IBM System Architect Review
It has helped in supporting the development of an Enterprise Data Model


Valuable Features

Data model development: This has built-in ways to create multiple, separate solution data models, including ways to link to an Enterprise Data Model (EDM).

Other objects are encyclopedia-wide and need a different approach for managing solution-specific diagrams with an ability to query, e.g. 'as-is' vs 'to-be'.

Improvements to My Organization

It has helped in supporting the development of an Enterprise Data Model.

Room for Improvement

The product is a very outdated software; complex to use, and the GUI is a fat client so no mobile or web access. It's not ready for the future.

Use of Solution

I've used this solution for eight years.

Stability Issues

Performance can be cumbersome when foreign key updates run on large data models.

Scalability Issues

We were required to split encyclopedia per business for large enterprises. We need to wisely think about how to scale.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Internal service has been setup.

Previous Solutions

No, we did not use a different solution prior to IBM System Architect.

Initial Setup

I wasn't involved in installing the product.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

I wasn't involved in pricing-related matters.

Other Solutions Considered

Software evaluation was done nine years ago. This product was selected based on its flexibility; it can be configured to handle almost every model, but did not develop into the future since then.

Other Advice

"Think twice."

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

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