Brussels Event Talks

This is a list with the details for all talks on the Brussels event on 18th september 2015.

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Modelling Microservices in EA

Micro-services and micro-services architecture are the next hype in software development. Websites and blogs are full of introducing posts, the first books are being written and the first conferences organized. There’s big promises of scalability, flexibility and replaceability of individual elements in your landscape. However, when you are knee deep in the mud as a software architect at an insurance, it is very hard to find help on how to design applications and components in a micro-services architecture. During this talk Sander will show how he used Enterprise Architect to model the micro services architecture, and will explain the difficulties and the lessons learned, using many real-life examples.

Sander Hoogendoorn

Sander is an independent mentor, trainer, coach, software architect, programmer, speaker and writer. He is the owner of the company and is a highly appreciated catalyst in the innovation of software development at his many international clients. Sander worked for major IT consultancy companies for over 20 years, including at Capgemini in the roles of Principal Technology Officer and Global Agile Thoughtleader and at Ordina as a Partner. All this time Sander worked with clients, in finance, industries, transportation, healthcare, oil, government agencies, retail, education, insurance.

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The ACV-CSC is the largest Belgian union.

In this talk Geert will explain and demonstrate how ACV-CSC uses EA for the developments of its software.

ACV-CSC uses EA for

- Business Analysis

- Functional Analysis

- Technical Analysis

- Database documentation

ACV-CSC uses EA v12 on MS SQLServer 2012 with TFS 2010 as version control system.

EA is highly customised at ACV-CSC using inhouse developed add-ins such as

- Notes Editor,

- Navigator,

- Document Generator,

- Model Validation

- Postcondition Editor

Geert Bellekens


Geert Bellekens has helped several of the larger Belgian organizations to define and document their modelling method, train and coach the modelers and develop supporting tools.

Geert Bellekens is an acknowledged Enterprise Architect expert and has written numerous add-ins for Enterprise Architect, including the free open source EA Navigator and the commercial EA-Matic.

He is also one of the founding members and a regular speaker on the EA User Group events.

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Making Agile Work in Non-Agile Organizations: Collaborating with EA

Implementing Agile developments within ‘traditional’ development environments creates many challenges.One of the keys is communicating with and getting feedback from stakeholders in a timely way.

This presentation describes an agile development programme working in a large non-agile organization:

- Integrating it with the surrounding legacy systems and waterfall developments.

- Using EA and eaDocX to collaborate effectively, and

- Delivering quality and velocity on the programme.

Jackie and Ian Mitchell

ability engineering

As a project and programme manager, consultant and trainer in the Aerospace, Health, Telecoms and IT industries for more than 25 years, Jackie has delivered projects using a wide range of different PM approaches, tools and methods. Managing Agile software developments inside non-Agile organisations, her experience has helped stakeholders of all kinds support successful project delivery.

A long-standing EA user, business analyst mentor and teacher, Ian is the author of the popular eaDocX document generator for EA.

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Hidden Gems in EA

In this talk, Peter will reveal a few of the gems hidden in EA that can make a big difference to how we work, describing unexpected ways to use some of the EA functionality and unexpected functionalities tout court.

Peter Doomen

Peter has been using Enterprise Architect daily for many years. He spends lots of time investigating the features of Enterprise Architect and is happy to share them with you. He has written two bestselling books about EA: “Fifty Enterprise Architect Tricks” and “Teach Yourself Enterprise Architect in Ten Days”

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Smals is one of Belgium's largest ICT-organisations, supporting and supervising e-government programs in the areas of social security and health care. At smals Alex worked on a project called "traceability of implantable medical devices".

In this talk Alex will explain how smals uses EA for functional and business analysis. Alex will show some custom scripts, document generation templates and the use of the shape editor. He will also demonstrate how export-import can be used to put some extra traceability into the project.

Alex Lamsens

Rafels consulting

Alex is an independent consultant. He has more than 15 years experience in IT development in government and semi-government organizations. He uses Enterprise Architect as a functional and business analyst to document the requirements, processes and the functional specifications.

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Smartfacts: Unleashing the power of models to everybody

The different disciplines in business and IT maintain business processes, data structures, IT and enterprise architecture artifacts in many different tools. This limits access, reuse and collaboration effectiveness.

smartfacts is a cloud platform that integrates all models. Models from Enterprise Architect, ARIS, VISIO and many other tools can be published to one web based platform and made available to anybody in the company. For the first time smartfacts provides…

  • an easy to use browser based “Google for Models” across all models, tool formats and versions

  • the chance to link models and carry out impact analysis even across model and tool boundaries

  • a powerful collaboration environment independent of tools and formats


The talk will comprise concept, technology and a demo.

Christoph Bergner


Christoph is owner of MID GmbH in Nuremberg and Zurich since 2006. MID is covering all major areas of modeling such as UML, ER, BPMN, Archimate, TOGAF with consulting services and tools. Christoph has promoted the integration of Enterprise Architect with smartfacts within MID and still leads the use of smartfacts technology in the Enterprise Architect eco system.

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BPMN from Use Cases - Development of an EA Extension

EA has the capability to generate diagrams directly from the textual scenarios of a Use case. The diagrams generated are UML Activity and UML Sequence.

BPMN 2.0 is commonly used for the modelling of processes, hence it is possible to model Use Case scenarios using BPMN 2.0.

During this presentation, Phil will describe the design of an Extension to EA that generates a BPMN 2.0 diagram from a Use Case scenario.

Phil will describe how EA was used for the design of the extension, the challenges encountered when automating the construction of diagrams, and the solutions to these challenges.

The presentation will also demonstrate the extension.

Phil Chudley

Dunstan Thomas

An experienced user of Enterprise Architect Phil Chudley is a Principal Consultant (TOGAF 9 Certified, OMG Certified UML Professional) at Dunstan Thomas Consulting.

He has used Enterprise Architect for the past 10 years and has extensive practical knowledge of all its functionality, and also how to enhance its functionality through the use of MDGs, Scripts and Extensions. In this time he has also authored numerous white papers and training courses (EA, UML, BPMN/BPEL, SysML, ArchiMate, TOGAF).

Phil has also created customised Extensions and UML profiles for Enterprise Architect as well as speaking at the European Enterprise Architect User Group events.

This has positioned Phil as a recognised expert and trusted adviser in the EA user community & DT’s client base

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Atrias is a neutral consultation platform in the Belgian energy market that develops and optimizes the energy market processes and is currently realizing a federal Clearing House; an IT platform for structuring and exchanging data between the players in the Belgian energy market.

In his presentation, Tom will explain and demonstrate how Atrias and its implementation partner Accenture use Enterprise Architect for modelling in ArchiMate 2.0, BPMN 2.0, XML Schema, UML and more.

Furthermore, he will show a number of custom SQL queries, scripts and document generation templates, that have been developed by Geert Bellekens

Tom Geerts


Tom is a Business and Functional Analyst in the Belgian energy market who has used Enterprise Architect for about 6 years. At Eandis, he used EA for maintaining the functional documentation of a custom-developed application in a stand-alone EAP-file. Later on, he was involved in a project to introduce a shared setup with 2 SQL Server databases. Since 2014 he has been working at Atrias, where he has strived to continuously improve and extend the use of Enterprise Architect within the organisation. He writes internal modelling standards, trains end-users and shares his EA knowledge and best practices.

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Enterprise Architect for an Enterprise Architecture

With the introduction of the ArchiMate 2.0 notation it is possible to introduce an enterprise architecture repository with Sparx Enterprise Architect. An enterprise architecture repository in EA has numerous advantages like single point of maintenance, reuse and team modelling. However setting up an architecture that aids and supports the organisation is still a challenge.

We start with a brief introduction on the ArchiMate notation. Also we will discuss various aspects of an architecture repository like viewpoints, governance, team modelling with ArchiMate and publishing architectures.

In this session there will be a lot of practical tips and examples on ArchiMate and Sparx Enterprise Architect, Like:

•        Practical viewpoints (ArchiMate posters)

•        Modelling architecture principles and requirements in ArchiMate

•        Automation (for example duplicate validation in EA),

•        Document creation (PSA templates)

•        Web publication platform (EA Webviewer)

After attending this session you will have an overview of how to introduce an Enterprise Architecture in your organisation with Sparx Enterprise Architect and the methodology ArchiMate.

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Bert Dingemans


Bert is a data architect working often with Enterprise Architect mostly for UML class diagrams and ArchiMate 2.0. He uses Enterprise Architect for generating message documentation, XSD files and modelling enterprise architectures with ArchiMate 2.0

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Manage complexity with Model Based Systems Engineering

This presentation explains how Soltegro uses EA to support the development of systems using the systems engineering V-model and the J-STD-016-1995 standard. Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) with SysML and UML is used to manage the complexity of the system. There is an emphasis on requirements traceability to achieve a provable solution. To support the engineers, custom model validation scripts are developed to maintain a consistent design. This talk will also address the pitfalls we have encountered and will show some future improvements

Rob de Jong


Rob de Jong is a System architect at Soltegro B.V.

Rob has a broad experience as software and system architect. Currently he works on the design of the Velsertunnel renovation project. He is also involved in the Soltegro MBSE special interest group to further improve the use of model based systems engineering

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Joris will show you how Enterprise Architect is used by more than 100 analysts, architects and developers at Euroconsumers, to get a grip on the company’s business- & application architecture which is rapidly evolving from an “inside out” model towards an “outside in, customer centric” business model, supported by a bi-modal IT approach.


Joris will share practical experiences and tips & tricks, by taking you on a tour throughout “real live” models, touching topics like repository structure & setup, collaboration model, custom scripting and many more.

Joris Van denstorme


Joris is Principal Consultant Application Architecture at AE nv.

He has a broad view on ICT, with experience ranging from the technical, implementation side of IT projects, where he started his career, to the purely business side, thanks to business process modeling & improvement projects.But he is at his best in the role of (enterprise) application architect, making the bridge between business & ICT, and transforming scattered IT landscapes into well manageable application architectures ready for the digital future.


Joris has over 15 years of IT experience in the industry, government, transport and services sector.

As architect, but also as teacher and coach in analysis & methodology, S.O.A., application architecture and casetool setup & usage.   

He has a sound knowledge of analysis tools, in particular Enterprise Architect, which he got to know about 12 years ago, and kept on using until today.

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Natural gas and electricity are supplied to your home or workplace via a distribution system consisting of pipes (low or medium pressure) and cables (low or medium voltage). Eandis is responsible for operating this extensive network in 234 towns, cities and municipalities. After all, Eandis stands for Electricity, nAtural gas, Networks and DIStribution. In his presentation, Rudi will explain and demonstrate how Eandis is using Enterprise Architect to support and streamline the requirements management, functional analysis, application architecture, and enterprise architecture capabilities of the IT department.

Rudi Claes

Info Support

Rudi is a Sparx EA trainer and consultant and is associated with Info Support, a Sparx Systems Value Added Reseller and ICT service provider operating in Belgium and The Netherlands. Since 2006, he has been implementing, teaching, coaching, and doing projects with EA for various organizations in the Benelux.

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Modelling the DNA of your company

An End-to-End modelling technique where the Business Achitecture (in ARCHIMATE), the Business Analysis (in BPMN) and the Functional Analysis (in UML) are not modelled as separate islands, but as one integrated End-to-End model.


An integrated End-to-End model inclusive traceability and re-use of all components such as Actors, Roles, Processes, Applications and Data.


Any change in one of the layers can have a result in one or more other layers. An impact of a change is much easier and visual to detect and to document.


Because ARCHIMATE, BPMN and UML have common elements, with sometimes other shapes, a global META-Model has to be defined first.

Christian Gijsels

The Business Analysts

Christian Gijsels is an expert Architect, Business and Functional Analyst.


Christian Gijsels is since 2003 responsible for the BPM Consulting Practice 'The Business Analysts', a group of 40 Strategy, Business and Functional analysts.


Before Christian Gijsels  was Manager at KPMG and IBM, there he was responsible for the eBusiness department.


Christian Gijsels is an IBM Certified teacher and is SPARX Certified Teacher for Enterprise Architect Courses.

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Implementing company standards in Enterprise Architect

Do you actually want company standards that are being used? Try to make them easy accessible by integrating them in your case tool.

During this presentation Dennis will give an insight in the DiVetro company standards and the possibilities within Enterprise Architect to implement standards like this. Dennis will demonstrate how to create  an UML Profile within Enterprise Architect and a practical usage of such a profile on a daily basis.

We will look into stereotypes for classes, business rules, needs, features, glossary items and use case slices (UC2.0) and the use of the shape editor to create specific GUI elements for each stereotype.

Dennis Geluk


Dennis is a senior information analyst and partner at DiVetro in the Netherlands. He has over 15 years of experience in IT. During  this period he has fulfilled a broad spectre of roles at different customers.

Being a certified UC2.0 coach Dennis helped numerous customers in implementing the UC2.0 practice and improving company requirements standards and guidelines with agile elements. Currently Dennis is working at Dutch Railways as an information analyst and coach in implementing the UC2.0 practice within a project that creates Apps for all outside staff of Dutch Railways.

Over the years Dennis has worked with a variety of case tools. He has been using different versions of Enterprise Architect and always tries to get the best out of the use of a case tool.

Both Dennis and DiVetro are convinced that a good set of company guidelines and standards can help to maintain a high level of quality and consistent documentation set. As a business partner of Ivar Jacobson International, DiVetro adopted the UC2.0 practise within their company standards.

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Aligning international standards TOGAF® ADM and ArchiMate® in Sparx EA: A Case Study from the Automotive Industry

Planning, starting and maintaining Enterprise Architecture repository is complex and time consuming. As an architect you are faced with many problems to solve and decisions to make.

Based on two companies from the automotive industry, one manufacturer and one reseller of cars, the presentation will show the following advantages using Sparx EA.

- Reports and documents could be generated and shared which enabled the reuse of all material, saving time and money

- A standardized method enabled everyone to work from the same page and the work was to be integrated into one piece. TOGAF provided a clear and precise work process, ensuring that the right project is started

- In order to describe architecture you need a standardized language, a so-called notation.ArchiMate is the most popular notation and ensured that everything created in the architecture was easy to unite and to interpret.

- BEASI provided the structure for the EA repository which saved time while setting up the projects.

Tobias Ivarsson


Tobias Ivarsson is a senior consultant with more than 15 years of experience work as an Enterprise architect and Business Analyst. He has worked in the pharmaceutical and the automotive industry. At AstraZeneca he was head of enterprise architecture strategy.

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Extending EA with Scripting or Add-ins? Get the best of both worlds with EA-Matic

Enterprise Architect is a flexible tool that can be extended to suit your specific environment and needs.

When extending EA you have to choose to use either Scripting or Add-ins.

Geert will explore both ways of extending Enterprise Architect and discuss the pro's and con's of each approach.

Then Geert will demonstrate how to get the best of both worlds using the tool EA-Matic, combining the possibilities of add-ins with the lightweight flexibility of scripting.

Geert Bellekens


Geert Bellekens has helped several of the larger Belgian organizations to define and document their modelling method, train and coach the modelers and develop supporting tools.

Geert Bellekens is an acknowledged Enterprise Architect expert and has written numerous add-ins for Enterprise Architect, including the free open source EA Navigator and the commercial EA-Matic.

He is also one of the founding members and a regular speaker on the EA User Group events.

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What’s new in EA v12

Daniel will demonstrate the new features of Enterprise Architect v12

Daniel Siegl


Daniel has been involved with model-based engineering since 2000. He first experienced model-based

engineering with Together, and then moved on to the current focus: Enterprise Architect by Sparx Systems.

He gained deep experience handling critical software projects around the world in the IT, apparel and

footwear industries.

The next logical step was to join European-based LieberLieber, the Enterprise Architect Specialists, in

2006. In 2009 he became CEO, and in his role as developer of international business he also became CEO

of LieberLieber Software Corp, based in Houston, TX, in 2014.

Daniel is heavily involved with LieberLieber's Automotive and Logistics clients, helping them to build

tools to develop their products in a more efficient way. He is passionate about UML/SysML, embedded

systems, and industry standards like AUTOSAR. He is an experienced speaker, a founding member of the

Enterprise Architect User Group and represents LieberLieber at the Object Management Group.

Daniel lives with his family in Vienna, Austria.

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