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"The initial setup is easy.""This is a useful tool for IT people who need to design their solution architecture.""Ability to keep inventory of reusable blocks, and use in different diagrams with views of various templates.""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.""The TOGAF ADM model is most valuable. It is also very cheap as compared to other options in the market.""The product offers very good support for all mainstream modeling notations and architectural frameworks.""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.""It's a very practical solution. You don't need to do an advanced course to start using this tool."

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"One of the things that I like is the automation from external data.""The ability to visualize a workflow is certainly an advantage over just tracking a process in something like Excel.""The most valuable feature of this product is its versatility.""Visio has improved my workflow by making it easy to create charts, diagrams, and basic illustrations that I can use in my client reports and proposals. It has saved me a lot of time I would otherwise spend creating visuals for clients by hand.""It's my understanding that the initial setup is straightforward.""Process modeling is a good feature.""The scalability is good. We can reuse it as a model. It can be modified.""The solution is easy to understand with some hands-on experience."

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"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.""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 documentation could be better. Where I work, we speak French and we don't speak English, so we don't have anything in French. It's perfect in English, but we need something in French.""Not visually appealing.""This solution is quite complex to use. It would be nice if the learning curve wasn't so steep.""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.""The presentation graphics need to be improved in future builds.""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 big downside to Visio is that it's very difficult to push the design through to Power Automate, to become a workflow that you can use.""Visio's scalability could be improved. I had a license through my school and it would have been great to be able to collaborate with more people.""Layout configuration is sometimes a little difficult to use.""The design and the look and feel, need to be improved.""The user interface could be simplified and easier to use.""It's not the easiest software to use. It's not user-friendly out-of-the-box.""It's a very large install that uses many gigabytes.""The solution could improve by having more integration."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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 price is reasonable for individual use but for an organization, the costs is high."
  • "Our license for Visio is including with the Office 365 subscription."
  • "Visio is about a $180 dollars to purchase. It is a one-time licensing fee."
  • "The yearly cost is approximately $400 CAD ($300 USD)."
  • "There are some cheaper as well as free solutions."
  • "The licensing process is actually a breeze. Simply buy the license and download it from Microsoft, enter the license key in Visio to activate the software, and you're done."
  • "I don't have any issue with the pricing. It has a subscription-based model, and the subscription is done on a yearly basis. Of course, we need internal approvals in place."
  • "It's cheaper than other solutions."
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    Questions from the Community
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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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    I have been using Bizagi with a major project for a state government agency for about four years now. It is pretty straightforward to load in files that are BPMN 2.0 compliant. The option to load… more »
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    It's my understanding that the initial setup is straightforward.
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    We have an enterprise license. We renew it on a yearly basis. We don't pay any extra fees and we partner with the Gartner group to help us when we have to renegotiate.
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    Overview

    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.

    Microsoft Visio is an advanced diagramming solution that helps IT professionals simplify, connect, and share information. Visio provides tools and resources for interpreting, acting upon, updating, and sharing complex information about IT processes, infrastructure, and applications - effectively and efficiently.
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    Sample Customers
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    Thomas College, Hamburg Port Authority, Portigon AG, Conseil G_n_ral du d_partement des Hautes-Alpes, AAA Auto a. s., Commonwealth Financial Network, ICA, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Government17%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Government11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Insurance Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government11%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Company Size
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    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise49%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise72%
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    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect vs. Visio and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 3rd in Business Process Design with 35 reviews while Visio is ranked 4th in Business Process Design with 54 reviews. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is rated 8.0, while Visio is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect writes "Great pricing with an easy initial setup and a comprehensive toolkit". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Visio writes "A stable and scalable solution for business-oriented presentations". Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with Visual Paradigm, No Magic MagicDraw, ARIS BPA, IBM Rational System Architect and iServer, whereas Visio is most compared with Bizagi, ARIS BPA, SAP Signavio Process Manager, IBM Blueworks Live and Visual Paradigm. See our Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect vs. Visio report.

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