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We performed a comparison between No Magic MagicDraw and Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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

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Question: What is the difference between NIEM plugin and Sparx?
Answer: Hi, You mentioned prices and I don't really know the difference between those two products. If you can, tell me what product has the reputation to be less expensive. I'm using MagicDraw with NIEM and I pay for the maintenance. NIEM is only usable on the LTD 18.0 version which is their long term version supposed to be more stable. NIEM plugin is in version 1.00. I also use the feature rich version 18.5 which is very stable, but with no NIEM. The next LTD version 19.0 is coming last quarter this year. I don't use the plugin very much. I use it for inspiring my own data models. In this way, I don't use it in a crucial situation. However, I like it very much. The technical support from MagicDraw is fantastic. They really care. If I have a problem on Friday afternoon, they will work late to solve it in order for me to work during the week-end, as my independent status often require. I don't have any experience with the NIEM plugin of Sparx. As far as I know, those two providers are really top notch. Thanks.
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"It is pretty easy to use. It is pretty versatile.""The beauty of MagicDraw is that it has a simulation part, so you can simulate your model to validate it. The simulation allows you to bring in code off of an external code that you can write to set up the simulation and execute the code.""The MBFC capability of MagicDraw is higher than the other competitors.""I think one of the key things is the plugins for integration with requirements management tools like Doors""I would rate MagicDraw a nine out of ten because of the price. Enterprise Architect has a lot of bugs and MagicDraw is a lot more accurate and flexible. It's a level better."

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"Scalable solution for modeling, project sharing, and collaboration. Support for it is good.""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.""The company has become more efficient and reduced its budget.""It is an EA tool that is approved by Open Group. It is in the tool register of Open Group.""It's a very practical solution. You don't need to do an advanced course to start using this tool.""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.""A feature I like most about Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is its ease of use."

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"The licenses are expensive compared to similar tools. At the moment, the user is open to using MagicDraw if it's 15% more than other solutions. If it were to cost any more, they wouldn't use it.""The UI UX of the tool is not really user-friendly and needs to be completely reformed.""For the next releases, I would like to have them import requirements from other sources. They could make it very easy to do that because there are a lot requirements management tools like DOORS, D-O-O-R-S, Dynamic Object Oriented Management. A lot of folks use DOORS to create a requirement. For those requirements you allocate them to a component in the architecture and a verification method for that requirement. It would be good if we could import those into MagicDraw as components so you don't have to manually do these things.""They don't really support code engineering, and that's why we have to move to Enterprise Architect. MagicDraw is stuck at C++03 standards, whereas most C++ programs today want to use the latest definition of the C++ standards. We were at C++11, and we wanted to do code engineering with C++11 or 17, but they didn't support it. That pushed us into a different tool, which is Sparx Enterprise Architect.""The documentation for MagicDraw and the video tutorials compared to other competitors is an area for improvement."

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"Sparx can be a bit slow. If you are trying to design software architecture, sometimes we run into issues and need to refresh.""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.""The stability and performance of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect could still be improved. Setup for it is also slightly complicated and could be improved.""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.""The window froze for five or ten seconds. You can click and click again and it takes a second to come up. It might have been specific to a version.""I have found the solution is lacking options. The general usability needs improvement and more compliance to CML definitions.""When collaborating with other people, it needs to be more user-friendly.""When the model is large, it is a bit slow to render."

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  • "The licensing is on a yearly basis, and it's expensive."
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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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    Answers from the Community
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    it_user582867 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user582867 (Engineer at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees)

    Sorry, don’t know about NIEM differences, but there are related online materials:


    it_user414087 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user414087 (User)

    I’m not sure about the question. Is it about the difference between No Magic and Sparx or about the Niem Plugin? Niem UML is an OMG standard and the two tool vendors have developed plugins for their tools to enable the Niem UML specification for the communities using it.

    From Sparx:

    National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) provides a common framework that is used to define how information can be shared between systems, government agencies and organizations. Enterprise Architect's MDG Technology for NIEM helps you to:

    * Create and develop UML-based Information Exchange Package Documentation (IEPD) models, by providing starter models, model patterns and a number of toolboxes for creating IEPD models and schema models,
    * Generate complete IEPDs from your IEPD model
    * Generate NIEM conformant schemas from your information models
    * Import NIEM Reference Schema into your model
    * Create NIEM subset namespaces, composed from elements of the NIEM Reference Schemas
    * Create PIM, PSM and Model Package Description (MPD) diagrams, using the NIEM Toolbox pages
    From No Magic:
    NIEM-UML is a new standard being completed in the Object Management Group (OMG) with the support of the NIEM program management office, key NIEM experts and experts in modeling and model driven architecture.
    NIEM-UML leverages the highly successful Unified Modeling Language (UML) standard to facilitate NIEM information sharing, reducing cost, time and risk while improving stakeholder engagement and reuse. NIEM-UML enhances the NIEM suite of specifications by providing a standard for:
    · High-level and business focused representations of NIEM using UML
    · A UML "Profile" which tailors UML tools to precisely represent NIEM
    · The NIEM domain and core reference vocabularies as UML models
    · Automated generation of NIEM exchange specifications (Called IEPDs –Information Exchange Package Documentation and MPDs – Model Package Descriptions) from NIEM-UML models, complete with XML Schema, catalogs and documentation
    · Constraints to validate NIEM conformance
    · Support for NIEM naming and design rules (NDR) 1.3 and NIEM Model Package Description (MPD) specification 1.0.
    · Reverse engineering of existing NIEM assets into UML
    Please rephrase the question if this does not help.
    Best regards

    it_user139326 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user139326 (User)

    I only worked in testing Sparx Enterprise Architect as a replacement for ERwin data modeler. I did not work with No Magic so I don’t know the differences. However, I found this pdf:
    I searched on differences between no magic and sparx enterprise architect.
    Hope this helps. Good luck!

    it_user502215 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user502215 (Enterprise Architecture Consultant with 10,001+ employees)
    Real User

    I do not know about plug-in but Sparx has six NIEM tagged values (architecture meta data)

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It is pretty easy to use. It is pretty versatile.
    Top Answer:The licensing is on a yearly basis, and it's expensive. This is one of the qualms of this solution, and that's one of the reasons why we're not going to continue using it. I would rate it at seven on… more »
    Top Answer:It is pretty versatile, but that versatility also brings some complications. Sometimes, it can be overly complicated to do some trivial things. It would be helpful if they gave you some best practices… more »
    Top Answer:In my opinion, there is no real difference between the three tools. All three are software that help organizations model and document their business processes. However, there are some key differences… more »
    Top Answer:Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect was easy to set up and it took just twenty minutes.
    Top Answer:Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect has a very reasonable price point compared to other similar software on the market. It is also cost effective in terms of the features and functionality it offers.
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    No Magic MagicDraw is a versatile solution designed to enable users to work on everything from business processes to architecture or software and system modeling.

    No Magic MagicDraw is an extremely robust solution that is designed for a range of professionals. This product is invaluable to business analysts, software analysts, programmers, QA engineers, and documentation writers. It is a highly dynamic and versatile tool that can aid in the analysis and design of Object Oriented (OO) systems. It maximizes the ability of teams to work in tandem by allowing everyone working on a particular project to automatically gain access to the newest version of the model that they are working on. This way everyone can work on their part of the project without having to worry about updating each part of the project individually.

    Benefits of No Magic MagicDraw

    Some of the benefits of using No Magic MagicDraw include:

    • The ability for users to easily adapt to the overall feel of the solution. Users will easily get used to the layout of No Magic MagicDraw regardless of the field they are coming from. Users also learn how to use No Magic MagicDraw features fairly easily. No Magic MagicDraw implements new features at the request of users. This means that the design of the solution is based on the specific needs of the people who use it. Users can quickly learn how to use the various features as they mirror the specific habits of those who use it.
    • The ability to access and manage models created by the software from anywhere in the world. Anyone who is authorized to work on the models can access them so long as they have an internet connection. Work can be completed at any time and from any place, which will greatly increase corporate productivity.

    Reviews from Real Users

    No Magic MagicDraw stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are the way that it enables users to efficiently create models and the overall robustness of the solution. Users are given the ability to efficiently and accurately model the requirements of whatever it is that they are creating. No Magic MagicDraw provides users with many valuable features that allow them to maximize what they can do with the solution.

    PeerSpot user Wayne L., a Systems Engineer at SIMTRS, notes the way in which No Magic MagicDraw allows users to create models more efficiently. He writes, “We are getting away from the old ways of writing a lot of papers and requirements documents, architecture documents, technical solution documents, interface documents - those days are gone. MagicDraw allows you to model the requirements, and by doing so, you've got a good chance of not missing any requirements. The old way of doing things was to decompose the requirements into shell statements. But when you model it, you will be able to practically make sure you don't miss anything. MagicDraw has a good modeling tool you use for case diagrams. Its use case diagram is part of the UML and SysML that you can use to model requirements to create an architecture. I've created a lot of architectures for the Army and also mapped those components of the architecture as the test procedures.”

    PeerSpot user Terry J., the president at I2R, Inc., notes the robustness of No Magic MagicDraw when he writes, "When you look at it, No Magic is an all-encompassing tool. You can use it for business architecture design. You can use it for deploying an ERP system across your enterprise. However, it was initially designed and developed for model-based systems engineering. That's the systems engineering required to either produce an IP system or product. It takes away the mounds of paper and puts it into a model. It enables you to generate significant savings by modeling that new product or that system before you ever start developing a prototype."

    Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is an enterprise solution that helps streamline, accelerate, and integrate software, system, and business development. With this intuitive modeling and design solution, enterprises can stay in control of their workplaces, enable collaboration, support their teams and colleagues, and manage complex projects. Software architects, business analysts, project managers, developers, support staff, and testers can unite under a single repository. Through numerous view points and potential sub-systems, users are offered a unified view in a complex environment.

    With Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, users are also offered a shared model option which can be accessed quickly and securely by in-office and remote team members through the Enterprise Architect’s Pro Cloud Server. Building a coherent, verifiable model can be done by connecting and integrating a variety of behavioral and structural information in visual form. As a result, Enterprise Architect offers high performance, flexibility, and the ability to model, manage, and trace every stage of the business development and modeling process.

    Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect Features

    Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect assists in creating a unified and accessible vision in business development by offering a flexible platform with a unique set of rich features. These features include:

    • Test and debug - Streamline software development and visualize software with the simulation process. Users can test and confirm correct behavior, set and oversee test points, and debug and examine software.
    • Track tasks - Track, prioritize, and assign individual and group tasks to assist in the model’s development. Users can visually monitor their progress through the Gantt chart.
    • Open standards - Users can visualize and analyze running software with integrated custom tools. They can also run advanced simulations, team-based repositories, testing tools, and version control. In addition, the solution supports enterprise architecture frameworks such as UPDM and TOGAF.
    • Simulation - Create and debug embedded solutions by simulating behaviors and state models. Users can specify events, triggers, constraints, and more. Users can also specify extensive and complex structural systems and create custom domain-specific solutions.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect merges high-end tools, online availability, a dedication to open standards, and accessible pricing so enterprises can stay in control of their workplaces, whether remote or in-office. Users particularly like the architectural frameworks and the scalability.

    Marc L., a principal architecture enterprise solution adviser at Cronomagic Canada, notes, "The product offers very good support for all mainstream modeling notations and architectural frameworks."

    An enterprise architect at a manufacturing company writes, "Scalable solution for modeling, project sharing, and collaboration. Support for it is good."

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    Northrop Grumman, Labcorp, Deposco, ClearView Training, IT Services Promotion Agency, Intelligent Chaos, Metalithic Systems Inc., Sodifrance
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    Computer Software Company16%
    Manufacturing Company16%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Company Size
    Small Business71%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise21%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise74%
    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    No Magic MagicDraw vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect
    September 2022
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    No Magic MagicDraw is ranked 12th in Business Process Design with 5 reviews while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 3rd in Business Process Design with 36 reviews. No Magic MagicDraw is rated 7.6, while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of No Magic MagicDraw writes "I like the simulation part, so you can simulate your model to validate it". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect writes "Great pricing with an easy initial setup and a comprehensive toolkit". No Magic MagicDraw is most compared with Visio, Visual Paradigm, erwin Data Modeler by Quest, Lucidchart and IBM System Architect, whereas Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with Visual Paradigm, Visio, Lucidchart, ARIS BPA and LeanIX. See our No Magic MagicDraw vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect report.

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