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4. HOPEX Enterprise Architecture Products

1. HOPEX For the ArchiMate Framework

The HOPEX EA product supporting the ArchiMate v3.0.1 standard is now certified by the Open Group:

New features in this release include:


1.1.  “Nesting” support

HOPEX For the ArchiMate Framework now supports nesting: through a drag & drop of ArchiMate objects, relationships between objects are automatically created.

When dragging an object into an object shape (e.g. a capability inside a parent capability)ArchiMate Nested 1.png


The UI proposes the applicable relationships (when several are available)ArchiMate Nested 2.png


The selected relationship is then created:ArchiMate Nested 3.png


1.2. Toolbar improvement

  • Stretchable toolbar and multiple columns display enable scalable usage for large diagrams such as ArchiMate Layered viewpointArchimate toolbar.png
  • Toolbar layout
    • ArchiMate element icons are grouped by EA layers
    • Groups are separated by horizontal lines
  • A Relationship section in the toolbar is now available for selecting ArchiMate relationship types.Relationship archimate diagram.png


Two modes are now available for creating relationships:

  • Spool: The spool remains available and is convenient for casual or new ArchiMate users
  • Direct relationship creation by selecting the relationship type directly from the relationship toolbar


1.3. Reuse of ArchiMate EA elements in HOPEX

The EA element creation wizard has been improved to streamline the creation of an HOPEX element based on the reuse of an existing ArchiMate element. This enhancement keeps the user from creating duplicates in the repository.Reuse of ArchiMate elements.png


  • Navigation tree drag and drop remains available for ArchiMate Standalone elements which are not mapped to HOPEX Building Block objects.


2. HOPEX Business Architecture

2.1. User Interface

The fulfillment (or realization) creation wizard has been redesigned. Radio buttons control formerly used to select the intended target concept (metaclass) have been replaced by a drop-down list with auto-completion

  • this also applies to some other wizards in the Strategic Planning desktop which were also using radio buttonsBusiness Arc UI.jpg


2.2.    Data import/export

A new excel template is now available to import business capabilities and applications that fulfill (or realize) these business capabilities.IT Arc Import Export.png


3. HOPEX IT Architecture

3.1. Data import/export

Two new excel templates are provided out of the box to import data into the solution:

  • Template to import technical functionalities
  • Template to import hardware functionalitiesIT Arc Import Export.png


5. UX Improvements

1. Share objects and breadcrumbs

In the last update a new feature was released to share an object or diagram. In this update, this feature is extended to provide end users the ability to share breadcrumbs.


Breadcrumbs are shared by email either by selecting the recipients or by entering the email address of the recipients. Email recipients can then display the breadcrumb corresponding to the sender's location, improving collaboration between HOPEX users.

Note: recipients should connect with the same profile as the person sharing the breadcrumb.


2.  All Activities and My activity feed

The activity feed feature allows users to get an overview of recent actions.

All Activities and the activity feed of an object have been simplified so that users can view recent updates with less time and effort.

Anatomy of Activity feed followed is “<Date> <Time> <Actor>< Verb>< Direct object/ Indirect object >”

Activities are aggregated if a user acts on same object and same hour.Activities Example1.png


Activities Example2.png


Activities Example3.png


Compare activity

When comparing activities on attributes or links, the compare activity wizard has been enhanced so that users can easily switch between attributes and links in the same wizard. User can find the “Compare activity” hyperlink just above the activity feed.Compare Activity.png


By default, only modified attributes or links are shown in the associated tabs over the last 7 days when you first open the compare activity wizard. In the wizard, the user has the ability to change the dates for the analysis.

By clicking on any item in the list, you can see the details of the modified attribute or links to the right.


3. Hamburger Menu

The new Hamburger menu - released in HOPEX V2R1 Update 4 in HOPEX GDPR - now lets users to see the second level menu items on mouse hover. By clicking on it, it opens the lists related to the clicked menu item. This helps users to easily navigate on menu items without the need of clicking on each menu to see sub menu items.Hamburger Menu Mouse hover.png


4. Full Search Performance improvements

Prerequisite: the repository is indexed. Repository indexing is performed by your administrator

The full search is now faster thanks to technical improvements on indexation and incremental indexation in the structured metamodel.

As soon as you enter a character, some suggestions (associated with autocompletion) are proposed. You can add several terms to your search, included tags and persons.Search Autosuggestion.png


By default, the research is positioned on the text you entered, if needed, press the down navigation key to select one of the Suggestions or select it with the mouse.Search suggestions.png


By default, searches relate to objects with names or comments containing all of the terms entered, in the order entered.To refine your search, you can use operators. You can use several operators and mix them.

To add a person to the search:

  • Enter the @ character followed by at least the first letter of the person’s name.
  • Select the person in the list of persons whose name begins with this letter.

Example: @m, @2meSearch with arobas.pngSearch Metge Alan.png


From V3 version,

  • The * operator enables to replace one or several characters.
  • The ? operator enables to replace a single character.
  • The AND operator enables to include all of the terms in the search regardless their order.
  • The OR operator enables to include at least one of the terms in the search
  • The # operator enables to include one or several tags in the search. To add a tag to the search

The @ operator enables to include one or several persons in the search.Search key words.png


Example 1 :

The search supplier AND invoice returns 17 results.


Search example Supplier and invoice.png


Example 2 :

The search supplier OR invoice returns 378 results.


Example Search Supplier or Invoice.png


Note : It is mandatory to reindex your repository to have all the new features of full text search including the performance improvements.


6. Reports

1. Heatmap and Bubble Chart Instant Reports

Heatmaps and bubble charts are now two distinct instant reports:Instant report menu.png


2. Bubble Charts

In the bubble chart report, bubble labels and bubble color can be changed, depending on a characteristic selected by the user.

The color of the bubbles depends on the color associated to the value, any given color or a gradient for numerical values.

bublle chart colored.pngBubble colors are based on the “Software Agility” characteristicbuble chart blue.png


Bubble colors are based on numerical values “Software Agility Score”


3. HOPEX Customizer Profile (HOPEX Report Studio)

3.1. Defining Graphs

Graph reports based on HOPEX Report Studio now include:

  • Paths

A path is located between two nodes. It can include intermediate nodes or tooltips. In the sample below, the path shows the contents exchanged between two applications.graph reports w path.png


  • Fields

Field information can be displayed directly in the graph, or as tooltips on top of nodes or paths:Graph reports w fields.png


  • Grouped Arcs
    • Arcs between two objects can be grouped or ungrouped. The grouping is done either on all arcs, or a subset of arcs based on the value of a property.
    • Users can drill down to the corresponding object list.
    • Grouped arcs are thicker than the others.grouped arcs.png
  • Ungrouped Arcs:ungrouped_arcs.png
  • Drill-down into grouped arcs


  • Filters

Graphs can be filtered based on any Field. In the example below, only the applications in production exchanging a specific content are displayed.Graph_Report_w_filters.png


3.2.    Default values in Report Templates (HOPEX Report Studio)

Users creating report templates in HOPEX Report Studio can now define a default value, or a set of default values for a parameter used in the report. This is done in the Default Value tab of the selected parameter in the report template.Default value in templates.png


Example: In the report below, the parameters that contain the query to perform are pre-set and not displayed to the end user.Example_Report_with_parameters.png


4. Performance

4.1.    Reports

The performance of reports based on Report Dataset has been improved to avoid redundant computation. This optimization concern mostly reports with computed report dataset properties.

4.2. Queries

Optimization aims at limiting the access to the repository. It includes:

  • Queries with several criteria so that the most discriminating criteria is examined first.
  • Queries that contain a ‘from’ clause.

Read the first part of our release note for new products features for:

  • HOPEX Integrated Risk Management.
  • HOPEX Privacy Management (previously “HOPEX GDPR”)
  • HOPEX Information Architecture