How to Create a Process Application Landscape

NEW DEMO: You can create the Process Application Map also via import Excel data.

This tutorial will introduce how to create a process application landscape diagram.

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

process application landscape diagram

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 three web applications on Dragon1: The Architecture Repository (AR), The Visual Designer (VD) and the Content Viewer (CV).

You will take the following steps

  • Create a dossier structure (AR)
  • Enter or import data (AR)
  • Create process and application models, using the data (VD)
  • Create links between the process and application models (AR)
  • Create process and application views, using the models (VD)
  • Create links between views (AR)
  • Create a visualization, using the views (VD)
  • Publish the visualization to the Content Viewer to have it watched and commented by stakeholders (VD and CV)

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. Often you will be using four Dragon1 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 at the left.

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, search, compare, trace & 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. We will use the Architecture Repository application for that.

On Dragon1 data is stored in repositories. A repository consists of a cabinet with dossiers and every dossier consists of folders. Folders hold the data your enter.
Read more about cabinets, dossiers and folders.

A basic folder structure for a process-application landscape dossier would be:

     -Information Domains
     -Application Platforms
     -Information Objects

Read more on the Help about creating a dossier structure.

To create a dossier structure

  • Go to the Architecture Repository
  • Create or open a Cabinet
  • Select the cabinet in the Explorer treeview
  • Create a Dossier
  • Select the dossier in the Explorer treeview
  • Create four folders in the dossier: Data, Models, Relationships, Views and Visualizations
  • Create a subfolder Processes and a subfolder Applications in the Data folder

When you are finished with step 1, your screen should look something like this:

Step 2. - Enter Data

On Dragon1 you can enter data manually, via import or visually. In this tutorial we use the Architecture Repository for manual data entry.

To enter data

  • Go to the Architecture Repository
  • Create or open a Cabinet
  • Select a folder
  • Insert entities in the folders using the Insert Archifact or Insert Entity dialog
    • In the process-application landscape we will finally have three layers: Business, Information and Application.
    • Choose the entities for these layers, using the insert dialogs:
    • For the Business Layer: Group, Function, Process, Activity
    • For the Information Layer: Information Object
    • For the Application Layer: Application, Database, Interface, Service
  • Select an inserted entity in the treeview
  • Change the name of the entity in the form
  • Click "Update" to save your changes.

When you are finished with step 1, your screen should look something like this:

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

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