... for Architects

Capturing an Enterprise Architecture is a big task, and one which needs the very best tools. Sparx Enterprise Architect is the most popular tool for capturing all that knowledge, supporting not only all the UML model types, but also the popular architecture frameworks: TOGAF, DoDAF/MODAF and Zachman.

Once you've captured the organisation's knowledge effectively, it's essential to get that knowledge out to the designers, managers and other stakeholders who need it. And to other Architects. The famous value-for-money of Sparx EA means that everyone who needs access to the architecture can have EA on their own desktop. But for those without EA, you need documents. And for high quality documents, you need eaDocX. 

Viewpoints

eaDocX can make a real difference when it comes to communicating your architecture. After all, there's no point having the perfect Enterprise Architecture if nobody elese can understand or use it.

All the popular frameworks have some idea of an architectural perspective or viewpoint. That means selecting sub-sets of the total architecture, to examine them from the point of view of specific stakeholder, or for specific types of information. So Zachman has its 'What, How, Where..' viewpoints, DoDAF has 'Overarching, Operation, Systems..' views, and Kruchen has his 4+1 view.

With eaDocX you can produce great documents that look at the architecture from each of these different points-of-view, and tailor the information in them for individual stakeholders.

No more ivory-tower architecture. You can keep all your Enterprise Architecture information inside EA, and still create documents which make that knowledge readable and relevant. 

Linking the Layers

One of the most common and valuable purposes of Enterprise Architecture is to show how ideas at one level link to those in levels above and below. So, for example, in an 'Informational (data) view', we can see how ideas from high-level conceptual models flow through into Conceptul Data Model, and finally into the database designs of software systems. This is a large amount of complex data, and can be hard to convey in a simple document. But using EA and eaDocX you can create documents which show this flow of ideas as hyperlinks between the layers, so that readers can click their way from one layer to another, without needing to be concerned with the complexities of the underlying model.