IBM Rational System Architect Review

Versatile plugin and data importation features but some aspects of the UI lack a common functional framework

Valuable Features

The product supports a variety of meta-frameworks (Zachman, Togaf 9) and application portfolio scoring models. The product also has a very versatile plugin and data importation set of features that allows for the construction of heterogeneous models comprised of multiple internal and external model constructs.

Improvements to My Organization

The System Architect Product has greatly assisted the corporate strategic planning process in two areas: the simulation of scenarios for Enterprise Transformation Projects and providing a global view of Enterprise Capabilities and Functional Gaps.

Room for Improvement

Some aspects of the user interface lack a common navigational or functional framework.

Use of Solution

Two years.

Deployment Issues

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

No issues encountered.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Customer service has been better than adequate.

Technical Support:

I rate technical support highly.

Previous Solutions

No previous solution used.

Initial Setup


Implementation Team

In house team handled implementation.


We rate the ROI as being as high as the manual alternatives (ad hoc test models) are much more expensive.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

The day-to-day cost is a combination of capitalized operational and license costs.

Other Solutions Considered

We also looked at Sparx EA, and Archimate.

Other Advice

Understand the totality of the modelling activities in the enterprise and how to best incorporate these model-building activities into an over-arching model construction framework.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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