Architecture Management Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
Allan Gary Kowalski says in a Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect review
Consultant with self employed
Automated document generation is a real time saver , no more cut and paste, no more keeping track of which diagrams are in which reports, no more last minute update panics. Just click a mouse and you've got an up to date report. Customized profiles allow you to create entities that are custom engineered to your organization. Do you want to separate non-functional requirements into two types, say high and low priority, with each one having custom tags such as owner, why needed, history, date needed and authorizer for the high priority you can have it all built in to a tool set. View full review »
Director Enterprise Architecture at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Version 14 menu organization is much better. Ability to ingest external artifacts with added metadata coupled with UML based modeling is moving the organization to a more digital way of working while preserving legacy artifacts. View full review »
DataArchd5df says in an IDERA ER/Studio review
Data Architect at a university
The engineering portion, developing new models, dimensional models, not relational models. For the data we're hosting, dimensional modeling is more useful. View full review »
Larry Wilson says in an IDERA ER/Studio review
Data Architect at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Modeling with Data Architect: We can quickly reverse-engineer a database from an existing database or create a model from scratch. * Data lineage tracking: It allows us to identify upstream and downstream systems using data. This allows us to identify downstream impacts of making changes to data in a particular system, before the downstream systems break. * Collaboration features in Team Server: With discussion threads, email notifications, and streams, we can collaborate with team members to make sure that models and glossaries are sufficiently defined to accurately and concisely reflect the meaning, purpose, etc. of our enterprise data. * Change management: We can track changes to our data models and tie those changes back to specific tasks or efforts that we identify. View full review »
Lucas Rodrigo Spadotto says in an IDERA ER/Studio review
Administrador de Dados at a non-tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
This application does a lot of things, as do competitor products, but the main reason to go with this product was the ability to create many automations, where we can improve our work and our process. View full review »
Sharon Allen says in an erwin Enterprise Architecture review
Data Governance, Sr. Mgr at Lytx Inc.
* Reverse Engineering and Complete Compare – to document database design and test for changes over time across many different platforms (including Big Data platforms and cloud like SQL Azure) * Workgroup Repository collection of data models allows research across models without worry about platform incompatibilities and provides easy KPIs about corporate data assets * User Defined Properties – Command line links: allows flexibility to link different aspects of the data model to other tools to build better communication tools * Model templates (that are able to stay linked with the model) with filterable update capabilities * Ability to add images to the model – to help make them communicate better * ERwin Portal Links – allows easy 'Find' for information pages about the published ERwin Data Model * ERwin Portal scheduled model harvest – allows for a ‘hands-off’ maintenance capability for Administrator. View full review »
Qualman456 says in a MEGA HOPEX review
Quality manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The most valuable feature for this solution is the automatic updating and propagation of changes across the system. For example, when we make a change in one of our organizational charts, the changes are automatically made in all of the other processes. This saves us time as compared to in the past when this had to be done manually. It is a user-friendly solution. View full review »
Owner & CEO at mentorITe
I like that there is support for software patterns. The reverse engineering part is a feature that I like. Not so much the code generation, but the reverse engineering and also that it can be extended. You can extend Enterprise Architect by using JavaScript to extend the tools. I like the ability to make metamodels and some kind of domain-specific language. There is something called Agent-Oriented Modeling and a student for which I was a silent supervisor created an extension for this in his Master's thesis. He was able to extend the tools by scripting. View full review »
IT Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It supports multiple modeling languages like ArchiMate for database design, software lifecycle visualization, and team management. Merging all of them is a great feature. View full review »
Head of Business Analysis and Enterprise Architect at a tech services company
The most valuable features are the Business Process Management and the Architect. View full review »
Mahdi Jalali says in a SAP PowerDesigner review
Founder at Rozhmaan Co.
The most valuable feature is that we can convert CDM (Conceptual Data Model) to PDM (Physical Data Model), and then prepare an SQL statement to be executed. It has a powerful engineering feature where if you change the data on a secure server then it will change it in PowerDesigner, too. This solution has good tools for big data, where you can manage large and complex databases. By comparison, tools such as Enterprise Architect and Visio have problems with big databases. View full review »
Rico Chiang says in an erwin EA Agile review
Chief Consultant with 51-200 employees
The most valuable features for us are impact analysis, where I can easily visualize the impact of change. View full review »
Solutions Architect at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
* Ability to either offline with replication, documentation, HTML reporting * The strength of the modelling and analysis tools. View full review »
User at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Flexibility * Open DB. View full review »
Reviewer967458 says in an IDERA ER/Studio review
Database Developer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The data modeling module is important to me because I am a database developer and designer. I also take part in designing applications and that always starts with data modeling. It's very fast, reliable, up-to-date, so easy to use, smooth. The solution is also easy to explain to others and the graphics are good. Finally, the menu choices are also important. There are a lot of them and they are good. View full review »
Mariya Salamatova says in an IDERA ER/Studio review
Senior Business Intelligence Developer at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees
The most important features are logical and physical models that we can compare and develop. Also, the Data Dictionary can be created out of your studio. Finally, database schemas help understand the logic that's behind the scene, behind the SQL tables. Especially when there are a lot of them, the schemas help everyone understand the business processes. View full review »
Reviewer951561 says in an IDERA ER/Studio review
Database Administrator at a government with 10,001+ employees
The modeling part of the tool. We use the solution to create data models which describe our company's data architecture. It is a mix of design upfront when we get changes. We also use the data models after we've implemented changes. It does help in regards to redundancy with standardization across models. View full review »
Anuj Shahi says in an iServer review
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The best features are the reporting and graphs, which result from the reporting. View full review »
Cuauhtemoc Guillermo DueñasGomez says in a SAP PowerDesigner review
Enterprise Architect at a Consumer Goods with 201-500 employees
* The wizard report links directly to MS Word and is very useful. * The matrix processes and capabilities are good tools. * It is easy and fast to use. View full review »
DBA8d65 says in an IDERA ER/Studio review
DBA at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable features are the various features for different databases, but mainly those that enable me to represent the database to the development community and the business users. View full review »
Enterprise Business Architect at a marketing services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I have found the Meta Model tuning feature useful as it provides me with an overview of all my work needs. View full review »
IT-Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Its most valuable feature is the Zachman Framework. View full review »
Database9ac8 says in an IDERA ER/Studio review
Database Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The reverse engineering is the most important feature. The relationships are also important. View full review »
Mike Grove says in an IDERA ER/Studio review
DBA at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
One of the valuable features is inheritance when joining tables. When setting up RI and domains and rules, ER/Studio does a lot of the grunt, boilerplate code that would otherwise have to be hand-coded. View full review »
Jamie Vasser says in an IDERA ER/Studio review
IT Specialist at a government with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is data modeling, primarily, because it's something that has been lacking in our systems development for 20 years. There was no accountability for data structure. View full review »

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