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"Tech support is very responsive. They solved issues within a prompt response time.""iServer is a solution that helps catalog enterprise architect solutions and catalog information.""I have to think less with this solution. It's simple.""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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"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 definitely needs help to improve the visual aspect of the solution.""There are other solutions out there that have a better user interface.""The one issue is that if you want to import predefined work, you need to put the licensing model in. So if you wanted to import work that was done before, you then need to buy a separate product for that.""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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"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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"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: I am not familiar with iServer, I haven't used it before. But from what I have read about it, it interacts well with Microsoft Visio and I know that ARIS also interacts well with Visio. So I would… more »
Top Answer: This is a flexible tool compared to some other solutions.
Top Answer: The performance is slow, which is something that should be improved. Implementing business processes could be improved. I would like to see a map of all of the processes drawn automatically. You can… more »
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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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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Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company22%
Comms Service Provider15%
Government10%
Financial Services Firm9%
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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 Business20%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise50%
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Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise49%
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Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise64%
Find out what your peers are saying about Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect vs. iServer and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
446,626 professionals have used our research since 2012.
iServer is ranked 11th in Architecture Management with 4 reviews while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 1st in Architecture Management with 18 reviews. iServer is rated 8.0, while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is rated 8.6. 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 "Has made the EA object model available so you can add your own popup menu items". iServer is most compared with ARIS BPM, Visio, Avolution ABACUS, LeanIX and MEGA HOPEX, whereas Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with Visual Paradigm, No Magic MagicDraw, Visio, ARIS BPM and SAP PowerDesigner. See our Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect vs. iServer report.

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