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.

Valuable Features

  • 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

Improvements to 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.

Room for 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

Use of Solution

I've used it for over two years.

Stability Issues

There have been no issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

There have been no issues encountered.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

We are fully satisfied.

Technical Support:

We are fully satisfied.

Previous Solutions

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

Initial Setup

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

Implementation Team

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

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

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

Other Advice

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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