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We have seen ROI with this solution over the years that we have used it.The user interface is good. It's both clear and comprehensible. It's easy to work with.

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Very good repository features.The most valuable feature is that it is a very fast reverse engineering process. It does a very expansive comparison.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.

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This solution can be more user-friendly and easier to use, with better dashboards.There needs to be more information at the outset about how to use the solution and how to deploy it. The deployment process needs improvement.

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UI could be improved by enabling simpler navigation.In terms of improvement, the pricing is a bit high.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.

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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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IBM Rational System Architect is an enterprise architecture solution for visualizing, analyzing, and communicating enterprise architecture and business process analysis. This solution provides decision support, process optimization, and integration into solution delivery. Rational System Architect addresses all aspects of your organization's enterprise architecture, including modeling, publishing, analysis, and execution.

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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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Rational System Architect vs. SAP PowerDesigner and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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IBM Rational System Architect is ranked 13th in Architecture Management with 2 reviews while SAP PowerDesigner is ranked 5th in Architecture Management with 9 reviews. IBM Rational System Architect is rated 6.0, while SAP PowerDesigner is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of IBM Rational System Architect writes "Modeling is useful, but many features need improvement and technical support is lacking". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP PowerDesigner writes "Ability to work on a single repository is great; web portal enables view from the browser perspective". IBM Rational System Architect is most compared with Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, ARIS BPM, UNICOM System Architect, MID Innovator and PTC Windchill, whereas SAP PowerDesigner is most compared with erwin Evolve, Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer, ARIS BPM and Bizagi. See our IBM Rational System Architect vs. SAP PowerDesigner report.

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