Release Notes

Essential Architecture Manager version 6

Essential Architecture Manager 6 is a major upgrade to all of the components of the Essential toolset, with improvements to the Essential Viewer, the Essential Meta Model, Essential Import Utility and the Essential Architecture Manager platform. This version provides a number of improvements to Essential Architecture Manager, across Essential Viewer, the Essential Import Utility and a range of new modelling capabilities in the Essential Meta Model.

Cloud users please note that changes to the Essential Cloud platform (Viewer, Import Utility) will be applied automatically, whilst updates to your repository meta models are applied at your choice.

These release notes have been organised to cover the updates and changes made in the following order:

Release Date

18 April 2017

Essential Meta Model

The latest, stable release of the Essential Meta Model is version 6.0

Updated Meta Classes

The following classes have been updated from version 5.0.5 to version 6.0

  • :EA_Graph_Relation. Updated as part of the Application Portfolio Management Pack.
  • :ESSENTIAL_CLASS. Make sure that any slot that takes part in AutoText is a required slot
  • Application_Function. Updated as part of the Application Portfolio Management Pack.
  • Application_Performance_Measure. Updated as part of the Application Portfolio Management Pack.
  • Application_Provider. Updated as part of the Application Portfolio Management Pack.
  • Application_Provider_Role. Updated as part of the Application Portfolio Management Pack.
  • APP_PRO_TO_PHYS_BUS_RELATION. Updated as part of the Application Portfolio Management Pack.
  • APP_SVC_TO_BUS_RELATION. Updated as part of the Application Portfolio Management Pack.
  • Architecture_State. Updated as part of the Application Portfolio Management Pack.
  • Business Objective. Change the Display Slot configuration to remove the classification
  • Business_Performance_Measure. Updated as part of the Application Portfolio Management Pack.
  • Cost. Updated as part of the Application Portfolio Management Pack.
  • Cost_Component. Updated as part of the Application Portfolio Management Pack.
  • Essential_Viewer. Additional slots and classes (subclasses of Essential_Viewer) created for managing Views from the repository.
  • External_Reference_Link. New slot (external_link_type) in which to define the document type for the target of the link.
  • Geographic_Region. New slot on Geograhic Region to track centre point. No instances
  • Information_Performance_Measure. Updated as part of the Application Portfolio Management Pack.
  • Performance_Measure. Enhanced definition of performance measure instances with new slots
  • Physical_Process_Type. Updated as part of the Application Portfolio Management Pack.
  • Report. Updated as part of the Application Portfolio Management Pack.
  • REPORT_TO_PORTAL_SECTION_RELATION. Extensions to the class as part of the update to Essential_Viewer (and subclasses)
  • Service_Quality. Updated as part of the Application Portfolio Management Pack.
  • Service_Quality_Value. Updated as part of the Application Portfolio Management Pack.
  • Standards_Management. Removed auto text naming for most classes, added suggested default name pattern.
  • Strategy_Management. Updated classes and subclasses for the Strategy Management Pack and Application Portfolio Management Pack
  • Technology_Performance_Measure. Updated as part of the Application Portfolio Management Pack.
  • Technology_Product_Role. Change the label of the tpr_service_qualities slot

New Meta Classes

The following new classes have been introduced to the Essential Meta Model between version 5.0.5 and version 6.0

  • Business_Process_Flow_Decision. New, introduced as part of Application Portfolio Management.
  • Currency. New, introduced as part of Application Portfolio Management.
  • Document_File_Type. New class to manage a suite of file types that can be associated with things like Report instances.
  • Report_Configuration. New, introduced as part of Application Portfolio Management.
  • Report_Criterion. New class to represent a criterion (e.g. Cost) being evaluauted by a Report and associated scoring scheme.
  • Report_Criterion_Score. New class to represent a scoring evaluation for a given criterion.
  • Roadmap_Model_Group. New class to group related roadmap models
  • Value_Management. New class added as part of Application Portfolio Management.
  • Revenue_Component_Type. New class added as part of Application Portfolio Management.

Deprecated Meta Classes

No meta classes have been deprecated between version 5.0.5 and version 6.0. Any deprecated classes are no longer used by the Essential repository and will be removed in a future version:

Updated Instances

The following instances have been introduced in version 6.0.

  • Application_Delivery_Model. Create definitive list of instances for this class and remove erroneous instances
  • Cost_Component_Type. Added new instances to support Application Portfolio Management.
  • Currency. Added new instances to support Application Portfolio Management.
  • Essential_Licensing. Update the copyright and contributors statements in license_statement slot.
  • Essential_Licensing. Update copyright statement and contributors on toolset and Essential Meta Model
  • Essential_Viewer. Viewer setup and configuration
  • External_Reference_Link. Extended external reference links
  • Geographic_Region. Updated set of out of the box Geographic Regions.
  • Language. Updated language identifiers and added Portuguese, including Brazilian Portuguese.
  • Meta_Model_Version. Updated to version 6.0
  • Report. Added new reports and updated the set of views visible on the homepage of Essential Viewer.
  • Report_Constant. Added new instances to support Application Portfolio Management.
  • REPORT_TO_PORTAL_SECTION_RELATION. New relationship instances for portal setup
  • Revenue_Component. Added new instances to support Application Portfolio Management.
  • Strategy_Management. Applied instances for the Strategy Management Pack
  • Taxonomy. New taxomonies and terms.
  • Taxonomy_Term. Added new instances to support Application Portfolio Management.

 

Essential Import Utility

We've fixed a load of bugs and added a REST service interface that enables Import Activities to be invoked by 3rd-party systems, using Microsoft Excel files, CSVs or XML documents. This document provides more detail about the service interface for the Import Utility.

Import Utility Service Interface

About Essential Viewer version 6

Essential Viewer version 6 has hundreds of changes, bug fixes and improvements since the release of version 5 just over a year ago

Upgrading from Essential Version 5

As always, we recommend any changes or customisations you make to core, out-of-the-box views are done by taking a copy of the template XSL file and copying to the user folder. You just update the repository to point at those custom files. Additionally, any new XSL files you create should also be stored in the user folder of Viewer. Using this approach, makes the upgrade process much easier in the future as all you need to do to upgrade is to manually copy the user folder from version to version.

 

New Views

  • Application Status by Business Capability
  • Business Objective Catalogue
  • Business Objective Summary
  • Reporting Structure Model
  • Strategic Roadmap
  • Information Representation Catalogue
  • Information Representation Summary
  • Physical Data Object Summary
  • Data Subject Model
  • Data Object Model
  • Technology Components Catalogue as Table
  • Technology Capability Summary
  • Technology Domain Summary
  • All Instance by Class (Utilities)
  • Instance Relations Tree (Utilities)

Improvements and Bug Fixes

  • Application Information Dependencies Model
  • Application Provider Summary
  • Application Provider Catalogue by Table
  • Application Technology Alignment
  • Application Diversity Analysis
  • Application Info Data Summary
  • Enterprise Programme Plan
  • Principles Catalogue
  • Programme Summary
  • Project Summary
  • Strategic Plan Summary
  • Business Capability / Application Service Analysis
  • Business Process Model
  • Business Process Summary
  • Data Object Provider Model
  • Data Object Summary
  • Data Representation Summary
  • Data Security Model
  • Information Reference Model
  • All CRUD Matrices
  • All 'by Name' Catalogues
  • All Strategic Plan views
  • All Gap / Change Analysis Views
  • Updated Favicon
  • Portal Home page
  • Many platform and framework improvements

Upgrading from Essential Version 5

Essential Architecture Manager

Upgrading the v5 Meta Model is an easy process and upgrade packages are provided to run using the Essential Update Tab in Protégé.

Essential Import Utility

You can upgrade the Essential Import Utility using the export configuration capability on the "System Settings" tab. Export your configuration from your current version of the Import Utility and then Import this configuration into your new, version 1.6.5 Import Utility.

Note that the upgrade installer will install the Import Utility as a new web application, 'essential_import_utility1_6_5', to protect your current (version 1.5+) installation.

Here to help

EAS professional services can help with any upgrade and is a cost effective way to ensure a smooth upgrade.