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"The best feature is the automation.""The Camunda BPMN Platform is very flexible and gives several options to deploy and scale it.""The most valuable feature is the scheduling.""The most valuable feature is that, with a visual system, you can try to have a process client before beginning the programming for the application.""The interface and the number of connectors that they provide are the most valuable features. The support here, it's kind of okay. But the main thing is with the number of connectors and the UI, the user interface.""I can use any other tools to create services and the UI, and then use them together with the Camunda BPMN engine.""It has an open BPM""It is open-source. It supports microservice orchestration. This is what we are really interested in. We can customize our products depending on the use cases."

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"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.""It is a very flexible product. It can do a lot. It is also a reliable product.""The installation was very easy.""We have found the stability to be very reliable.""The features I find most valuable is the ability to create a document and then put it into a OneCare artifact.""Ability to keep inventory of reusable blocks, and use in different diagrams with views of various templates.""It is a very rich tool in terms of the functionality, and the types of diagrams, that you can create in this tool.""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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"The solution is very user-friendly. It's easy to just open it and start working.""It is easy-to-use and it helps understand its data modeling structure through the intuitive user interface.""The pricing model is attractive.""I love Visual Paradigm because it has many different types of diagrams. For any field of engineering, we can find a diagram.""The initial setup is straightforward.""I like the structure. I can see the diagrams and everything I created.""Some of the most valuable features of this process modeling tool are process simulation and process animation."

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Cons
"The solution could use some enhancements like adding connectors, improving forms and having a mobile app, but everything is an enhancement rather than a flaw.""I don't like the UI of the Camunda Platform, I have found the Signavio solution to be much better for me to create the process designs and execute them. Additionally, I have found the tools in the Camunda Platform are not compatible with some of my other tools. They should improve this in the future.""In the future, I would definitely like to see the process administration (migration, audit, tracking) and process evaluation (optimize) features added to the community edition.""I'm from the .NET world and I would like to use it, rather than Java.""Camunda could be improved by making it easier to modify a process. You can program it to follow a process, but it is difficult to modify the process when the application is in use. It could also be improved by making it easier to use the visual platform without needing to be informed on that. Sometimes, we programmers haven't used it in the past, and it's a bit difficult to learn it.""Lacking in forms visualization.""The migration strategy needs to be improved.""The initial set up could be simplified, it's complex."

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"The documentation could be better. Where I work, we speak French and we don't speak English, so we don't have anything in French. It's perfect in English, but we need something in French.""What should be improved are the integration capabilities of the solution with Bizagi.""For data modeling, it is not very mature when comparing with other data modeling tools.""It took me a while to figure out how to use the report generation features effectively. So, it would be really nice if they had a way to make that a little bit more interactive and a little bit more straightforward.""Because its easy to create diagrams one needs to be vigilant on the housekeeping of orphaned fragments - I have written my own scripts to do this, maybe they are available now.""Not visually appealing.""Its usability needs to be improved. For non-technical users, it is a little difficult to understand how Enterprise Architect works. Users who are not engineers find it difficult to understand how this tool works. This is something they need to work on. They can develop a BPM model to simulate processes.""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."

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"It's still early for me to comment since I've only been using it for two months, but the responsiveness when diagramming needs to be improved.""There are some connectivity issues that crop up rarely when used with SQL Server.""The solution could be more compatible with other products in the future.""More flexibility when choosing the type of diagram would be nice.""The solution can be heavy on resource usage.""From time to time, we experience some troubles when we work as teams."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Licensing costs are anywhere from $80,000 to $100,000 USD per year.""Camunda has a free service as well as a commercial service. We are using the free service.""The open-source version of the product is free to use.""The cost of this solution is better than some competing products.""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.""We're using the open-source version for now.""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.""When compared with the proprietary products, the pricing costs are much less, even though it is an enterprise edition."

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"I think our license costs roughly $1,000 a year, but I could be wrong.""We have an annual license, and it's very affordable.""Its price is very good for the value that you get with it.""It is very economical and low cost. You have to pay for a one-time license, and it is active forever.""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.""There is a license for this solution. When comparing this solution to others it is priced well.""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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"You can use Paradigm on a subscription basis and you can choose from different tiers of subscription.""The pricing of Visual Paradigm is very appropriate and affordable. There are no hidden costs involved.""You can move between the tiers from month to month so you are not restricted to one pricing model."

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Top Answer: I like Sparx's BPM features and the way it lets you create the diagram.
Top Answer: 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… more »
Top Answer: I check the Gartner report pretty regularly and I see that Sparx keeps on going down in the rating. The Sparx EA needs… more »
Top Answer: I love Visual Paradigm because it has many different types of diagrams. For any field of engineering, we can find a… more »
Top Answer: From time to time, we experience some troubles when we work as teams. When two users work on the same diagram, it can be… more »
Top Answer: We use Visual Paradigm to create and manage development processes. We have a license for 12 users, but in reality, there… more »
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Overview

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.

Visual Paradigm is a UML tool. The tool is designed for a wide range of users including software engineers, system analysts, business analysts and system architects, or for anyone who is interested in reliably building large-scale software systems using an object-oriented approach. In addition, Visual Paradigm supports the latest standards of UML notation.
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Sample Customers
24 Hour Fitness, Accruent, Allianz Indonesia, AT&T Inc., Atlassian, CSS Insurance, Deutsche Telekom, Generali, Provinzial NordWest Insurance Services, Swisscom AG, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VHV Group, Zalando
OmniLink
Adobe, Apple, at&t, Caterpillar, Intel, NASA, Nokia, Toyota
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm21%
Comms Service Provider21%
Computer Software Company21%
Non Profit11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm11%
Government7%
REVIEWERS
Government17%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Financial Services Firm11%
Computer Software Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company23%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government10%
Manufacturing Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company20%
Government9%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business51%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise27%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise57%
REVIEWERS
Small Business34%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise50%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise72%
REVIEWERS
Small Business67%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise17%
Find out what your peers are saying about Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect vs. Visual Paradigm and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 3rd in Business Process Design with 34 reviews while Visual Paradigm is ranked 13th in Business Process Design with 5 reviews. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is rated 8.0, while Visual Paradigm is rated 8.2. 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 Visual Paradigm writes "Data modeling through an interface that makes it easy-to-use and understand". Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with No Magic MagicDraw, Visio, ARIS BPA, IBM Rational System Architect and iServer, whereas Visual Paradigm is most compared with Visio, Lucidchart, ARIS BPA, Bizagi and iGrafx. See our Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect vs. Visual Paradigm report.

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