By: Gregory Keller
Abstract: A white paper on team-based best practices using EA/Studio
EA/Studio – Working Collaboratively
By Karun Malhotra, EMEA Software Consultant
Version – 1.0
Last Updated – November 18 2008
To devise best practices in working collaboratively with EA/Studio we must appreciate the following functionalities of the product:
Hide imageExample Scenario
A bank would like its Business Analysts to work collaboratively with EA/Studio. They would like to model all the business processes and conceptual models within one workspace; so they may map them together.
Therefore, in order to create a best practices document we must place a Business Analyst in charge of administering the collaboration of efforts.
In the instructions below you will see how the Business Analyst 1 (BA1) (Collaborative Administrator) and the Business Analyst 2 (BA2) (User) work collaboratively on the same “Workspace” and collate the updates to one central “Workspace”.
Diagram 1 will be our example EA/Studio Workspace comprising of two Projects (Investment Banking & Retail Banking) of which they hold two BPMs (Stocks & ATM) and a Conceptual Model (CRM); each with its own Diagram.
Once the BA1 has step up the Workspace with its initial Projects, Models & Diagrams it can be exported in a compressed (single file) format to distribute to other BA’s.
This Compressed Workspace can now be distributed among the other users of EA/Studio by your chosen delivery method. BA2 will import the workspace into their EA/Studio installation.
Both will present you will Diagram 3:Hide image
Now that the Workspace has been distributed to other users, they can now begin working on their respective Conceptual/Business Process Diagram within that Workspace.
BA2 has the Conceptual Model contained within the “Retail Banking” project, Diagram 4, and is adding a “Product” business entity to this before submitting his changes to BA1 (to update the centrally held Workspace).Hide image
BA2 makes his changes, which results in Diagram 5.
BA2 will then save his/her change to their Workspace, ready to be distributed to BA1 or other users.
Now that the file “meta-model.exp” has been distributed to BA1, they can now collaborate this file into the centrally held Workspace for “A_Bank”. Ensure that you save that exp file where you can retrieve it from within EA/Studio (e.g. Desktop).
The following steps will illustrate how this process is done:
Ideally, you could have release deadlines in which all updates to the Workspace would need to be with BA1 to collaborate on the central Workspace copy. This could then be exported (Compressed) and distributed to all EA/Studio users to ensure they all have the latest release of the Workspace.
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