Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect Review

Valuable features include data modeling and XML schema design.

What is most valuable?

  • 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.

How has it helped my organization?

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

What needs improvement?

  • Greater OMG UML and XMI compliance
  • Better reporting

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

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

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

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

How are customer service and technical support?

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

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

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

How was the initial setup?

The setup was straightforward.

What's my experience with 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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated MagicDraw.

What other advice do I have?

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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