Hi Kevin, I'm also starting ARIS platform, did you already had any support on this? Regards, Sofia
Here are some resoruces for this if you want to tackle it on your own. The Methods Manual and IT Architecture guide you have already found provide some information. The Aris demo database which comes with the software provides lots of examples of different models. Also, the Method Help on the Help menu provides a description of all of the available Aris models and Objects and what they are allowed to do.
Unfortunately, there is not a lot of documentation out there as to the best way to use the method. You can save yourself a lot of time and ulitmately cost if you look into getting some help from someone with deep knowledge of the meta model to help you get started on the right path. I know that Confiance, Visual EA and of course Software AG all provide this service. I'm sure there are others as well.
One piece of guidance I can offer is that for the IT centric objects ARIS generally has a 3 level modeling standard that goes Class -> Type -> Instance. So for example, Application System Class -> Application System Type -> Application System. In a real world example this would be:
Office Support software (ASC)
MicroSoft Office (AST)
MicroSoft Office with Serial #123 (AS)
Also, it is generally true that models only support 2 levels of modeling in the same model type. On one model type you can relate ASC to AST but you cannot include AS objects on that model type. On a different model type you can model AST to AS connections.
Thank you Rick for you're response. Just realized that I hadn't responded, but the methods manual and the guidance were very helpful in getting my arms around ARIS' capabilities.