How to Create an Enterprise Model

NEW DEMO: In addition to an Enterprise Model, you can also create an Enterprise Intelligence model via import Excel data.

This tutorial will introduce how to create a basic Enterprise Model with a dynamic view and interactive visualization.

On Dragon1, you can create static and dynamic visualizations. A static visualization is only drawn on the visualization canvas. A dynamic visualization consists of data, a model, a view and visualization. When the data or the model changes, the visualization changes.

You will create the enterprise model, view and visualization 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 five layers with each layer containing entities:

  • Roles and Actors
  • Business Services
  • Claim Handling Process
  • Application Services
  • Application Components and Services

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, 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, visualizations and scenarios. Use templates and shape libraries. Create & reuse patterns.


Watch content created by you or by others. 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 entity 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 dragging a shape from the panels on the right onto the canvas
  • The entities you draw are inserted into the treeview automatically as data objects
  • You can change the color and size of the shapes
  • Draw connections between the shapes using the smart tools of a selected shape
  • The relationships you draw are inserted into the treeview automatically as data objects

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 entity from the menubar
  • Enter a name
  • Select the model to use
  • Enter a viewing rule for the model data:
    • Showentityclassonvalue: Applications.EndOfLife='2009'
    • Backcolorentityclassonvalue: Applications.Vendor='Microsoft';Red
  • Save the view
  • Select the canvas of the view
  • Click on view data to see your view generated
  • When data or relationships in your model change, your view will change

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 entity from the menubar
  • Drag a shape on the canvas. You will use this shape to generate the view data with on the canvas.
  • Unlike with a model, shapes are now not automatically inserted in the treeview
  • Save the visualization
  • Select the shape
  • Choose Edit data
  • Enter the following properties to configure the shape as visual item:
    • Entityclass:Application
    • Layout:Block
    • Columns:10
    • Rows:10
    • Orginal:yes
    • Viewid:1234567
    With this setup you will only see the application from the view data.