Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect vs. Visio

As of February 2019, Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 1st in Business Process Design with 16 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, No Magic MagicDraw and Visio. Visio is most compared with Bizagi, Visual Paradigm and Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect. See our Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect vs. Visio report.
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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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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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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
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm15%
Comms Service Provider10%
Manufacturing Company10%
Financial Services Firm17%
Transportation Company14%
Insurance Company6%
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Company Size
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise45%
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise59%
Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise44%
Large Enterprise22%
Find out what your peers are saying about Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect vs. Visio and other solutions. Updated: January 2019.
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