Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect Reviews

Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is the #1 ranked solution of our top Architecture Management tools. It's rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Visual Paradigm - Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect vs Visual Paradigm

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Terry Watts
Real User
Software Developer at RowdenSoftwareSolutions Ltd.
Jul 26 2020

What is most valuable?

* Mind mapping as a top-level tool for conceptual brainstorming and identification of key concepts in the conceptual model. * Use cases / scenarios / activity diagram… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Sparx has mainly improved my organization through the communication of ideas through the sharing of models and a variety of diagramming techniques. Consistency is a key… more »

What needs improvement?

It is a good affordable that is actively evolving, I think the modeling of activity diagrams could be optimized - currently, they insist on you specifying whether a… more »

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

Pricing is an obvious selling point and so are the flexibility and feature set.

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

IBM Rational, but not many companies could afford it.

What other advice do I have?

It supports a variety of databases - if you have more than say 5 do not use access. Maybe it is better now but it did cause us problems when 30 devs were using it. Access… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

At the time I first used it it was a no brainer, there was only Sparx out there as affordable and serious software - there was Visio. Now there are real alternatives.
Marc Lampron
Real User
Conseiller principal en architecture d’entreprise et de solution at Cronomagic Canada
Aug 30 2020

What is most valuable?

The product offers very good support for all mainstream modeling notations and architectural frameworks. It has a very complete and coherent environment for business… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Supporting all of the important architecture modeling notations and all types and levels of architecture modeling in a secure, collaborative, and well-integrated model… more »

What needs improvement?

Even if there are web-based tools in the Enterprise Architecture tool ecosystem (like Prolaborate), the main modeling application is still a fat client application. For… more »

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

Define your immediate needs and objectives, start small and focused. Identify some motivated champions inside your organization and find a coach to help them get to know… more »

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

In different contexts and organizations, I have tried and used different modeling tools. That said, when I have the choice of tool to use for architecture modeling I… more »

What other advice do I have?

Hang around in the user's community to gain a perspective of what others do and don't do.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In my career, I was involved in many modeling tool selection exercises in many organizations and had the chance to compare most of the available tools on the market… more »
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Real User
Business Owner at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Jul 17 2020

What is most valuable?

The product overall is quite good. The initial setup is easy. The solution is quite robust.

What needs improvement?

The solution is difficult to learn. The documentation needs a bit of improvement. What I find is that when I'm trying to do something specific for some part of a project, in terms of documentation, it's kind of hard to get at figuring out… more »

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

I just have a one-seat license manager. I'm not sure what the pricing is on it.

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

In the past, I've used Enterprise Architecture. It gives you a good overview of the tool, however, I found it was difficult for me to take that example and apply it to what I'm trying to accomplish in documenting the design.

What other advice do I have?

We're just a customer. We don't have a business relationship with Sparx. The solution is deployed through the application installed on a Windows 10 machine and I do everything on the machine, not on the Cloud. I stay away from the Cloud… more »
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
Business Owner at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Jul 21 2020

What needs improvement?

The product is good. When I'm trying to do something specific for a part of project documentation, it's hard to get it figured out if you don't use it all the time. It's such a massive tool, it's hard to figure out how to dig in and get to the documentation where you have to be to get some idea of what to do. There are not a lot of examples that I'm aware of to be able to do that. The user… more »

What other advice do I have?

The advice that I would give is that you should be willing and able to spend a lot of time outside regular working hours to get to know the tool because it's difficult to just pick it up and if you've got no mentors or tutorials that are so specific as to cover what you're trying to do, you have to dig it out. It's difficult. I would rate it a nine out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Visual Paradigm is the first one I had about five years ago, I added Enterprise Architect. Enterprise Architect gives a good overview of the tool, but I find that it's difficult for me to take that example and apply it to what I'm trying to accomplish in documenting a design.
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
DBJones_Aus
Real User
Process Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 11 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the flexibility and adaptability of Sparx Enterprise Architect. However, these aspects come at a cost of complexity in configuration and management of customization.

How has it helped my organization?

We were able to produce a range of Process-based reports that were published to Confluence reports, as well as our Business and Processes Architectures, for use by a large internal program. The… more »

What needs improvement?

Using EA involves a steep learning curve if you want to understand its capabilities and functionality. Providing more detailed information about how to configure and adapt EA for consumption by users… more »

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

In terms of cost, Sparx EA is probably one of the cheapest tools I have ever used. However, study the most important versions of EA before you buy it. I'd also recommend that you buy the edition up… more »

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

I was employed on contract by this company, but I had previously used Orbus iServer for Process modeling and developing Business and Enterprise Architecture artifacts. This company had previously used… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I wasn't involved in the selection and acquisition process. Since I began in this role, I have been working with SaaS products, such as Signavo's suite of products. In my view, these products are far… more »
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What is Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect?

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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