Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect Competitors and Alternatives

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Real User
Adjunct Professor at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 26 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the amount of flexibility that one has to model, which is great for an individual. But it becomes a problem when you're trying to collaborate within a team. It is not a strongly coupled tool.

What needs improvement?

I dabble with the OMG (object management group) in terms of definitions of standard. OMG is now working on SysML version 2.0 and there is significant work that needs to be done to eliminate some of the ambiguities and foibles in the… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I am not aware of the costs, as this solution is offered to me by the clients.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, I used the Sparx Enterprise Architect. I still use it on occasion.

What other advice do I have?

I am a sole proprietor consultant and I work within teams that are a mix of contractors and government employees. Also, I am an adjunct professor. My advice goes back to the 80/20 rule. There is 20% of the basic fundamental capabilities… more »
Real User
Owner at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
May 28 2019

What is most valuable?

I like the fact that this solution is complete. It doesn't matter whether I want to draw a quick UML model, or a mind map, or some architecture or business motivation. It's in the tool, and there's not much that I can't do with it. This… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see something for visualizing innovation work maps. I created my own template in LibreOffice Draw, but it would be nice if there were something like that in Visual Paradigm. What I do now is to use the export functionality… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

When I first started using Visual Paradigm, one of the things that I liked was the price. It was not too expensive for a low learning curve. Over the years I've seen an increase in price, and it makes it difficult for a single person… more »

What other advice do I have?

When it comes to using the product, there is a learning curve, and it depends on how you want to start using it. If it's just for quickly modeling something to visualize the problem or explain stuff, it's not that hard. If you really want… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other products before selecting this one, including Enterprise Architect.
Carel Van Der Merwe
Real User
CEO at Abellard
May 29 2020

What is most valuable?

I do a data-centric design, so for me, the data analysis and design tools are the most valuable features. The interface is user-friendly. Because of the graphic nature of it, it helps you to be able… more »

What needs improvement?

Better support for integration with open-source technologies is needed. For example, I try to use open-source databases such as Postgres and MySQL instead of Microsoft, DB2, or Oracle. However, I… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I bought the software outright and do not pay a licensing fee.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The two other products that I have used are erwin Data Modeler and Enterprise Architect. I switched because of the scope and the user-friendliness of the tool. PowerDesigner used in conjunction with… more »

What other advice do I have?

I certainly recommend using this product, although it wasn't cheap so cost is a consideration. Price is a complaint that I have for most design tools in the IT world, as most of them are extremely… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have been looking for a tool to interface seamlessly into an open-source environment, and what I have found to be lacking is a visual database prototype tool. I would like something like, for… more »
Real User
Owner at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Aug 19 2019

What needs improvement?

We had a lot of problems with BiZZdesign, and I was happy when we switched to another tool. At first, we used the file server for sharing models, which didn't work because it freezes BiZZdesign. We switched to a database while still in a pilot project. Even then, we found that a lot of the functions were grayed out and unavailable for unknown reasons. We tested it, and we had support from… more »

What other advice do I have?

We have now moved to a new solution that works. The most important things are stability, collaboration, and of course, the user experience. Stability is a very important part of the user experience. I do not recommend using BiZZdesign. It is too much of a niche solution. Solutions like Enterprise Architect, or Visual Paradigm, are much more usable for the different kinds of audiences and users… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other options before choosing BiZZdesign, although I am not sure why we selected this option.
Libor Černý
Real User
Process Manager at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 30 2019

What is most valuable?

The cloud version has the advantage that you can work on it from anywhere. You can add data from your emails that are in the cloud, or use your mobile devices. This tool has methods for modeling processes, which is our requirement. If you… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the cost of the licenses improved. The trial version of this solution does not give you enough time to learn how to use it, so it should be extended to one year. It would be an improvement if ARIS Mashup were integrated… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There is a student version of this solution that can be used for free. There is also a trial version that can be used free for thirty days.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to this solution, I used Enterprise Architect. The main difference between these two solutions is licensing. The modeling capability is similar, although with ARIS you have a clear methodology. With Enterprise Architect, you have to… more »

What other advice do I have?

From my perspective, the cloud aspect of this solution is only a way to store data. It doesn't matter if the application is in the cloud or on-premises on my computer. I think that if you use the solution on the cloud, then it takes over… more »
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