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Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect

You need to have a Sparx EA go to person to help socialize the tool and ensure it is properly used (but again, this is true for most tools). IF a company is looking for a tool they can just buy an have people use they should stick to Visio because any true modeling tool requires expertise.

In an environment where you do not have a highly trained group of architects who are familiar with all the standards and strategies of modeling, Sparx EA , more than most tools, allows you to wrap user friendly menus,and windows around it to make it easier to use.
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Pros

  • 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

  • It is not necessarily a user friendly tool, but then again neither are any of the others EA tools. They provide excellent tutorials and webinars. They should keep adding those.
  • The RTF document templates can be challenging to create.
  • Setting the sort ordering of searches in model views is complex(require a custom SQL query)
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Alternatives Considered

Price: Sparx blows away the competition being less expensive by orders of magnitude Features: It compares favorably with the competition w.r.t. modeling architecture. It's not an APM, risk management or any other kind of tool. Support: It provides excellent e-mail technical support but not any kind of consulting or professional services. Of course, there are a plethora of companies that will happily step in to fill this slot but be prepared to pay. My advice - hire a very skilled independent consultant.
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Return on Investment

  • EA has provided a very positive impact on business understanding
  • EA has allowed us to map clearly our physical and logical architecture, and to allow us to plan replacement systems and platforms
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Pricing Details

Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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