Dec 13, 2016
The Avolution team was very professional and courteous during every interaction. They helped immensely with learning about the ABACUS toolset and understanding how it could fit in our organization. They supported with training and implementation expertise as we implemented the tool with our data. They showed our team best practices and guided us through the entire process to ensure success.
Dec 7, 2016
Vendor was very quick to repond to our needs. They have a good roadmap. Vendor was willing to listen and quickly incorporate our needs in their next release.
Nov 9, 2016
Avolution understood what we were trying to do, the product greatly reduced the effort required as the choice of models and outputs satisfied most of our needs and are easily customisable.
Aug 1, 2016
One of the best vendors I have worked with. They were there for us the whole time and continue to be very supportive.
May 26, 2016
This is a low-cost product with substantial capabilities. This is a double-edged sword that the vendor will acknowledge. You can get lost in its flexibility. The user interface is standard Microsoft offering and could be improved, but other than its unappealing heritage, is mostly intuitive. There are exceptions such as how to link related objects. You have to be clear on their terminology to do so effectively. The licensing model is a bit choppy, only the designer license can make changes to the model which unfortunately includes the attributes of any entity. Get more than one designer license! Installation is a snap for the local component but connecting to the enterprise repository on their "cloud" is not simple and seems over complicated with multiple encrypted/signed files being generated. If it doesn't work exactly right you have to start over completely. Why not just use federation? We've completed our Meta model and have populated a significant amount of date. We're still in the process of linking the entities so can't speak about what the mature implementation is like. If I had to do this again, I would indeed keep Abacus high on the list.
May 12, 2016
Big improvement in usability compared to the previous tool. It also has the ability to leverage data (created with previous tool) without a complex data conversion effort.
May 10, 2016
The product has lived up to expectations. It excels in flexibility, which was an important criterion for us. It is extremely easy to change/extend the metamodel.
Apr 4, 2016
The Product like most EA tools requires a high level of expertise to use effectively. The most useful features is the EA repository. The Meta model is easily extensible, data constraints can be easily added to improve data quality and import/export of data is very easy. Have not used the diagramming extensively in current engagement but have found it useful in the past for documenting technical architectures. Complex Overlays on Business architecure models are hard work and more often that not require programming which reduces the supportability of the tool. We use it (in our current low level of architecture maturity) primarily for the repository and enforcement of data cosntraints. Diagramming is done in viso using Catalogues from Abacus.
Apr 1, 2016
Strong product and very good support from vendor.
Mar 25, 2016
Product is very easy to install, configure and get started. Meta model provides enough flexibility to depict various relationships (among apps, systems, users etc.) exist in the enterprise. Provides capabilities to create various architecture diagrams conforming to industry standards.