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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 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 the saved diagram (if it was saved previously)
  2. Save Saved Query, save as Saved Query, load Saved Query
  3. Go to List View of Information Flow
  4. Zoom control component
  5. Export diagram
  6. Reset diagram to default configuration
  7. Tool area to configure content
  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

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 (9) 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 (7) 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: Horizontal and vertical spacing. 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 subtitle) 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.

Changing Positions

Node, edge and edge annotation positions can be changed by dragging them. Grid is displayed in the background for better precision.

Edge can be adjustable by dragging its drag handles.

In addition, edge annotation can be rotated. After selecting it, the rotating handle is displayed to the right and can be dragged to adjust edge annotation panel angle:

Reset Positions

By clicking on the "Reset Positions" button, all your manually changed positions of nodes, edges and edge annotations would be reset and the 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, the export button shows options to "Full Export" the diagram.

You can add more restrictive filters to reduce the number of building blocks. Always be careful with partial 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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