We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The usability is very high. It almost looks like a Facebook for Enterprise architecture, it's pretty nice. It's HTML5 based. The repository is very easy. It has 10 different ways of sorting the objects you have in your architecture repository. Maintaining new data or to add data to your repository is very easy."
"The most valuable features are that it's user-friendly and the user experience. It's easy to map the fact sheets."
"Among the most valuable features are the easy-to-use interface and the ability to get quick results... Many tools that I have seen are great for technical people and for giving technical and business information as well, but they're not as friendly and easy as LeanIX... It works well for both technical and business users. It provides a good combination, enabling you to quickly put valuable information in for both technical and non-technical people and derive results."
"It's a stable and scalable solution. I like that it's similar to Rational Rose."
"It is a very flexible product. It can do a lot. It is also a reliable product."
"Ability to keep inventory of reusable blocks, and use in different diagrams with views of various templates."
"Its ease of use and the breadth of the toolkit are most valuable. It has an incredible repository of artifacts to work with, and they're all cross-referenced. It works with a whole bunch of different standards. It works with BPMN, which is Business Process Modeling Notation, and it also works with something called TOGAF, which is the Open Group Architecture Foundation. There are different layers when you're dealing with architecture. There is the user interface, application, data, data servers, and all that kind of stuff. You have the infrastructure, hardware, and software layers, and then you have the application and business capability layers. You can model a business process and decompose it into all of the applications, data, and hardware to support it."
"I like Sparx's BPM features and the way it lets you create the diagram."
"The features I find most valuable is the ability to create a document and then put it into a OneCare artifact."
"It's easy to search within the solution."
"There are a couple of things. Price is one thing, but we also like the scriptability of it. We got into scripting it and automating tasks with it, and it is super duper easy to do and helpful. The API has improved over the years. We automate everything, and I love the automation aspects of it."
"They should improve the out of the box connectors that they provide. They should see if clients are really ready to adapt them."
"Not a ten because you always have that gap between complexity and easy to use. And the more complex the tool becomes, the more difficult it is to get the usability."
"Another area for improvement is that when you're starting to look into more advanced information, using the solution's APIs and its customizations, documentation for that specific aspect is not very good. There is not too much support built into the offering for that aspect, for a developer."
"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."
"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."
"The solution needs to offer better support for the mobile-based system. Right now, it's not working."
"The UI is a little bit outdated. It should be more fresh and clean."
"For data modeling, it is not very mature when comparing with other data modeling tools."
"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."
"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."
"Its usability needs to be improved. For non-technical users, it is a little difficult to understand how Enterprise Architect works. Users who are not engineers find it difficult to understand how this tool works. This is something they need to work on. They can develop a BPM model to simulate processes."
"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."
"The licence has a costly upfront fee which gets you access. You have to pay an annual maintenance fee, which is less."
"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."
"There is a license for this solution. When comparing this solution to others it is priced well."
"We have an annual license, and it's very affordable."
"I think our license costs roughly $1,000 a year, but I could be wrong."
"Its price is very good for the value that you get with it."
"It is cheaper than other solutions. Its cost is around $686 per year. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
LeanIX delivers collaborative Enterprise Architecture designed for modern IT. Our open, data-driven architecture management model helps organizations adapt to the evolving demands of digital. From agile to multi-cloud and beyond, architecture teams using LeanIX have the power to strategically support the business and report 45% reduction in time to value delivery. More than 90,000 users across enterprises worldwide rely on LeanIX to manage their IT landscape, including adidas, Bosch, 7Eleven, and Zalando.
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.
LeanIX is ranked 8th in Architecture Management with 3 reviews while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 1st in Architecture Management with 34 reviews. LeanIX is rated 8.6, while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of LeanIX writes "Saves us significant time when analyzing potential mergers and acquisitions and how our technologies match up". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect writes "Great pricing with an easy initial setup and a comprehensive toolkit". LeanIX is most compared with iServer, Ardoq, Avolution ABACUS, MEGA HOPEX and Alfabet Enterprise Architecture Management, whereas Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with Visual Paradigm, No Magic MagicDraw, Visio, ARIS BPA and Avolution ABACUS. See our LeanIX vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect report.
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