Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect Review

We're now based on business drivers, goals and requirements, and linked to business and IT functions. However, modeling could be more user-friendly.


What is most valuable?

  • ArchiMate - motivational modeling for requirements management
  • ArchiMate - business modeling
  • Achrimate - information system modelling
  • UML - data modeling and use case modelling
  • BPMN - business process modelling

How has it helped my organization?

It is now based on business drivers, goals and requirements, and linked to business and IT functions. This results in traceability and alignment with business objectives.

What needs improvement?

  • Modeling could be more user-friendly
  • ArchiMate - support for derived relations
  • Define features and attributes as separate components
  • More flexible document generation features

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for around four years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Not in the more recent versions.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

We had no issues and questions were answered satisfactorily.

Technical Support:

We had no issues.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before I used IBM Rational Rose. I switched because of my move from IBM to another employer.

How was the initial setup?

It was straightforward. It was very easy to setup a new repository from scratch. The tool offers sufficient flexibility to alter the structure.

What about the implementation team?

We've done it in-house.

What was our ROI?

The ROI is hard to express, as it's indirect and hard to quantify the benefits such as quality improvement. Based on personal productivity, the professional edition it has resulted in over an 100% ROI.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It has low license cost in comparison to other tools. The floating user license works fine for us.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Other solutions were exclude based on pricing.

What other advice do I have?

Take into account it as a rather technical oriented product. It lacks a number of EA features such as ERM, PPM, APM etc. However, ArchiMate does provide some functionality in this field.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user274194 (Software Engineer at a engineering company with 51-200 employees)
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Great Tool. Several type of modeling in one tool. And for software development, you can mostly use it from customer needs to Maintenance phase. Entreprise Architect can be used in Agile Development and CMMI environment. With SysML addition, system, hardware and software engineer can collaborate on system analysis and design. The only need is to adopt a methodology with Model-Based engineering.