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Sparx Systems Has Released Enterprise Architect 9.3

A collaborative modeling, design and management platform

Sparx Enterprise Architecture is my tool of choice for software architecture, design, project management, and project planning. This new version offers some really great new features. I have summarized them below with content I copied from the Sparx Enterprise Architect 9.3 Release Highlights page.

Summary of New Features:

  • Visualize complex relationships across multiple diagrams
  • Easily move information between two open diagrams
  • Create and share custom menus to improve workflow
  • Hide page borders on all diagrams with a single click
  • Analyze and debug systems with enhanced Testpoint capabilities
  • Develop open, scalable architectures using ArchiMate 2
  • Capture, visualize and document the run-state and relationships of objects during program execution
  • Instantly drag Breakpoints and Markers to a different line in the source code editor


Although I really like all the new features the ArchiMate update is really cool.  I have been using ArchiMate for enterprise level diagrams for a while now.  It is the primary modeling language on my current project.

ArchiMate® 2.0 includes:

  • ArchiMate Core improvements.
    • Separate diagrams for Business, Application and Technology layers
    • Clearer differentiation between elements in different layers, e.g. Business Service, Application Service and Infrastructure Service.
    • New element types: Location, Infrastructure Function.
  • Motivation Extension.
    • Models stakeholders, drivers for change, business goals, principles and requirements.
    • New Motivation diagram.
    • New element types: Stakeholder, Driver, Assessment, Goal, Requirement, Constraint and Principle.
    • New relationship: Influence.
  • Implementation and Migration Extension.
    • Supports project portfolio management, gap analysis and transition and migration planning.
    • New Implementation and Migration diagram.
    • New element types: Work Package, Deliverable, Plateau and Gap.

More about ArchiMate 2.0 here.

You can check out a list of all the features included in this 9.3 release and others here.

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