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"It enables decisions based upon processes that we do model, and ultimately move forward with.""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.""The solution is stable. All the refreshes run very well.""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.""It has a built-in capability to capture process owners and managers against processes along with other process governance roles.""For me, what I find to be the most valuable is its simplicity and the association with Microsoft Office.""It's a powerful 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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"We haven't yet been able to dabble in case management with Blueworks Live, as it is not yet offered with the product.""We would like the ability to add additional custom colors. We would like to color additional items to add notes to the blueprint.""The solution is a very basic discovery product so it doesn't have that much modeling capability. This can be improved.""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 user interface is quite easy at first but process analysts soon run into roadblocks of limited functionality, which is disappointing.""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.""We don't like the user interface. It's complex. It's a powerful tool but it's complex to implement and requires a lot of manual work."

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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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"We are seeing ROI from this solution. The solution has saved us time.""They have a free subscription model that gives a lot of power to the users."

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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: It should have more automation abilities.
Top Answer: 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.
Top Answer: This solution should have better ease of use for the uninitiated.
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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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Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm30%
Comms Service Provider20%
Manufacturing Company20%
Retailer10%
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Computer Software Company31%
Financial Services Firm13%
Insurance Company7%
Government7%
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Financial Services Firm17%
Government17%
Energy/Utilities Company13%
Manufacturing Company10%
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Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider15%
Government11%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise75%
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Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise49%
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Midsize Enterprise29%
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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Blueworks Live vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
446,626 professionals have used our research since 2012.
IBM Blueworks Live is ranked 14th in Business Process Design with 7 reviews while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 3rd in Business Process Design with 18 reviews. IBM Blueworks Live is rated 7.2, while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of IBM Blueworks Live writes "A Simple and cost-effective tool with responsive technical support ". 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". IBM Blueworks Live is most compared with Visio, ARIS BPM, Lucidchart, ARIS Cloud and Bizagi, whereas Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with Visual Paradigm, No Magic MagicDraw, Visio, ARIS BPM and IBM Rational System Architect. See our IBM Blueworks Live vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect report.

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