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Allan Gary Kowalski
Consultant
Consultant with self employed
Jun 30 2017

What is most valuable?

Automated document generation is a real time saver , no more cut and paste, no more keeping track of which diagrams are in… more»

How has it helped my organization?

In one organization, it allowed teams and team members all over the world to collaborate and sync up on specific detailed… more»

What needs improvement?

Sparx EA has always had one strong negative that has kept it from dominating the market ( not counting the fact that the… more»

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

Use floating licenses strategically.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I actually used a tool called TCC, Together Control Centre many years back which was very similar. It was created by Peter… more»

What other advice do I have?

Take the time to learn the features well - it will pay off. I have been using it for six years and I am still learning new… more»
Real User
Enterprise Architect
Jul 27 2017

What is most valuable?

The RTF document generator and profiles. The RTF document generator allows me to focus more of my time on architecture and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Various groups within the enterprise can now have access to a centralized and standardized repository.

What needs improvement?

Truth be told, like most products of its kind, it is not always an intuitively easy tool to use. In fairness, it is very… more»

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

It’s the best deal in town, by far.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have used other tools (DOORS, Rational, etc.), but always found them more limited, clunky, and expensive.

What other advice do I have?

Carefully evaluate any tool before you buy it, as their product sheets and PowerPoints always look good. Even more… more»
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Michael Sukachev
Real User
Lead Solutions Architect at a transportation company with 51-200 employees
Dec 19 2017

What is most valuable?

* Great adaptability to modeling needs of all organization departments: Business, Architecture, Software Development, and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We adopted Sparx EA more than six years ago. Before that, all models were created in MS Visio and were maintained… more»

What needs improvement?

The elements of the modeling sets can have better customization and visual representation. It would be great to have a… more»

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

Pricing and licensing is very attractive, simple, and straightforward.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

MS Visio was used for tractability and maintenance, and many other concerns, were the reasons that we switched.

What other advice do I have?

Plan and organize your elements and models using the best practices from the beginning and create customized project… more»
John Lamb
Real User
Director Enterprise Architecture at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jan 07 2019

What is most valuable?

Version 14 menu organization is much better. Ability to ingest external artifacts with added metadata coupled with UML… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Improved cross-functional team collaboration. Dynamic visual activity models improved communication and understanding with… more»

What needs improvement?

A better deployment model for the enterprise without relying on HKEY_CURRENT_USER in the registry.

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

Setup a shared RDBMS repository (SQL, Oracle, etc.), acquire shared license keys and deploy using MSI scripts.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The Solution Architect team used a combination of Visio (UML), Word (Document Templates), Excel (Requirements) and… more»

What other advice do I have?

Establish best practices for solutioning including standardized stereotypes. Drive adoption using a hybrid approach of… more»
Mbuso Khanyile
Real User
Head of Business Analysis and Enterprise Architect at a tech services company
May 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the Business Process Management and the Architect.

How has it helped my organization?

As a business analyst, I am responsible for the requirements and arrangement. This solution makes my work very easy. Some of the business processes are very easy to compare when you… more»

What needs improvement?

I think that collaboration can be better. It isn't bad but it can be improved. It would be nice if you can have interaction with other users, in a community of some sort, where you… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice for somebody implementing this solution is to make sure that they utilize it to its full capacity so that they can draw the greatest value out of it. This product can… more»
AldrichWright
Real User
Data Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jun 06 2017

What is most valuable?

* Data Modeling (conceptual modeling) * XML schema design * We use it to develop and maintain the Enterprise Conceptual… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We used Sparx EA to document CCAR data lineage in response to an OCC MRA filing.

What needs improvement?

* Greater OMG UML and XMI compliance * Better reporting

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

The Corporate Edition, or one of the bundles, is the way to go. You don't save that much going with the personal or… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used erwin. Erwin was unstable and didn't handle the model as the size grew.

What other advice do I have?

Just get it. My elevator pitch was that it is cheaper than Visio and it provides a common tool and repository for all your… more»
Anatoli Solomin
Real User
INLINE Technologies at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Mar 11 2018

What is most valuable?

I like to use this system, it is a handy tool for visual modeling that provides opportunities for analysis, design, and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Using Sparx Enterprise Architect allowed my customer to detail and make the company's IT strategy visible and accessible… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like the system to more "intellectually" build a scheme, place icons, and connect lines on the schemes.

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

Pricing and licensing are suitable even for small companies.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

ARIS Business Architect, ARIS Business Designer. Sparx EA is better suited for small and medium-sized companies, cheaper… more»

What other advice do I have?

I recommend connecting to the Sparx EA community.
Real User
medewerker e-diensten at a government with 51-200 employees
Jul 20 2017

What is most valuable?

It's like a repository. So far, we use it only for Information Modelling.

How has it helped my organization?

• Repository. • Reuse of objects • Making fewer mistakes in models (i.e., naming objects, attributes, etc.).

What needs improvement?

It would be great if we could decrease the use of different parts of the Toolbox. By doing so, forcing temporary… more»

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

No clue…Licenses are pretty low cost compared to, for example, ARIS.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Word (Microsoft Office), Visio.

What other advice do I have?

For the initial setup, get people with good knowledge from Sparx EA .
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