BiZZdesign Enterprise Studio Review

I used the software to import catalogs with applications, interfaces, contracts, and other artifacts, but the interface is outdated and only available for Windows.


What is most valuable?

BiZZdesign Architect makes separates model from views and has a quite extensive set of analytical stuff built in to be very useful in complex environments. Typically enterprise architecture management and strategic portfolio planning can be supported with these tools as the architecture capability matures.

How has it helped my organization?

Next to a useful tool for strategic planning it is really helpful in a less mature environment as well. I used the software to easily import catalogs with applications, interfaces, contracts, and many other artifacts to start the modeling of my scope of concern pretty fast and come to compelling results for a plateau planning and roadmap.

What needs improvement?

It is only available for Windows right now and it really is an outdated interface and framework that is being used. As a Mac worker I really hate that and therefore any other product with less features would be considered a really good alternative.

I find the licensing model not fitting the market.

For how long have I used the solution?

10 years

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Nope. No issues with deployment. Easy installer. It just works.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Yes, it can crash. Save your work frequently!

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Nope, no issues and no need.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Good - 8

Technical Support:

Good - 8

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used Archi at first but this is only for creating views and not for maintaining a model, which in the core is the real architectural work.

How was the initial setup?

Straight forward. You have to tune to get the best practice results out of the tool. A course is highly recommended.

What about the implementation team?

in-house.

What was our ROI?

n/a

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

You need good tools. Just choose one and be good at it!

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes but not to much. I was certified in the tool, archimate and togaf at Bizzdesign headquarters so it is mainly because of that, that I use this product.

What other advice do I have?

Choose wisely. I did not take the time to investigate on other tools until now. I am willing to let Bizzdesign Architect go for a good Mac solution that also has a separation in model, views and analytics.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user375870 (Head of Enterprise Architecture (Applications) at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees)
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Hi Marc,
I see that you are also interested in Sparx and Mood. Are you in any position to comment on these compared to BizzDesgin?

Lars