eaDocX, IIBA and EAUG events near you

Spring has sprung, the grass is ris...

...and eaDocX is waking from it's winter sleep


We will be on the road at several events this spring/summer, so here is a run down of the names, dates and more.

TalksWorkshops and EA Model Surgeries...



"Using Model Driven Analysis" 


is the title of the presentation to be given by Ian on March 10th at the Ordnance Survey in Southampton. The event starts at 6.30pm and is free to IIBA members, £10 to non-members. Pop in and see him.



"Becoming a Model Expert"



The Agenda is confirmed and tIckets are now available for the next EA User Group event. This is taking place in Gothenburg, Sweden on April 14th 2016 at the Lindholmen Business Park.

NEW FORMAT: This event provides an opportunity to go deeper with topics. Each speaker will deliver a presentation followed by a workshop to give attendees the chance to experiment and develop the ideas and techniques introduced.

Ian will be presenting on "Becoming a Model Expert" based on his experiences helping a recent customer manage their large, multi-team, multi-location model. He'll follow this with a hands-on workshop session where delegates can learn how to analyse and fix their own EA models for consistency and quality.

Tickets for the day cost €75.00 and are available from now. 


EA Surgeries: the Artful Modeller will see you now...

During 2016, eaDocX will be holding "EA Model Surgeries" at EA User Group events.

Offering instant analysis of your model, the Artful Modeller will provide one-to-one consultations, giving advice on how to make your models internally consistent, better quality and easier to share.


Visit us at any EA User Group event to give your model a 20 minute make-over.

Contact us for an appointment or to arrange a longer visit

(You will need to bring your model on a laptop for this consultation. No copy of your model will be taken. All information will remain confidential. If necessary we are happy to work under a signed NDA.)

EAUG Call for Speakers : London and Schiphol



Presentation topics and proposals are now being welcomed for the User Group events in London on May 17th and Schiphol on June 10th 2016.

To encourage a wide range of speakers, London will include a TED talk style track for those who can tell their story in just 17 minutes, as well as 'traditional' 40 minute presentations for a more in depth treatment of topics. As usual the user group community would like to hear a range of stories, covering your experiences, techniques and advice, plus how to integrate EA into the wider business environment, 

Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprises, the venue is the CodeNode centre in central London. More...

There will be three tracks of content at the Dutch EAUG event, and you are invited to submit presentations for any one of these tracks:

  • Modelling experiences in EA
  • Howto (changing the functionality of EA or using extensions)
  • EA@ (use cases of EA in various organisations)

Organised by The Future Group, and sponsored by Schiphol Group, the event is planned to be primarily in English. More...

Call for speakers for both events closes on April 2nd. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Artful Modeller

We are delighted to announce The Artful Modeller, Ian's blog, where he will be posting his observations on life apart from eaDocX.

After decades of experience using UML and BPMN with dozens of clients, the blog will cover Ian's observations, experiences and opinions about modelling; the good, the bad and the ugly. It will also chart his journey as he learns and assimilates other modelling practices to extract the best of the best.

Follow Ian's updates to discover what he calls good modelling style...

EA Master document and Model document collaboration

WIth the release of eaDocX v 3.7 it is now possible for EA users to collaborate online using Master and Model documents.

Just add your EA master or model document definitiion to an eaDocX document, then publish it to the web.

Each reviewer will have a link and secure password so they can fully interact with the document and other reviewers.

With everything stored in the EA model it's quick and simple for the author to review feedback and make changes where necessary.

Other collaboration solutions let you collaborate on documents, by commenting, tracking comments, comparing documents and the like ... or insist that everyone must have full access to a model, in which case they need to understand the modelling standards and model structure in order to add or amend model content sensibly.

By contrast, eaDocX lets your reviewers collaborate on your EA model through documents.

They think they are commenting on a document, but in fact they are commenting in the model.

That means they don't need to be modellers or have explicit access to your model in order to contribute. And as a single eaDocX collaboration edition licence lets you publish an unlimited number of documents to an unlimited number of reviewers, collaborating with EA data has never been so easy.

Take a free 30 day trial at to find out how it could work for you.


Autumn 2015 newsletter






EA on your iPad

  Not your typical office   Ian: The Artful Modeller

RTF Master and Model Documents

  EA User Group events 2015 and beyond   EA for Teams
What's new in eaDocX v3.7?   eaDocX in Swedish  

Managing an RFP response with eaDocX 

Collaborating using Master and Model documents

      Do you have an eaDocX related article to share?



EA on your iPad

The eaDocX Collaboration Web App lets consumers of your models view and interact with your model in a whole new way. Optimised for iPad, your reviewers will love the simple UI and instant feedback. And the work of collecting and collating inputs from many people is done for you - making it much quicker and easier to update and re-issue your documents.

Try the live demo or


Support for EA RTF Master and Model documents

If you have already tried to produce documents using the built-in EA RTF generator, then you may already have some master documents or model documents defined.
eaDocX 3.7 can now use those master- and model-document definitions to create eaDocX documents. So you can use your existing documents and Read More...

What's new in eaDocX 3.7?

Over the last few months we have added quite a few features to eaDocX, usually in response to requests from users. Here is a round-up of a few of them which you might have missed, covering :Read More...


Collaborating using Master and Model documents

WIth the release of eaDocX v 3.7 it is now possible for EA users to collaborate online using Master and Model documents. Just add your EA master or model document definitiion to an eaDocX document, then publish it to the web.

Each reviewer will have a link and secure password so they can fully interact with the document and other reviewers. As everything is stored in the EA model it's Read More...


Not your typical office...

In the summer the Ability Engineering / eaDocX team moved into our new offices in the Brecon Beacons. In a purpose built space for the first time, we now have room to welcome any of our customers and colleagues who arrive - we promise a free cup of tea or coffee to anyone who makes it to the door! The green technologies we have installed mean that Read More...


EA User group events

This year we have been involved in organising SEVEN different events. Zurich, London, Minneapolis, Paris, Brussels, Stuttgart, and the final event of the year, in a couple of weeks time, Södertälje. Lots of travel and even more time in organisation, but it has been a great way to get to meet lots of EA and eaDocX users and learn a lot about how EA works in the real world. We hope to meet many more of you in 2016. If you want to see what goes on, download presentations from previous meetings or book a place at a future event, visit


eaDocX in Swedish

On November 23rd Scania are hosting the next EA User Group event in Södertälje. The event will be mostly in Swedish and eaDocX will be there, represented by the Ferrologic team. (We decided to leave it to the language experts). To see Read more...



Ian: The Artful Modeller

Ian has started a new blog: .

Anyone who has been on one of his training courses, or spent any amount of time with him knows he's got a lot of strong opinions about what works and what doesn't in the world of models. And in his words:

"Decided to start writing it all down. Books are too long, and too hard to read. Blog seems to fit my time better. So off we go…"

His blogs so far cover, well, why don't you take a look? - I couldn't do them justice. Read More ...


EA for Teams

The latest training course offered by Ability Engineering covers the practicalities of structuring your models and setting up your project teams to work together effectively.
Covering: Sharing EA data, Baselines, XMI and DIFFs, Reference data, Reusable Asset Service, Security, Harvesting, Scripts, MDG ,Organisation and Roles and Rolling out EA. At the end of the day you'll have an action plan for each area and a clear understanding of how each element will contribute toyour EA roll-out. Read More... 


Managing an RFP response with eaDocX - Published in Programmez 

The July issue of Programmez, the French language magazine for developers,  featured an article about managing an RFP response with eaDocX. Written by Guillaume Finance of Viseo it provides French speakers with insight into how one of our customers has used the Excel integration of Corporate edition, and in particular the round-tripping of EA data, to make the mechanics of proposal evaluation easy.  If you'd rather see it in English then he has helpfully posted an English version of the article here.


Do you have an eaDocX related article to share?

Maybe a story about how your team is using eaDocX to do something new? Or how it is impacting what information you store in EA? Or how you share that information? Then let us know.

Contact Us, and remember - if we publish your story you get a (very) limited edition eaDocX t-shirt! 


eaDocX in Swedish!

On November 23rd 2015 in Södertälje near Stokholm, the next EA UserGroup event will be taking place. Skania are hosting this event which will be mostly presented in Swedish.

Johan Wreto of Ferrologic will be there with an eaDocX demo, and will be talking to delegates about the benefits of Collaboration edition.

Sadly we won't be there, but we wish Johan and the Skania team all the best for a great day.

You can join them - visit to see the agenda and buy your tickets.