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New Post 7/11/2008 3:07 PM
User is offline Carl
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Blueprint VS Enterprise Architecture (EA) 

We are small software development shop looking at tools and have basically come down to 3 choices: 1) Blueprint; 2) Enterpriser Architecture, and; 3) a combination of Word and VISIO.  We basically need to be able to create/build/update the following:  Requirements, Use Cases, Scenarios, Documentation suitable to give to clients for sign-off, screen diagrams and workflows.  It also would be great if it had some sort of version control or history capabilities.  We are currently using Word and VISIO which works ok until something changes then I get to make changes, then not so good.  Another big plus would be the ease in which we can learn the tool.

It sounds like people really like EA, but I haven't heard much about Blueprint

Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



New Post 12/20/2010 11:06 AM
User is offline Alessio
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Re: Blueprint VS Enterprise Architecture (EA) 
Modified By Alessio  on 12/20/2010 2:07:52 PM)


I am new to this forum, so I may not follow completely the standard way of doing analysis here. However, I do think something I have to say is interesting.

The software I use is:

Sqlite - for database needs. For me it handled more than half million records.

R - for statistical needs. It is a programming languange. It is easy to learn for the basic features and it is really flexible

Latex - for reporting needs. It is much better than Word and you can learn in a week or so.

Inkscape - for diagram needs. I don't know Visio, but I believe Inkscape does its job when it comes to simple diagrams. I also think it would be good for advanced stuff, but this is not tested.

Python - for scripting needs. I don't like repiting my analysis over and over again. I usually write a script and do things automatically. This is faster and more reliable. I used python to generate automatically reports, graphs and statistical analysis using data from Sqlite.

Pyqt - for interface needs. At some point I grew tired of writing code everytime, so I used Pyqt to create small programs. For example, a program I did was able to make graphs directly from the database using SQL language.

I used those softwares to analyse pricing and I had good results. I am fond of scripting now, it just improves your life when you get it to work. Besides, with Python you can create your own programs and this is just really useful when you do similar analysis many times.

New Post 12/20/2010 12:18 PM
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Re: Blueprint VS Enterprise Architecture (EA) 

For the best blend of ease-of-use, robustness, small (-to-large) team collaboration, and methodologcially informed system capabilities, with a modest cost-minded investment, you should definitely look at Sparx System's Enterprise Architect and training/learning materials from Doug Rosenberg. Whether you rely on Doug's work within his company ICONIX, or you rely on the best practices in his latest masterpiece 'Design Driven Testing,' your team will be able to quickly use the right version (and role-specific capabilities) of Enterprise Architect to create and maintain the right volume and detail of use cases, technical specifications, documentation, test suite- and quality-assurance information. I have included links below to both the version comparison page at Sparx Systems' website as well as the links to the different materials Doug Rosenberg and colleagues have available.

Depending upon how many people create customer-specific content in parallel you will be well-served with versions between the Professional, Corporate, and Business & Software Engineering. The Professional is great for a solo-delivery author, Corporate is good for team co-authoring/review and the Business & Software Engineering versions include a Business Rule Composer if the customer wants/needs structured business rules logic for a rules engine, product configurator or SOA platform. The IMPORTANT note is, whichever version you choose, THEY ARE ALL AWESOMELY COST EFFECTIVE.

Please feel free to reach out to me in a separate thread to have follow-up conversation about how to efficiently and effectively learn the toolset's capabilities and apply them in right-sized manners to your customers' projects. I can be reached at [email protected].



New Post 11/23/2014 1:09 PM
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Re: Blueprint VS Enterprise Architecture (EA) 

I used EA till now for requirement management. And it's like a Pancake for analyst to gather requirements and their management, report generating as well.

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