Prolaborate’s Impact Analysis feature helps you visualize relationships and dependencies between elements in your Sparx Enterprise Architect (EA) models and make better decisions.
This guide provides an overview of how you can create and customize Impact Analysis views and save them for easy access.
From the Properties window, click on Impact Analysis tab. The list of Impact Analysis views created for that element will be shown. Click on Create New Impact Analysis.
A popup will be shown to choose the type of Visualization. You can choose any one.
Let’s see how the same element is represented in these visualizations.
At first, the view shows the elements which are connected to the root node i.e., the element from which you created this view.
Click on a node to see the elements it is connected to. Node level filter will show up and the details of elements, connectors and flow direction will be shown.
Select or deselect the items you want to filter out and click on Apply. All the connected elements will show up.
If in case, there are no elements connected to this element, you will get a message saying “Leaf node reached”.
Apart from the node level filters, you can also choose to filter out elements from the view using view level filters.
Filters also provides a summary of elements. Number of elements shown / Total number of elements will be shown alongside the filters.
While using filters in “Diagram as Impact Analysis” and Force-directed views, unchecked elements will be available in view till all the destination elements are unchecked from the filter list. Only the connectors will be removed.
This is the Diagram as Impact Analysis view of Book Lending example from EA Example:
When I uncheck IntermediateEvent,
IntermediateEvent nodes will go away once its destinations are filtered. The destinations were Activity nodes from BPMN and UML. I have filtered them.
You can adjust the visibility of the view’s details using the following settings.
You can change the appearance of the nodes from Filters tab.
Or from Tools tab:
You can change:
The style of the connectors can be changed to straight lines or dashed lines.
You can also change:
You can zoom in or out either by using mouse scroll or by using CTRL, + and CTRL, –.
Click on this icon to move the Filters section to the right of the screen.
Once you save the view, it will show up in the side bar as shown below:
You can also view the created Impact Analysis views from Properties window.
This helps you view a complete diagram as an Impact Analysis view. Once the view is created, you can click on the nodes to see the element they are connected to. Open a diagram.
And click on View Diagram as Impact Analysis icon on a diagram.
Click on Menu > Impact Analysis Views to see the list of views that are created by all the users. You can edit or delete the views.
Impact Analysis profiles lets you save all your settings options so that it can be reapplied to other views.
After you have worked on the settings, click on Save > Save Profile.
Give a Name to the profile.Type and Stereotype signify the type and stereotype of elements to which this profile is allowed to be applied. As per the setting in the screenshot, this profile can be applied only to elements of Type Actor ignoring its Stereotype. If you want this profile to be reused across any type of element, choose options as All and All.