Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect Review
​Powerful tool with plenty of customization options. Requires learning and experimentation.


Valuable Features

  • Available architecture frameworks
  • Ability to generate documentation
  • Forward and reverse engineering capabilities
  • Extensibility

Improvements to My Organization

  • Documented operational processes of all business departments using Archimate 2.0 framework
  • Able to depict bottleneck areas - risky processes, infrastructure deficiencies, and opportunities to reuse strategic content
  • Visualization of the business was a major benefit

Room for Improvement

  • Ease of customization to develop internal frameworks
  • Custom templates and diagrams

Use of Solution

I've used it over six years.

Deployment Issues

Multi-user, enterprise model sharing requires some IT help but overall the experience is pretty straight forward and positive.

Stability Issues

No, it's a stable and mature product with good online and community support.

Scalability Issues

Running large and complex models (ours contained thousands of objects) does require a powerful machine with 8+GB of RAM.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

I did not need to use the actual customer service as there are a few books published by EA experts, and community answers are available as well.

Technical Support:

9/10, as most of the technical issues are quickly resolved.

Previous Solutions

We switched from Rational Rose due to the extreme affordability of Sparx Enterprise Architect for the capabilities and quality of the solution.

Initial Setup

It's very easy and straight forward to setup, and so are the updates.

Implementation Team

It was all done in-house.

ROI

It's extremely high.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

The original setup was about half an hour of my time, and updates are in the 10 minute range. The network repository took a day to establish, configure and start using. Daily costs are negligible.

Other Solutions Considered

  • Rational Rose
  • Eclipse Modeling
  • CA Erwin

Other Advice

Buy Peter Doomen's book "Fifty Enterprise Architect Tricks" book, join the Sparx and LinkedIn communities of experts.

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

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