Get Started on Dragon1

Application Landscape
An example of a generated application landscape with views, as part of an architecture atlas in the Dragon1 Viewer.

Read this page to get started in an easy way and to create your first content.

You get a general overview of the platform. Key concepts and main features are introduced.

This enables you to quickly generate compelling architecture diagrams to measure and improve the efficiency and performance of your company.

It also enables you to build complete solutions for, for example, the digital transformation (digital twin).

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Dragon1 Platform Key Concepts Map

In the following diagram, you see the key concepts (nouns) that are introduced to you in the Get Started.

dragon1 platform key concepts map

Map of the Dragon1 Platform Key Concepts.

Key Concepts

Dragon1 introduces a language for EA. Create View "Outdated IT Infrastructure Components" and Generate Visualization "Unused Architecture Principles" are examples of instructions in the Dragon1 language.

The first thing to learn is the main concepts (nouns) of the language. They are explained below:

Get Started Tasks List

You automatically enter the workplace after you log in.

Click on Get Started to see the twelve easy-to-do Get Started tasks.

dragon1 get started tasks list

Screenshot of the Get Started tasks list.

Task 1: Watch Use Case in an Atlas

The first thing to do is to watch a use case in an atlas and learn about its structure.

An atlas is a set of linked architecture visualizations. The atlas and visualizations are generated in real-time in the Dragon1 Viewer.

The Viewer can use the onboard repository, excel sheets and JSON files (.dragon1) as input/source to generate an atlas with clickable diagrams.

The 1st selected use case you are watching is about "Providing Landscape Transparency" for FSwin-USA Demo, a fictitious company that is implementing 3 business capabilities.

Be sure to click on the various views of the visualizations of the use case atlas.

Note: When you click the Edit button in the bottom toolbar, you will see all the menu toolbars.

Read more about this use case on the Create Architecture Layers Map Tutorial Page.

Task 2: Create a Cabinet in the Repository

Create a cabinet, dossier and folder in the repository of your account.

When you enter or import data in the Dragon1 software, it is best to assign this data to a cabinet, dossier and folder in order to find it back quickly and increase the reuse of the data.

Cabinets, Dossiers and Folders Help Page.

Task 3: Enter Data

Data is needed to generate architecture diagrams with views that provide insights and overviews that support decision-making.

You need to: 1) enter your data in the repository or 2) edit an example Excel Sheet with your data or 3) create a JSON file (.dragon1) with your data.

The example use case shows capabilities, processes, applications, data objects, IT infrastructure components and more. Via the Data Dashboard of the Collaboration Application, you can enter these data easily.

Enter Data Help Page.

Task 4: Create Model and Relationships

The data you entered needs to be turned into models, and sets of related entities.

Use the Collaboration Application also to create relationships between entities (data objects) in the repository and link these relationships to model entities.

Create Model Help Page.

Task 5: Create and Setup Views

Good architecture visualizations always provide many views to the key stakeholders.

A view is like a filter of one or more models.

The example use case has over 20 views.

Analyze how they are configured.

Use the Collaboration Application to create view entities and setup the view entities.

This enables them to analyze the diagrams and data very effectively.

Learn more about the Dragon1 API to configure view queries and rules.

Create View Help Page.

Task 6: Create Visualization

Once we have data, models and views, it is time to create a visualization entity and link it to a template.

A visualization is a graphical representation of a model.

Use the Collaboration Application to create a visualization entity and configure its parts.

Create and Generate a Visualization Help Page.

Task 7: Create Atlas and Atlas Page

In task 1 you watched a use in an atlas in the viewer.

To create an atlas yourself, use the Collaboration Application to create an atlas entity and some atlas page entities.

You link the atlas page to the visualizations you created.

Create an Atlas Page Help Page.

Task 8: Create or Edit Architecture Principles

Architecture Principles are the pillars of successful solutions.

The Dragon1 software supports you in creating effective and impactful concept principles and architecture principles.

The example use case has three architecture principles for you to edit for quick results.

Create Architecture Principle Help Page.

Task 9: Manage with Enterprise Architecture

Manage with Visualizations Help Page.


The Dragon1 menus and applications give you easy access to key features.

Every application screen contains:

  • The major navigation menu on the left
  • Generic menu items on top with a help bar and application mode
  • Optionally: An application-specific toolbar below that
  • A body part containing the application functionality and showing your data

Tip: discover the application in Beginner mode for the first two or three sessions.

dragon1 workplace dashboard example

Screenshot Digital Workplace Dashboard.

You can collapse the left bar with the arrow at the left bottom.

You can switch application modes just by clicking on the button in the top bar.

You can get help with any feature, menu item or architecture topic by looking it up in the help.

Some Important Menu Items

Workplace > Dashboard: This is your start screen in Dragon1, where you see what your work is and what you have done. It is your switching board or jump panel to the rest of the application.

Workplace > Trial Support Program: A guided way to create quality content of added business value in only 10 clicks.

Workplace > On-Boarding: If you like, you can on-board yourself.

Collaboration > Data Dashboard: By popular demand, we made it more it easy to enter and manage data on the Dragon1 platform and have a progress overview of it. Click on an entity class on the dashboard and start entering and editing data right away.

Viewer: Access all your published atlases, models and visualizations in a great way. And click on a visualization to get a real-time generated interactive version of it.

Architecture Repository: Provides you full control access over all your data. This application is more complex than the data dashboard and is for advanced users.

Visual Designer: Draw models, views, visualization and relationships.

Import: This provides you with great data import features. Use your XML, Excel Sheets, JSON and CSV files.

Business Analyzer: This is the reporting application on Dragon1. Note: in the Viewer and Data Dashboard you can also do visual reporting.

Search: This is the enterprise search application. Anything you entered on Dragon1, you can find back here.

Setup your Dashboard

Dragon1 provides you with an out-of-the-box dashboard with many widgets. Every widget you can switch on or off, link to your own data and customize its appearance.

To set up your dashboard, log in and go to

Read more on setting up your dashboard in the Administration Guide.

Setup your User Profile

You can set up your user profile and company profile.

To setup your profile, login and go to

dragon1 user profile

Screenshot User Profile Setup in Workplace.

Reset your Password

To reset your password, go to

dragon1 reset password

Screenshot Reset Password in Workplace.

Common Tasks

Getting acquainted with a new platform can be overwhelming or even intimidating. There we have listed here the most common tasks done on Dragon1.

The most common tasks are:

  • Setup an initial repository and enter some data
  • Build a model, view or diagram
  • Compare models with best practices and reference models on compliance
  • Manage a project
  • Create a current state and future state architecture and compare these
  • Build reports
  • Collaborate on data, models and visualizations of concepts, designs, solutions, scenarios, road maps, blueprints, landscapes and prototypes
  • Make content interactive and publish content in a channel
  • Have other people review and comment on your private content
  • Manage tasks and send messages
  • Setup a profile and portfolio, link your content or write a blog

On the Help System, we will explain in detail how these tasks can be executed by you.

Other Tasks

Besides building diagrams, there are many more things you can do on the Dragon1 platform. But these are more complex tasks. These tasks are explained as well on the help pages, but these are not the first things you should do to get started.

Dragon1 Web Applications and Features

Dragon1 is a suite of web applications tailored for creating and managing your projects, models, views and diagrams. In the help section "Applications" and "Features" we guide you through the various web applications and features.

Building a diagram in the Visual Designer

Building a diagram in the Visual Designer will be your first content creation task. You will learn how to build a model, create a view as a filter on top of it, and how to draw or generate a view on a visualization canvas.

Here is an overview of the tutorials on the Dragon1 Help System. The tutorials are from the field of work 'Enterprise Architecture'.

You can also get started by following the Step by Step guide.

Quick Reference Most Popular Tasks

Here is a quick reference list of the most popular tasks on Dragon1:

  • EA Repository - How to enter and manage architecture artifacts in the repository
  • Blueprint Templates - How to configure and make use of templates
  • Architecture References - How to use Off The Shelf reference architectures
  • Governance Processes, Principles and Standards - How to quickly get a list of the existing governance processes, principles and standards from the repository

Are you ready to start your journey?

Well then Jump Right In to learn all about how to build your first diagram.