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What is Architecture Management?

The concept of architecture in IT can be subjective, despite its importance. Using the analogy of physical buildings, IT architecture sets out a blueprint, so to speak, that defines the structure of an organization’s data and IT assets. The architect’s goal is to help an organization achieve objectives, both current and future, using information technology.

Architecture management software is designed to enable architects visualize and analyze architectural solutions. They are also used for communicating architecture and business process analysis amongst diverse stakeholders. Architecture management solutions are more than just drawing tools, however. They usually make it possible to model, design, simulate, prototype, build, test, manage and trace an architectural solution from vision to completion. They map to applications, processes and data.

Architecture management software tools, according to IT Central Station members, should help keep the notoriously complicated and jargon-laden discipline as simple to manage as possible. Members warn potential buyers to make sure they understand how each vendor defines specific terms. Meanings and usage of the same term can vary across product lines and architectural communities. As part of this, the tools should supports a variety of meta-frameworks, such Zachman and Togaf 9 as well as application portfolio scoring models. Architecture management packages need to give an overview along with the ability to drill down from a bird’s eye view to the little details, and back. Traceability matters as well, because architects have to be on top of the evolving architectural plan.

Technical factors are as critical as conceptual ones. The performance of the process is an essential metric. With data modeling being important to architecture, the best architecture management products allow model objects stored to a database for analytical purposes. In this vein, native RDMBS support is also recommended.

Flexibility in technical implantation is also required. The tools have to support current and business models while allowing for future changes. Solutions have to be able to flex to support changes. That said, one major recommendation is to tie tooling to maturity – avoid buying a tool that the architecture team cannot handle at its current maturity state. 


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MEGA International
Real User
Chief Enterprise Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 11 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of the tool is its ability to provide line of sight from Buinsess Outcome (Service to be delivered) down to how the resources are configured and connected to make it happen. Understanding how the Business and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It started improving visibility and provided us a better picture of technology dependencies. It has allowed us to better document what the business needs and more cleanly identify the technologies that are going to be needed to support the... more»

What needs improvement?

Stability is definitely a critical thing. Organizations can not afford to have to be rebooting production systems to add a user or to reset a users session. It needs to be more self-healing. The intuitiveness of the interface. The ability for... more»
MEGA International
Real User
Enterprise Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 10 2016

What is most valuable?

Traceability across architecture domains - business architecture and data technology. All of them can connect the dots, and get an end-to-end view of the architecture landscape. That is one of the powerful strengths of the tool. The second... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Architecture modeling - since it's repository-based, it's a lot easier for people to query, create their diagrams, and check for modeling rules. That's another good feature that is available. It's easy for us to enforce standards. That's also... more»

What needs improvement?

The process side love the tool. It helps them to build their current operating model and also to get to the target operating model. That has been helpful and successful. We're still struggling with challenges on the application and technology... more»
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MEGA International
Real User
Director Enterprise Architecture at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 07 2016

What is most valuable?

The main module we use is ITPM. The ability to have standardized reports around obsolescence and lifecycle management is probably the most valuable. We are trying to move to a more standardized approach regarding how we do lifecycle... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are not using the entire platform, although we are licensed for a couple modules. The main one that we are using is ITPM. The other thing that I think we find useful outside of the obsolescence report is also having a more organized view... more»

What needs improvement?

I think it has a lot to offer, but we have been focusing in on ITPM. I think we ourselves need to do a little bit more exploration of how we can benefit from some of the other modules. Something that might be helpful is to have a little bit... more»
ERwin
Real User
Data Governance, Sr. Mgr at Lytx Inc.
Oct 23 2017

What is most valuable?

* Reverse Engineering and Complete Compare – to document database design and test for changes over time across many different platforms Portal Links – allows easy 'Find' for information pages about the published ERwin Data Model * ERwin... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* We are providing EU support with our custom development product - so I can now provide both a Logical unified view of the design as well as the more segmented Physical view as the databases are deployed to multiple servers for PII... more»

What needs improvement?

* Support post Relational modeling styles – this might be solved for at a simple level with the ability to design and save ‘template’ entities with a pre-designed generic attribute set, including characteristics like PK, datatypes,... more»
MEGA International
Real User
Global Head of Architecture Strategy at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 07 2016

What is most valuable?

Transparency in developing a global enterprise inventory of the firm's application and technology assets. The aspect of the tool that appeals to us at this time is the HOPEX IT portfolio management capability. What that portfolio management... more»

How has it helped my organization?

If you think about, it's about having transparency, a current, complete and accurate view of your entire application ecosystem. There are a number of benefits associated with that. Whether those benefits be for strategic planning, asset... more»

What needs improvement?

We've asked the vendor for a number of enhancements to mature the tool. One of those specifically, is a service based interface. Both for feeding data into the tool, and retrieving data from the tool, so that other vendor solutions can... more»
MEGA International
Real User
Enterprise Business Architect at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 06 2016

What is most valuable?

The main benefit of Mega is the fact that you can link data from multiple enterprise architecture practices so that, for instance, business architecture artifacts can link to system architecture artifacts, and so you can get a more complete... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Mega can be used to start conversations with the business. We can put a process map or capability map in front of a business user and start a conversation that way. Rather than starting from scratch and interviewing them about what they do... more»

What needs improvement?

It's very prescriptive right now as to a particular diagram, what objects you can put on that diagram, and sometimes if you're working with the business you might want to just sketch something out rather than have those limitations.. When you... more»
ERwin
Real User
President & CEO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Dec 13 2016

What is most valuable?

- Excellent graphical support for very large data models, enabling our team to plot detailed and colorful data models containing hundreds of entities and as large as 3 feet by up to 40 feet in length. Despite building and maintaining many... more»

How has it helped my organization?

- Erwin has enabled us to build and manage a portfolio of over 1,000 large data models across more than 60 lines of business, many of which are related and synchronized. It has similarly enable our customers to start using selected subsets of... more»

What needs improvement?

- Erwin could use better support for some NoSQL databases, JSON and other non-relational data structures. Based on a discussion I had with a member of Erwin's technical team at a recent tradeshow, it appears that some of the most requested... more»
Consultant
Consultant with self employed
Jun 30 2017

What is most valuable?

Automated document generation is a real time saver , no more cut and paste, no more keeping track of which diagrams are in which reports, no more last minute update panics. Just click a mouse and you've got an up to date report. Customized... more»

How has it helped my organization?

In one organization, it allowed teams and team members all over the world to collaborate and sync up on specific detailed parts of the solution or model easily with a minimum of fuss by sharing the repository instead of having to e-mail... more»

What needs improvement?

Sparx EA has always had one strong negative that has kept it from dominating the market ( not counting the fact that the big guns can out market Sparx). Its best features are not intuitive or easy to learn. Most companies I have worked with,... more»
Consultant
Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 04 2017

What is most valuable?

* Open API, published database schema * Report generation: Makes the tool easy to configure and easy to extract analytics/reports * A large community with many examples and modeling standards supported, including UML, BPMN, and ArchiMate

How has it helped my organization?

I have used the BPMN modelling, reporting, and analytic capability with a number of clients to document their business processes. These have been used for staff training, change management, and regulatory reporting.

What needs improvement?

The tool lacks an interactive web interface. The HTML generated is static. Users can’t add comments, run reports, or query the generated HTML via a web browser. To do this with the out-of-the-box capability, users need to install the Sparx... more»
Real User
Enterprise Architect
Jul 27 2017

What is most valuable?

The RTF document generator and profiles. The RTF document generator allows me to focus more of my time on architecture and less on word processing. I can produce up-to-date reports anytime at the push of a button and that is a (huge!) time... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Various groups within the enterprise can now have access to a centralized and standardized repository.

What needs improvement?

Truth be told, like most products of its kind, it is not always an intuitively easy tool to use. In fairness, it is very hard to enable a non-expert user to do complex things in a totally easy intuitive way and I don’t know any tool that is... more»
Real User
CEO at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Mar 22 2017

What do you think of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect?

Valuable Features We use it mainly for business process modelling, data modelling, and requirement specifications. • Improvements to My Organization We have three licenses being used by a team of project managers. We can work collectively instead of various people doing the same thing. And we can generate up-to-date documentation for our customers. • Room for Improvement We would like to see improvements in the documentation generator: templates, styles, and content. • Use of Solution I have used it for five years. • Deployment Issues I have not encountered any deployment issues at all. We know how to configure databases from other projects. I think this can be the most difficult thing for others. For me, it would be better if we could use the 64-bit version of...
Real User
Lead Solutions Architect at a transportation company with 51-200 employees
Dec 19 2017

What is most valuable?

* Great adaptability to modeling needs of all organization departments: Business, Architecture, Software Development, and Systems Support. * Kind of all-in-one solution (in a good meaning of it), through support for many standard modeling... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We adopted Sparx EA more than six years ago. Before that, all models were created in MS Visio and were maintained independently without any tractability. That led to insufficient incomplete impact analysis and incomplete solutions. With Sparx... more»

What needs improvement?

The elements of the modeling sets can have better customization and visual representation. It would be great to have a mobile version.
Real User
Data Architect at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 25 2018

What is most valuable?

* Modeling with Data Architect: We can quickly reverse-engineer a database from an existing database or create a model from scratch. * Data lineage tracking: It allows us to identify upstream and downstream systems using data. This allows us... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have been able to quickly create models for our enterprise-wide databases, even when some of them are third-party databases. We have been able to then modify those models, breaking them down to make them more understandable. Loading these... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better documentation/help for the Data Architect tool. Creation of tutorials would be nice. There are some features which are not as clearly defined as they should be.
Orbus Software
Consultant
Senior Associate Consultant at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 23 2017

What is most valuable?

I love how there are no milestone swimlanes. The only swimlanes are business role swimlanes which makes process mapping easier and easy to read.

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped having data lineage in the business cluster, which is used as control artifacts.

What needs improvement?

The ability to add information behind each activity shapes to show which attributes it contains. E.g., frequency, automation, systems, etc. When presenting the process map to businesses: * Cannot see which activities are control activities. *... more»
Orbus Software
Real User
Manager Governance, Risk and Compliance at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 06 2017

What is most valuable?

Process modelling through object creation and management. It is beneficial as a very effective change management of processes at the object level if you need to modify a process, and it will impact other processes as well, the object changed... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Reduced time to roll out and define processes. * Easy access for end users through web interface.

What needs improvement?

Customizing features can be enhanced. By giving the user the option to add and modify customized fields for the properties of the objects by enhancing the import capability from other tools, such as Visio, Word, PDF, etc. Enhancing... more»
Real User
Data Architect at a financial services firm
Jun 06 2017

What do you think of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect?

Valuable Features Data Modeling (conceptual modeling) XML schema design We use it to develop and maintain the Enterprise Conceptual Model, migrated from erwin a couple of years ago. • Improvements to My Organization We used Sparx EA to document CCAR data lineage in response to an OCC MRA filing. • Room for Improvement Greater OMG UML and XMI compliance Better reporting • Use of Solution We have been using this solution for five years. • Stability Issues No problems with stability. It is a rock solid product, unlike erwin, which was unstable. • Scalability Issues There were no issues with scalability. It handled increased volume easily, unlike erwin. • Customer Service and Technical Support I would rate technical support as OK. The forum was great. The...
User
Software Architect with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 21 2018

What is most valuable?

* Its ability to reference and link to components from any diagram. * The vast number of frameworks supported to get started with modelling.

How has it helped my organization?

It has not improved our organization mainly due to the poor diagramming capabilities within the product, which are outdated and look like Visual Studio 2005. As a result, our architecture team constantly reverts back to Visio diagramming.

What needs improvement?

Improve the following: * Report builder * Diagramming capabilities * Connector routing and layout algorithms * Inconsistent UI elements must be tidied up with the toolbox gaps removed. * Alignment and button sizes need to be made consistent.... more»
Real User
INLINE Technologies at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Mar 11 2018

What is most valuable?

I like to use this system, it is a handy tool for visual modeling that provides opportunities for analysis, design, and support of models using ArchiMate, UML. The system provides powerful tools for obtaining reports and documentation. There... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Using Sparx Enterprise Architect allowed my customer to detail and make the company's IT strategy visible and accessible to all. The system provided clear roadmaps for IT development and helped to keep up-to-date documentation of systems and... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like the system to more "intellectually" build a scheme, place icons, and connect lines on the schemes.
Real User
medewerker e-diensten at a government with 51-200 employees
Jul 20 2017

What do you think of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect?

Valuable Features It's like a repository. So far, we use it only for Information Modelling. • Improvements to My Organization • Repository. • Reuse of objects • Making fewer mistakes in models (i.e., naming objects, attributes, etc.). • Room for Improvement It would be great if we could decrease the use of different parts of the Toolbox. By doing so, forcing temporary consultants to use our Profile and no other items from other toolboxes. • Use of Solution Personally: Three years. The organization: about seven years. • Stability Issues No. • Scalability Issues So far, no. We use the local database. In the future, we have to start using a central Database (Cloud?). • Customer Service and Technical Support From 1–10: Nine (fast response). • Previous...
ERwin
Consultant
Solution Lead at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 14 2017

What is most valuable?

* Overall model usability * Model formatting and layout * Logical model creation * Physical model creation * Forward-engineering/DDL creation * Standards creation and reuse * Model and database comparison tools * Metadata interchange with... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The ERwin tool helped to reduce the rate of design and deployment errors and increased the ease of validation. It also assists our customers in deploying our large data models/semantic models.

What needs improvement?

There might be improvement required to better support some of the MPP databases for non-relational data structures and NoSQL databases.
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Paul has over 20 years of commercial experience in the IT industry having working in all areas of IT including both technical and non-technical roles. He is currently consulting in the Enterprise Architecture space and particularly in Mobile Application Design, Business Process and Business... more>>
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Experience in design, development and deployment of applications build on Client/Server Systems, Data warehousing ,Big Data,Business Intelligence applications. Extensive experience Knowledge on MPP database including Netezza Twinfin/Striper Appliance,Teradata and AsterData. Good experience... more>>
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Since I was a little boy I am creating ideas, things and thoughts. I tend to share them with people around me that are inspired by these ideas, things and thoughts. I still believe that a great vision can only result in great products and services when the vision is „guided” into execution... more>>
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IT Consultant
Motivated IT Director who consistently achieves objectives; Experience gained across a large number of projects, services and technologies. Well developed inter-personal skills, motivation and team building, with an analytical and investigative approach to work. In depth understanding of... more>>
Reviewed Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect: We've improved overall to some extent.​ UML analysis...
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I am working as a Senior Manager within the Technology Services group of Capgemini. During last 5 years, I focused on application migration and modernization area gaining the experience on complete end to end lifecycle starting with Sales to Planning to Delivery. I was engaged on projects... more>>
Reviewed Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect: The architectural blueprints in it act as a key...
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I am a TOGAF certified architect, with a wealth of practical experience. I have worked as a consultant, training and mentoring architecture teams in the use of emerging standards and industry best practices. I’ve helped establish and lead high performing process, solution and enterprise... more>>
Reviewed Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect: Supports modeling standards such as UML, BPMN, and...
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Technical Experience and Tools Summary (most recent 5 years) Development: JAVA, JBuilder, .NET, C# and Visual Studio Databases: DB2 UDB, Oracle 8i to10g on UNIX and Windows distributed environments. Microsoft SQL Server. EWRIN, ER/Studio, DBArtisan, Toad Web Servers: BEA Weblogic and... more>>

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