Release date: January 21, 2013 (Latest Build: 20130506)View release notes
Decision table provides a compact way to represent complicated business rules or company policies. Try to compare the text description below with the decision table next to it. You will see how powerful it is.
"An airline offers passengers discounts under special conditions: Infant passengers under two years old are offered a discount of 80% on domestic flights, or 70% on international flights. Youth passengers (between two and sixteen) are offered a discount of 10%, for any kind of destination. Passengers who make reservation five months before their journey are offered a discount of 10%. For international flights, passengers are offered 15% discount if they travel during off-seasons..."
The ArchiMate Enterprise Architecture visual modeling language provides a standard representation of system components from business point of view. ArchiMate also helps the I.T. team to develop I.T. system that aligns strictly to business goal, in the most effective way.
As an all-in-one enterprise architecture tool, Agilian supports ArchiMate, UML, BPMN and SysML. You can use ArchiMate to integrate different domains and models, such as the business process models that represent workflow and use case models that represent system functions.
Agilian complies with the ArchiMate 2.0 specification. It supports all the ArchiMate notations, plus the improvements issued in version 2.0, which includes the Motivation extension and the Implementation and Migration extension.
Overview dependencies between model elements by matrix diagram. The latest version supports exporting matrix diagram to Microsoft Excel for further analysis. The following movie demonstrates the basic matrix diagram usage.
Chat with the architects, analysts, designers, developers or whoever in your team directly inside Agilian, right in a diagram. PostMania, a private social networking platform designed for enterprise architecture teams, facilitates easy discussion of enterprise architecture designs. It enables team members to post and reply discussions to a diagram or a shape. Just make a post to ask for change, and moments later you receive a reply from your teammate, saying "Done" and with a smiley face. PostMania simply breaks communication barrier and improves the bonding of your team.
Convert system design, business process design and database design to report by few mouse clicks. The generated report can preview and compare with the design side by side.
During requirement capturing and design stage, system analyst may need to illustrate and document the screen designs to customer or among team members. Traditional screen designers usually tie up with specific programming language that inherits a lot of constraints when designing and annotating screens in early development stage. Agilian provides a full featured screen designer for system analyst to illustrate and annotate screen designs without limitation. The following movie shows how to use user interface designer to design form-based application with text field, menu, table and tree.
It is not possible to put everything in a single visual paradigm project in enterprise scale project. Agilian allows visualizing different projects' model elements in a single diagram. The following movie shows how to configure referenced project and show the model elements in diagram.
Generate and fill Responsibility Assignment Matrix base on any type of model elements.
Step 1 of 4: Open the project
Open the project file for creating chart.
Step 2 of 4: To create a chart
Click on Impact on toolbar, and select Chart Diagram from the drop down menu.
Step 3 of 4: Configuring row and column
Specify the type of element to appear in row and column. Click OK.
Step 4 of 4: Fill in chart content
Click on the cells in chart and select the appropriate relationship.
Develop enterprise architecture in a team-oriented environment. Combining with the use of Visual Paradigm Teamwork Server (Teamwork Server), team members, no matter how far apart they are, can work together as if they are sitting next to each other. Teamwork Server is a central repository with version control capabilities that allows enterprise architecture team to retrieve a design, work on it, commit it and share with the rest of the team. Corporate documents can be stored along with the enterprise architecture designs. Architects or managements can browse an enterprise architecture design anywhere through a Web browser. Teamwork Server simply makes enterprise architecture much easier.
As an all-in-one enterprise architecture tool, Agilian supports not just ArchiMate, Business Motivation Model and Zachman Framework, but also other modeling standards essential in developing a truly functional IT system, such as UML, BPMN, SysML, DFD, ERD, etc. While you can use enterprise architecture to align business objectives, business processes and IT infrastructure, you can draw sub diagram for each of the enterprise architecture component to model their details. So there will be sub UML deployment diagram for showing the hardware arrangement, a sub business process diagram for representing workflows, a sub UML use case diagram for representing system requirements, etc.
Keeping enterprise architecture design simple makes it much easier for key stakeholders, high level management to understand the enterprise architecture and make decision. Just because enterprise architecture designs are simple, does not mean they don’t have any values for other business users. With the reference feature, different components can link together for elaboration purpose. For example, a procurement process in ArchiMate can reference to a business process diagram that visualizes the procurement workflow. This provides senior managers who look after the procurement process with the information required to understand both the enterprise and business process.
Write detailed description to model elements with rich formatted text. The latest release highlights and links glossary terms from documentation to glossary grid.
Visual Paradigm plug-in provides an extendable platform for developers to add functions to Agilian. Developer can reference to the plug-in development guide to build their own plug-in to read, create, update and delete diagrams and model elements. Developer can use Java to develop plug-in. The following screenshots outline the steps to create plug-in for Agilian.
Plug-in support (Java)
Step 1 of 5: Develop the plugin
Setup the environment for developing plugin and start developing the plugin. You need to first include the openapi.jar to the build path, which can be found under the lib folder of VP Suite installation directory. You may read the User's Guide to learn about how to develop plugin.
Step 2 of 5: Prepare the plugin configuration file
Create a file, name it as plugin.xml and place at the root of plugin. You need to fill in this file to provide information such as classpath, toolbar/menubar configuration, etc.
Step 3 of 5: Deploy the plugin
Create a folder "plugins" under the VP Suite installation directory. Copy the developed plugin to that folder.
Step 4 of 5: Using the plugin
Start the tool. If the implementation and configuration are both correct, you should be able to run the plugin.
Step 5 of 5: Using the plugin (Cont.)
With plugin, you may iterate the project data to perform operations such as create, read, remove and update of project data.