Compare SAP PowerDesigner vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect

SAP PowerDesigner is ranked 5th in Architecture Management with 4 reviews while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 1st in Architecture Management with 14 reviews. SAP PowerDesigner is rated 9.0, while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of SAP PowerDesigner writes "A pragmatic tool that's easy to use and offers good data modeling". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect writes "An extensible solution with helpful webinars and good tutorials to learn from". SAP PowerDesigner is most compared with erwin Enterprise Architecture, Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect and SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer, whereas Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with Visual Paradigm, Visio and No Magic MagicDraw. See our SAP PowerDesigner vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect report.
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Pros
The solution is a very pragmatic tool. It's quite easy to use.It can automate many routine tasks and save human resources to focus on real problems.This solution has good tools for big data, where you can manage large and complex databases.It has helped me to develop the as-is state, design its to-be state, and track the capital investment according to gap analysis.

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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.The most valuable features are the flexibility and adaptability of Sparx Enterprise Architect.Some of the business processes are very easy to compare when you have the diagrams.I like that there is support for software patterns.Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect supports multiple modeling languages like ArchiMate for database design, software lifecycle visualization, and team management.I have found the Meta Model tuning feature useful as it provides me with an overview of all my work needs.Its most valuable feature is the Zachman Framework.We can easily use it with our new customers.

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Cons
It would be helpful if there were glossary, catalog and governance tools. It would help make it a true end-to-end product.There should be a better usage of current hardware including multicore CPUs, higher resolutions, and multiple displays.This product does not have a good BPMN Modeler.The data governance should be improved, like ER/Studio.

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This solution should have better ease of use for the uninitiated.Using EA involves a steep learning curve if you want to understand its capabilities and functionality.I think that collaboration can be better.It would be nice to have it supported on the Linux operating system.There used to be that feature in ArchiMate Modeling of Enterprise Architect called inherited relationships. Now it's gone.It should be made Windows compatible.The reporting needs improvement.Weak in regards to data modelling. No logical or physical modelling or migration from conceptual to physical.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
PowerDesigner is not the cheapest solution on the market, so make sure that you are using it to its full potential.The ROI has been 43%.

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In terms of cost, Sparx EA is probably one of the cheapest tools I have ever used.Pricing and licensing are suitable even for small companies.

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Overview

Plan and manage complex business transformation initiatives with SAP PowerDesigner. The software’s data modeling tools let you build a blueprint of your current enterprise architecture and visualize the impact of change before it happens. Automatically capture architecture layers and requirements, tap into a powerful metadata repository, and share discoveries with your team.

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
Medtronic, Cirque du Soleil, Antarc, B&G Manufacturing, EarlySense, eBay, Ferrero, James Austin Company, Lenovo, Sagem, RAK Ceramics, VodafoneOmniLink
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company16%
Financial Services Firm13%
Media Company10%
Manufacturing Company8%
REVIEWERS
Government19%
Energy/Utilities Company15%
Financial Services Firm15%
Transportation Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company21%
Comms Service Provider13%
Government11%
Insurance Company7%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business56%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise22%
REVIEWERS
Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise50%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise48%
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