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Enterprise Architecture Blueprint | Dragon1 Examples

Example of an 3d Enterprise Architecture blueprint at A0 size, created on Dragon1 by importing data from Microsoft Excel into the repository and using the Architecture View Layout from the Dragon1 open EA Method to generate the visualization.

Enterprise Architecture Tool

Introduction of Dragon1 as Enterprise Architecture Tool

Online Architecture Tools for the Enterprise Architect, Manager and CIO is the software of today. Increase enterprise governance, compliancy and control.

Main Benefits

  • Build Target Architectures upon your Strategy

  • Align your Projects with your Targets and Budgets

  • Manage and Monitor Transformations Visually

Dragon1 is a specialized online Enterprise Architecture Software for transforming organizations into a digital enterprise.
On the Dragon1 platform there are ten web applications available which used together form the most powerful solution to build strategy maps, create target architectures, do analytics & roadmapping and monitor the digital transformation of the organization. Any business model, innovation or concept can be designed.

The foundation of Dragon1 is a cloud based enterprise collaboration platform hosting integrated web applications. Clients can choose to make use of the secure public cloud or get their own private cloud. The client repository by default is deployed on the database management system MS SQL Server. But clients can also choose for MySQL, PostgreSQL or Oracle.

The web applications on Dragon1 that together form the online Enterprise Architecture Tool are the Digital Workplace, Task Manager, Enterprise Search, ePortfolio, Resource Center, Architecture Repository, Visual Designer, Content Viewer (publication), Management Dashboard and Application Manager.

Use Dragon1 as your Innovation Lab and get all the freedom you need to really innovate doing prototyping. Model different versions of solutions and products for your stakeholders, supporting their decision making.

The Visual Designer, a Dragon1 Web Application

Dragon1 as Enterprise Architecture Tool

Screenshot of the Visual Designer, a Dragon1 Web Application. This is the main application you will use to create models, views and visualizations with. The screen shows an Enterprise Architecture Diagram opened. To read more about the Visual Designer, check out the Dragon1 Learn and Help System

Top Visualizations

The top visualizations created on Dragon1 are:

  • The Business Model (consisting of 5 detailed models)
  • Enterprise Transformation Roadmap
  • Product Innovation Roadmap
  • Enterprise Architecture Blueprint
  • Process Application Landscape
  • HR Competence-Capability Gap Map and Roadmap
  • IT Savings, Security and Improvements Roadmap
  • Financial InControl Roadmap
  • Solution Architecture Blueprints
  • Project / System Development Progress Map
  • Technology Roadmap

Basic Features

Basic features of the Visual Designer, to enable creation of architecture design and monitoring implementation are:

  • Creating meta models and models
  • Creating views and viewpoints
  • Creating visualizations/diagrams like blueprints, landscapes, roadmaps, prototypes, reference models and architectures
  • Create presentations
  • Merging models, views and visualizations
  • Comparing and Reporting on models, view and visualizations
  • Creating Matrices and Catalogs
  • 200+ Default Entity Classes to use for modeling
  • Templates
  • Color schemes and styles
  • Icons and backgrounds
  • Creating Interactivity and dynamics in models and visualizations
  • Scenario modeling and animation
  • Validate and enforce meta model compliant modeling
  • The Visual Designer works on any device, at any size

Modeling and Views, Roadmapping and Simulation

Modelings and Views

Create meta model, models and views. Views are like filters on a model, letting only through the data of interest for a stakeholder given his or her viewpoint and adding colors and other indicator to stress certain information.

Roadmapping

Plan your transformations, programs and projects by creating or generating roadmaps. And communicate your plan digital clickable and consistently to a large group of stakeholders.

Simulation and Prototyping

Play presentations, time lapse visualizations or scenarios to see how your organization, process and application landscape changes and try to find and remove showstopper..

The Architecture Repository, a Dragon1 Web Application

Dragon1 Architecture Repository

Screenshot of the Architecture Repository, a Dragon1 Web Application. This application you will use to import, enter, manage, export and report data. All the Dragon1 web applications make use of the same repository, one single source of truth.

You can extend common and open EA frameworks and modeling languages. In this way they optimally fit your situation and let discussions take place at the right time by the right people on how to apply a standard. You can import and define new Concepts, and you can define your own Shapes in your own shapes collection. Extending the Meta Model and storing naming conventions rules of common and standard frameworks, methods and languages is also an option.

Import, Process, Export

An Enterprise Architecture Tool facilitates architects and other roles, to create architecture designs for integral solutions and monitor the implementation of these solutions, with the architecture applied). So it is never the beginning of an innovation or project and never the end. And a lot of data is needed in the architecture tool to be available to create an architecture design of significance and importance.

Therefore it is important to be able to do all kinds of import and export of data. Dragon1 provides you with more ten formats to import and export. These are: XML, CSV, TXT, PPT, XLS, DOC, PDF, PNG, SVG, XPDL, JSON, JPEG, ARCHIMATE, BPMN and DRAGON1.

Other Basic Features

The Architecture Repository as web application offers a wide range of features. The most important ones to mention here are

  • Add/edit/delete data
  • Hierarchy and sort order management
  • Query and search
  • Data Versioning
  • Role Based Access control
  • Import and export of data
  • Data Locking
  • Life-cycle management
  • Retention and holding / records management
  • The Architecture Repository works on any device, at any size

On the Dragon1 Learn and Help System you can more about the features of the Architecture Repository and how to use them.

Analytics, Reporting and Monitoring

Catalogs and Matrices

Analyze your organization and report architecture dependencies by creating catalogs and cross reference matrices

Graphs

Report trends and progress by creating Graphs.

Charts and Spreadsheets

Manage and monitor your transformation and project progress by creating Spreadsheets and GANTT Charts

Open Standards and Open Source Software

Dragon1 is build using the following open source software and open standards: HTML5, CSS3, SVG, PHP, JAVASCRIPT, jQuery, JSON and XML. Dragon1 supports modeling in the following open and non-open standards: UML, Flowchart, BPMN, Business Model Canvas, ArchiMate and TOGAF

The three major benefits of building Dragon1 using only open standards and open source software, is that it maximizes interoperability with other systems, other developers can extend Dragon1 with their own modules and there is no supplier dependency or vendor locking with Dragon1.

The Content Viewer, a Dragon1 Web Application

Imagine: in every meeting you can access all of your architecture products on any device: iPad or Tablet PC and iPhone or Smartphone. And comment them on the spot.

Dragon1 Architecture Repository

Screenshot of the Content Viewer, a Dragon1 Web Application. This application is used by stakeholders to view visualizations. The screenshot show a clickable front page visualization of a presentation created in the visual designer. If you click on an icon, you are forwarded to another visualization.

Basic Features

You do not want your client or stakeholders to have access to all materials and bit and pieces you create as part of a design. You only want them to see meaningful and / or finished products. That gives the best results. There for we provide you with a publishing environment: the Content Viewer.

The content viewer has the following features:

  • Role based access control. You can only watch account specific content in the content viewer, if you are logged and have the correct privileges.
  • View and play published visualizations, models, views, documents, reports, presentations and videos
  • Add Comments
  • Filter, slice and dice the visual content
  • Share the content with other
  • Subscribe to content changes
  • List updates and changes for the visual content
  • Presentation controls
  • The Content Viewer works on any device, at any size

This application is used by stakeholders and other roles to view, filter and comment published visualizations, documents and reports

All the Dragon1 web applications make use of the same repository, so you watch in the content viewer what the architect has designed in the Visual Designer, using the data entered in the Architecture Repository.

To read more about the Content Viewer, visit the Dragon1 Learn and Help System

The Digital Workplace, a Dragon1 Web Application

Dragon1 Architecture Repository

Dragon1 innovates the way you work by providing a digital workplace. You can create documents and presentations, send messages to other users, create teams and networks, design models and diagram, share updates and write blogs, create your own channel for published content and publish your business profile and professional portfolio. All within and on Dragon1.

Architecture Tools support you in diagramming any Architecture Blueprint, Landscape, Roadmap, Planning, Scenario, Diagram, Matrix and any other Document you would like to make.

We hope that you will choose Dragon1 as your Enterprise Architect Tool, Manager Tool or CIO Tool.

Enterprise Architecture Tools Basic and Unique Features

Dragon1 is an online enterprise collaboration platform that provides you the ability to create static / dynamic, interactive and animated / playable architecture products. Dragon1 as Enterprise Architecture Tool offers you basic as well as unique features.

1. Task Based Digital Workplace

Dragon1 allowing you to work completely online in the office; task based, creation of documents and email. In your digital workplace in the Architecture Diagram Tool with access to 1) specific applications like the visual designer and architecture repository, 2) lots of templates and example data and 3) support services and online elearning training.

You will be efficient and productive with the Digital Workplace, using a lot of task lists and checklists in your team or as individual creating valuable solutions and products.

Read here about the Digital Workplace.

2. Creation of Collaborative Architecture Diagrams

The Diagram Tool provides you with the Architecture Repository and Visual Designer enabling you to produce any diagram, flowchart, model, landscape, matrix or document as defined by commonly used and open standards in the disciplines. For example, you can accomplish requirements engineering in this tool for the Enterprise Architect, Manager or CIO.

Various features enable you to co-create or create products in collaborations! You see edits on products real-time and you can comment on work in progress. Via smart versioning, you can create many different versions to it try out, using Dragon1 as real innovation lab.

A. Create Static Enterprise Architecture Diagrams & Matrices

I. Enterprise Architecture - Many organizations today make use of Dragon1 to visualize, compliant to ISO and IEEE standards, the current situation (AS-IS) and future situation (TO-BE) of the enterprise, their business model, information systems and IT infrastructure.

They create process landscapes visualizations and application landscapes models or sometimes even visualize an enterprise blueprint with Dragon1. These architecture designs and architecture visualizations communicate the developed strategy and the planned business changes helping to manage risks, time savings and costs.

II. Model, Draw and Generate - Enterprise Architecture Tools allow you to model, draw and generate static enterprise architecture diagrams (or report views) compliant to common and open standards and using the standard extensions.

You can create templated visualizations (diagrams) on top of views and models. If the data in the model or view changes, the visualization (diagram) is automatically updated with it.

In the Examples Section you can view a static example of an Enterprise Architecture Diagram.

III. Work with Templates and Checklists - Dragon1 enables you to work with templates, tutorials and checklists for models, diagrams and documents. You can reuse or edit a template and checklist from the content packages or create your own templates and checklists. This will increase your productivity enormously.


B. Create Interactive Enterprise Architecture Diagrams & Matrices

If you want more than only static Enterprise Architecture diagrams, you can create interactive diagrams with indicators, clickable links and mouse over popups with background information, audio and video.

With indicators and popup dialogs you can turn a visualization (diagram) into a visual management instrument. You can real-time show changes in a visualization that reflect the changes in model data. Maybe you want processes and applications that are not executing compliant to policy to be colored red in a visualization and on mouse over you get a popup dialog information on why they are colored red. This you can as much as you want do on Dragon1.

The Content Viewer presents two interactive Enterprise Architecture Diagrams for you. One with a standard Enterprise Architecture View and one with the Dragon1 extensions for Capability, Robots, Technology and Machines.

Smart Enterprise Modeling on Dragon1

With the smart architecture tools on Dragon1 you can create high level business models, application models, technology models and more important cross over models in a very smart way.

Dragon1 Repository, A Single Source of Truth

1. Single Source of Truth. The Single Source of Truth image shows that you can create your own Framework or Method with meta models and have users create compliant user models. Next users can create views of these models and paint and generate static and interactive visualizations on Dragon1. Finally the visualizations can be re-used over and over again in documents and the documents can be published on the web via the content viewer or printed out (2d or 3d).

2. Cross Domain Modeling. In any organization today there are business processes supported by applications running on computers. These three concepts are in three different worlds: business, information and technology, each with their own people, concerns, dynamics and language. A business manager, information architect or network engineer are not likely to use the same language. With Enterprise Architecture you can do some effective high-level cross domain modeling.

3. Controlled Framework and Language Extensions. Enterprise Architecture Frameworks and EA Modeling Languages are always extended in practice. A lot of organizations that are busy with Enterprise Architecture modeling tools put up rules for naming conventions (see the Resource Center). Two common user extensions on Frameworks and Standards are the business activity concept and the business capability concept. On Dragon1 we have prepared these two and other extra concepts for you to use right away. And we have prepared a standard naming convention for you. See the free Dragon1 Content Package for more information.

4. Strict Modeling On Dragon1 there is also a switch Strict Modeling available if you want to make sure your models are stored compliant to common and open standard framework and modeling languages.

5. Standard Types A lot of users want to work with common types for concepts. For example three standard types of processes are: Chain, Business and Work processes. Three standard types of applications are: Office apps, Business apps, Middleware apps. Three standard types of servers are: File servers, App servers, DB servers. On Dragon1 we have prepared many common standard types for you.

Resource Center: Build your own Semantic WIKI, Knowledge Base or Intranet

This screenshot show a example of using the Resource Center as Intranet. We have entered a webpage of the US Government with Dodaf as this is open data. NOTE: The US Department of Defense is currently not using Dragon1 for this.


The resource center is a Dragon1 Web Application you can create secured HTML pages width. Only people who have access to your account, can access these pages. You can build an intranet, WIKI or knowledge base with it.

For instance in the Resource Center you can administer and publish background information to do EA, and naming conventions/rules, new shapes, building blocks, patterns, CRUD-matrices and generic/standard types for EA concepts.

An important thing is for example to communicate clearly the version of common or open EA standards that are used in the organization: The Original Version, 1.0 or 2.0?

Watch an example of an EA Modeling extensions published in your own Resource Center here.

Suppose you have create a target architecture (a.k.a TO-BE Architecture or Future State) consisting of many products and diagram, you can publish that as a consistent whole on Dragon1. Look here for an example.

Service and Support

Help and Service Desk

Dragon1 provides you with an extensive help system. If you spent time on our help system you will see you can without any help from others create the most beautiful diagrams. The help is designed around tutorials and Dragon1 provides you with a lot of templates making the work easy for you.

If you need a person to talk to or to mail with we are there for you. At any time you as paying client can all us, phone us or mail us. We are based in The Netherlands, so you are likely to reach us on GMT+1 working hours.

Here you can read more about the Support you get from our Service Desk.

Training and Consultancy

We provide training and consultancy ourselves and via partners. Dragon1 is both a software tool and open EA Method, so we have training in the tool and in the method. Look here on our training course pages for more information on the training

Our large network of users consists out of enterprise architecture consultants. So if you have any question about how to do enterprise architecture or if you need a consultant we are happy to fulfil your need or to redirect you to one of our partners in our network.

Tip: Some clients made use of our Quick Start Consulting including a 10 week Architecture Game Plan.

Invest in the future of your Company

Dragon1 enables you to do blueprinting, landscaping and roadmapping. And with that increase your business capabilities and lower your costs.

We hope we have inspired you to start using Dragon1 as your Enterprise Architecture Tool. We know for sure you will enjoy working with it! If you want to be a certified Enterprise Architect, watch these page for Enterprise Architecture certification here.

Dragon1 is one of the 10 most significant Enterprise Architecture management suite providers in the Forrester Wave EAMS 2017.