IDERA ER/Studio Review

We can maintain a data dictionary, enforce naming standards, and have a built-in macro facility, but printing ERDs on a plotter needs improvement.


Valuable Features

Reverse and Forward Engineering are very important. The former provides a facility to generate the overall design from an existing database. The latter allows the user to 'round-trip' changes from the model to a database so as you make changes these result in actual physical changes to the database structure.

Improvements to My Organization

It allows for maintaining a data dictionary, to enforce naming standards, and has a built-in macro facility to make it easier to do complicated, repetitive tasks quickly and easily.

Room for Improvement

The print facility is a little lacking. It can be trying at times to get that perfect ERD printed on a plotter.

Use of Solution

I started using ER/Studio in 2003 - so about 12 years.

Deployment Issues

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Very good. They're pretty easy to work with.

Technical Support:

Excellent. Over the years as I've had problems with their products I always get the same employee - a great guy who knows the product.

Previous Solutions

I've used them all (I think). CA's ERWin is probably the nearest competitor. ERWin works OK, but at that time was $4,500 a seat vs. $1,800.00. It was no contest.

Initial Setup

It's very easy to get started. Anyone who can install a software product to a laptop or PC can install ER/Studio.

Implementation Team

It was done in-house.

ROI

We haven't calculated the ROI.

Other Advice

There are only a few companies providing enterprise grade products in this area and Embarcadero is one of three. I think it's the best due to pricing and good overall support. It has the main features needed for this kind of work and is often seen as a leader.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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