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System dependencies

I have been tasked with building a diagram that shows system dependenceis for our company.

For example........what are the servers we have.....what software do they run that people need....what are the consequences if the server crashes?

Also from the software perspective.  Server is up and running fine, but a piece of software that everyone uses has a fatal exception.


I have Microsoft Visio which I sometimes use for basic FLOWCHARTING, etc.

I am looking for advice on what tools to use to MAP our systems.

I understand that I will get a different answer from every person who posts....I'm hoping to see a common thread that everyone mentions that will help me.
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Tom Knowlton
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Razzie_Commented:
I always use Sybase Powerdesigner. It can handle all kind of diagrams - OOmodels, Sequence diagrams, Database models, Business models, and so on.

I'll be honest to say that I don't know much about modeling system dependencies, but I'm quite certain PowerDesigner can handle it. Either way it might be worth a try. http://www.sybase.com/products/developmentintegration/powerdesigner

HTH,

Razzie
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
Something like this I guess:

http://blocksim.reliasoft.com/complex_fig.htm


But there may be better software solutions out there I don't know about.
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Razzie_Commented:
Tom,

Might want to take a look at http://www.popkin.com too. I have no experience with that tool, but it looks promising for what you want (http://www.popkin.com/products/images/explorer_diagram_in_sa.jpg).

Hope this helps you some more.

Razzie
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