Compare SAP PowerDesigner vs. erwin Evolve

erwin Evolve is ranked 3rd in Architecture Management with 10 reviews while SAP PowerDesigner is ranked 5th in Architecture Management with 7 reviews. erwin Evolve is rated 8.0, while SAP PowerDesigner is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of erwin Evolve writes "Enables us to present data and objects visually, in diagrams, and to make them available via the web". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP PowerDesigner writes "The best data modelling tool on the market, and that's nowhere near everything it can handle". erwin Evolve is most compared with IDERA ER Studio, Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, ARIS BPM, MEGA HOPEX and Lucidchart, whereas SAP PowerDesigner is most compared with Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer, ARIS BPM, IDERA ER Studio and Visio. See our SAP PowerDesigner vs. erwin Evolve report.
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The feature that stands out for me is the ease of configuring objects and the screens to show them. It's really easy to add a new type of object in this reference. Creating a new type of object, using it, and evolving it a little bit in terms of what we can document about it are the main features that made us decide to use this provider.One of the most valuable features is the website that sits on top of the database. There's a database of objects and how they are related, and you can make views and diagrams and visual elements out of that information on the website. The website is the part that is called Evolve and we use the Evolve Designer and publish the website out to our employees. They can click around and navigate and search, etc.There is a model behind it. It's really nice that the Evolve front-end, as it builds a website, keeps those relationships in mind. You can even go to a procedure and see all the applications that are related to it. Then you can go into that application and see all the standard operating procedures that that application is a part of. It's just very connected.I have not seen capabilities for web-sharing and interaction with the architecture from any other supplier. It's a great capability...By placing the data and the metadata into a model, which is what the tool does, you gain the abilities for linkages between different objects in the model, linkages that you cannot get on paper or with Visio or PowerPoint. That is a huge discriminator.I can send images in the PDF form, along with the relationships and the associations that are a very important part of what we do. It can show what is affected and what is impacted by a certain change in one area of the system architecture or enterprise architecture. I can very quickly draw those issues and topics to the fore.We use erwin Evolve to publish to the website. This allows us to enable publishing our website using parameterisation features. In a very fast, quick way, we can publish a table or chart onto a website.The ability to share and collaborate on the solution is its most valuable feature.

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I like the property sheet capability and the user-defined attributes that you can set up.The most valuable feature is the way you can extend it and customize it. With most modeling tools, you fit your modeling process to fit the tool. In PowerDesigner, you can make the tool fit the way you want to work.I do a data-centric design, so for me, the data analysis and design tools are the most valuable features.The solution is a very pragmatic tool. It's quite easy to use.It can automate many routine tasks and save human resources to focus on real problems.This solution has good tools for big data, where you can manage large and complex databases.It has helped me to develop the as-is state, design its to-be state, and track the capital investment according to gap analysis.

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They have improved the search engine a little bit but it can always be improved more. The more data you put inside it, the more you want to use it.What they need to do is to consolidate more of their products. For example, I was just looking and I couldn't figure out what erwin DT is. It's on the website but it would help if they could put information together and make it more clear as to what products they have and how they work with other things.I would like it to be easier to make changes and then deploy them into production, especially when you have multiple web servers or front-ends. It would be nice to make a change and then have it propagate to the production servers in a more automated fashion.With the Excel importing, the "up to date" part is the challenge. If we had a real-time integration, we could keep things up to date for whatever kinds of change points we had. With Excel, it is more that you have to export from one system then import it to another, so it's better for data that doesn't change that often.The solution's integration capabilities with other tools in our system has not been all that well done. We have people who use ARIS, who use System Architect and, of course, Visio. erwin has very limited ways to import and export from those kinds of tools. It's not a very easy thing to do.The way that we are using it for application management, we have several KPIs. We want to follow and monitor them regarding a number of solutions. We cannot calculate this today. We would like real-time calculations along with the KPIs in order to improve the user experience. We would like the tool to be able to display this, not only as signals, but as charts.The solution needs to focus on allowing for more integrations.I would like to see an improvement in the output of the solution.

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Checking-in models to the repository, especially when working remotely, is a slow process than can sometimes have problems with models being corrupted.Pricing for small consultancies needs improvement. They sustain prices to competing tools. The competing tools tend to do special offers. PowerDesigner SAP doesn't pay much attention to the pricing of it and there are no special offers.In the future, I would like to see data manipulation capability where you can actually write SQL queries and manipulate data from directly within the tool.It would be helpful if there were glossary, catalog and governance tools. It would help make it a true end-to-end product.There should be a better usage of current hardware including multicore CPUs, higher resolutions, and multiple displays.This product does not have a good BPMN Modeler.The data governance should be improved, like ER/Studio.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Yearly, our cost is €100,000.I estimate that we pay between $40,000 and $50,000 a year for the solution, not including the upfront costs to buy things the first time.The licensing enables you to differentiate between people who edit the content and the people who consume it. We are able to keep the licensing costs down by keeping the "contributor" licenses to a minimum, and we then just roll out the content in a read-only version for the rest of our users.The cost is something like $15,000, per license. But I haven't looked at those numbers in three years. It was over $100,000 to initially set everything up and get it all configured.On a yearly basis, our licensing costs are 50,000 euro. There are no additional costs because we are on a SaaS model.

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I bought the software outright and do not pay a licensing fee.PowerDesigner is not the cheapest solution on the market, so make sure that you are using it to its full potential.The ROI has been 43%.

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erwin EA, erwin Business Process, erwin Enterprise ArchitectureSybase PowerDesigner
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Overview

erwin is used by more than 50,000 professionals in 60+ countries to get big results from their enterprise data initiatives. erwin is the #1 choice in virtually every industry, from government and healthcare to retail and finance.

erwin Modeling provides a collaborative environment to manage enterprise data through an intuitive, graphical interface. With a centralized view of key data definitions, you can leverage information as a strategic asset and more efficiently manage your data resources to save time and money.

Plan and manage complex business transformation initiatives with SAP PowerDesigner. The software’s data modeling tools let you build a blueprint of your current enterprise architecture and visualize the impact of change before it happens. Automatically capture architecture layers and requirements, tap into a powerful metadata repository, and share discoveries with your team.

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AT&T, Bank of America, Chevron, Duke University, ESPN, Fidelity, GE, JP Morgan Chase, KPMG, McGraw Hill, NASA, Pfizer, Royal Bank of Scotland, Teradata, Union Pacific, Vodafone, Wells Fargo.Medtronic, Cirque du Soleil, Antarc, B&G Manufacturing, EarlySense, eBay, Ferrero, James Austin Company, Lenovo, Sagem, RAK Ceramics, Vodafone
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Comms Service Provider13%
Construction Company13%
Aerospace/Defense Firm13%
Financial Services Firm13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company27%
Insurance Company11%
Comms Service Provider9%
Government9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company27%
Financial Services Firm9%
Media Company7%
Government7%
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