How to Create an Enterprise Model

This tutorial will introduce how to create a basic Enterprise Model with a dynamic view on Dragon1.

You will create this diagram by only using the web application Visual Designer.

You will take the following steps:

  • Create a Dossier structure
  • Create a Model
  • Create a View
  • Create a Visualization

Example Enterprise Model

This picture shows three layers with each layer containing the core entities divided into groups.

  • Business Layer: Actors, Roles, Services, Processes
  • Application Layer: Functions, Services, Applications
  • Technology Layer: Services, Nodes/Computer, Artifacts/Documents

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 content create by you or other. Comment 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. - Create a Model

To create a model

  • Go to the Visual Designer
  • Create or open a Cabinet
  • Select a folder
  • Insert a model from the menu bar
  • 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 3. - Create a View

To create a view

  • Go to the Visual Designer
  • Create or open a Cabinet
  • Select a folder
  • Insert a view from the menubar
  • 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)
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Step 4. - Create a Visualization

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.
  • Save the visualization
  • Select the view shape
  • Enter the following view rule in the data attributes panel of the inspector.
    • Rule Event: onload
    • Rule Condition: Class=Process
    • Rule Action: Show(name)
    With this rule you will only see the processes from the view data. You can also show the whole view with Rule Condition = *.