Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect Review
Support for a Mac would be an improvement but I'm very happy with the support for UML 2 diagrams.


Valuable Features

In terms of product features, I'm very happy with the support for UML 2 diagrams, Archimate, TOGAF and the collaboration capability using a RDBMS back-end. Because EA supports multiple models, the whole architecture team can collaborate using the same tool and develop our models from requirements to deployment on a shared repository.

Improvements to My Organization

The user interface could be more intuitive and support for a Mac, iOS or at least a browser version would be very welcomed.

Use of Solution

I've been using Sparx EA for the last four years.

Deployment Issues

No - Caveat: I did not take part of the deployment but I am also not aware of any significant challenges.

Stability Issues

Yes. I've had some issues when using a NFS backed but it was on an older version of the product.

Scalability Issues

Availability - No, but I should caveat that I've only experienced working with teams of up to 10 colleagues.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Never had the need to contact them directly.

Technical Support:

Never had the need to contact them directly.

Previous Solutions

I've used MS Visio before but the tools are not really comparable.

Initial Setup

Straightforward - Caveat: I did not take part of the deployment but I am also not aware of any significant challenges

Implementation Team

In both cases, the deployment and implementation was done by internal IT.

ROI

It's hard to calculate ROI on a product that is used within a function that is a cost center but it's fairly easy to acknowledge that EA has paid itsef many times over in terms of hours saved for the team.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

The setup consists of a team license hosted on a network share and a RDBMS back-end. EA is installed locally on the desktops of the users.

Other Advice

It's a very decent product, but if all you are required to do is produce "box diagrams" then Sparx EA will be overkill.

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

1 Comment

it_user247221Real UserTOP 20

Spark EA can run on a Mac if you use a Windows emulator like VirtualBox.

30 March 16
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