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Endre Domiczi
Reseller
Owner & CEO at mentorITe
Sep 26 2019

What is most valuable?

I like that there is support for software patterns. The reverse engineering part is a feature that I like. Not so much the code generation, but the reverse engineering and also that it can be extended. You can extend Enterprise Architect by using JavaScript to extend the tools. I like the ability to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The company uses this for their own modeling, and perhaps for their processes, as well. Prior to using this application, people were creating PowerPoint slides with any flow that they wanted. This solution looks for consistency and performs checks on the model. In this way, the quality of the… more»

What needs improvement?

The platform has support for Windows and Mac, but not Linux. It would be nice to have it supported on the Linux operating system. The product is quite heavyweight, but if you want to do many things with it, it's like a Swiss Army Knife. If they move in the direction of a cloud-based version then I… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to take advantage of the good webinars that they have. Go through the example tutorials because they have a lot of them, before embarking on your own. I don't know how their courses are because I did not feel the need to use them. However… more»
Real User
IT Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
May 26 2019

What is most valuable?

It supports multiple modeling languages like ArchiMate for database design, software lifecycle visualization, and team management. Merging all of them is a great feature.

What needs improvement?

Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is okay. I don't see anything that can be improved at the moment. For me it's perfect. There used to be that feature in ArchiMate Modeling of Enterprise Architect… more»

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

I would advise anyone to find a good partner for guiding the methodology of modeling. Maybe some technical support is required if you need the integration of your tool.

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

Aris was our previous tool. It was not extensively used but we decided to go with Enterprise Architect. In my work, sometimes I used Aris combined with Enterprise Architect. Aris was for business… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect an eight out of ten. It's pretty good, but it's not that intuitive for the beginner user.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In this project, Aris was the main competition.
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AllanKowalski
Real User
Enterprise Architect at a music company
Oct 02 2019

What is most valuable?

Automated reporting saves me a kazillion hours a week of cutting, pasting and editing. Profiles and Stereotypes allows me to reduce the learning curve for newbies by 95%

How has it helped my organization?

It provides a centralized, self-regulating (like a spreadsheet is self regulating) standardized repository of architectural artifacts which can take in or spit out a… more»

What needs improvement?

Their business model does not include consulting services but this can be a weakness in some cases. Companies that include or even highlight the consulting arm of their… more»

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

The savings in license fees more than allows you to invest in a little training but get someone good.

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

Visio - it's like comparing crayons and paper to a spreadsheet.

What other advice do I have?

Watch out for fraudulent consultants who spout jargon but know nothing about modeling. Make someone show you the real stuff they have done.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, but for the combination of price and value, no one beats them. Now if you want to pay a million dollars there's a lot to choose from.
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 Systems Support. * Kind of all-in-one solution… 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 independently without any tractability. That led to… more»

What needs improvement?

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

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 templates. That will benefit you greatly afterwards.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other options such as Rational Software Architect, Visual Paradigm, and Altova UModel.
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 based modeling is moving the organization to a more… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Improved cross-functional team collaboration. Dynamic visual activity models improved communication and understanding with the business. Shared repository enabled reuse of… 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 SharePoint (Repository). Sparx replaced all of this… more»

What other advice do I have?

Establish best practices for solutioning including standardized stereotypes. Drive adoption using a hybrid approach of modeling and ingesting external documents since not… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Considered Visio Professional (has a repository), ArchiMate (too high-level), Rational (too costly)
Mbuso Khanyile
Real User
Head of Business Analysis and Enterprise Architect at a tech services company
Sep 26 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 have the diagrams.

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 can have a discussion and frequently asked questions. It would be best if you don't have to send a text and wait for a… 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 provide the user with a number of solutions, so one has to make sure that they exploit all of the benefits. I would rate… 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 support of models using ArchiMate, UML. The system provides powerful tools for… 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 to all. The system provided clear roadmaps for IT development and helped to… 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 and easier in terms of training. It is better suited to modeling on ArchiMate… more»

What other advice do I have?

I recommend connecting to the Sparx EA community.
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 (and Visio's inability to reference defined artifacts).

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. Recommended features would include: * A refreshed diagramming canvas (even outsourced to a third-party diagramming vendor, if necessary). * Replace built-in… more»
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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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