Benchmark Consulting

IRIS Business Architect

4.5 / 5 5 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Our target market is made of Business Architects, Enterprise Architects, Software Architects, IT Architects, Application Architects, Data Architects & Business Analysts and Transformation Specialists.


Average Ratings

5 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 3.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $3,495.00/one-time/user
  • Pricing Details
    Price list: http://biz-architect.com/pricing/
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • Benchmark Consulting
  • www.benchmarkconsulting.com
  • Founded 2015
  • United States

About This Software

IRIS Business Architect enables Architects to plan and deliver initiatives in alignment to their corporation's strategies. From business strategies, customer journeys and value streams down into business capabilities and their organizational, technology and information enablers, IRIS also provides rich design, modeling and management functionality to continually reflect the changes on your business architecture to minimize risk and enhance decision making. Aligned to TOGAF, BIZBOK, BPMN & BABOK.


IRIS Business Architect Features

  • Backup Log
  • Backup Scheduling
  • Compression
  • Continuous Backup
  • Encryption
  • Incremental Backup
  • Local Server Options
  • Multiple System Support
  • Remote Server Options
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Web Access / Restoration
  • Ad hoc Analysis
  • Ad Hoc Reports
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Consolidation / Roll-Up
  • Dashboard
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Scorecarding
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Rules Management
  • Collaboration
  • Data Mapping
  • Lifecycle Management
  • Process Analysis
  • Process Capture
  • Process Change Tracking
  • Process Mapping
  • Process Modeling & Design
  • Process Simulation
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Audit Trail
  • Controls Testing
  • Environmental Compliance
  • FDA Compliance
  • HIPAA Compliance
  • ISO Compliance
  • OSHA Compliance
  • Risk Alerts
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance
  • Version Control
  • Cataloging / Categorization
  • Collaboration
  • Content Management
  • Data Management
  • Discussion Boards
  • Document Management
  • FAQ
  • Full Text Search
  • Guided Problem Solving
  • Self Service Portal
  • Self-Learning
  • Audit Trails
  • Automated Review & Approval
  • Best Practices Library
  • Content Management
  • Dashboard
  • Knowledge Capture
  • Policy Creation Wizard
  • Policy Training
  • Read & Acknowledge
  • Version Control
  • Workflow Management
  • Collaboration
  • Feedback Collection
  • Idea Management
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Prioritization
  • Product Roadmapping
  • Release Management
  • Requirements Management
  • Resource Management
  • Workflow Management
  • Collaboration
  • Content Import / Export
  • Diagramming
  • Drag & Drop
  • Feature Management
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Prioritization
  • Requirements Management
  • Workflow Management
  • Budget Management
  • Bug Tracking
  • Collaboration
  • File Sharing
  • Gantt Charts
  • Idea Management
  • Issue Management
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Percent-Complete Tracking
  • Portfolio Management
  • Project Planning
  • Requirements Management
  • Resource Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Testing / QA Management
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Collaboration
  • History Tracking
  • Prioritization
  • Status Reporting
  • Summary Reports
  • To-Do List
  • Traceability
  • User Defined Attributes
  • Auditing
  • Business Process Control
  • Compliance Management
  • Corrective Actions (CAPA)
  • Dashboard
  • Incident Management
  • Internal Controls Management
  • Risk Assessment

IRIS Business Architect Reviews

Sabine's review

Dec 20, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: The software is great however, there is a lot to understand when completing the setup. Thanks for the quick and excellent support.

Vendor Response

by Benchmark Consulting on January 13, 2017

Thanks a lot for using IRIS Business Architect and your review, Sabine! We will continue to have an excellent support and are working hard to improve our setup.

A very promising and wholly unique product.

Dec 01, 2016
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This is exactly what the world of business architecture needs -- a tool that is faithful to the Business Architecture Guild "BIZBOK", yet one that is much clearer and more explicit than BIZBOK, and that goes well beyond it. The tool not only reinforces the conceptual structure of BIZBOK, it actually teaches it in ways that are hard to learn through mere reading and repetition. The latest version moves further in the direction of diagram-based authoring, which is far more efficient, less prone to error and (frankly) more fun than merely filling out property forms.

Cons: The UI and usability, though much improved in the latest version, will hopefully get better and better.

Overall: A brilliant concept, well rendered. This is a must-have, if you are a business architect, analyst or modeler.

Recommendations to other buyers: I am thrilled to see such a brilliant and well thought out tool arrive on the market. I am confident that it will become much more refined over the coming months and years, and I look forward to being a strong advocate for IRIS. Thank you for creating this!

Vendor Response

by Benchmark Consulting on January 13, 2017

Thanks Robert for using IRIS Business Architect and your review! We are developing this software based strictly on our user comments and suggestions. We have new releases every 6-8 weeks. We will continue to improve UI and usability of our software throughout 2017 based on comments like the ones you have provided us.

An advanced piece of software for serious business architecture work

Dec 20, 2015
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have been using IRIS Business Architect since its earliest inception, and have shared many of its growing pains as it has evolved from a relatively simple diagramming tool into something quite sophisticated: a fully featured modelling application that is built solely to support the business architecture domain.

Version 2.2.4 now has the full range of diagrams and mapping relationships to enable a detailed business architecture to be developed from scratch, in accordance with the business architecture domains, guidelines and principles espoused by the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge (BIZBOK Guide). This is an important capability, because it allows a practitioner to apply the practices and reasoning laid out in the BIZBOK Guide. It does not require you to adapt your framework to the whim of the software developer.

Stability issues with some of the earlier versions have been ironed out, and this allows me and my global team to collaborate and maintain our business architecture in both real and virtual time. Using the tool in a virtual team environment does, however, come with its own set of challenges in terms of maintaining the same level of software across multiple platforms. We have benefited from excellent service and support from Benchmark Consulting in this regard. Anyone looking to use IRIS' cloud version rather than a localised server should look to secure hands-on support for their implementation to ensure a smooth transition.

The feature set is probably more than most Business Architects (at least non-technical ones) will ever need to use, but it seems that IRIS has built in additional features to support extensions to other architecture and project management environments. While it is not necessary to learn each of the advanced features in order to make the tool work and produce a variety of business architectures, the presence of those features does make the user interface somewhat daunting. New users should remember that IRIS is much more of an architectural modelling tool than a diagramming tool, so comparisons with Visio or similar applications are unfair. That being said, there is a steep learning curve required to understand how IRIS works and an early investment in training would be well rewarded.

Vendor Response

by Benchmark Consulting on December 23, 2015

Thanks for your review, Stephen! This is extremely appreciated. IRIS Business Architect is improving based on feedback from users like you. With each new release, IRIS Business Architect becomes easier to use. We are now at release 2.2.4. Business Model Canvas and other requested features will be made available within the next release sometime in early February 2016. With customized dashboard specific to each user to be made available sometime this upcoming summer, IRIS Business Architect will become even easier to use. IRIS Business Architect will still provide a rich features set, but we will make sure to provide access to the most relevant and used features as easily as possible.

IRIS Business Architect Enterprise Addition - worth the upgrade

Jun 19, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: This is the first tool that I have come across that specifically and effectively supports solely the discipline of Business Architecture. I found two aspects of the tool to be notably quite beneficial from a time savings perspective. First, the user interface for building various mappings is intuitive, allowing for rapid design. Second, the collaboration functionality enables multiple BAs to work together on the same model. The only negative is that the user documentation is good, not great. However, with the intuitive nature of the tool, we have worked through any unknowns rapidly.

We are active participants with the Business Architecture Guild which produces the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge. IRIS Business Architect is aligned with the practices and views described with the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge guide. This is also helpful in rapid adoption of what is published from the tool.

Overall, highly recommend IRIS Business Architect.

Vendor Response

by Benchmark Consulting on June 19, 2015

Thanks for your review, Bill!

Very flexible product in the right hands. Built for modeling across multiple disciplines.

May 11, 2015
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Only product that currently supports Business Architecture metamodeling (value streams and capabilities) to connect with other metamodels (process, measure, service, system) to model the enterprise and guide end-2-end transformation using a model-driven approach.

Vendor Response

by Benchmark Consulting on June 17, 2015

Thanks for your review! With each new release, we keep on improving IRIS Business Architect based on feedback from users like you. With each new release, IRIS Business Architect becomes easier to use. You were using Release 2.0 when you tested IRIS Business Architect. We are now at Release 2.1.12.