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Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect Valuable Features

Joshua Shoresh - PeerSpot reviewer
Management Consultant & Architect at Contextual Focus Limited

For us, the solution is evolving still.

I find it performs as well as other solutions that I've used, like QualiWare's Rational System Architect. It performs quite well.

For the most part, we find that it is remarkable how inexpensive it is.

Overall, the solution offers very good packages.

The initial setup is easy.

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Igor Malik - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Solutions Architect Lead at a wholesaler/distributor with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

Its model-centric approach makes it very easy to create documentation based on a template. Every company says that maintaining documentation is a very tedious task, and it usually requires subject matter experts. That's why companies rarely maintain documentation, but when you maintain the model, and you have the right processes and the right roles assigned, it can be naturally maintained. You can just simply produce a document by selecting whatever you need and in a format that you need. It is a very powerful feature.

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AH
User at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees

I didn't find any valuable features in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect because you cannot use it for re-engineering. I wanted to re-engineer the database, and it was almost impossible. I couldn't find a way.

I didn't have any problems in terms of the stability of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect. I also found the tool easy to set up.

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Roland Kossow - PeerSpot reviewer
Entrepreneur-Consultant-Developer-Freelance at Dipl.-Ök. Roland Kossow

The best thing about the tool is that its database is open. It provides an integrated scripting framework for automation and it can be automated via COM with Delphi, Visual Basic, C++, or any other programming language capable to do COM automation. It is also possible to develop your own add-ons, so the tool is very well suited as a basis for your company-wide Enterprise Architecture tooling. You can integrate data from web applications or specialized FAT clients which you develop for Enterprise Architecture Management requirements.

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AllanKowalski - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

Automated reporting saves me a kazillion hours a week of cutting, pasting and editing.

Profiles and Stereotypes allows me to reduce the learning curve for newbies by 95%

The automated charts and graphs hold great appeal for business types and its ability to connect with so many other tools (DevOPs, Jira, etc) make it a great enterprise level hub.

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KD
Senior Design Leader at Koninklijke Bam Groep N.v.

It is a very flexible product. It can do a lot. It is also a reliable product. 

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SR
Sr. Solutions Architect at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees

Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is very flexible and it is simple to define the metamodel. Additionally, it is lightweight on resources.

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Jean-François Houzeaux - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Architect at a consumer goods company with 501-1,000 employees

The variety of diagrams available is excellent. 

You are able to combine different diagrams together and to use a UML component in a different diagram, for example. It's quite flexible. 

The initial setup was pretty easy.

The solution is scalable. 

We have found the stability to be very reliable.

The solution is affordable. 

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KB
Owner at a marketing services firm with 11-50 employees

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.

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DS
Software Engineer / Application Developer & Systems Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees

There are a lot of features in Enterprise Architect. It allows us to take on a lot of tasks.

The product has an easy initial setup.

The product is fairly stable.

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Maja Jakobik - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions architect at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees

Modeling is a part of my work, and it has a lot of standard modeling languages. It is quite wide, and a lot is possible in it. We are not programming it ourselves, but if you are into programming and developing software yourself, you can go further and do a lot with Sparx. You can work from the framework and go into the details.

With this solution, you get a lot of value at a low cost. It is also quite intuitive in terms of use. I like the use of it. 

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Ivan Karev - PeerSpot reviewer
Business Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

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.

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RM
Product Manager at a construction company with 51-200 employees

Artifact templates are most valuable.

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RA
FileMaker Developer, Agile Software Quality Analyst, Consultant, Trainer & UML / BPMN Modeller at ICONIX

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.

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Muhammad Ashfaq - PeerSpot reviewer
IM Consultant at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

It is a very rich tool in terms of the functionality and the types of diagrams that you can create in this tool.

It gives us many options to create many other types of diagrams.

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MD
Process specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

ArchiMate is a good feature. 

This is a useful tool for IT people who need to design their solution architecture.

There are other features that would be good for Architecture.

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AH
Software Architect at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees

If you compare the price of MEGA HOPEX with Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, Sparx is cheaper.

It's a very practical solution. You don't need to do an advanced course to start using this tool.

It offers great intricacy. You can really do many kinds of models. You don't have to design certain designs in another tool. It even allows enterprise architecture to be modeled within it. 

The solution is very user-friendly. When you draw a diagram to model the architecture, it's very flexible. If you have a double standard, you can use the tool. You can use UML Ultimate if you like. If you have a different set of standards for certain models, you can put those in. 

The documentation and the articles they have on offer are pretty decent.

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Paul Parisi - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Architect at Mobiliser
  • Ability to manage a meta-model that support a single source of truth for models
  • Ability to capture concept thinking diagrams (referred to as white boarding)
  • Reverse engineering capabilities
  • Collaborative functionality
  • Ability to trace through from a requirement statement to impacted logic was extremely powerful to us
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Edward Nicholson - PeerSpot reviewer
Director at Intelligent Enterprise Products

The features I find most valuable is the ability to create a document and then put it into a OneCare artifact. This feature allows me to share the visual I bring about with other communities that are not system analysts because not everyone can afford to have a copy of Enterprise Architect. 

Additionally, the solution operates well as a whole and has very comprehensive capabilities.

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MH
Director, Strategy and Consulting at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees

I think having some of the profiles and ready-made templates is an extremely helpful feature. This is one of the biggest features that I find very useful in Sparx.

The documentation and the help center within the tool are very helpful as well. They are written in much simpler terms. The examples are very clear, and the video tutorials are there. You can find a lot of video tutorials that can definitely help you to understand how to do certain tasks that you want to accomplish in Sparx.

I think it's very stable and scalable as well. It is also an affordable solution.

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DS
Solution Architect at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

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LZ
consultant at Government of Saskatchewan

I like Sparx's BPM features and the way it lets you create the diagram.

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Anuj Shahi - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Architect at CCandC Solutions

I like it because it is very economical. Price-wise, Sparx EA is very low cost. 

It is easy to use. Connecting entities is very easy in this.

It is an EA tool that is approved by Open Group. It is in the tool register of Open Group. 

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AnkushJain - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Consultant - DPA at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

SPARX EA is well suited for a client that does not have an Enterprise Architecture or Business Process and that needs to get started, so you can leverage the product right from scratch. You can import from Word and Excel. That is the best feature. The information is available in Excel and you can get started by importing the artifacts in the proper structure. Word documents can also be imported by using the proper plugins. It can be used as a jump-start for a team of five people that can share a common repository. This import/export reduced a lot of licensing requirements too.

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ManonVan Rooijen - PeerSpot reviewer
Innovative ICT Architect at a tech company with 201-500 employees

It has been a useful tool for modeling and testing automated processes. 

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DM
Architecte fonctionnel at AAnnex

The pricing of the solution is pretty good. It's reasonable. 

Overall, It works pretty well.

It's easy to create all diagrams.

It's easy to search within the solution. 

It's very good software. 

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DH
IT Professional at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The TOGAF ADM model is most valuable. It is also very cheap as compared to other options in the market.

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Artur Chyziewicz - PeerSpot reviewer
Co-Owner at Edusolution s.c.

It's a stable and scalable solution. I like that it's similar to Rational Rose.

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IS
Principal at Mire Consulting

The most valuable feature of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is the value streams.

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PalcsoAttila - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at SEP Consulting kft.

The advantages of Enterprise are that it's cheaper and much more practical than MagicDraw.

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NA
Digital Asset Intelligence Lead at a construction company with 5,001-10,000 employees

Sparx has good functionality to tie back the requirements coming all the way up to the balance score card. The connection is good as well being reusable so you can tweak the system and change different elements in it, which actually cascade down and see the connections with the other elements.

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JL
IT Architect at a government with 10,001+ employees

This solution provides us with good integration between different notations. It also features good reporting facilities coupled with a concrete database.

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RH
IT Project Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

A feature I like most about Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is its ease of use. 

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MJ
System Engineer at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees

The solution is easy to use, supports SysML and UML, and is able to connect to MATLAB. This is very important for us.

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Buyer's Guide
Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect
September 2022
Learn what your peers think about Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: September 2022.
632,611 professionals have used our research since 2012.