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System Architect 8.5

USABILITY

B

CAPABILITY

A

PERFORMANCE

B

INTEROPERABILITY

A

MANAGEABILITY

A

Popkins latest upgrade to its well-established System Architect enterprise modeling software enhances UML integration and diagramming intelligence, but its simulation tools are still works in progress.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Broad support for many diagram conventions and built-in reverse-engineering tools will accelerate System Architects adoption in most IT environments.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // By making explicit the connections between application elements and underlying business activities and requirements, System Architect should reduce wasted effort and project abandonment costs.

PROS // Broad method support; high overall integration with a wide variety of diagramming formats and model analysis tools.

CONS // Incomplete integration of simulation tools; cost comparable to equally sophisticated competitors but high compared with developers base-line tools.

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