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We performed a comparison between Planview Portfolios and Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect 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 Planview Portfolios vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect report (Updated: September 2022).
633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"Its view into resource capacity and availability absolutely help us manage work. We can't plan out projects for delivery until we know if we have resources available to deliver them. That's been really critical. We look at our projects and see what availability of resources we have. That helps us to determine when we can start new work.""In my opinion, the financial planning feature is the most valuable feature of Planview Enterprise One.""We can view a project both at the top level and dig into the particularities. It's given us greater visibility into the work itself.""Enterprise One has enabled us to eliminate Excel. We don't track financials anymore in an Excel format, which the company was doing before. Even now, being a new portfolio manager four months in, I'm able to just pick up my project. I'm able to see where I am right now. That improvised it to be more automated. The only missing part is the integration between tools. I'm not able to see my full schedule, but I know what are my important milestones are like watching the financials and all that stuff.""The Kanban board has really helped us be more agile and we can keep track of everything that is ongoing.""The sheer amount of information available in one single interface is valuable. Everything is there. It is also a lot of work to maintain all the information, but generally, you can find everything you need within this one tool.""Its view into resource capacity and availability helps us to manage work. In reporting, we use this facility to help with resource capacity and availability. It also helps to see how much we are using. We derive that information from the work and resource management screen. That is very helpful.""The solution view into resource capacity and availability helps us to manage work."

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"I like Sparx's BPM features and the way it lets you create the diagram.""The solution is easy to use, supports SysML and UML, and is able to connect to MATLAB. This is very important for us.""A feature I like most about Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is its ease of use.""Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect was easy to set up and it took just twenty minutes.""The profiles and ready-made templates are an extremely helpful feature. This is one of the biggest features that I find very useful in Sparx.""Its traversability is most valuable. I can use ArchiMate, and I can create a UML model. ArchiMate is for logical enterprise architecture, UML is for software engineering, and BPMN is for business processes. I can build it to have multiple models, and they are also traversable, which is not something that every tool allows. If there is a huge organization, you can segment it and have separate models for business technology or internal resource management system. You don't need to keep them in one model, and you can decide to segregate them.""We could capture the process models around 24 countries with all their local variations.""It provides good utilization and it's a convenient tool for building exact architectural work."

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Cons
"The number one thing that needs improvement is the UI. It should be easy for a casual project manager. It should provide customizable screens that can be a choice for project managers to choose as a professional level, medium level, and a very easy level.""The solution is stable. However, it's so robust, there's so much data, that it has the tendency to lag.""Its ability to create summary reports across multiple projects is very limited. In terms of the out-of-the-box reporting for summary reports, the reporting that we typically leverage is around forecasting for resources, timesheets, and actuals, and just looking at what is the capacity. There is no real summary of what work is being done and how work is being accomplished. So, what we typically do is that we get a copy of the data files from Enterprise One daily, and then we have a team that manages the data mod outside of Enterprise One. They use data from Enterprise One as well as other additional sources to provide the reporting that we share with the management. So, we leverage a lot of Enterprise One data for reporting, but we don't use the reporting capabilities within Enterprise One. So, reporting can be improved, and they could help us make more customized reporting. I know it is very configurable out of the box, but we have to leverage an outside data mod that pulls in a lot of data from Enterprise One. So, the reporting function, and being able to customize reports, is the area that could be very beneficial.""The solution out-of-the-box that we established was insufficient. We had to purchase and set up OData. I don't believe that it's a great solution out-of-the-box but eventually you can get there.""The solution needs to be better at accepting new ideas for upcoming releases.""Even though Enterprise One is easy and user-friendly, it could provide better training like a demo. Providing more tutorials or sessions would really help.""We don't use the Progression feature. We will use it at some point in time. Until then, we want to have a way to set time to help decide what's in the past, present, and future. It is one of the things we've been discussing with Planview.""The scheduling's kind of clunky in terms of its ability for us to see what stage work is at. They could have done better with that. It can be difficult to use."

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"The Business Process Modeling or BPM feature can be improved to make it more interactive and user friendly because it is a tool for technical people. My current use is only for business process modeling notation and putting in the icons etc. You need to take them in as a class, which makes things very complex. Because of this complexity, it is not an easy-to-handle solution. Enterprise Architect is not very good for mockups. We cannot create user screens and other similar kinds of stuff, which is bad. For these things, we prefer to use Axure RP and other similar solutions. They should either remove this feature from this product or provide some kind of connectivity with Axure RP so that people can do better mockups of screens and import them. They need to augment and strengthen the BPM feature, which is the main feature. They need to put in some elements like artificial intelligence and augmented reality. They should look into such features because these things are coming up.""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.""The automatic creation of reports based on the model elements could be improved.""It can be improved in the area of shared documentation. The idea is that the architecture tool can call back to an enterprise asset, pull that information, and link that as a sub-artifact.""When many users are accessing the system at the same time, Sparx slows down. It can't easily support a large team.""The UI is a little bit outdated. It should be more fresh and clean.""Sparx can be a bit slow. If you are trying to design software architecture, sometimes we run into issues and need to refresh.""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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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Planview is a little pricey. From a licensing perspective, for just a simple timesheet user who does nothing in the system but reports time, the licensing is a little pricey, but you have to look at it from what it is that you get. We have 6,000 users, and I don't manage the system at all. I just have to do add them to the system. The servers, maintenance, OS levels, security patching for the OS, and all other things are not something that we maintain. So, you have to look at it from an operational perspective. It is not just the product itself. A holistic view has to be taken when you look at the product and how you're going to support it. I would have to hire an entire operation staff to bring it in-house, and at the end of the day, that might cost me more."
  • "I don't know about the actual pricing. I have not come across any costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "When we went through that process, I believe it is competitive with others on the market. However, there are less expensive options available. It's a more premium offering at a higher price."
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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:There are a few things that I like about Planview Enterprise One. First, the software is very comprehensive and covers all aspects of project management, from portfolio management to resource… more »
    Top Answer:It would be nice if all of the licenses were FLEX. They've been fairly stable with their pricing over the years.
    Top Answer:The resource area needs improvement. The improvements that have been made recently in the later versions have been good improvements, but I think there are some more improvements needed there. I would… 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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    Overview

    Planview Portfolios enables enterprises to accelerate strategic execution by integrating business and technology planning, optimizing all resources, and delivering breakthrough products, services, and customer experiences to achieve maximum business performance.

    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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    Zurich Insurance Group, Zumbotel Group, Carphone Warehouse
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    Insurance Company24%
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Pharma/Biotech Company9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
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    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government8%
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    Government16%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
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    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Government11%
    Financial Services Firm10%
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    Small Business3%
    Midsize Enterprise3%
    Large Enterprise93%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise49%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Buyer's Guide
    Planview Portfolios vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect
    September 2022
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    Planview Portfolios is ranked 3rd in Architecture Management with 16 reviews while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 1st in Architecture Management with 36 reviews. Planview Portfolios is rated 7.6, while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Planview Portfolios writes "Helps prioritize projects, share the big picture with management, and has a great planning capacity". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect writes "Great pricing with an easy initial setup and a comprehensive toolkit". Planview Portfolios is most compared with Planview PPM Pro, Broadcom Clarity PPM, JIRA Portfolio, SAP Portfolio and Project Management and Planview Daptiv, whereas Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with Visual Paradigm, Visio, No Magic MagicDraw, Lucidchart and ARIS BPA. See our Planview Portfolios vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect report.

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