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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."

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"Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect supports multiple modeling languages like ArchiMate for database design, software lifecycle visualization, and team management.""Some of the business processes are very easy to compare when you have the diagrams.""I like that there is support for software patterns.""The most valuable features are the flexibility and adaptability of Sparx Enterprise Architect.""The most valuable feature is the integrated data model, so if I change the name of an item, all models using that object are automatically updated.""Ability to keep inventory of reusable blocks, and use in different diagrams with views of various templates.""The initial setup is easy.""Scalability is not a problem. You can always increase the footprint of what the thing can do because it's so powerful."

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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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"There used to be that feature in ArchiMate Modeling of Enterprise Architect called inherited relationships. Now it's gone.""I think that collaboration can be better.""It would be nice to have it supported on the Linux operating system.""Using EA involves a steep learning curve if you want to understand its capabilities and functionality.""This solution should have better ease of use for the uninitiated.""Not visually appealing.""The documentation needs a bit of improvement. What I find is that when I'm trying to do something specific for some part of a project, in terms of documentation, it's kind of hard to get at figuring out if you don't use it all the time.""I think the product is good. When I'm trying to do something specific for some part of project documentation, it's hard to get it figured out if you don't use it all the time. It's such a massive tool, it's hard to figure out how to dig in and get to the documentation where you have to be to get some idea of what to do. There are not a lot of examples that I'm aware of to be able to do that."

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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."

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"In terms of cost, Sparx EA is probably one of the cheapest tools I have ever used.""The licensing is not as expensive as some of the other data modeling tools such as Erwin."

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Top Answer: The most valuable feature is that it has a customizable meta-model, which is key.
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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.

Sparx Enterprise Architect is a platform that accelerates and integrates software, business and systems development. Twice winner of Jolt and multiple SD Times Awards with an installed base of 580,000 + licenses, supported by 230 partners in 160 countries. From requirements to implementation and beyond, Sparx Systems' Enterprise Architect is a fully featured tool suite that lets you model, design, simulate, prototype, build, test, manage and trace from vision to solution.

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Avolution ABACUS is ranked 7th in Architecture Management with 6 reviews while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 1st in Architecture Management with 18 reviews. Avolution ABACUS is rated 7.6, while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is rated 8.4. 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 Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect writes "Has made the EA object model available so you can add your own popup menu items". Avolution ABACUS is most compared with BiZZdesign Enterprise Studio, MEGA HOPEX, ARIS BPM, iServer and LeanIX, whereas Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with Visual Paradigm, No Magic MagicDraw, Visio, ARIS BPM and Bizagi. See our Avolution ABACUS vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect report.

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