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"Camunda Platform has a very good interface for workflow and business process design.""The number of client implementations and cross-language capabilities to support multiple frameworks is very pluggable compared to Pega. It's also more portable.""Camunda Platform is better than IBM BPM, and Azure. It is more elaborate.""Being able to use a Java-based solution makes the product flexible.""The best feature is the automation.""It has an open BPM""We can share, discuss, and develop the model together — from a distance. It's really helped us during these times of isolation.""There's this graphic that tells you how many lines or how many tickets are in each step. In that way, you know where you stand. I find this feature very valuable."

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"This is a useful tool for IT people who need to design their solution architecture.""Scalability is not a problem. You can always increase the footprint of what the thing can do because it's so powerful.""It has led some teams to do better code reviews - to be less focussed on coding conventions (syntax) and more focussed on the semantics because of the abstraction level clear design affords.""The product offers very good support for all mainstream modeling notations and architectural frameworks.""We have found the stability to be very reliable.""For the most part, we find that it is remarkable how inexpensive it is.""The Business Process Modeling or BPM part is the most valuable. Its ability to simulate scenarios is also very useful. It can also create descriptions of the workflows. It has a feature in which if you create some BPMN process, a workflow diagram, and the description inside, you can actually simulate the whole scenario, and you get the description. That's very handy.""The solution is easy to use, supports SysML and UML, and is able to connect to MATLAB. This is very important for us."

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"It's a very meat and potatoes type of product and isn't overly designed. It's very easy to find your way through the solution, as it's not too complicated.""The most valuable feature of this product is its versatility.""What I like most about the solution is that It's quite easy to use.""The most valuable feature is the set of diagramming tools.""If you are a knowledgeable individual, the initial setup isn't too difficult.""It is easy to use.""It is stable. I have never experienced any issues.""It's very agile and user friendly with a lot of templates."

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"As we experienced some difficulties in the beginning, deployment took almost a month.""Lacking in forms visualization.""The initial set up could be simplified, it's complex.""The user interface needs some polishing because it is too technical for end-users to use it.""Process interfaces between diagrams could be improved.""The initial setup can be complex for business users.""When trying to design rule tables the solutions graphical user interface could improve, it could be more user friendly.""The user interface needs improvement. It should be more tailored to the end-user and offer a better user experience design over the user interface itself."

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"They should make the Save button easier to find. A simplified user interface for a lighter user would probably be useful. I am not sure if such an interface is already there.""What should be improved are the integration capabilities of the solution with Bizagi.""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.""The user interface is not so good. It's not easy for someone to use it at first. The product takes some getting used to.""This solution has some limitations from a business perspective.""The UI is a little bit outdated. It should be more fresh and clean.""The window froze for five or ten seconds. You can click and click again and it takes a second to come up. It might have been specific to a version.""There should be a MATLAB-specific toolbox added to the solution with better compatibility. The connections currently are good but in the future, it needs a huge improvement."

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"There could be better integration between Visio and Word, especially when it comes to importing graphics from the one to the other.""Occasionally, the automation feature that helps you easily add the "next step" goes crazy and it will move a bunch of stuff.""Lacks the ability to analyze the different relations between activities, positions and roles.""Its integration with other vendors can be better and support for other formats. For example, when we import a JPEG, we cannot customize it. Similarly, we can't utilize the BPML kind of diagrams.""The database modeling has deteriorated significantly in the more current versions.""It can be complex. If you don't know a little bit about it, it can get really confusing.""I would like to see Visio become some kind of enterprise architecture, which it is not.""System architecture could be improved."

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"Licensing costs are anywhere from $80,000 to $100,000 USD per year.""We're using the open-source version for now.""When compared with the proprietary products, the pricing costs are much less, even though it is an enterprise edition.""The cost of this solution is better than some competing products.""We use the open-source version, which can be used at no cost.""There is an open-source version available, that in its core features (workflow and decision engine, modeler) is exactly the same as in the enterprise version.""I think Camunda BPM can improve their licensing costs. It isn't easy to find clients with Camunda BPM licenses mainly because it's quite expensive.""We pay for the license of this solution annually."

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"It is very economical and low cost. You have to pay for a one-time license, and it is active forever.""I think our license costs roughly $1,000 a year, but I could be wrong.""They have the price on their site for the enterprise version, and we do receive a small discount.""The licensing is not as expensive as some of the other data modeling tools such as Erwin.""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.""Its price is very good for the value that you get with it.""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."

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"The price of Visio is reasonable.""There is a licensing fee, but it is fairly priced.""Personally, I think the price of this solution is too high.""I haven't looked at the prices lately. We have an older copy, and it was a couple of hundred dollars for this software. That's a huge expense.""Our license for Visio is including with the Office 365 subscription.""The price is reasonable for individual use but for an organization, the costs is high.""It's not the cheapest product, but it's extremely valuable.""I pay for the license and it is very expensive. If you're only going to use this tool from time to time, you can save money by just using the available online tools. But if you plan on using it heavily, then it's worth it to invest."

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Camunda Platform is a complete process automation tech stack with powerful execution engines for BPMN workflows and DMN decisions paired with essential applications for modeling, operations, and analytics.

With a clear vision to automate any process, anywhere, Camunda is reinventing process automation for the digital enterprise. Featuring a developer-friendly, open source approach, enterprises can use Camunda Platform to breakthrough technological, organizational, and infrastructure barriers, optimize their business processes, and drive their digital transformation initiatives forward.

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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Thomas 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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Financial Services Firm22%
Comms Service Provider22%
Computer Software Company22%
Non Profit11%
Computer Software Company27%
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Computer Software Company22%
Comms Service Provider20%
Manufacturing Company8%
Financial Services Firm23%
Computer Software Company13%
Insurance Company10%
Comms Service Provider19%
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Company Size
Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise25%
Small Business17%
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Large Enterprise58%
Small Business34%
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Large Enterprise50%
Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise71%
Small Business29%
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Large Enterprise53%
Find out what your peers are saying about Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect vs. Visio and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,695 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 3rd in Business Process Design with 34 reviews while Visio is ranked 4th in Business Process Design with 52 reviews. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is rated 8.2, while Visio is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect writes "Great pricing with an easy initial setup and a comprehensive toolkit". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Visio writes "A stable and scalable solution for business-oriented presentations". Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with Visual Paradigm, No Magic MagicDraw, ARIS BPA, IBM Rational System Architect and iServer, whereas Visio is most compared with Bizagi, ARIS BPA, SAP Signavio Process Manager, IBM Blueworks Live and SAP PowerDesigner. See our Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect vs. Visio report.

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