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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... 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... 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... more»

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

Use floating licenses strategically.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I actually used a tool called TCC, Together Control Centre many years back which was very similar. It was created by... 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... more»
Jon Ridgway
Consultant
Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 04 2017

What is most valuable?

* Open API, published database schema * Report generation: Makes the tool easy to configure and easy to extract... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I have used the BPMN modelling, reporting, and analytic capability with a number of clients to document their business... more»

What needs improvement?

The tool lacks an interactive web interface. The HTML generated is static. Users can’t add comments, run reports, or... more»

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

It has very competitive pricing/licensing. Spend the money you save on experienced support when setting up your model.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I’ve used many solutions over the years. I tend to come back to Sparx because it is the best value for the money.

What other advice do I have??

Get experienced help with the setup/configuration of your model so it can fully meet your business requirements.
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reviewer603426
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... 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... more»

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

It’s the best deal in town, by far.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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»
it_user466647
Real User
CEO at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Mar 22 2017

What is most valuable?

We use it mainly for business process modelling, data modelling, and requirement specifications.

How has it helped my organization?

We have three licenses being used by a team of project managers. We can work collectively instead of various people... more»

What needs improvement?

We would like to see improvements in the documentation generator: templates, styles, and content.

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

I recommend buying higher versions; I mean versions with more options than the simplest one. We do not use flexible... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We previously used rational tools (Rose, RSA and some other rational tools as well). This product is much cheaper and... more»

What other advice do I have??

For others and for us: we'd like to buy the product along with courses or access to courses about specific parts of... more»
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,... 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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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»
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»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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... more»
Michael Justus
User
Software Architect with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 21 2018

What is most valuable?

* Its ability to reference and link to components from any diagram. * The vast number of frameworks supported to get started with modelling.

How has it helped my organization?

It has not improved our organization mainly due to the poor diagramming capabilities within the product, which are outdated and look like Visual Studio 2005. As a result, our architecture team constantly reverts back to Visio diagramming.

What needs improvement?

Improve the following: * Report builder * Diagramming capabilities * Connector routing and layout algorithms * Inconsistent UI elements must be tidied up with the toolbox gaps removed. * Alignment and button sizes need to be made consistent.... 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... 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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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

What other advice do I have??

I recommend connecting to the Sparx EA community.
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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.

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