Dragon1 Open EA Method

1. A new view on EA

    2. Dragon1 Introduction

    3. EA in Practice

    4. Way of Thinking

    5. Way of Working

    6. Way of Representing

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    How to Create a Process Application Landscape

    This tutorial will introduce how to create a process-application landscape

    The Dragon1 modeling language enables to model business processes and information systems (applications) in detail.

    • Business Processes can be modeled with input, output, indicators, responsibilities, activities, tasks, procedures, work instructions, decisions, events and gateway.
    • Information Systems can be modeled with applications, modules, components, databases, interfaces, documents and people.

    Example Process Application Landscape

    This picture shows a process landscape related to an application landscape. The dependencies of processes to applications is shown.

    An overview like this is necessary in any organization to analyze beforehand the impact of changing processes and applications.

    You will create this landscape by using one web application on Dragon1: The Visual Designer.

    You will take the following steps

    • Create a dossier structure
    • Enter Data
    • Create process and application models, using the data
    • Create links between the process and application models
    • Create process and application views, using the models
    • Create links between views
    • Create a visualization, using the views
    • Publish the visualization to the Content Viewer to have it commented by stakeholders

    Introducing Dragon1

    Dragon1 is a SaaS platform for co-creating and managing enterprise architecture.

    It is a suite of web applications that can be used for creating interactive content and products like: Enterprise Architecture, Business Models, Processes, Landscapes, Blueprints and Roadmaps. In this tutorial you will be using four web applications: Architecture Repository, Visual Designer, Content Viewer and Resource Center.

    You can access each of these web applications by clicking on the corresponding label on the buttonbar above.

    Architecture Repository

    Create folder structures and enter data manually, enrich data or import data from files. Choose from 400+ entity classes.

    Visual Designer

    Create meta models, models, views and visualizations. Use templates and shape libraries. Create and reuse patterns.

    Content Viewer

    Watch the content created by you or others. Place comments onto the visualizations. Search, compare, trace and filter visualizations.

    Resource Center

    Create your own resource center or intranet. Publish your input documents, strategy, architecture and transformation.

    Step 1. - Create a Dossier Structure

    First we are going to create a dossier structure in a cabinet to store our data in.

    To create a dossier structure

    • Go to the Visual Designer
    • Create or open a Cabinet
    • Select the cabinet in the Explorer treeview
    • Create a dossier
    • Create four folders in the dossier: Data, Model, View and Visualization

    Step 2. - Enter Data

    On Dragon1 you can enter data by dragging shapes to a folder.

    To enter data

    • Go to the Visual Designer
    • Create or open a Cabinet
    • Select a folder
    • Insert shapes from the Draw Archifact or Draw Entity dropdown menu
      • For the process-application landscape choose the shapes for three layers:
      • Business Layer: Group, Function, Process, Activity
      • Information Layer: Information Object
      • Application Layer: Application, Database, Interface, Service
    • Select a shape in the treeview
    • Select the shapes' icon on the canvas
    • Change the name of the shape at the right top in the text attributes of the Inspector

    Step 3. - Create a Model, using the data

    To create a model

    • Go to the Visual Designer
    • Create or open a Cabinet
    • Select a folder
    • Insert models from the menu bar
      • Create models for the process-application landscape for every entity class you have used
      • Process model, Service model, Application model, etc...
    • Enter a name for the model
    • Optionally choose a type for the model
    • Insert shapes like processes and applications for the model by clicking on Draw Archifact or Draw entity and drag shape onto the canvas
    • You can change the color and size of the shapes
    • Draw connections between the shapes using the smart tools of a selected shape.

    Step 4. - Create links between models

    To create a link between models:

    • Select a model in the Explorer treeview
    • Select a shape in the model
    • Enter a link to another model in the LinkURL field of the text attributes

    Step 5. - Create a View, using the model

    To create a view

    • Go to the Visual Designer
    • Create or open a Cabinet
    • Select a folder
    • Insert views from the menubar
      • Create views for the process-application landscape for each model you created:
      • Functions view, Process view and Activities view, etc..
    • Enter a name
    • Select the model to use
    • Enter a viewing rule for the model data:
      • Rule Event: onload
      • Rule Condition: Class=Process;Name=Sales;Relation=FirstLevel
      • Rule Action: Show(name)

    Step 6. - Create links between views

    To create a link between views:

    • Select a view in the Explorer treeview
    • Select a shape in the view
    • Enter a link to another view in the LinkURL field of the text attributes

    Step 7. - Create a Visualization, using the views

    To create a visualization

    • Go to the Visual Designer
    • Create or open a Cabinet
    • Select a folder
    • Insert a visualization from the menubar
    • Drag a shape on the canvas. You will use this shape to generate the view data with on the canvas.
      • For the process-application landscape use three shapes:
      • One for Functions, Processes and Activities.
    • Save the visualization
    • Select one of the three view shapes
    • Enter the following view rules in the data attributes panel of the inspector.
      • Rule Event: onload
      • Rule Condition: Class=Process
      • Rule Action: Show(name)

    Do this for all three view shapes

    With this rule you will only see the processes from the view data. You can also show the whole view with Rule Condition = *.

    Step 8. - Publish the visualization

    To publish a visualization:

    • Select a visualization in a folder
    • Click on the Share button in the menubar
    • Enter the correct data in the dialog
    • Click on the share button in the dialog
    • Now go to the Content Viewer and search for your visualization by its title
    • Add a comment to the visualization
    • Filter the visualization on certain values

    Read also

    If you are interested in more examples of Landscape Diagrams you might also want to read:

    1. Visualizations > Process Landscape Diagram
    2. Visualizations > Process Application Landscape Diagram
    3. Solutions > Business Process Management
    4. Software > Dragon1 as BPM Tool
    5. Terms > Business Process Modeling Definition

    Getting Started

    Do you want to start immediately? You can purchase your Dragon1 PRO user license here online via PayPal.

    If you do not have the time and you need a Process Application Landscape on short notice, we can create a Landscape for you.