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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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"Putting details into the process flow and being able to link other objects into the diagrams are very helpful features.""It is easy to learn and implement.""I enjoy the fact that I can go into detail with Visio. In shared communications, I can inspect for any fault in my processes.""Visio has improved our organization through an essential collaboration with the other Microsoft applications like SharePoint and Excel. So basically in the earlier days, what used to happen, a majority of the organization captured all the as-is process, the time and motion data in the form of Excel and then they used to create process diagrams using other freeware applications. Collaboration allows easy and convenient sharing with other stakeholders, that is really helpful with Visio.""The Data Objects are hyperlinked to the Standard Operating Procedures, Letters, and Forms.""I like to use Visio because it gives me a quick view of the things I had to put in a model for a company. I don't use it as an interface, though.""It keeps track of its connections as you move things around.""The most valuable features are process mapping and identifying responsibilities."

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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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"I would like to be able to present diagrams in multiple ways, such as a Swimlane diagram.""It does not integrate well with other solutions.""Transferring data was one of the issues that I expected Visio to have resolved. I use the older version.""The one particular thing which I would like to see improved is in comparison to other products in the market, and is still lacking in Visio, is publishing on a web application. For example, there is a freeware application business process modeling tool, Bizagi.""I would like to see included in the next release is the implementation of web publishing.""The Auto-Align has improved significantly from the previous release; however, it still jumbles the model if your process diagram has a fair degree of complexity.""Something that needs to improve, is the interface interaction with other tools.""System architecture could be improved."

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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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"It has a lower price point than the competition.""The cost of the software is reasonably priced.""The price is reasonable for individual use but for an organization, the costs is high.""Our license for Visio is including with the Office 365 subscription.""Visio is about a $180 dollars to purchase. It is a one-time licensing fee.""The yearly cost is approximately $400 CAD ($300 USD).""There are some cheaper as well as free solutions."

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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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Financial Services Firm17%
Government17%
Energy/Utilities Company13%
Manufacturing Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider15%
Government11%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Financial Services Firm29%
Insurance Company14%
University10%
Computer Software Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider18%
Government10%
Media Company6%
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Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise49%
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Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise64%
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Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise62%
Find out what your peers are saying about Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect vs. Visio and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
446,626 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 3rd in Business Process Design with 18 reviews while Visio is ranked 5th in Business Process Design with 19 reviews. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is rated 8.6, while Visio is rated 7.6. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Visio writes "Provides Key Collaboration With Other Microsoft Applications Like SharePoint and Excel". Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with Visual Paradigm, No Magic MagicDraw, ARIS BPM, IBM Rational System Architect and Lucidchart, whereas Visio is most compared with Bizagi, ARIS BPM, Visual Paradigm, Lucidchart and IBM Blueworks Live. See our Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect vs. Visio report.

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