Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect Review

It automatically generate documents at a click of a button, which is such a productivity booster.​


Valuable Features

The document generation tool. The ability to define templates based on our corporate documentation standards and automatically generate documents at a click of a button is such a productivity booster.

Improvements to My Organization

I don't know where to start. I've used Sparx at one organization and was subsequently primarily involved in the adoption and implementation of EA at another organization.

We transformed the tooling from a mis-mash of Gliffy diagrams, web-sequence diagrams, and some Aris for capturing requirements. We have implemented standardized EA models aided by templates. It increased the productivity due to ease of use. It provided a uniform tool from requirements analysis to technical design specifications used across teams. We have more complete models that are published and accessible, they reflect changes in real time. Links across components aids in impact assessment.

Room for Improvement

Repository integration. SVN based repositories can be a pain to merge changes. The database based repository can become slow.

Use of Solution

I've used it for approximately eight years, but only about three years extensive use.

Deployment Issues

We have had no issues with the deployment.

Stability Issues

We created a database repository. Adding users and growing the model did add a fair amount of latency.

Scalability Issues

We have had no issues scaling it/

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

I've not had to use customer service.

Technical Support:

I've not had to use tech support. The online help, forums and tutorials were sufficient to solve the problems that I encountered.

Other Solutions Considered

I have evaluated various tools - IBM Rational Software Architect, briefly played with SyBase Power Designer and Archi. I found them difficult to use, a steeper learning curve, or they did only a portion of the modelling.

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