Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect Review

Due to the presenting concept and impact analysis, this is a good tool.​

What is most valuable?

Modelling and project-actual-state document generation. It is, as always, the most critical need of every project. Due to the presenting concept and impact analysis, this is a good tool.

How has it helped my organization?

My organization didn’t manage to take advantage. It needs a ‘critical mass’ of users and understanding to generate benefit, but here we failed.

What needs improvement?

There is some room for improvement in the presentation and graphics. I know the power of Sparx EA is describing ideas and modelling but facilitating presentation of models need some ergonomic improvements.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for four years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We had no issues with the deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were no issues with the stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We had no issues scaling it for our needs.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Technical Support:

We didn’t have any cases to call for support, but we enjoyed the activities being performed and invited to – webinars and educational videos.

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

There were some applications being used for business process and system documentation – every department with its own. Slowly, the need for a more powerful tool became obvious, and at the time, one of the requirements put on the table was to unite different departments documenting efforts. After some evaluation, we came to the conclusion – in the IT and telecommunications areas, that usual written documents concerning systems and their design, start to become outdated at the moment of being published. Supporting models that can somehow automatically generate documentation was the real thing. Besides the impact analysis from models appear to be natural activity and the result is actual at the moment of generation. According to us, Sparx EA was ideal for this need.

How was the initial setup?

The setup topology was - central repository, shared keys, version control system, domain controlled users.

What about the implementation team?

A vendor performed the initial deployment. An instructor from Sparx introduced us to the product capabilities. They performed the deployment and tuning of the common storage and wrote the client installation script. they then supplied it to the infrastructure administrators and provided instructions.

What was our ROI?

Return of Investment is hard to evaluate. We expected the supported systems to achieve a reduction in time for analysis and documentation and change due to a better understanding and reduced risk. The calculation in m/h are not performed due to coinciding structural changes and loss of focus on ‘Sparx project’.

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

Enterprise – this is most suitable licensing scheme for medium to large companies.

What other advice do I have?

It's a great product, but it needs intelligent users. This appears to be its weakness so it is absolutely obligatory to invest some time in education. Modelling, UML, BPMN, and SysML require an abstract way of thinking. It is not achieved on fly. To keep the team of keen contributors – they are those who involve the rest.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

11 and 12
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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