IBM Rational System Architect Overview

IBM Rational System Architect is the #12 ranked solution in our list of top Architecture Management tools. It is most often compared to Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect: IBM Rational System Architect vs Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect

What is IBM Rational System Architect?
IBM Rational System Architect is an enterprise architecture solution for visualizing, analyzing, and communicating enterprise architecture and business process analysis. This solution provides decision support, process optimization, and integration into solution delivery. Rational System Architect addresses all aspects of your organization's enterprise architecture, including modeling, publishing, analysis, and execution.

IBM Rational System Architect is also known as Rational System Architect.

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IBM Rational System Architect Customers
Wuxi Lake Cloud, Nationwide, ETI, IDS Scheer
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RK
Enterprise Architecture Specialist at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Modeling is useful, but many features need improvement and technical support is lacking

What is our primary use case?

I am using this solution for building enterprise architecture models. It is an on-premises deployment model.

Pros and Cons

  • "We have seen ROI with this solution over the years that we have used it."
  • "This solution can be more user-friendly and easier to use, with better dashboards."

What other advice do I have?

From a tool progress perspective, we have seen very little investment from the principal vendor in terms of feature enhancement. My advice to anyone who is researching this type of solution is to resist looking at the product features. Instead, look for the product investment, the product roadmap, and how they have positioned the product in their portfolio. Then, based on these factors, make a choice. Today the product might be leading, but if it loses its interest and you don't see considerable improvement then the support will deteriorate. I would rate this solution a five out of ten.
GM
IT/Business Architect at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
Stable with good customization of the meta-model and good reporting

What is our primary use case?

When we selected this product, we were in an implementation of our ERC, and in that context, we had a lot of information and models to manage. That was the main reason that I recommended back-up storage. I was aware that when the change or the transformation was taking place, we were managing so many documents related to the way our enterprise is organized and functions. We needed this type of solution to manage it, and that was the main reason we had it in our organization.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is pretty stable."
  • "The solution needs to better integrate with other products, like Microsoft."

What other advice do I have?

Unfortunately, those that set up the solution didn't inform the new management and kind-of did it as an experiment. In the end, management decided not to proceed with usage. When we used it, we had it installed on a simple desktop. We didn't manage it in a public environment. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would rate it at an eight. I can recommend the solution, however only for the meta-model customization. Integration with all other software, like Microsoft, to facilitate an exchange, is not great. It can be an issue when it comes to ensuring the deliverables happen within theā€¦
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HajarEl F'Hayel
Database Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
An easy solution with a good interface but the deployment process needs improvement

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for modeling.

Pros and Cons

  • "The user interface is good. It's both clear and comprehensible. It's easy to work with."
  • "There needs to be more information at the outset about how to use the solution and how to deploy it. The deployment process needs improvement."

What other advice do I have?

We use the local cloud version. I would recommend using the solution. I would rate the solution at seven out of ten. I really like the product, but there is room for improvement.