In Enterprise Studio relations between objects can be modeled by means of profiles or by means of drawing relations visually. For this, the derived relations view provides an overview of indirect, derived relations in a model. Based on the relations between model elements, an overview of the derived relations is shown.
An example of deriving relations via visually drawn relations is the relation between business functions and application services in an ArchiMate model. An application component can be assigned by both business functions and application services. Based on these relations, the relation between business functions and application services can be derived: which application services can be related to which business functions.
After that, the overview appears containing the result of your selections.
A relation cross-reference table is shown containing the derived relations between objects; the title bar of the table shows which information is shown.
The table with derived relations does not only show existing relations between the selected model elements, you can also add additional information to it.
Show why in cells: By selecting the Show why in cells check box you can visualize the elements that cause the relation between the selected model elements. If you select the check box, the relevant relation object is shown in the cell. If possible, its name is shown, otherwise the object type is show.
Landscape colors: Additionally, you can select the Landscape colors check box to indicate which additional properties of the model elements must be shown in color. Select the properties in the window that appears after you have selected the check box. Your choices will result in a landscape map.
Below is an example of a derived relation between business roles and business processes via business services in an ArchiMate model, in which the landscape color shows which goals the business service is related to.
The colors of the legend can be changed by clicking a legend item in the legend. Next, the color selection window appears in which you can select the desired color.
Labels: By selecting the Labels check box you can display additional properties of the model elements in the cells by means of labels. These properties can be selected in the window that appears after you have selected the check box. After you have selected the properties they appear in the cells of the table.
The Labels and Landscape colors check boxes can be used together. They cannot be used together with the Show why in cells check box.
You can save the settings of you derived relations analysis as viewpoint. With a saved viewpoint you can repeatedly perform the analysis without having to specify the view parameters again and again. You can also include the viewpoint in reports (see also Report and print models).
When you specify the selection criteria, the second selection window has the Save as viewpoint button. Click it to save the analysis.