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Find out what your peers are saying about IDERA ER/Studio vs. SAP PowerDesigner and other solutions. Updated: July 2019.
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The data modeling module is important to me because I am a database developer and designer... It's very fast, reliable, up-to-date, so easy to use, smooth.
IDERA keeps up with the versions of Oracle and SQL Server that I'm using. I mostly use SQL Server and when there are new features, a new type of index, for example, IDERA also includes them in upgrades of the data modeling tool.
It's much easier to develop the database structure and change it on the fly, rather than doing it manually in SQL Server itself. That saves time.
The most important features are logical and physical models that we can compare and develop. Also, the Data Dictionary can be created out of your studio. Finally, database schemas help understand the logic that's behind the scene, behind the SQL tables. Especially when there are a lot of them, the schemas help everyone understand the business processes.
We use the solution to create data models which describe our company's data architecture
The most valuable features are... those that enable me to represent the database to the development community and the business users.
Developing new dimensional models; for the data we're hosting, dimensional modeling is more useful.
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.
This solution needs more precise documentation.
The only thing I had an issue with was licensing, and the support was very good.
when there are some links to the external databases, if this database is not structured it is not uploaded. It gives me errors and I cannot see the view that was created on this structure and I cannot change those views, even manually. It skips the views. I have to ignore those views. I cannot re-upload them because it gives me an error.
I would like to upload, a database with about 3,000 tables. It takes so much time and, finally, it freezes the whole solution so that I actually cannot work with that environment. For the data warehouse, it's fine because I have 20 or 30 tables. It works fine. But, when I reverse-engineer the database with 3,000 tables, it freezes and it's hard to upload and reverse-engineer such environments in ER/Studio.
The solution could be sped up, as it is a little slow (e.g., when it's doing its database compare).
The screens are a bit outdated. They could use a new look and feel.
It would be helpful if they could create a generic JSON database type, as a target database, rather than a specific one like Mongo.
One limitation I have found in ER/Studio is that when you want to make some changes to the table definitions, you have to go item by item. You cannot do it globally. Another issue concerns defining the foreign keys between the different tables. It is a little more tedious in the ER/Studio than in ERrwin. With ERwin it is direct.
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.
Pricing and Cost Advice
It is priced fairly. It's around the same as erwin and other competitors' costs.
Pricing is expensive and on the higher-end.
At my previous company using ER/Studio, a database compare took four hours before using the product and 15 minutes after using the product.
As an individual user, the renewal is a little costly.
Pricing is on point, but do your due diligence - not every developer needs the tool.
I feel the product's pricing is a good value.
I'm a firm believer that all software is overpriced these days but, comparatively speaking, I think ER/Studio is worth the money.
The process of licensing could be much simpler, from our experience.
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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IDERA ER/Studio is a powerful suite for business-driven data modeling that enables companies to create an enterprise architecture foundation for data governance. With round-trip support for multiple database platforms, data architects have the power to easily reverse-engineer, analyze, and optimize existing databases from diverse platforms. Data professionals can easily capture and share models, metadata, data sources, and glossaries across the organization for improved alignment between business and IT. Business stakeholders can participate in the metadata definition workflow and access information on models and metadata at the right level for their needs.
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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