IDERA ER/Studio Review

It provides us with offline availability using TeamServer, but reusability of objects across multiple workspaces is a feature that would help.


What is most valuable?

  • Centralised Repository where all the models are stored
  • TeamServer (Portal) which gives access to the models (read only) through a web browser
  • Entity Llinking Ability across data models
  • Reuse of objects within workspace on multiple diagrams

How has it helped my organization?

The organisation is a huge enterprise spread across various countries, and use ER Studio as a centralised documentation of systems/application architecture repository. This has helped the new application development team in cross-verifying, and understanding, the current setup, proposing and architecting new solutions for the organisation. Since the models are stored in a centralised repository, the process of review/refinement are handled by teams all over the world, who can now collaborate and build a common solution.

What needs improvement?

  • Reusability of objects across multiple workspaces is a feature that would help in building a single enterprise model using linked up workspaces
  • Copy/Paste of diagrams to create copies between workspaces would be a handy feature to have

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for over two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There have been no issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There have been no issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

We are fully satisfied.

Technical Support:

We are fully satisfied.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did use other tools, and we switched because this solution offered us the following -

  1. Stability
  2. A centralised repository
  3. Provision for offline availbility using TeamServer
  4. Entity linking accross modules

How was the initial setup?

As a fresh implementation the setup was straightforward, and clear documentations helped when we were setting up the environment.

What about the implementation team?

We take care off all maintenance/upgrades of the toolset in-house.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

.Purchase licenses only for the functionalities which the organisation will use.

What other advice do I have?

Make effective use of Entity Reusability for an enterprise level usage.

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