Glossary of Terms
5. DMS / Version control of documents (dropdownlink versions)

Default Editable contents

Dragon1 Resource Center is preconfigured for you with editable content. There is a page with strategy documents, policy documents, a way of working with enterprise architecture and other information you might need in an architecture or project team to collaborate.

Architecture Teams and Project Teams often place their team

Watch as we go through the default content of Dragon1 Resource Center in this video.

Creating as Enterprise Architect, Manager or CIO your own page in the Resource Center with background information or input for architecture design is easy. Watch the tutorial here.

Create a page with background information

Creating as Enterprise Architect, Manager or CIO your own page in the Resource Center with background information or input for architecture design is easy. Without having to know about HTML you can just type in text and markup text like you are used to in MS Word or an another text editor. Watch the video here.

How to upload a file and link it

In Dragon1 Resource Center you can upload files into your own sites folders and link from the pages to these files.

Watch the video for a basic example.

How create template webpages / semantic wiki pages

In Dragon1 data content and data layout can be seperated fully. If you want you can mix content and layout of data, but you can also separate them so different people or jobs can collaborate on it.

How does this work?

Like its name Dragon1 Resource Center is a center of resources. Every webpage in the Resource Center should give access to a group of users to various versions of certain sources, resourcing them. And of course mentioning the original location.

Let's say you as a manager want enterprise architects to design a system architecture for the new information system for the marketing and sales department. And you want these enterprise architects to have an overview and insights of the companies marketing on a need to now basis. In this case you create a webpage for marketing resources.

Now you need to do only four things:

  1. Collect all the documents and data you want to publish on the webpage (a main page and subpages)
  2. Upload the documents and data if nessecary to the application in a public or private (not accessable from the internet) folder. If you want you can create a link from the Resource Center webpage to a document or data (SOAP/webservice) if it has a local or internet URL (http or file).
  3. Create a main page and subpages in the Resource Center and enter layout information for data content blocks. This is in HTML 5 and use can use the HTML Block Insert at the right hand side for basic html blocks and edit them to you liking.
  4. Create per data content block page, information files (in an excel, csv or xml file) that contains the information you want to be show as text, lists, models, diagrams or graphs on the webpage.

Now you are finished with creating your first Resource Center webpage.

Suppose over time the content in the marketing documents or data changes, you will only need to update local documents and the page information files and NOT need to change the HTML 5 layout information.

If you like you have also via a smartphone access to this information anywhere, anytime, anyplace. You can use your phone's browser to login and access Dragon1 Resource Center page. Dragon1 is build with responsive design giving you a web 3.0 experience.

With the Recource Center you can collaborate easy when teams are located in different countries and timezones.

Per document you can note how the enterprise architects in the application should use it to create architecture products. The enterprise architects or project architects on their part can read and write down here how they actually have used it, updating their own page information file.

And as with architects, do not forget to add a glossary with terms and definitions to rule out basic cross field of science misunderstandings.

Fascinated to get started with the Resource Center?