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Integrate Data from External Providers

The Pro Cloud Server helps you to integrate data from external providers into an Enterprise Architect Cloud model. A variety of third-party providers can be connected to, including:

  • Application Lifecycle Management (formerly HP Quality Center)
  • Jazz (Rational DOORS Next Generation)
  • Jira & Confluence
  • Team Foundation Server
  • Wrike
  • ServiceNow
  • Autodesk
  • Bugzilla
  • SharePoint
  • Dropbox and
  • Other Enterprise Architect models

See Install and Configure for information on how to configure each provider.

All integrations offer support for linking objects and elements from the external system into an Enterprise Architect client. The Integration window supports browsing the external provider's items and retrieving lists of elements and objects based on the provider's queries. Capabilities include:

  • Link an Enterprise Architect element to an external object
  • View external element properties
  • View and in some cases add to, external object discussions
  • Export links to WebEA URL's that correspond to the current model
  • Open external items in a web browser
  • Import elements
  • Export elements

Access

Ribbon

Specialize > Tools > Integration

To view a list of all elements that are linked to external items:

Specialize > Tools > Integration > Show All Linked Items

Context Menu

In a diagram or the Project Browser, for elements that are already linked to an external item:

  • Right-click on element > Specialize > External Properties

Features

Feature

Description

See also

Pro Cloud Server Configuration

Each external provider needs to be configured on the Pro Cloud Server to enable connection. Multiple configurations can be made for each provider (e.g. connect to two separate Jira servers).

Install and Configure

Authorization

If the Integration Provider requires authorization the user will be prompted to enter their credentials. If the provider supports it, a new internet browser window will open and prompt the user to log in to the Integration Provider and allow Enterprise Architect access to its resources. Alternatively, a simple dialog will pop up asking for the user's credentials, with the option to securely store these in the current model. If stored in the model the credentials will only be used for the current user.

Navigate External Provider

Find external items to link by navigating the external provider.

Navigate External Data

External Item Details

Select an external item from the list to see its properties, notes and discussions.

External Item Details

Link External Items

External items can be linked to Enterprise Architect as a generic «ExternalReference» stereotype or as another element type.

Linking Items

Add WebEA Link

Hyperlinks to WebEA can be added to the external item so that a user may quickly open the WebEA element from the external source.

Right-click on a local linked element in the list and select 'Add WebEA Hyperlink to External Object'. This will update the external item with a link to the WebEA element that is linked to it. Note that not all provider types have a 'link' mechanism. Where none exists some providers might allow adding the link as a comment on the item.

Ensure that the model has a valid WebEA address set in the model options.

Cloud Page

Configuration

Each integration provider comes with a set of default mapping values which determines what type of local element is created in Enterprise Architect, as well as which fields are copied to the new element. These mappings are configurable via the 'Configure' option on the Integration window toolbar menu.

Users must have the 'Configure External Data Sources' permission to access this functionality.

Configuration

Troubleshooting

  • The System Output window will show any errors while attempting to retrieve data from the external providers
  • The Pro Cloud Server outputs log files for each external provider

Troubleshooting

Notes

  • 'Integration' requires a Pro Cloud Server and is only available to Cloud models
  • 'Integration' is currently provided with the Ultimate edition of Enterprise Architect; in the future, a Data Bridge for Enterprise Architect will be available for separate purchase for use with the Corporate and Unified editions
  • If you select two or more elements at the same time, you can perform an operation on all of the selected elements at once
  • For WebEA links to work a valid URL must be set  for the WebEA address (see the Cloud Page Help topic)