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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 solution has wide use within Microsoft products. The integration with Microsoft products, and, in particular, Microsoft Office, is great.""This is a flexible tool compared to some other solutions."

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"It's easy to search within the solution.""There are a couple of things. Price is one thing, but we also like the scriptability of it. We got into scripting it and automating tasks with it, and it is super duper easy to do and helpful. The API has improved over the years. We automate everything, and I love the automation aspects of it.""The TOGAF ADM model is most valuable. It is also very cheap as compared to other options in the market.""A feature I like most about Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is its ease of use.""The solution is easy to use, supports SysML and UML, and is able to connect to MATLAB. This is very important for us.""Its ease of use and the breadth of the toolkit are most valuable. It has an incredible repository of artifacts to work with, and they're all cross-referenced. It works with a whole bunch of different standards. It works with BPMN, which is Business Process Modeling Notation, and it also works with something called TOGAF, which is the Open Group Architecture Foundation. There are different layers when you're dealing with architecture. There is the user interface, application, data, data servers, and all that kind of stuff. You have the infrastructure, hardware, and software layers, and then you have the application and business capability layers. You can model a business process and decompose it into all of the applications, data, and hardware to support it.""It provides good utilization and it's a convenient tool for building exact architectural work.""Sparx offers good flexibility."

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"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.""It runs relatively slowly.""The migration tool needs to be included in the main package, and not as a separate license.""The performance is slow, which is something that should be improved."

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"The fact that you can do a lot yourself is a plus point, but it also becomes a challenge because you need an understanding of the programming languages to get things to work. It becomes challenging for those who are not very good at programming. You have standard reports, but if you want to make your own reports, you have to program it. Similarly, if you want validations rules, you have to take care of them yourself.""They should make the Save button easier to find. A simplified user interface for a lighter user would probably be useful. I am not sure if such an interface is already there.""Their technical support is not good in India. I wrote to them because I had a question, but I never got an answer. So, I just left it behind.""It could be more user-friendly. The tools could be more simple to use. It's a very complex solution. Because I am a business analyst, I use these tools to manage requirements, and I make models in UML, BPMN, and ArchiMate, and it's complex. In the next release, I would like to see more integrations.""This solution is quite complex to use. It would be nice if the learning curve wasn't so steep.""I would like to see integration with Confluence or any other TRM, and the capability to integrate with the data storage, such as a repository similar to GitHub.""It took me a while to figure out how to use the report generation features effectively. So, it would be really nice if they had a way to make that a little bit more interactive and a little bit more straightforward.""The user interface is not so good. It's not easy for someone to use it at first. The product takes some getting used to."

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  • "The licensing is on a yearly basis. We currently work with a standard fee."
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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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    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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    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.

    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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    iServer is ranked 10th in Architecture Management with 4 reviews while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 1st in Architecture Management with 35 reviews. iServer is rated 8.6, while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of iServer writes " Reporting feature and SharePoint integration makes it easier for administrators to upload information for BI". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect writes "Great pricing with an easy initial setup and a comprehensive toolkit". iServer is most compared with LeanIX, Visio, MEGA HOPEX, ARIS BPA and Avolution ABACUS, whereas Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with Visual Paradigm, No Magic MagicDraw, Visio, ARIS BPA and Lucidchart. See our Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect vs. iServer report.

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