Compare IBM Blueworks Live vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect

IBM Blueworks Live is ranked 7th in Business Process Design with 10 reviews while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 1st in Business Process Design with 14 reviews. IBM Blueworks Live is rated 8.2, while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of IBM Blueworks Live writes "The stability is highly available, which is key. You don't lose your work and can autosave". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect writes "An extensible solution with helpful webinars and good tutorials to learn from". IBM Blueworks Live is most compared with Visio, ARIS BPM and Lucidchart, whereas Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with Visual Paradigm, No Magic MagicDraw and Visio. See our IBM Blueworks Live vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect report.
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Pros
For me, what I find to be the most valuable is its simplicity and the association with Microsoft Office.It has a built-in capability to capture process owners and managers against processes along with other process governance roles.The business process discovery is excellent. The diagram or blueprinting functionality of the solution are very good. It's quite easy. You can link the sub-processes and get a big overview of the whole process then.The solution is stable. All the refreshes run very well.It has the ability to document in different formats. It is not tied to a specific model. You can look at it from different angles and see the intuitive nature of it. It always generates a valid diagram. You cannot create something that is not BPMN compliant.It enables decisions based upon processes that we do model, and ultimately move forward with.You can use if from your mobile device or you can be on the desktop. It doesn't matter. You are always connected. It is cloud-based, so you don't have to install anything.The stability is pretty good. It is highly available, which is key. You don't lose your work and can autosave.

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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.The most valuable features are the flexibility and adaptability of Sparx Enterprise Architect.Some of the business processes are very easy to compare when you have the diagrams.I like that there is support for software patterns.Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect supports multiple modeling languages like ArchiMate for database design, software lifecycle visualization, and team management.I have found the Meta Model tuning feature useful as it provides me with an overview of all my work needs.Its most valuable feature is the Zachman Framework.We can easily use it with our new customers.

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It is BPMN-compliant but the tool needs to be more involved to get into a completely 2.0 oriented tool. It has a few things but it's not the complete BPMN model.The user interface is quite easy at first but process analysts soon run into roadblocks of limited functionality, which is disappointing.The font size is really, really small and it's really not useful to print out process models because you cannot read what's written in different boxes. This makes it necessary for people to have access to the tool. We view licenses to see how the printing or output is. It's not very good.The solution is a very basic discovery product so it doesn't have that much modeling capability. This can be improved.We would like the ability to add additional custom colors. We would like to color additional items to add notes to the blueprint.We haven't yet been able to dabble in case management with Blueworks Live, as it is not yet offered with the product.The ability to create a very structured rule. With the capability that we have right now, Blueworks Live is more process focused. We should be able to enhance it to include a lot more of decisions as well.I wish Blueworks Live had simulations built in, but it doesn't. It also lacks a feature of reporting; ad hoc, drag and drop reporting. A lot of senior people are always asking for reports, and there's no reporting feature within IBM Blueworks.

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This solution should have better ease of use for the uninitiated.Using EA involves a steep learning curve if you want to understand its capabilities and functionality.I think that collaboration can be better.It would be nice to have it supported on the Linux operating system.There used to be that feature in ArchiMate Modeling of Enterprise Architect called inherited relationships. Now it's gone.It should be made Windows compatible.The reporting needs improvement.Weak in regards to data modelling. No logical or physical modelling or migration from conceptual to physical.

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They have a free subscription model that gives a lot of power to the users.We are seeing ROI from this solution. The solution has saved us time.Based on the licenses purchased, from a footprint perspective, you can have as many people as you want. You have multiple different categories of licenses to keep the cost low.

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In terms of cost, Sparx EA is probably one of the cheapest tools I have ever used.Pricing and licensing are suitable even for small companies.

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Overview
IBM Blueworks Live is a cloud-based business process modeling tool that helps discover, map and document processes and accessible anywhere through a browser and that generates industry-standard BPMN 2.0 layouts, documentation and output. Tutorial videos guide you through creating and editing a simple process model, allowing you to learn and perform business process modeling in minutes.

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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Sample Customers
Cloudsoft Corp. Ltd., Bayer, S¾SS, Essex County CouncilOmniLink
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm38%
Comms Service Provider13%
Retailer13%
Manufacturing Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company21%
Financial Services Firm20%
Media Company9%
Non Profit6%
REVIEWERS
Government19%
Financial Services Firm15%
Energy/Utilities Company15%
Transportation Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company19%
Government12%
Comms Service Provider9%
Insurance Company8%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise70%
REVIEWERS
Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise50%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise48%
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