Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect Review

Offers full development life-cycle modelling yet does not support analysis of the models

Valuable Features

  1. Modeling to the Open Group’s Archimate specification
  2. Model objects stored to a database for analytical purposes
  3. TOGAF and Zachmann frameworks reinforce method-specific content models, etc.

Improvements to My Organization

  1. Sparx EA is used to capture the current state of technology systems as it pertains to the business infrastructure and application components, and how they combine to support the business needs and goals
  2. Similarly, it captures the planned state for projects that are delivering change
  3. Similarly, it captures the planned state for projects that are delivering change

Room for Improvement

  1. The product inherently does not support analysis of the models. For example, to determine what business processes will be impacted by work on a specific server requires a person knowledgeable in the notation to manually perform the analysis.
  2. Documents generated from the product leave a bit to be desired.

Use of Solution

Over one year

Deployment Issues

There are various add-on components depending on what features/version you buy. Trying to install all products as a non-admin did create challenges. Otherwise, installation with admin privileges was uneventful. Installation of the product’s database schema to the database was simple and the subsequent use of the database as a store for modeling data was easy.

Stability Issues

No the product is generally very stable.

Scalability Issues

No. This product is a desktop tool and generally would not have any scalability issues unless using a centralized service, such as a database server.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

No customer service has been needed in the one year of service.

Technical Support:

No technical support has been needed in the one year of service.

Previous Solutions

Other solutions in earlier years. This product was an initial purchase for this need and did not replace any other product within this context.

Initial Setup

Installation was straightforward for all components and configurations.

Implementation Team

In house implementation.


The nature of this product did not justify an ROI but given a typical fully burdened rate for employee time, the sub-$1000 price tag is quickly recovered.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

List price for EA Ultimate Edition was just under $1000/seat perpetual license. Use of a shared Microsoft SQL Server as a repository adds approximately $2.00/day for all EA users based on the company’s negotiated license fee.

Other Solutions Considered

Archimate from the Open Group as well as other more robust EA products, both open source and proprietary.

Other Advice

This is really just a modeling tool. Despite its name it does not really compare to to other “enterprise architecture” tools from companies such as Orbus, and Troux. That said the product offers full development life-cycle modelling in addition to some project management tie-ins.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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03 June 15
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