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1. Support of Latest Standards

Cameo suite products always support the latest and even upcoming versions of standards, and the UPDM plugin version 17.0.1 for MagicDraw is no exception.

The supported standards are detailed in the following subsections.

1.1. UPDM 2 support

  • All artifacts and model elements are now based on UPDM 2.
  • Easy project migration from UPDM 1.x to UPDM 2.
    As the latest plugin version supports the UPDM 2 standard, existing projects created with any earlier version of the UPDM plugin need to be migrated so that they work smoothly in the latest version. The project migration process is fully automated. All that needs to be done is to confirm the migration.
    For both views and data mappings as well as known migration problems and solutions, please refer to UPDM 1.x to UPDM 2 Migration Manual that can be found in <MagicDraw installation directory>\manual.

  • Direct DoDAF plugin project migration to UPDM 2.
    Existing projects that has been created with the old DoDAF plugin for MagicDraw can now be migrated directly to the latest version of the UPDM plugin. The project migration process is fully automated. All that needs to be done is to confirm the migration.

1.2. DoDAF 2.0 support

DoDAF 2.0 metamodel, viewpoints, and models are now fully supported.

2. New Features

2.1. PV-2/ AcV-2 Gantt chart

The new version of the UPDM 2 plugin introduces a new representation of the PV-2/ AcV-2 diagram. The PV-2/ AcV-2 diagram has been changed to a Gantt chart-style diagram providing the most relevant view of the model. You can now more easily model a timeline perspective on your projects because of the following enhancements:

  • Both grouping and elementary projects can be displayed as bars on the chart. A bar illustrates the duration of a project from start to finish. You can expand, shrink, and move bars directly on the chart
  • There are several types of dependencies that can be defined between projects (for example, "finish-to-end", "end-to-end")
  • Milestones can be created for defining and tracking project status at any given time. Milestones are displayed as pie charts along a project bar
  • The chart can be used to show the current schedule status using percent-complete shadings and a vertical TODAY line
  • The chart view can be easily manipulated using the shortcut menu features as well as some popular shortcut keys (for example, holding down CTRL and scrolling the mouse wheel down to zoom out)

Note: After migrating a project from any earlier than 17.0.1 version, previously-defined PV-2/ AcV-2 diagrams will be loaded as PV-1/ AcV-1 diagrams.

2.2. Tools for defining project status

You can now create your own model-based templates for defining project status at any given time. For this purpose two new GUI tools have been implemented in the UPDM 2 plugin:

  1. Actual Project Milestone Creation Wizard, designed to create a new project milestone on a project bar in a PV-2/ AcV-2 Gantt chart. A template selected for creating the new actual project milestone determines possible project threads and statuses. You can either use a predefined template or create your own. These are the predefined templates:
  • DOTMLPF (comes with the new version!) for DoDAF projects
  • DLOD for MODAF projects
  1. Project Status Application Wizard, designated to specify or modify project status at a particular time.

As shown in the following figure, you can easily change status of each project thread by using the user-friendly GUI of the Actual Project Milestone Creation Wizard/ Project Status Application Wizard.



2.3. CV-3 / StV-3 a time based chart

In the new UPDM 2 plugin version, the CV-3 / StV-3 diagram has been changed to a time based chart-style diagram. You can now more easily model a timeline perspective on your capabilities because of the following enhancements:

  • Both grouping and elementary resources can be displayed as bars on the chart. A bar illustrates the increment of a capability by a particular or a set of resources. You can move, merge, stretch, or shrink bars directly on the chart.
  • The chart can be used to display the planned achievement of capability at different points in time or during specific periods of time. Gaps or duplication can be identified more efficiently in the capability provision.
  • The Capability Provision Creation wizard makes creation of capability increments easy.
  • Capability increments without an end date defined will be displayed on the chart with a pointer on the right side of the bar.
  • A vertical TODAY line can be added.
  • The chart view can be easily manipulated using the shortcut menu features as well as some popular shortcut keys (for example, holding down CTRL and scrolling the mouse wheel down to zoom out).
  • The chart look can be easily managed by changing colors, bar display style, labels, visible period tiers, and other style properties.

Note: After migrating a project from versions earlier than 17.0.1, any previously-defined CV-3 / StV-3 diagrams will be loaded as CV-2 / StV-2 diagrams. New time based chart-style diagrams will not be created automatically

2.4. CV-5/ StV-5 table

The Capability/ Strategic Viewpoint has been enriched with a new model. Beginning with version 17.0.1, the UPDM plugin supports the CV-5/StV-5 table that allows for performing analysis of capability requirements fulfillment. This model shows the planned capability deployment and interconnection for a particular phase. The CV-5/ StV-5 table can also be used to support the capability management process and, in particular, assist the planning of fielding.

The intended usage of the CV-5/ StV-5 table includes:

  • Fielding planning
  • Capability integration planning
  • Capability options analysis
  • Capability redundancy/overlap/gap analysis
  • Identification of deployment level shortfalls

You can edit the table by adding new capabilities (as columns), actual organizational resources (as rows), and resources to it. You can also generate the spreadsheet report from it.


2.5. New project templates

The new version brings a couple of new project templates: one dedicated for DoDAF architecture and one for MODAF. Using the template you will get a new DoDAF 2.0/ MODAF project enriched with the appropriate architecture modeling guide. This guide provides the summary information about DoDAF/ MODAF structure and architecture development process helping you to build your own architecture.

The following picture shows the Introduction diagram of the new DoDAF project template.

2.6. AV-1 DARS report

The new UPDM plugin version introduces a new DARS (DoD Architecture Registry System) template based report for the AV-1 view in the DoDAF architecture. This feature provides for generating a Rich Text Format (.rtf) report of the DARS compatible structure.

To prepare data for an AV-1 DARS report, you must load the DARS template for the Architectural Description element in AV-1 (see the following picture) and then fill in the extended element property values.



The following picture shows the menu command for generating a new AV-1 DARS report.



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An example of the AV-1 DARS report is depicted as follows.

2.7. Supportive views for analyzing service channels

A few new supportive views have been added for modeling and analyzing SoaML-based services:

  • Service Channel summary table
  • Service Channel summary matrix

3. Other Improvements

    • Refactored DoDAF service views
      All DoDAF service views have been refactored, and their representation now meet requirements of the DoDAF 2.0 specification.

    • Spreadsheet reports
      Now you can generate OpenDocument (.ods) or Microsoft Excel (.xlsx) spreadsheet reports for the following views:

      • SV-7 Systems Actual Measures Matrix (DoDAF)
      • SV-7 Resource Performance Actual Parameters Matrix (MODAF)
      • SvcV-7 Services Actual Measures Matrix (DoDAF)
    • Changes in SV-8 and SvcV-8 views representation
      For the new version, several views have been refactored, and their representation is no longer based on the UML Class diagram. The views that are now represented as the UML Composite structure diagram are as follows:

      • SV-8 Systems Evolution Description (DoDAF)
      • SV-8 Capability Configuration Management (MODAF)
      • SvcV-8 Services Evolution Description (DoDAF)
      Each view has the Whole Life Configuration element set as its context.
    • Changes in AV-1 and AV-2 views representation
      AV-1 and AV-2 views can now be represented not only as reports, but as UML Class diagrams as well.
    • Ability to create internal structure diagrams from smart manipulator toolbar
      A new button has been added to the smart manipulator toolbar of all UPDM elements that can have an internal structure.



    • Ability to expand or collapse internal structure from the smart manipulator toolbar
      A new button has been added to the smart manipulator toolbar of all UPDM elements that can have an internal structure.

    • Easier modeling of internal structures
      You can now easily model an element's internal structure in a special compartment of this element shape, because of the following enhancements:

        • The OV-2, SV-1, SV-2, and SvcV-2 diagram pallet has been enriched with a new button group for modeling an element's internal structure.



        • An element shape in a structure compartment now has the smart manipulator toolbar. In earlier versions of the plugin, the smart manipulator toolbar was available only in case the element shape has been drawn in the internal structure diagram.

    • Improvements for information flows realization on edges crossing swimlane boundaries
      Starting with this release, an edge crossing one or more boundaries between two swimlanes can realize only the information flows flowing between the pair of sender and receiver each of them represented in one of these swimlanes. This improvement reflects in:

      • Operational Exchange (DoDAF)/ Resource Interaction (MODAF) creation wizard. There are default values selected for both sender and receiver. These values match performers in the corresponding swimlanes.
      • Operational Exchange (DoDAF)/ Resource Interaction (MODAF) Manager dialog. Items are filtered by sending and receiving performers in the corresponding swimlanes.

 

  • Element libraries version changes
    UPDM now supports the 4th version of the Universal Joint Task List (UJTL) and Joint Conditions libraries that were posted on October 12, 2010.

4. New Resources

Watch the new UPDM: Strategic demo!

UPDM 2 17.0.1 SP1 New and Noteworthy

The Service Pack 1 for the UPDM 2 17.0.1 plugin includes the following improvement:

  • The issue concerning the project conversion from UPDM 1.1 to UPDM 2.0 is fixed. When converting a project, no orphaned proxies appear.

UPDM 2 17.0.1 SP2 New and Noteworthy

The Service Pack 2 for the UPDM 2 17.0.1 plugin includes the following improvements:

  • The issue when the second and all subsequently created Exchange Elements failed to be added to the Exchange Manager's Exchange Elements list has been fixed.
  • The Operational Exchange Wizard now opens when an Exchange Element is dropped on an association.
  • Unrealized exchanges are no longer displayed after updating a Teamwork project.
  • Resources are no longer replaced with the Actual Measurements after modifying the SV-7 Actual table.
  • The Resource column entries in the SV-7 Typical table are no longer lost after migrating your projects from UPDM 1 to UPDM 2.
  • Empty Actual Property Sets with Actual Measurements are no longer created automatically when an Exchange Element is created. There is also the ability to cleanup a project created with earlier MagicDraw versions.
  • The "architecturalFramework" tag is no longer changed in unlocked Architectural Description packages when switching between perspectives.
  • The issue when deleted relations together with a message about relation deletion reappear after updating a Teamwork project has been fixed.
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