Enterprise Architecture Tools

Dragon1 is today the most innovative and progressive Enterprise Architecture Tool for the Enterprise Architect, Business Analyst, Manager and CIO.

Enterprise Architecture Tools are tools to align business processes with information systems, IT Infrastructures and the business strategy (goals). Organizations continuously change and these changes have an impact on various parts of the organization.

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Transforming organizations into Digital Enterprises

On the Dragon1 platform, there is a suite of software applications available that together form the most powerful solution for enterprise architecture to build strategy maps, create target architectures, do analytics & road mapping and monitor the digital transformation of the organization. Any business model, innovation or concept can be designed.

  • Import your excel data into Visualization Templates
  • Build Target Architectures upon your Strategy
  • Align your Projects with your Targets and Budgets
  • Generate Progress and Status reports with Dashboards
  • Manage and Monitor Transformations Visually
  • Increase Enterprise Performance, Governance, Compliance and Control

Tools for Data Modeling

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Use the enterprise architecture tools on the Dragon1 platform for engineering your Processes, Applications, Systems and Infrastructure using the dashboards in the Viewer.

Integrated Web Applications, Cloud-Based and Repository

The foundation of the enterprise architecture software is a cloud-based 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 that together form the Enterprise Architecture Tools are the Digital Workplace, Viewer, Chatbot, Import, Export, Task Manager, Enterprise Search, ePortfolio, Resource Center, Architecture Repository, Visual Designer, Management Dashboard and Application Manager.

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. The platform 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 Dragon 1 software 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.

Use Dragon1 as your Enterprise Architecture Software Tool 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.

Graph Search

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Dragon1 Graph Search - Big Data Analytics

Graph Search is a new application that enables CIOs, architects and IT Managers to do Big Data Analytics. Click on the screenshot for a live demo.

Import and Export

The Enterprise Architecture Software Tools facilitate architects, engineers and other roles, to create and generate 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 a project and never the end. And a lot of data is needed in the enterprise architecture software to be available to create an architectural design of significance and importance.

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

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Top Generated Dynamic Data Visualizations

The top visualizations are:

  • 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 In Control Roadmap
  • Solution Architecture Blueprints
  • Project Map / System Development Progress Map
  • Technology Roadmap

Enterprise Architecture Software

The Visual Designer, a Dragon1 Web Application

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Screenshot of the Visual Designer. This is the main application you will use to create models, views and visualizations. The screen shows an Enterprise Architecture Diagram opened.

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

The Architecture Repository, a Dragon1 Web Application

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Screenshot of the Architecture Repository. This application you will use to import, enter, manage, export and report data.

All the 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 frameworks, methods and languages is also an option.

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

Dragon1 Viewer

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.

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Screenshot of the Viewer, a Dragon1 Web Application. This application is used by stakeholders to view visualizations.

The visualization shows a clickable front page of a presentation created in the Visual Designer. If you click on an icon, you are forwarded to another visualization.

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. Therefore we provide you with a publishing environment: the Viewer.

The Viewer has the following features:

  • Role based access control. You can only watch account-specific content in the 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 Viewer works on any device, at any size

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

All the web applications make use of the same repository, so you watch in the viewer what the architect has designed in the Visual Designer, using the data entered in the Architecture Repository. It is also possible to import your data from your excel sheets via a .dragon1 File.

Read more about importing data into a visualization template and to view the visualization in the Viewer.

The Digital Workplace, a Dragon1 Web Application

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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 diagrams.

Also share updates and write blogs, create your own channel for published content and publish your business profile and professional portfolio.

Modeling and Views, Roadmapping and Simulation

Dragon1 is an online enterprise collaboration platform that provides you the ability to do systems engineering: to create static / dynamic and animated architecture products. Dragon1 as Enterprise Architecture Tooling 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, the 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 an 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 in real-time and you can comment on work in progress. Via smart versioning, you can create many different versions to try out, using Dragon1 as a real innovation lab.

A. Create Static Diagrams & Matrices

I. Visualizing your Business - 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.

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These companies create process maps and application portfolios or sometimes even visualize an enterprise blueprint (digital twin).

The architecture designs and visualizations communicate the developed strategy and the planned business changes helping to manage risks, time savings and costs.

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II. Model, Draw and Generate - Enterprise Architecture Tools or Business Architecture Tools allow you to model, draw and generate static enterprise architecture diagrams (or report views).

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 Dynamic 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.

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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 the visualization and on mouse over you get a popup dialog information on why they are colored red.

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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.

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Smart Enterprise Architecture Modeling Tools

With the smart enterprise 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 for managing projects.

1. Single Source of Truth. The Single Source of Truth means that you can create your own Framework or Method with metamodels and have users create compliant user models. Next, users can create views of these models and paint and generate static and interactive visualizations. Finally, the visualizations can be re-used over and over again in documents and the documents can be published on the web via the 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 its own people, concerns, dynamics and language. A business manager, information architect or network engineer is not likely to use the same language. With Enterprise Architecture you can do some effective high-level cross-domain modeling.

3. Model-Based Systems Engineering. Next to document-based information exchange, you can creating and exploiting domain models for information exchange between architects and engineers. At a logical level, modeling to support: system requirements, design, analysis, verification and validation activities beginning in the conceptual design phase and continuing throughout development and later life cycle phases.

4. 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.

Two common user extensions on Frameworks and Standards are the business activity concept and the business capability concept. On Dragon 1, 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.

5. Strict Modeling On Dragon1, there is also a switch to Strict Modeling available if you want to make sure your models are stored compliant to the common standards, frameworks and modeling languages.

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

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

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This screenshot shows an 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 web application you can create secured HTML pages with. 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, you can administer and publish background information to do EA, and naming conventions/rules, new shapes, building blocks, patterns, CRUD-matrices and generic 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 EA Modeling extensions published in your own Intranet here.

Suppose you have created a target architecture (a.k.a TO-BE Architecture or Future State) consisting of many products and diagrams, you can publish that as a consistent whole. 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 this help system you will see you can without any help from others create the most beautiful diagrams. The help system is designed around tutorials and 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 a paying client can call us, phone us or mail us. We are based in The Netherlands, so you are likely to reach us on GMT+1 working hours.

Training and Consultancy

We provide training and consultancy ourselves and via partners. Dragon 1 is both a software tool and an open EA Method, so we have training in the tool and in the method. Look here on our Training Courses for more information on training.

Our large network of users consists out of enterprise architecture consultants. So if you have any questions about how to do enterprise architecture or if you need a consultant we are happy to fulfill 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 road- mapping. With that, to increase your business capabilities and to lower your costs. Business 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 we have inspired you to start using Dragon1 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.

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