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"We are using the BPMN engine of Camunda; we are not using the user interface. We are using just the engine, the back end of this. For us, it is working quite well.""There's this graphic that tells you how many lines or how many tickets are in each step. In that way, you know where you stand. I find this feature very valuable.""The number of client implementations and cross-language capabilities to support multiple frameworks is very pluggable compared to Pega. It's also more portable.""Camunda Platform is better than IBM BPM, and Azure. It is more elaborate.""Ease of use and ability to streamline a process model.""It has an open BPM""I like everything about the entire BPM that comes with the BPM suite.""I can use any other tools to create services and the UI, and then use them together with the Camunda BPMN engine."

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"This is a flexible tool compared to some other solutions.""The solution has wide use within Microsoft products. The integration with Microsoft products, and, in particular, Microsoft Office, is great."

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"We have found the stability to be very reliable.""It provides good utilization and it's a convenient tool for building exact architectural work.""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.""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 company has become more efficient and reduced its budget.""The features I find most valuable is the ability to create a document and then put it into a OneCare artifact.""Modeling is a part of my work, and it has a lot of standard modeling languages. It is quite wide, and a lot is possible in it. We are not programming it ourselves, but if you are into programming and developing software yourself, you can go further and do a lot with Sparx. You can work from the framework and go into the details. With this solution, you get a lot of value at a low cost. It is also quite intuitive in terms of use. I like the use of it.""It is an EA tool that is approved by Open Group. It is in the tool register of Open Group."

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"As we experienced some difficulties in the beginning, deployment took almost a month.""The user interface needs improvement. It should be more tailored to the end-user and offer a better user experience design over the user interface itself.""The solution could use some enhancements like adding connectors, improving forms and having a mobile app, but everything is an enhancement rather than a flaw.""The initial setup can be complex for business users.""Documentation can be improved.""The migration strategy needs to be improved.""Process interfaces between diagrams could be improved.""Would be helpful if there were additional out-of-the-box activities."

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"The performance is slow, which is something that should be improved.""The migration tool needs to be included in the main package, and not as a separate license."

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"What should be improved are the integration capabilities of the solution with Bizagi.""From a practical point of view, we need speed and reliability for creating a model and doing some really meaningful tasks such as application landscape, refactoring, etc. These are two primary criteria. Sometimes, when you import something, it creates the object duplicates, or it allows you to do something that you're not supposed to do. For example, validation is missing. This could be frustrating because when you work at a high speed, you need to come back and start fixing things that the tool allowed you to go with, which is not quite good. So, there should probably be some internal mechanisms to advise you about what you're doing and what is probably not the best idea.""This solution is quite complex to use. It would be nice if the learning curve wasn't so steep.""There should be a MATLAB-specific toolbox added to the solution with better compatibility. The connections currently are good but in the future, it needs a huge improvement.""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.""The UI is a little bit outdated. It should be more fresh and clean.""The solution needs to offer better support for the mobile-based system. Right now, it's not working.""Their technical support is not good in India. I wrote to them because I had a question, but I never got an answer. So, I just left it behind."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Generally, the price could be better, as well as the licensing fees.""Licensing costs are anywhere from $80,000 to $100,000 USD per year.""We use the open-source version, which can be used at no cost.""I think Camunda BPM can improve their licensing costs. It isn't easy to find clients with Camunda BPM licenses mainly because it's quite expensive.""We pay for the license of this solution annually.""There is an open-source version available, that in its core features (workflow and decision engine, modeler) is exactly the same as in the enterprise version.""The open-source version of the product is free to use.""When compared with the proprietary products, the pricing costs are much less, even though it is an enterprise edition."

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"They have the price on their site for the enterprise version, and we do receive a small discount.""I think our license costs roughly $1,000 a year, but I could be wrong.""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.""Its price is very good for the value that you get with it.""It is very economical and low cost. You have to pay for a one-time license, and it is active forever.""The licensing is not as expensive as some of the other data modeling tools such as Erwin.""There is a license for this solution. When comparing this solution to others it is priced well.""It is cheaper than other solutions. Its cost is around $686 per year. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."

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Overview

Camunda Platform is a complete process automation tech stack with powerful execution engines for BPMN workflows and DMN decisions paired with essential applications for modeling, operations, and analytics.

With a clear vision to automate any process, anywhere, Camunda is reinventing process automation for the digital enterprise. Featuring a developer-friendly, open source approach, enterprises can use Camunda Platform to breakthrough technological, organizational, and infrastructure barriers, optimize their business processes, and drive their digital transformation initiatives forward.

iServer is a unified software platform and enterprise modeling environment that extends and enhances the familiar, market leading Microsoft Visio and Office products. Core capabilities provided by iServer include an enhanced Microsoft Visio diagramming interface, a powerful central repository for all enterprise architecture or business process models and documentation, and a range of tools for visualization, analysis and decision making.

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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24 Hour Fitness, Accruent, Allianz Indonesia, AT&T Inc., Atlassian, CSS Insurance, Deutsche Telekom, Generali, Provinzial NordWest Insurance Services, Swisscom AG, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VHV Group, Zalando
Barclays, Cathay Pacific, Deloitte, British Gas, MasterCard
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Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm22%
Comms Service Provider22%
Computer Software Company22%
Non Profit11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm11%
Government7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company21%
Comms Service Provider17%
Government9%
Financial Services Firm8%
REVIEWERS
Government17%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Financial Services Firm11%
Computer Software Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company22%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government11%
Manufacturing Company8%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise25%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise58%
REVIEWERS
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise50%
REVIEWERS
Small Business34%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise50%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise71%
Find out what your peers are saying about Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect vs. iServer and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,695 professionals have used our research since 2012.

iServer is ranked 10th in Architecture Management with 2 reviews while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 1st in Architecture Management with 34 reviews. iServer is rated 8.6, while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of iServer writes "Stable with the potential to scale and integrates well with Microsoft". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect writes "Great pricing with an easy initial setup and a comprehensive toolkit". iServer is most compared with LeanIX, Visio, ARIS BPA, MEGA HOPEX and Avolution ABACUS, whereas Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with Visual Paradigm, No Magic MagicDraw, Visio, ARIS BPA and Lucidchart. See our Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect vs. iServer report.

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