Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect Review
Valuable features include data modeling and XML schema design.


Valuable Features

  • Data Modeling (conceptual modeling)
  • XML schema design
  • We use it to develop and maintain the Enterprise Conceptual Model, migrated from erwin a couple of years ago.

Improvements to My Organization

We used Sparx EA to document CCAR data lineage in response to an OCC MRA filing.

Room for Improvement

  • Greater OMG UML and XMI compliance
  • Better reporting

Use of Solution

We have been using this solution for five years.

Stability Issues

No problems with stability. It is a rock solid product, unlike erwin, which was unstable.

Scalability Issues

There were no issues with scalability. It handled increased volume easily, unlike erwin.

Customer Service and Technical Support

I would rate technical support as OK. The forum was great. The actual support was only so-so.

Previous Solutions

We used erwin. Erwin was unstable and didn't handle the model as the size grew.

Initial Setup

The setup was straightforward.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

The Corporate Edition, or one of the bundles, is the way to go. You don't save that much going with the personal or profession editions.

Other Solutions Considered

We evaluated MagicDraw.

Other Advice

Just get it. My elevator pitch was that it is cheaper than Visio and it provides a common tool and repository for all your development needs. Amazing solution for its price, but has its flaws.

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