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Generate an Enterprise Architecture Principles Map Demo

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By doing the following Demo Steps you can easily generate your own principles overview.

With Dragon1, you generate and create Enterprise Architecture Principles maps faster using templates or with the JSON-API. It allows you to focus more on collecting the data and improving the quality of the data. This results in a better effective analysis of the data.

Principles of Architecture are the most important part of EA

Architecture is a coherent set of concepts. Principles are the working mechanisms of concepts.

In mainstream EA, architecture principles are often defined as general rules or guidelines. But that is a misconception. Principles should describe the way things work within a context or a system. A principle statement should describe a cause and effect. It helps by starting the principle statement with the word By.

An example of a True Architecture Principle is:

  • By reusing software solutions in the company, the average cost per user is lowered. - This statement is highly likely to be true

An example of a False Architecture Principle is:

  • Software solutions are reused in the company - This statement is hardly ever true

You may wonder why it is so important to make a distinction between correct and false principles. The thing is that with correct principles (= working mechanisms) you can do predictions and tests. With false principles (= rules or guidelines) you cannot do that. It is also a best practice not to invent principles and principles statements yourself, but to take them from literature and refer to them.

Read more about enterprise architecture principles here.

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Demo Steps

Click on the Demo Steps

  • Step 1 Download Excel Click on the Download Excel Sheet button (green) to download the example data.
  • Step 2 Edit ExcelOpen the excel sheet. Click on the Principles tab, edit the name of a principle and save your data.
  • Step 3 Convert to .dragon1 FileClick on the Convert .dragon1 File button to convert the excel sheet into a .dragon1 File (JSON).
  • Step 4 Upload .dragon1 FileGo to the Viewer or click on the Upload & View .dragon1 button. Click on the Upload .dragon1 File button in the Viewer, select the .dragon1 file from your download folder and you see the treeview of the EA Atlas. Click on the Architecture Principles Overview in the treeview and see your updated Visualization.
  • Step 5 Draw ShapesClick the Edit button in the Viewer and drag a shape (principle) from the shapes panel onto the canvas.
  • Step 6 Export to ExcelClick the Export button (top button bar) and export the data to the Excel Sheet.
  • Step 7 View ExcelOpen the Excel Sheet and check if you see the updated data.
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