Enterprise Architect is a comprehensive UML analysis and design tool, covering software development from requirements gathering, through to the analysis stages, design models, testing and maintenance. EA is a multi-user, Windows based, graphical tool designed to help you build robust and maintainable software. It features flexible and high quality documentation output. The user manual is available online.
Speed, Stability and Performance
The Unified modeling Language provides significant benefits in helping to build rigorous, traceable models of software systems in a consistent manner. Enterprise Architect supports this process in an easy to use, fast and flexible environment. For a quick look at UML modeling in Enterprise Architect see our UML tutorials and white papers.
Enterprise Architect provides complete traceability from requirements analysis and design artefacts, through to implementation and deployment. Combined with in-built task and resource allocation, Project managers and QA teams are equipped with the information they need to help deliver projects on schedule.
Build upon UML 2.1
Enterprise Architect’s foundations are built upon the UML 2 specification - but it doesn’t stop there! Use UML Profiles to extend the modeling domain, while Model Validation ensures integrity. Combine Business Processes, Information and Work Flows in the one model using our free extensions for BPMN and the Eriksson-Penker profile. Keep your stakeholders informed with our free Readonly Viewer.
EA helps you manage complexity with tools to track dependencies, support for very large models, version control with CVS or SCC providers, baselining for point in time snapshots, compare (diff) utility to track changes to the model, intuitive and high performance interface with "explorer like" project view.
EA provides powerful document generation and reporting tools with a full WYSIWYG template editor. Generate complex and detailed reports from EA with the information you need in the format your company or client demands.
EA supports generation and reverse engineering of source code for many popular languages, including C++, C#, Java, Delphi, VB.Net, Visual Basic, ActionScript and PHP. Free add-ins for CORBA and Python are also available. With a built in "syntax highlighting" source code editor, EA lets you quickly navigate and explore your model source code in the same environment. For those working in Eclipse or Visual Studio .NET, Sparx Systems also sell lightweight bridges to these IDE's, letting you model in EA and jump directly to the source code in your preferred editor. Code generation templates let you customize the generated source code to your company specifications.
EA helps you visualize your applications by supporting reverse engineering of a wide range of software development languages and database repository schema. Bring in complete frameworks from source code or Java .jar files - or even .Net binary assemblies! By importing frameworks and library code, you can maximize re-use and understanding of your existing investment.
EA supports advanced Model Driven Architecture (MDA) transformations using easy to edit and develop transformation templates. With built in transformations for DDL, C#, Java, EJB and XSD, you can quickly develop complex solutions from simple "platform independent models" (PIM) that are target at "platform specific models" (PSM). One PIM can be used to generate and synchronize multiple PSM's - providing a significant productivity boost.
Note: Actual features depend on edition purchased. Please ensure you purchase the right edition for your needs.