Release Notes

All the release notes for each version of the Essential Project tools are listed here. For more information about each release, select its release notes article.

Essential Open Source 6.2

Essential Architecture Manager 6.2 is a minor upgrade to the Essential Viewer and the Essential Meta Model.

Cloud users please note that changes to the Essential Cloud Platform will be applied automatically, whilst updates to your repository meta models are applied at your choice.

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Essential Open Source v6.1.1

Essential Architecture Manager 6.1.1 is an upgrade to all of the major components of the Essential toolset. This version provides improvements to the Essential Meta Model, Essential Viewer and the Essential Import Utility.

Cloud users please note that changes to the Essential Cloud Platform will be applied automatically, whilst updates to your repository meta models are applied at your choice.

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Essential Open Source v6.1

Essential Architecture Manager 6.1 is an upgrade to all of the major components of the Essential toolset. This version provides improvements to the Essential Meta Model, Essential Viewer and the Essential Import Utility.

Cloud users please note that changes to the Essential Cloud Platform will be applied automatically, whilst updates to your repository meta models are applied at your choice.


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

Release Date: 18 August 2017

Essential Viewer

New Views

  • NIST Mapping. Provides a NIST Cyber Controls Mapping across all layers. The Import Specification and data capture spreadsheet for this View are available now, free of charge. Please contact us for a copy of these.
  • Business Capability to Technology as Force. Shows the relationship between Business Capabilities and Technology via Applications using a force graph model
  • Business Capability to Technology as Tree. Shows the relationship between Business Capabilities and Technology via Applications using a tree graph model
  • Instance Overview. Provides a summary of an instance's relationships for a given ID
  • View Manuals. Restored view manuals from previous version.

Improvements and Bug Fixes

Various minor bug fixes and styling updates.

  • Application Provide Catalogue as Table
  • Bus Capability Analysis by Business Domain
  • Business Capability Change Footprint
  • Business Capability Model
  • Business Capability Summary
  • Business Objective Summary
  • Physical Processes by Domain
  • Strategic Plan Summary
  • Information Catalogue by Domain
  • Technology Platform Model
  • Technology Product Summary
  • Technology Reference Model
  • Updates to core libraries and various security fixes.

Optional Analytics

Essential now has the ability to push analytics code to Essential Viewer directly from the repository. This will allow organisations who wish to track usage of Essential Viewer to add their own tracking code (e.g. Google Analytics) by just copy and pasting in the relevant code from the analytics service. To use this feature, simply add the code to the value slot of the Report_Constant called “Analytics”.

Essential Update Checker

Essential Viewer now displays the current version of Essential Viewer in the footer.It also has the ability to check for a newer version and display a small notification in the footer when an update is available.

Essential Meta Model

The following classes have been updated from version 6.0 to version 6.1.

  • Actor. New slot allowing relationship between Actor and Physical Process, showing that Actor performs process, without requirement to define their Role in this relationship.
  • Business_Capability. Updates to support GDPR pack.
  • Business_Process. Updates to support GDPR pack.
  • Information_Representation_Category. New enumeration class and instances.
  • Legal_Consent_Type. New Enumeration class and instances.
  • Physical_Data_Object. Updates to support the GDPR pack.
  • Physical_Process. Update to slot allowing instances of Actor to perform the physical process in addition to ACTOR_TO_ROLE_RELATION.
  • Regulated_Data_Usage. New class introduced in the GDPR pack.
  • Regulated_Data_Usage_Legal_Basis. New class introduced in the GDPR pack.
  • REGULATED_DATA_USAGE_CONSENT_BUSPROC_RELATION. New relationship class to support the GDPR pack.
  • Report. See Essential Viewer updates for details.
  • Report_Constant. See Essential Viewer updates for details.
  • Report_Menu_Item. See Essential Viewer updates for details.
  • Requirement_Status. New enumeration class with instances.
  • Service_Quality_Value. Updates for the GDPR pack and new form layouts of this and its subclasses.
  • Strategic_Requirement. Added new resolved_by slot to Strategic_Requirement and its subclasses.
  • Synonym. New instances of Synonym to provide French translations.
  • Technology_Node. New slot added to capture the supplier of a Technology Node.

Essential Import Utility

In addition to a number of bug fixes, the following updates are included in version 1.7.1f of the Essential Import Utility.

  • New version of the Python library that is used by imports to improve performance
  • New REST service interfaces for XML processing and imports
  • New Version 6.1 repository included in the Example imports
  • SAML login support for Essential Intelligence Platform mode
  • Re-working of the Authentication and Authorisation for Essential Intelligence Platform mode

Upgrading from Version 6.0.x

Two installers are available for Essential Architecture Manager version 6.1:

  • essentialinstall61.jar - the installer for fresh installations of the Essential toolset.
  • essentialinstallupgrade61.jar - the upgrade installer that will update existing Protege plugins and install new versions of the Essential Viewer and Essential Import Utility along side your current deployments. You can install the new versions safely, try them out and then migrate your current Viewer and Import Utility in your own time.

Also included in the upgrade installer is an Essential Update Pack (EUP) that will upgrade your Essential repository from version 6.0 to version 6.1. If you have not yet upgraded to Essential Meta Model version 6.0, please do so before running this update pack.

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Essential Open Source v6.02

This version addresses some issues with the Essential Import Utility. There are no changes to other components in this release.

Changes in this release:

  • Fix issue where the last element of an import was not included in the resulting repository
  • Fix issue where only one of the REST service interfaces of the Import Utility could be invoked per restart of the server
  • Reviewed and updated set of supporting libraries

Last updated 14th June 2017

 

Essential Open Source v6.01

This version addresses some issues with Essential Viewer. There are no changes to other components in this release.

Changes in this release:

  • Business Service Interaction Model - Allow selection of hub service
  • Business Process Catalogue as Table - Allow pass-through of target report
  • Business Process Model - Improved handling of various modelling scenarios
  • Fix missing arrows of various view
  • Add support for adding analytics to Viewer via repo config. Requires a report constant called Analytics. Tracking code is pasted into the description box. Will have improved support in future release.
  • Better handling of errors in some models that use PlantUML library

Last Updated: 28th April 2017