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We performed a comparison between Avolution ABACUS and iServer based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Architecture Management solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Avolution ABACUS vs. iServer report (Updated: September 2022).
633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"Scalable and stable tool for roadmapping and modeling, with a good dashboard, end-to-end impact analysis, and portfolio management.""There are plenty of features available such as the ability to test applications for issues and a user-friendly dashboard.""The technical support is very good. They are responsive and the answers they provide are detailed.""The product is easy to use and well-structured for the integrations we need it to make.""The ease of modeling and the ease of showing interconnectivity and relationships is the most valuable. It is fairly simple and out of the box. It is customizable in many ways. It is a pretty good tool.""It's more than just an enterprise architecture tool as it has a lot of nice features, e.g. messaging, simulation, etc.""There are a lot of different features, but the business/decision-maker feature, visibility, and dashboards are most valuable."

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"The most valuable features are mainly the reporting side of things and the dashboard.""The solution is easily modified to suit your needs.""The initial setup is easy.""There were lots of different requirements, and collaboration and review is one of the biggest things. There is also Office 360 integration, and there's flexibility to use it as a database as well."

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Cons
"Having more control over page size is lacking in this product. Print utilization also needs to be improved.""They should take more initiative to implement things that competing products have already come out with.""Their local presence in the Middle East could be scaled more, particularly in customer service. It would be good if they'd also have mobile dashboards for executive management out of the box.""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.""It doesn't have the simulation capability, which would be helpful in doing some business process analysis and improvements.""In the future, there could be improvements in integration and enhancements.""The company needs to update the UML version they are using for the product as it is quite old."

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"It runs relatively slowly.""Requirements management needs to be improved.""We found a few issues with importing data and all the manipulation of data, especially when it came to the BI side of things because it utilized a particular template to be able to get certain reports. The user administrators could not manipulate it to get the right reports.""I haven't used this solution long enough to know what areas could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is competitive. It is not chump change. I am just using the studio version. I am not using the full enterprise version, which would probably cost me three times more for single-use, but it gives a lot more capability and analysis. It is server-based as well, and it is reasonably priced compared to a lot of the other tools. There are other tools that have other sorts of capabilities, but in order to use them, you'd really have to have like 50 users for the price to become justifiable."
  • "There is a subscription for this solution. We are on an annual subscription because you sometimes receive special offers the longer you subscribe."
  • "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."
  • "The cost of Avolution ABACUS is reasonable, given the features they offer in comparison to other tools."
  • "The pricing is quite good compared to the competition and it is part of the reason we chose the product."
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  • "The licensing is on a yearly basis. We currently work with a standard fee."
  • "It's about 13K to set up and 9K for the license for three months. I think it's about 20K a year, but we haven't firmed up on pricing yet because the price depends on how long we commit to the solution."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:There are plenty of features available such as the ability to test applications for issues and a user-friendly dashboard.
    Top Answer:There is a subscription for this solution. We are on an annual subscription because you sometimes receive special offers the longer you subscribe.
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer:There were lots of different requirements, and collaboration and review is one of the biggest things. There is also Office 360 integration, and there's flexibility to use it as a database as well.
    Top Answer:I haven't used this solution long enough to know what areas could be improved.
    Top Answer:We're using this for business process management. We're currently procuring the solution. This is a SAS solution. There will be five designers and a thousand viewers and collaborators using this… more »
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    Overview

    ABACUS is the enterprise architecture tool designed to have the quickest time-to-value. You can use it to build and maintain rich visual models from existing company data. ABACUS comes with standard industry frameworks as well as advanced analytic tools and best-in-class roadmapping and reporting functionality.

    With Avolution ABACUS You Can:

    • Strategize and analyze your organizational architecture with ease using data-driven diagrams
    • Enjoy connected data, models, and metrics across your whole enterprise
    • Work directly and securely in your browser, which is ideal for global teams and remote working

    Avolution ABACUS Features:

    • Modeling and roadmapping: ABACUS offers a fully provisioned modeling environment for enterprise and IT architecture, strategic planning, and digital business management.
    • Digital collaboration: Avolution ABACUS includes a feature that allows you to set up dashboards so you can tell data stories using business-friendly visualizations.
    • Portfolio management: Anyone can update their own data, which, in turn, reduces the workload of the enterprise architecture team.
    • Data-driven architecture: ABACUS’s data-driven architecture gives you the opportunity to design and automate key calculations using out-of-the-box or simple no-code algorithms.
    • Collaborative data management: Using this feature, you can save time with single sign-on (SSO) and AD Integrations; You can embed directly in MS Teams, Confluence, or other workplace social software.
    • Dynamic data visualizations: ABACUS’s graph view allows you to navigate through systems in a dynamic environment, as opposed to static diagram views.

    Avolution ABACUS Benefits:

    • Time efficient: Models and roadmaps automatically stay up-to-date, saving your organization a lot of time so you can focus on other priorities instead.
    • Centralized location: With Avolution ABACUS, you can connect all data in one place, keeping everything both consistent and accurate.
    • Full flexibility: ABACUS gives you full flexibility to adapt and configure your own metamodels with ease.
    • Complete visibility: Your whole enterprise can have visibility of the architecture through the use of digital collaboration and visually clear dashboards.
    • Machine learning: With Avolution ABACUS, you can employ machine learning to speed data management and analysis.
    • Spot dependencies: ABACUS helps your organization spot dependencies and impacts that might trip up your projects.
    • Fully customizable: Avolution ABACUS is fully customizable; Select, configure, or adapt your repository and metamodel. You can also automate metrics and analytics specific to your business.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    Andre W., Enterprise Architect at Enterprise Architecture Perspectives, says, "The most valuable feature is that it has a customizable meta-model, which is key.”

    The Lead Enterprise Domain Architects at a financial services firm feels that "The product is easy to use and well-structured for the integrations we need it to make.”

    "There are plenty of features available, such as the ability to test applications for issues and a user-friendly dashboard,” says Suresh T., Enterprise Digital Solution Architect at a tech services company.

    iServer is a unified software platform and enterprise modeling environment that extends and enhances the familiar, market leading Microsoft Visio and Office products. Core capabilities provided by iServer include an enhanced Microsoft Visio diagramming interface, a powerful central repository for all enterprise architecture or business process models and documentation, and a range of tools for visualization, analysis and decision making.

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    Sample Customers
    Barclays
    Barclays, Cathay Pacific, Deloitte, British Gas, MasterCard
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Government12%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    REVIEWERS
    Energy/Utilities Company25%
    University13%
    Maritime Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company14%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Government11%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise54%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise70%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise57%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
    Avolution ABACUS vs. iServer
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Avolution ABACUS vs. iServer and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Avolution ABACUS is ranked 5th in Architecture Management with 6 reviews while iServer is ranked 10th in Architecture Management with 4 reviews. Avolution ABACUS is rated 8.0, while iServer is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Avolution ABACUS writes "Offers comprehensive product features; setup is straightforward and self configuring". On the other hand, the top reviewer of iServer writes " Reporting feature and SharePoint integration makes it easier for administrators to upload information for BI". Avolution ABACUS is most compared with Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, LeanIX, MEGA HOPEX, BiZZdesign HoriZZon and erwin Data Modeler by Quest, whereas iServer is most compared with Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, LeanIX, Visio, MEGA HOPEX and SAP Signavio Process Manager. See our Avolution ABACUS vs. iServer report.

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