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Andrew Wykurz
Real User
Enterprise Architect at Enterprise Architecture Perspectives
Mar 15 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it has a customizable meta-model, which is key. It has extensive uses of catalogs, which can also be called inventories or taxonomies, and that is important as an enterprise architect. A solution designer… more »

What needs improvement?

It's an out-of-the-box capable tool. For myself, I think that it works extremely well and it's very useful because, for the most part, I know what I am doing. For some of the functionality, it might be a little complicated for people… more »

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

To get a fairly extensive license for Enterprise Architects from Spark is approximately US $400.00, maybe less, but with Avolution Abacus it was approximately US $2000.00 per year, and that includes maintenance with the Abacus tool. There… more »

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

Previously, I used ProVision. I started with it when it was a Proforma company, which was approximately in 2004 and 2005. Then they were bought out. It was sold to a couple of companies. The first was Metastorm and then it was bought out… more »

What other advice do I have?

Working with enterprise architecture, I set up the practice and evaluate the client's practices to see where they can leverage more consistent procedures and help with their program development. Most of my experience in IT solutions is on… more »
BPMexp67
Real User
BPM Expert at iMendos
Sep 17 2019

What is most valuable?

This product is very strong in terms of the meta-model because you can customize a lot according to the business plan. You can customize the models to use, what kinds of objects, and what kinds of attributes, so you can customize almost everything before you start the project, as well as during the… more »

What needs improvement?

The user interface needs improvement because it is not user-friendly. They need dashboards because I think that it is really important in the market at the moment. Dashboards seem to be the solid bridge between the business and IT departments, and I didn't see anything there. The people that are… more »

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

I have worked with similar products in the past, including ARIS. The difference is that the customers are very happy with the support. They are based in Germany, and when the customer asks a question they get an answer very quickly. It is also a more stable product than ABACUS and does not crash as… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is researching this solution is to consider both the technical support and stability, as well as the technical aspects of the product. Based on my experience, this is not a product that I recommend at the moment. When the vender launches a new version they should guarantee… more »
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Real User
Lead Enterprise Domain Architects at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 16 2020

What is most valuable?

Something that is really valuable to us in using this tool is actually really very simple and generic regarding integrating application data components. Sometimes there is a component in an application that I want to use as a module or… more »

What needs improvement?

One of the usual issues that I have and would like to see improved is something I have already talked to the company about through email support. It is regarding the support of UML (Unified Modeling Language). They are supporting a very old… more »

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

One of the reasons why we selected this solution is because it came at a very reasonable price. I can not say it was cheap, but it was reasonable. Other comparable enterprise architecture tools are very expensive or were at the time we were… more »

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

We did not have a previous tool to do architectural modeling and planning. ABACUS was our first choice for this type of solution.

What other advice do I have?

I really recommend this product to people who are considering it. For what it does it is very good and a reasonable price. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Avolution ABACUS as an… more »
Consultant
Senior R&D Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Sep 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the traceability, you can trace any object to the other.

What needs improvement?

This solution needs to improve resource usage because it has a heavy browser. It is easy to use, but it takes time to load and to run other programs. It's not about usability; it consumes a lot of resources and memory. The open-source alternative is very light and easy to use on any device. This solution is expensive for some people's budgets and they need to offer a Lite version at a cheaper… more »

What other advice do I have?

I am not an implementer or a service provider, I offer consultation and provide solutions in enterprise markets. Part of my job is to recommend and select the tools that are suitable for my clients and stay within their budget. There are times where the open-source tool is the most suitable, whereas at other times I can offer a more complex solution. I would recommend this solution because it has… more »
Awie Pieter
Real User
Enterprise Architect at A1L Realizations
Aug 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the catalog and the diagram.

What needs improvement?

The workflow and the collaboration need improvement.

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

I started off with this solution.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend it but it depends on the use case. If you want a data model of flexibility and catalog scalability I would recommend it from that perspective. For an architecture practice, there's more detailed architecture than enterprise architecture so for that, I wouldn't recommend… more »

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What is Avolution ABACUS?

ABACUS is designed to provide the quickest time-to-value of any enterprise architecture tool. Build and maintain rich visual models from existing company data. ABACUS comes with standard industry frameworks as well as advanced analytic tools and best-in-class roadmapping and reporting functionality.
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