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Upon initial opening, an Information Flow Diagram with a default configuration is presented. All further configuration is done interactively on the diagram. Use the tool area in the top left corner to configure the your individual diagram step by step.

You can save the complete diagram configuration as public or private saved query. Whenever coming back to the diagram, the last configuration will be restored. The configuration is also stored in the browser URL.

UI reference

  1. Name of diagram and name of the saved diagram (if it was saved)
  2. Update the saved diagram
  3. Save this diagram as...
  4. Download diagram
  5. Load a saved diagram
  6. Go to List View of Information Flow
  7. Reset diagram to default configuration
  8. Content elements
  9. Legend showing filters, annotations, line type and coloring

Download Diagram

Information Flow diagram can be downloaded in five different formats:

  • SVG
  • JPEG
  • PNG
  • PDF
  • VISIO (beta-feature)

Load Diagram

Choose a saved Diagram from the dropdown list of saved queries.

Reset View

By clicking on the Reset button, you can reset the diagram to the default values or the saved query. See the User Profiles page for details.


The legend documents which content type is shown in the diagram, which color-codes are used, which filters applied etc. You can collapse/expand the legend by clicking the ">" or "<" handle.

Configure content

The tool area serves to configure all aspects of the diagram.

Node Filter

Choose which Information Systems are displayed in the diagram. Via this menu you can add new filters or edit current filters. See Filtering details.

Edge Filter

Choose which Information Flows are displayed in the diagram. Via this menu you can add new filters or edit current filters. See Filtering details.

Color by...

By default, nodes are colored accordingly to the Building Block Type Information System. Via this textfield, you can choose an individual coloring based on an enumeration or numerical attribute.

You may use customized color schemes here, see Corporate Design and Coloring for details.

Edge Line Type

By default, no line type for edges is selected. Similar to coloring you can choose between a numerical and an enumeration based line type. The line types are automatically generated. Attributes with multiple values are not supported for line types.


In this menu entry you will find more options to adjust your diagram:

  • Hide Sub Information Systems
    By default, all Information Systems are displayed, regardless of their position within the hierarchy. Selecting this option will exclude all Information Systems below the top level.
  • Hierarchical names
    Selecting this option will change the displaying of building block names. When activated hierarchical names are shown.
  • Show annotations
    By default, annotations are not shown for Information Flow diagram. Enabling this option will include information about related elements to Information Flows and Information Systems.


You can adjust the layout of the diagram by changing the input values for the layout algorithm: Repulsion, Stiffness and Edge Length. There's also the possibility to reset the values to the default.


Via "Annotations" you can include information about all related elements of Information Flows and Information Systems. This information will be shown as annotations in the nodes or on the edges, as shown in the following figure.

  1. Name of the Information Flow
  2. Business Objects (BO) related to this Information Flow
  3. IT-Service (see icon) related to the Information System

For adding or removing annotations for edges/nodes select the corresponding types in the Annotations dropdown. Also the name of the Information Flow can be added or removed on edges.

For filtering the annotations choose the corresponding Annotations filter in the toolarea.

All information about annotations is displayed in the Annotations section of the legend.

Reset Positions

By clicking on the "Reset Positions" button,  all your manually changed positions of nodes would be reseted and diagram would be redrawn to initial layout.

Partial Diagram

When working with large sets of data only a subset is shown (actual number is depending on the browser). A note on top of the diagram will tell you when this happens. Whenever a partial diagram is shown, you can download the complete diagram via the "Full Download" button.

You can add more restrictive filters to reduce the number of building blocks. Always be careful with partal diagrams as important parts of the diagram might not be shown.

Reset View

By clicking on the "Reset View" button, you can reset the diagram to the default values. Look at User Profiles page for details.

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