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"We've brought our portfolio altogether. We have had multiple ways of reporting out what our portfolio is, whether it's in Excel, Word, or in different places. We brought all of our projects together in one place. That has worked out well for us. We've been able to manage the work on Gantt charts and our resources better. The big thing for us on research and development is around managing people's time, on which projects they are working on, and how much effort does it take to launch our projects.""With the lifecycles, it helps us step through our processes easier. We'll take a process and create it in Visio, then we'll go and implemented in Planview. Anytime that we have to do a new process, this is what we use. We just step it through the lifecycles and the configure screens are very easy to use. The fields that you need are easy to use.""Planview has helped connect funding and strategic outcomes with work execution. That is the key use that we have for it. We use it to validate the work that we're doing and the funding that we need. The difference between the previous version and current version for us would be the ICPM and the way it gives us different scenarios. We can go in and build that out.""I like that everyone is able to see the same data. All of our users who aren't just time reporters have read access to all the data that is out there. So, it is one source of truth where everybody can go in and see the exact same data that everybody else sees. It is transparent.""The portfolio management gives you a view of all the projects as well as all the information about the total amount of effort, time, and cost being spent on the projects. It gives the organization how much money and effort should be spent towards projects so they can budget and do better capacity planning in the next fiscal year. It gives them visibility into their resources and if they have capacity.""The biggest impact for using Planview currently would be to understand the true costs of projects. We are trying to get to a point where not only do we take into account technical costs, but what the business cost is. Trying to integrate our business right now into Planview is helping us identify the true cost of the investments that we make so we can try and understand their value.""We have a fairly good picture of time tracking.""The look and feel of it is pretty clean."

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"If you face new challenges or issues then you can dynamically customize according to the business needs.""The most valuable feature is the traceability, you can trace any object to the other.""The most valuable feature is that it has a customizable meta-model, which is key.""The technical support is very good. They are responsive and the answers they provide are detailed.""The product is easy to use and well-structured for the integrations we need it to make.""The ease of modeling and the ease of showing interconnectivity and relationships is the most valuable. It is fairly simple and out of the box. It is customizable in many ways. It is a pretty good tool.""There are plenty of features available such as the ability to test applications for issues and a user-friendly dashboard."

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"The powerful editing function in teamwork project-based, common or shared modeling, based on a powerful repository and knowledge sharing in a portal are the most valuable features. These are the most important features for me. I can add the integration of individual modeling notations like Archimate plus BPMN and DMN, and so on. We travel from one location to another and the tool allows us to keep track.""The initial setup of this solution was very straightforward.""The feature I find most valuable is that the start times and loading times are short. It takes only a few seconds to load the repository and whenever I want to open diagrams, they are there almost immediately.""t's a good tool. My colleagues that are making use of it for application, business processes, or data modeling, are very satisfied with it. They find it easy to use. The graphical representation is simple but therefore efficient, so I know that they are planning a very good commencement on the use of these tools.""The most valuable features are the application, portfolio, data, architectures, and modeling things.""I like the flexibility of the modeling part for standards like ArchiMate and, at same time, BPMN. It allows us to connect elements from different areas and to have a single repository and a single source of truth. It gives us one place to do analysis throughout the organization."

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"Recently, we have gotten on a newer version. We're currently on version 15. Some of the things that we've been running into roadblocks on, it looks like the solutions will be coming out in versions 17 or 18. So, we have to upgrade before somethings can get completed.""I would suggest for the request module that they open up the fields and columns so it's like we are doing our work in the work module. You can't do that with today. We also have to make sure that the fields can go both ways with the request and work modules. Including fields in the column sets would be helpful, because today they only use attributes.""We have required more time from our resource managers to spend time in the tool. The adoption has been slower than we would have hoped. So, I would think from a rollout perspective, if Planview could help us with material which gets non-Planview users or previously light Planview users to become more heavy users of the system, then this would help us with the rollout.""There can be improvement on the sense of urgency because a lot of times we've exhausted everything that we can, and now, we're reaching out. So, it isn't a, "Well, have you tried to reboot this?" We've already done everything. Once we put in a ticket, there should be more of a sense of urgency on it.""I would like to see more documentation pieces. Right now, they do have the content repository. I would like to see more out-of-the-box features with document repository capabilities.""I would like to be able to copy and paste from Excel into work and assignments along with roles and hours, as opposed to having to type it out one by one.""There's still a lot of reluctance within the organization. We're not using all of the capabilities that we have today. We're still doing our strategic and capital investment planning on spreadsheets rather than using the capabilities that exist within Enterprise One. I definitely need to leverage the experts here at Planview to help drive a culture change. There's just a lot of reluctance on behalf of people within the company to put data into the tool.""Our version is definitely set up a bit more waterfall world. It would be better if some of the agile features were more in the standard product."

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"It is vastly scalable but you can't run it on a Mac or Linux so it has limitations.""The most valuable features are the catalog and the diagram.""If they want to expand in the European market then they are going to have to improve their technical support.""While this is one of the most powerful tools on the market it does not integrate well with Microsoft Office or others.""The reporting could be easier to configure.""The company needs to update the UML version they are using for the product as it is quite old.""They should take more initiative to implement things that competing products have already come out with.""It doesn't have the simulation capability, which would be helpful in doing some business process analysis and improvements."

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"It should be more open to integrating with other existing tools. Although there has been progress in the past.""We tested it, and we had support from BiZZdesign, including patches, but it just didn't do what we wanted.""The repository of duplicate objects is bad.""It lacks capabilities with regard to infrastructure modeling.""The automatic data collection and interface need improvement.""There is room for improvement in making it more seamless between the modeling and the analysis pieces. Sometimes you have to do some work in the backend to ensure that the HoriZZon portal really gets all of the information the way you want it. They are working on the seamlessness between what they call Enterprise Studio and HoriZZon."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We are on the Flex licenses.""We have unlimited licenses for all of our functionalities. Since we went global, we went with that model.""The cost of other pieces and integrating them in needs improvement.""We have portfolio managers, resource managers, project managers, and time reporting licenses. These are the licenses that we have.""I don't think we have necessarily purchased everything that I would have liked to have seen.""We have several hundred licenses. It costs us several hundred thousand dollars a year.""We overbought our licenses. We looked at our needs three to four years down the road and tried based our contract on that. However, we were over aggressive. We use about a third of the licenses that we have. We're looking to adjust the makeup so we can start utilizing the amount of money that we are spending. Right now, we're overspending, and my organization is not seeing the value in Planview because we are paying so much for licenses that we're not using.""Our licensing costs are probably $150,000 to $180,000 a year with 270 licenses total."

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"This solution is expensive for some people's budgets and they need to offer a Lite version at a cheaper price""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.""The pricing is quite good compared to the competition and it is part of the reason we chose the product.""It is competitive. It is not chump change. I am just using the studio version. I am not using the full enterprise version, which would probably cost me three times more for single-use, but it gives a lot more capability and analysis. It is server-based as well, and it is reasonably priced compared to a lot of the other tools. There are other tools that have other sorts of capabilities, but in order to use them, you'd really have to have like 50 users for the price to become justifiable.""There is a subscription for this solution. We are on an annual subscription because you sometimes receive special offers the longer you subscribe."

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"[The] Orbus... pricing model was based on every single functionality having a price. The pricing was comparable but if we wanted to scale, it would have ended up being a lot more expensive. BiZZdesign gave us one price with all of the functionality, and we could scale as much as we needed."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Enterprise One provides a variety of types of resource assignments for assigning work to people. It's very easy and… more »
Top Answer: It would be nice if all of the licenses were FLEX. They've been fairly stable with their pricing over the years.
Top Answer: The resource area needs improvement. The improvements that have been made recently in the later versions have been good… more »
Top Answer: There are plenty of features available such as the ability to test applications for issues and a user-friendly… more »
Top Answer: There is a subscription for this solution. We are on an annual subscription because you sometimes receive special offers… more »
Top Answer: In the future, there could be improvements in integration and enhancements. A few important enhancements I would like to… more »
Top Answer: I like the flexibility of the modeling part for standards like ArchiMate and, at same time, BPMN. It allows us to… more »
Top Answer: They are already working on this, but there is room for improvement in making it more seamless between the modeling and… more »
Top Answer: We use it for enterprise architecture information, with the main purpose today being to analyze our IT investment… more »
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Overview
Planview Enterprise, Planview's performance management platform, combines project and portfolio management software with adaptive best practices. By integrating the business process management of strategies, services, and projects within a single, Web-based solution, Planview empowers organizations to achieve greater levels of control over their ever-changing environment by dynamically managing money, resources, and capacities.
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.

HoriZZon is a technologically advanced product that leverages cutting-edge web, cloud, data integration, collaboration, social and analytic technologies. On one hand, it enables architects and analysts to analyze potential change scenarios, design better processes, and assess risk. On the other hand, it helps business stakeholders create, navigate, analyze (e.g. by using color or label views), use on demand charts, or free format explore (impact of change) the content in the repository.

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Sample Customers
Zurich Insurance Group, Zumbotel Group, Carphone Warehouse
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VIVAT Insurance, Huf Portuguesa, Erasmus University, Royal Bank of Scotland
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Insurance Company24%
Financial Services Firm24%
Pharma/Biotech Company11%
Healthcare Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider14%
Government8%
Financial Services Firm8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company19%
Comms Service Provider16%
Government11%
Financial Services Firm8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm11%
Government9%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business6%
Midsize Enterprise2%
Large Enterprise92%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business7%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise69%
REVIEWERS
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise50%
REVIEWERS
Small Business57%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise29%
Find out what your peers are saying about Avolution ABACUS vs. BiZZdesign HoriZZon and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
521,189 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Avolution ABACUS is ranked 7th in Architecture Management with 7 reviews while BiZZdesign HoriZZon is ranked 8th in Architecture Management with 6 reviews. Avolution ABACUS is rated 7.2, while BiZZdesign HoriZZon is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Avolution ABACUS writes " An out of the box tool that creates reports on the fly that can help your client make better decisions". On the other hand, the top reviewer of BiZZdesign HoriZZon writes "Helps us decide where we should invest in our IT portfolio, and will help us with mitigating risk in our landscape". Avolution ABACUS is most compared with Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, LeanIX, MEGA HOPEX, iServer and ARIS BPA, whereas BiZZdesign HoriZZon is most compared with Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, ARIS BPA, iServer, LeanIX and Ardoq. See our Avolution ABACUS vs. BiZZdesign HoriZZon report.

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