ER/Studio Data Architect vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ER/Studio Data Architect
Score 9.9 out of 10
N/A
ER/Studio is a database development and management tool from Embarcadero Technologies (acquired by Idera) in California.
$1,470.40
one-time fee per user
Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect
Score 6.4 out of 10
N/A
Enterprise Architect is the flagship architecture management platform from global, Australian-headquartered company Sparx Systems.
$229
per license
Pricing
ER/Studio Data ArchitectSparx Systems Enterprise Architect
Editions & Modules
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Professional
$229
per license
Corporate
$299
per license
Unified
$499
per license
Ultimate
$699
per license
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ER/Studio Data ArchitectSparx Systems Enterprise Architect
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPricing for new customers only, first year maintenance included. Maintenance includes access to technical support and product updates for the defined period of the agreement.
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User Ratings
ER/Studio Data ArchitectSparx Systems Enterprise Architect
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(5 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(1 ratings)
7.5
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
ER/Studio Data ArchitectSparx Systems Enterprise Architect
Likelihood to Recommend
IDERA (an Idera, Inc. company)
Data Architect is well suited at organizations of all sizes. It is never too early or unnecessary to enforce proper modelling and design standards on data solutions, and this tool will help that greatly by providing an industry leading data modelling tool, ability to import ETL mappings for data lineage, enforcing and managing naming conventions through the naming convention tool, and publishing of data dictionaries through the report publisher. I was successfully able to build models, provide traceability, and document source to target with lineage throughout for both the business (by providing business definitions in the descriptions), and technical teams (by documenting ETL instructions in text fields) along with field level mapping (by creating "Attachments" representing data sources, tables, and fields) providing easy search capabilities using business friendly terms
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Sparx Systems
Enterprise Architect can be used to capture business requirements, design and management of all successive models, algorithms, process flows/workflows, design of business data objects and other artifacts. The strong point is the ability to link the items in all models with each other, the more time the analysts and designers "invest" into making nice and clearly defined models, the higher the future pay-off by any successive changes to the systems. Enterprise Architect is not a good tool for capturing rather unstructured business requirements, use e.g. Confluence or other solutions instead. EA should comprise the extracted models with very little unstructured information. Management of the changes process should not be done in Enterprise Architect, rather use JIRA/Confluence or similar.
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Pros
IDERA (an Idera, Inc. company)
  • ER/Studio has the ability to provide consistent field names and data types through domains, which are templates. This provides a way to have consistent naming of common fields, like CreatedBy and the data types for the fields. They also have the ability to change all the fields that use that domain to a different data type.
  • ER/Studio provides the ability to create custom macros. These macros can be used to apply everything from standard fields based on domains to naming all constraints and indexes. I've also used a macro that comes with ER/Studio to spell check field and table names.
  • My favorite feature is the ability to compare your data model to databases for deployments of changes, and to other data models.
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Sparx Systems
  • Open Architecture - A wide and extensive set of options, plug-ins and customization options make Sparx EA more of a tool kit than just a tool. Most tools allow customization but Sparx EA is built from the ground up with this in mind.
  • Wide variety of formats, lexicons, standards and data import export capabilities allow different roles to interact with the information in different ways.
  • Automated report generation allows architects and designers to spend less taking on word processing and more time on performing architecture and design.
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Cons
IDERA (an Idera, Inc. company)
  • ER\Studio licensing can be cumbersome and upgrading from one version to another usually takes several phone calls and emails to the licensing group to get the update installed and running.
  • The repository can be slow when the model count gets larger. By large I mean 20 to 30 models.
  • A nice feature that I would like to see is table comments be displayed on the model along with the attributes. Currently you have to choose between the two.
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Sparx Systems
  • Needs someone that is very conversant with business modelling terminology
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Support Rating
IDERA (an Idera, Inc. company)
I can call or email support and both get quick turn around. The only issue is they are on the west coast (US) and have a west coast work schedule and I'm on the East coast.
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Sparx Systems
The support team of Sparx EA, based in Australia, is always willing to help and give direction.
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Alternatives Considered
IDERA (an Idera, Inc. company)
ER/Studio is the most mature, reach in features and quality and therefore useful. Unfortunately, it lacks compatibility with AWS Redshift.
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Sparx Systems
BiZZdesign represents a different new concept to enterprise architecture, its gravity center is not technical modelling, but rather a view on capturing the whole end-user experience or customer journey. It also allows to grasp areas as internal company capabilities, required for adoption/changes and operation of the solution, uses the same Archimate modelling language. This solution is in my opinion a new generation enabling to not only design the solutions, but also manage the whole application portfolio with respect to capabilities and requirement parameters.
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Return on Investment
IDERA (an Idera, Inc. company)
  • ER/Studio has had a positive impact on my project as we can develop the data model and have a clear understanding of business needs before we continue with the development phase.
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Sparx Systems
  • This program speed up the development process. It generates the actual code with my model classes after modeling
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ER/Studio Data Architect Screenshots

Screenshot of Logical data models in ER/Studio Data Architect.Screenshot of Data catalog in ER/Studio Data Architect.Screenshot of Data glossaries in ER/Studio Data Architect.