In many organizations, Microsoft Visio has been used on an ad hoc basis to model a part of the business -- from IT drawings to business processes. An issue is that the diagrams are simply pictures of the business -- there is no structure to what someone has drawn on the diagram -- there is no underlying metamodel, little capture of underlying information to a symbol, information across diagrams is not connected, and you don't know how old it is or how dated the information is.
The System Architect - Microsoft Visio Mapper utility enables you to map Microsoft Visio diagrams into System Architect, enabling you to capture the Visio drawings into an EA metamodel of System Architect's repository solution -- providing all of its benefits: underlying metamodel, information interconnected and data centric, and ability to run reports and analytics to ask the architecture questions.
The Utility is provided in the form of a VBA macro that you load into System Architect. When run, it:
When the macro runs, the Visio symbols are mapped to System Architect definitions, and the utility does its best to map the Visio diagram (with symbol positioning) to a System Architect diagram of the selected type.
Landscape diagram in Visio:
Diagram imported into SA: