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"Using this product has improved the way we maintain our models because they have a place where we can keep all of them, and they can be viewed using the web interface.""It does the job.""The interface is really simple to use and it allows me to pick and choose which tables I want to reverse engineer."

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"Features good reporting facilities coupled with a concrete database.""The best thing about the tool is that its database is open.""I like Sparx's BPM features and the way it lets you create the diagram.""We have found the stability to be very reliable.""The profiles and ready-made templates are an extremely helpful feature. This is one of the biggest features that I find very useful in Sparx.""This is a useful tool for IT people who need to design their solution architecture.""It has led some teams to do better code reviews - to be less focussed on coding conventions (syntax) and more focussed on the semantics because of the abstraction level clear design affords.""The features I find most valuable is the ability to create a document and then put it into a OneCare artifact."

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"The model diagram because very clumsy when you save it on the team server and the models are very big.""The visual presentation is a little too colorful and seems that it is dumbed down.""What needs the most improvement are semantic lineage and usability."

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"Not visually appealing.""Even if there are web-based tools in the Enterprise Architecture tool ecosystem (like Prolaborate), the main modeling application is still a fat client application.""The fact that you can do a lot yourself is a plus point, but it also becomes a challenge because you need an understanding of the programming languages to get things to work. It becomes challenging for those who are not very good at programming. You have standard reports, but if you want to make your own reports, you have to program it. Similarly, if you want validations rules, you have to take care of them yourself.""Because its easy to create diagrams one needs to be vigilant on the housekeeping of orphaned fragments - I have written my own scripts to do this, maybe they are available now.""For data modeling, it is not very mature when comparing with other data modeling tools.""They should make the Save button easier to find. A simplified user interface for a lighter user would probably be useful. I am not sure if such an interface is already there.""The documentation could be better. Where I work, we speak French and we don't speak English, so we don't have anything in French. It's perfect in English, but we need something in French.""I would like it to be less of a general tool. Currently, it is not a Swiss army knife that can do everything. It is not specialized for our purposes. We are a civil engineering company. We build things. We work mostly in what is known as Infra world in the Netherlands, which comprises objects such as bridges, locks, and water management. We would like to see more focus on such types of projects. It would be nice if it has more specializations. At the moment, it is very generic, and you have to create everything yourself. Our focus is more on user requirement management, which is currently very basic. I would like to see a lot more functionality in this area. Its basic functions for adding user requirements are perfect, but we need more features. Currently, it has limited possibilities for our requirements. I would also like to see better contract management and have it managed in a certain way."

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"I am currently using the trial version, but this solution is definitely worth considering for the price point.""The price of this product is okay."

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"Its price is very good for the value that you get with it.""There is a license for this solution. When comparing this solution to others it is priced well.""They have the price on their site for the enterprise version, and we do receive a small discount.""It is cheaper than other solutions. Its cost is around $686 per year. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.""The license I use is on-premise. We haven't gone to the cloud where we have to pay monthly or something like that. Sparx is cheaper than most similar tools.""I think our license costs roughly $1,000 a year, but I could be wrong.""I use my own license. So, I just bought the professional version, which costs $800 or something like that. In the company where I am working, we have floating licenses. They are probably more expensive. Its licensing is affordable, but we are talking about a large organization, and there could be modelers or viewers of the models. We don't know how much that would cost us.""It is very economical and low cost. You have to pay for a one-time license, and it is active forever."

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Top Answer: What needs the most improvement are semantic lineage and usability.
Top Answer: I like Sparx's BPM features and the way it lets you create the diagram.
Top Answer: The license I use is on-premise. We haven't gone to the cloud where we have to pay monthly or something like that. Sparx is cheaper than most similar tools.
Top Answer: I check the Gartner report pretty regularly and I see that Sparx keeps on going down in the rating. The Sparx EA needs to catch up. I believe the one reason is the strategic architecture. Also, other… more »
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IDERA ER Studio, ER/Studio, ER/Studio Enterprise Team Edition
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IDERA ER/Studio is a powerful suite for business-driven data modeling that enables companies to create an enterprise architecture foundation for data governance. With round-trip support for multiple database platforms, data architects have the power to reverse-engineer, analyze, and optimize existing databases easily from diverse platforms. Data professionals can easily capture and share models, metadata, data sources, and glossaries across the organization for improved alignment between the organization and Information Technology. Organizational stakeholders can take part in the metadata definition workflow and access information on models and metadata at the right level for their needs.

Unlike its competition, it provides the broadest range of data platform support, industry-leading enterprise-level capabilities, visual data lineage and flow modeling, full dimensional modeling for data warehousing and business intelligence, and business data objects to bridge the gap between developers and data architects. It also provides a complete solution for enterprise architecture and data governance, extensive model change management, unique incorporation of true enterprise data dictionaries, unique linking of constructs across models, integrated visual data lineage import, and integrated data and business process modeling.

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
Newmont Mining, Entrust, Accolade, TalkTalk, Catalina, Protective Life, NTT Data, dir systèmes, Microsoft; American Express, Astellas Pharma, AstraZeneca, Coriant, Fedex, GlaxoSmithKline, PepsiCo, Prudential, Wells Fargo
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm15%
Healthcare Company10%
Computer Software Company10%
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider11%
Insurance Company8%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Financial Services Firm11%
Computer Software Company9%
Computer Software Company23%
Comms Service Provider20%
Manufacturing Company8%
Company Size
Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise61%
Small Business34%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise50%
Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise72%
Find out what your peers are saying about IDERA ER/Studio vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,873 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IDERA ER/Studio is ranked 12th in Architecture Management with 3 reviews while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 1st in Architecture Management with 34 reviews. IDERA ER/Studio is rated 6.4, while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of IDERA ER/Studio writes "Scales easily and the support is good, but the performance for large models should be improved". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect writes "Great pricing with an easy initial setup and a comprehensive toolkit". IDERA ER/Studio is most compared with erwin Evolve, erwin Data Modeler (DM), SAP PowerDesigner, Toad Data Modeler and Redgate SQL Toolbelt, whereas Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with Visual Paradigm, No Magic MagicDraw, Visio and ARIS BPA. See our IDERA ER/Studio vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect report.

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