What is an Atlas?
An Atlas is a set of pages with interactive visualizations or models on it. Each atlas page can also contain a video, a document page, a HTML page, a graph or a clickable list of data.
An atlas can be accessed via the Viewer application of Dragon1. An atlas can be generated by users of Dragon1 using a .dragon1 File. An atlas can also be created using the Architecture Repository and the Visual Designer.
Go here to the demo to generate an Atlas
With an Atlas, you provide stakeholders with a set of up-to-date and decision-supporting visualizations. Within an atlas, you reuse the visualizations you have already created on Dragon1. By bundling the visualizations into an atlas, you create more context for the stakeholders and/or viewers. Allowing them to do more with the information on the visualizations.
Telling a Digital Transformation Story
With an Atlas, better than with a single visualization, you can tell a story. In the example atlas on this page, there are three folders: Strategy, Architecture and Transformation.
The viewer of the atlas can now get insights on the strategy and requirements of the organization by viewing the strategy visualization, learning why the company wants or needs a change.
The architecture part of the atlas shows a set of the coherent current state and future state enterprise architecture and solution architectures. With this, the viewer learns how a digital transformation will impact the organization, how the architecture principles and standards will guide the transformation and what the new solutions look like.
The third part of the atlas, transformation, will learn the viewer which projects are started up and what the roadmap is for the transformation.
All these insights and overviews will support the viewer in making decisions and do better work in projects.
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Ideas for Atlas pages
Using the page ideas below, you can easily create an appealing Atlas for your audience.
- Model page (f.i. businesss model, strategy map, etc...)
- Diagram page
- Process Flow page
- Picture / Image page
- Login page
- Term page or Glossary page
- Concept page or Architecture Principle page
- Scenarion page
- Design Decisions page
- Requirements page
- Use "slide-in" effects on pages to build a story
- Use "mouse over sound playback" to make the visualization more exciting
Common use cases for an Atlas
Common users cases for an atlas are:
- Project Dossier: informing stakeholders about the situation in and progress of a project. For instance, how they should make use of architecture.
- Solution Design Book: communicating the design of a solution in an interactive way.
- Cyber Security Dossier: communicating the status and progress on cyber security.
- GDPR Compliance Dossier: communicating the level of compliance with GDRP.
- Architecture Design Book: communicating the architecture of a domain or a solution.
- Architecture Dossier: providing an introduction and or overview of an architecture using often about 20 highlights.
- Tutorial / Training Module: providing an interactive explanation of a topic with a tree of questions and answers.
- Application Migration Report & Dashboard: communicating and updating stakeholders on progress made in migrating applications, for instance, to the cloud.
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An Atlas can be viewed. Features that an atlas provides are viewing an atlas on any device. You can also comment on visualizations if the creator of the atlas has enabled that.
Creating your own Atlas
On this help, you find a lot of information on how to create your own Atlas in the Architecture Repository and Visual Designer.