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Find out what your peers are saying about ARIS Cloud vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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"From a total cost of ownership perspective, running this on the cloud is more efficient than having someone in the company take care of the infrastructure.""It's very easy to collaborate with. It's very user-friendly""It has proved that it also works in complex circumstances."

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"It is a very rich tool in terms of the functionality, and the types of diagrams, that you can create in this tool.""A feature I like most about Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is its ease of use.""I like Sparx's BPM features and the way it lets you create the diagram.""The Business Process Modeling or BPM part is the most valuable. Its ability to simulate scenarios is also very useful. It can also create descriptions of the workflows. It has a feature in which if you create some BPMN process, a workflow diagram, and the description inside, you can actually simulate the whole scenario, and you get the description. That's very handy.""This is a useful tool for IT people who need to design their solution architecture.""For the most part, we find that it is remarkable how inexpensive it is.""There are a lot of features in Enterprise Architect. It allows us to take on a lot of tasks.""It's easy to search within the solution."

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Cons
"Initial setup is rather complex. You have to find a way to isolate the complexity, and find common ground.""ARIS' flexibility and power add a certain complexity. And if ARIS could be more streamlined, I think customers would have a better handle on what to do with it in the end. So if you're not a tech geek, you might struggle to understand what you should do with it as a customer because it's that powerful.""The price is quite high. This is one weak point of the solution."

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"The UI could be improved and made a little bit more presentable.""Its usability needs to be improved. For non-technical users, it is a little difficult to understand how Enterprise Architect works. Users who are not engineers find it difficult to understand how this tool works. This is something they need to work on. They can develop a BPM model to simulate processes.""From a practical point of view, we need speed and reliability for creating a model and doing some really meaningful tasks such as application landscape, refactoring, etc. These are two primary criteria. Sometimes, when you import something, it creates the object duplicates, or it allows you to do something that you're not supposed to do. For example, validation is missing. This could be frustrating because when you work at a high speed, you need to come back and start fixing things that the tool allowed you to go with, which is not quite good. So, there should probably be some internal mechanisms to advise you about what you're doing and what is probably not the best idea.""The solution needs to offer better support for the mobile-based system. Right now, it's not working.""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.""The UI is a little bit outdated. It should be more fresh and clean.""The presentation graphics need to be improved in future builds.""There should be a MATLAB-specific toolbox added to the solution with better compatibility. The connections currently are good but in the future, it needs a huge improvement."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing model of ARIS Cloud is leaner and more beneficial to the customer. The new license model is great. With the on-premise, you needed to subscribe to many more types of licenses. Now there are licensed bundles available on the cloud."
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  • "The licensing is not as expensive as some of the other data modeling tools such as Erwin."
  • "Its price is very good for the value that you get with it."
  • "They have the price on their site for the enterprise version, and we do receive a small discount."
  • "The licence has a costly upfront fee which gets you access. You have to pay an annual maintenance fee, which is less."
  • "It is cheaper than other solutions. Its cost is around $686 per year. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "We have an annual license, and it's very affordable."
  • "I think our license costs roughly $1,000 a year, but I could be wrong."
  • "There is a license for this solution. When comparing this solution to others it is priced well."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    From a total cost of ownership perspective, running this on the cloud is more efficient than having someone in the company take care of the infrastructure.
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    The licensing model of ARIS Cloud is leaner and more beneficial to the customer. The new license model is great. With the on-premise, you needed to subscribe to many more types of licenses. Now there… more »
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    On the one hand, ARIS is very flexible, so you can do everything with it. You can even conduct a survey, which we are doing now, and send it via Aris. On the other hand, ARIS' flexibility and power… more »
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    The license I use is on-premise. We haven't gone to the cloud where we have to pay monthly or something like that. Sparx is cheaper than most similar tools.
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    I have found the solution is lacking options. The general usability needs improvement and more compliance to CML definitions.
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    Also Known As
    Process Live, ARIS Simulation, ARIS Aware, ARIS Connect
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    Overview

    ARIS is the market-leading solution for professional business process management and modeling. Whether you want to document the "as-is" state of your operations for quality or certification reasons or design the "to-be" in terms of continuous improvement in your transformation program, ARIS is the best choice for establishing a single source of truth regarding all process excellence topics in your organization. It is for any organization looking to digitally transform their business, increase operational excellence and customer experience and ensure compliance in execution. ARIS helps you to make the most out of your processes with Process Mining, Risk & Compliance Management, RPA and much more.

    What makes the difference?

    • The most comprehensive platform for process excellence in the market
    • Easy to use
    • Covers business & IT architecture from all angles
    • Full flexibility and >100 diagram types
    • Customer-driven development based on best practices
    • Strong partner ecosystem

    ARIS is the market-leading solution for any organization and ideally suited to digitally transform the organization, increase operational excellence and customer experience and ensure compliance in execution.

    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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    Sample Customers
    Tesco, Weifu, Airbus, Siemens, Proximus, Alicorp, Sekerbank, Bancor, Emirates NBD, Dubai Municipality, BRC, Suva, U.S. Army, Australia Post, Westfalen Weser Energie, Stars and Stories - ARIS serves customers across all industries and of every size. Companies trust ARIS as the market leader for process excellence with more than 10 million users worldwide, from 1 user companies to the Fortune 500.
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Government7%
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    Government17%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Computer Software Company9%
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    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Government11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Small Business33%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise49%
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    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Find out what your peers are saying about ARIS Cloud vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    ARIS Cloud is ranked 14th in Business Process Design with 3 reviews while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 3rd in Business Process Design with 35 reviews. ARIS Cloud is rated 8.6, while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of ARIS Cloud writes "There has been a dramatic improvement in the ease of use as well as the accessibility and interconnectivity of information". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect writes "Great pricing with an easy initial setup and a comprehensive toolkit". ARIS Cloud is most compared with SAP Signavio Process Manager, IBM Blueworks Live, ARIS Architect and Designer, Microsoft Azure and MEGA HOPEX, whereas Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with Visual Paradigm, No Magic MagicDraw, Visio, ARIS BPA and IBM Rational System Architect. See our ARIS Cloud vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect report.

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