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September 2022
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Suresh_Thota - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Digital Solution Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
User friendly dashboard, plenty of features, more enhancement needed
Pros and Cons
  • "There are plenty of features available such as the ability to test applications for issues and a user-friendly dashboard."
  • "In the future, there could be improvements in integration and enhancements."

What is most valuable?

There are plenty of features available such as the ability to test applications for issues and a user-friendly dashboard.

What needs improvement?

In the future, there could be improvements in integration and enhancements. A few important enhancements I would like to see would be advanced analytical reports, collective analysis, and real-time analytics. This would increase customer satisfaction.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately three and a half years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have had a good experience with technical support. They are helping us handle the digital transformation.

How was the initial setup?

The setup is lightweight and straightforward.

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

There is a subscription for this solution. We are on an annual subscription because you sometimes receive special offers the longer you subscribe.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have used three other EA solutions in the past, such as MEGA HOPEX, and this solution is better.

What other advice do I have?

This solution is the leader in enterprise architecture, I would recommend it to others.

I rate Avolution ABACUS a six out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Andrew Wykurz - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Architect at Enterprise Architecture Perspectives
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Provides decision support capabilities, has unlimited scalability, and is one of the best tools out there
Pros and Cons
  • "There are a lot of different features, but the business/decision-maker feature, visibility, and dashboards are most valuable."
  • "I use reference models, which are taxonomies, in my EA work. It is a reference model/taxonomy of things with capabilities, sub capabilities, and sub-sub capabilities, so you're working it down. I haven't yet found a simple way to implement that in Abacus. It could be that it is there, but I don't know how to do it."

What is our primary use case?

I'm a consultant, and it is used for making clients realize the capabilities of EA tools. There are not that many people using the tool right now. I use it as an example to get clients to be aware of what potential they have.

How has it helped my organization?

It is easier for the users of the tool to gain in-depth knowledge of how they're operating and the impact of their changes.

What is most valuable?

There are a lot of different features, but the business/decision-maker feature, visibility, and dashboards are most valuable.

What needs improvement?

I use reference models, which are taxonomies, in my EA work. It is a reference model/taxonomy of things with capabilities, sub capabilities, and sub-sub capabilities, so you're working it down. I haven't yet found a simple way to implement that in Abacus. It could be that it is there, but I don't know how to do it.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for four or five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Its stability is very good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is very scalable. You can have different versions. You can add other features to it. You can have the base implementation, which is more for enterprise architects and people who are inputting the data about the architecture. There is also an enterprise version of it, which is the browser version to give you the business intelligence views, the visualizations, and the dashboards. It has unlimited scalability.

How are customer service and support?

Their support is good. They're based in Australia, and sometimes, I have to wait a couple of hours to get a response, but mostly, it's not a problem. It seems they also have offices in North America.

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

In the federal government where I do most of my work, they're stuck on a tool called QualiWare. I don't particularly have a high opinion of it due to its complex integration and complex configuration. It is not really easy to use out of the box, and it lacks the decision support capabilities. So, I use the Abacus tool as an example of what enterprise architecture tools should be doing, which is providing decision support capabilities. It is not being used that much, but it is definitely a tool that more people should be using. Abacus is a better tool.

I have used a different solution previously, and it was called Provision by Metastorm. I stopped using Provision pretty much when Metastorm took over it because they stopped developing the real true EA capabilities of the tool. That's when I started searching for a different solution, and I came across Abacus.

I have also played with MEGA HOPEX a few years ago.

How was the initial setup?

It was straightforward. It is installed on my laptop. I'm using it as a single consultant, and it was simple to install it.

What was our ROI?

Its implementation hasn't been that strong. I am working with a client right now who is looking at purchasing the tool as their initial version and getting started with it.

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

I'm paying on a yearly basis. I don't know whether it's a highly expensive tool or not. I'm getting a single version of it, and I don't have the enterprise part on it because I don't need the server component, and I don't need a web browser component. My estimate would be that it's a very reasonably priced tool given that you don't need to have licenses with everyone in order to get the information and the decision support capabilities out of the tool. You use the enterprise edition on top of the studio, which is the heart of the tool. I am not aware of any additional costs.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I looked at Mega and a free tool called Archi. I looked at the tools that were in the upper right quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend it very strongly. It is one of the best tools out there. At this time, I would rate it a 10 out of 10. I don't rate tens very often, but I believe it is one of the best tools out there.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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