Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect vs. Visio

Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 1st in Business Process Design with 15 reviews vs Visio which is ranked 4th in Business Process Design with 10 reviews. The top reviewer of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect writes "It allowed teams and team members all over the world to collaborate and sync up on specific detailed parts of the solution or model easily with a minimum fuss". The top reviewer of Visio writes "It eases the standardization of the Business Process Model within multi-disciplinary teams". Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with Visual Paradigm, IBM Rational System Architect and Visio. Visio is most compared with Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, Bizagi and Visual Paradigm. See our Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect vs. Visio report.
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Pros
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.Provides a single repository for all architecture work.Customizable and tailored to the environment. Several template frameworks are provided.Its ability to reference and link to components from any diagram.Using Sparx Enterprise Architect allowed my customer to detail and make the company's IT strategy visible and accessible to all. The system provided clear roadmaps for IT development and helped to keep up-to-date documentation of systems and processes.The system provides powerful tools for obtaining reports and documentation.

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The most valuable feature is the ability to draw models quickly.The diagramming and swimlane features allow for separating business functions.We can easily add templates to SharePoint for collaboration.

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Cons
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.Insufficient control of metadata and standards.No way to implement data integrity and referential integrity constraints.Inconsistent UI elements must be tidied up with the toolbox gaps removed.I would like the system to more "intellectually" build a scheme, place icons, and connect lines on the schemes.More challenging than other tools to maintain documents and document versions for an architecture board review.

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I would like to see traceability. It doesn't have it. You cannot find one object amongst several sheets of Visio diagrams.It could use easier custom icon sets.It needs hyperlinked or narratives for page flows to make demos more effective.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Pricing and licensing are suitable even for small companies.Pricing and licensing is very attractive, simple, and straightforward.It’s the best deal in town, by far.Licenses are pretty low cost compared to, for example, ARIS.The pricing for ultimate version is steeply high.Use floating licenses strategically.The Corporate Edition, or one of the bundles, is the way to go.

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Overview

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.

Microsoft Visio is an advanced diagramming solution that helps IT professionals simplify, connect, and share information. Visio provides tools and resources for interpreting, acting upon, updating, and sharing complex information about IT processes, infrastructure, and applications - effectively and efficiently.
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Sample Customers
OmniLinkThomas College, Hamburg Port Authority, Portigon AG, Conseil G_n_ral du d_partement des Hautes-Alpes, AAA Auto a. s., Commonwealth Financial Network, ICA, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company
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Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Government
15%
Financial Services Firm
15%
Comms Service Provider
10%
Manufacturing Company
10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm
17%
Government
11%
Transportation Company
10%
Insurance Company
6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm
22%
Government
11%
Healthcare Company
10%
Comms Service Provider
6%
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Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business
39%
Midsize Enterprise
17%
Large Enterprise
43%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
14%
Midsize Enterprise
18%
Large Enterprise
68%
REVIEWERS
Small Business
38%
Midsize Enterprise
50%
Large Enterprise
13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
19%
Midsize Enterprise
26%
Large Enterprise
55%
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