Good tuning for multiple layers but it needs to integrate with TRM solutions
Pros and Cons
"It provides good utilization and it's a convenient tool for building exact architectural work."
"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."
What is our primary use case?
We started to build an architecture based on this tool.
We use if for enterprise architecture with multiple domains.
What is most valuable?
The most valuable feature is that it provides tuning for multiple layers of enterprise in the business application architecture.
We can use the same tool for a different audience. It helps our enterprise architects in building their diagrams. It helps with the handling of the application architect when it comes to the development team.
It provides good utilization and it's a convenient tool for building exact architectural work.
What needs improvement?
One of the drawbacks is that it is oriented on architecture and not user-presented.
Also, one of the disadvantages is that it doesn't provide a better representation level for the readers. It is not integrated with solutions such as Confluence or Jira. This is something that is missing in this solution.
Because it is oriented on architecture, it is not convenient to use this information for the presentations to our clients.
They also have a cloud-based deployment solution and it has a bit more capability to communicate to clients and to the sales team.
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.
For how long have I used the solution?
We have been using Sparx System Enterprise Architect for approximately 10 years.
We are using version 14 or 15.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
It is difficult for us to judge the stability because it is open for us in Europe and spread between two cities, Paris and Amsterdam.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
We don't have a strong demand to have a highly scalable solution for building enterprise-related activities.
We have 50 users in our organization who are using this solution.
We may be increasing our usage, as we have had many acquisitions and have more people than we need.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
We are not acquainted with any other solution.
How was the initial setup?
If you are talking about Enterprise Architects, the initial setup is quite simple.
We want to keep all of the information inside our own infrastructure. We have our own data centers and for now, we would like for it not to go into cloud deployment.
What about the implementation team?
We had help from the vendor for the implementation.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
Pricing is open information.
They have the price on their site for the enterprise version, and we do receive a small discount.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We are doing some slow research in the direction of switching to another program. For this year, it's not in the roadmap, but I will approve that for next year because we really want to consider some alternatives.
For example, solutions like LeanIX have more capabilities for integration between different levels of data representation. We can integrate the system with Confluence, and it can integrate with Jira.
What other advice do I have?
We have been quite happy for a number of years, but it has several drawbacks. We are considering an alternative. We are not looking to get rid of this solution but use another product and use them both for a while.
I would rate Sparx System Enterprise Architects a seven out of ten.
Which deployment model are you using for this solution?
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.