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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.""Straightforward setup.""The interface is really simple to use and it allows me to pick and choose which tables I want to reverse engineer.""Using this product has improved the way we maintain our models because they have a place where we can keep all of them, and they can be viewed using the web interface."

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"This solution has good tools for big data, where you can manage large and complex databases.""It can automate many routine tasks and save human resources to focus on real problems.""The solution is a very pragmatic tool. It's quite easy to use.""I do a data-centric design, so for me, the data analysis and design tools are the most valuable features.""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 like the property sheet capability and the user-defined attributes that you can set up.""The most valuable feature is that it is a very fast reverse engineering process. It does a very expansive comparison.""Very good repository features."

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"The only thing I had an issue with was licensing, and the support was very good.""This solution needs more precise documentation.""The visual presentation is a little too colorful and seems that it is dumbed down.""The model diagram because very clumsy when you save it on the team server and the models are very big."

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"This product does not have a good BPMN Modeler.""There should be a better usage of current hardware including multicore CPUs, higher resolutions, and multiple displays.""It would be helpful if there were glossary, catalog and governance tools. It would help make it a true end-to-end product.""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.""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.""Checking-in models to the repository, especially when working remotely, is a slow process than can sometimes have problems with models being corrupted.""In terms of improvement, the pricing is a bit high.""UI could be improved by enabling simpler navigation."

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"It is priced fairly. It's around the same as erwin and other competitors' costs.""I am currently using the trial version, but this solution is definitely worth considering for the price point."

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

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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 reverse-engineer, analyze, and optimize existing databases easily from diverse platforms. Data professionals can easily capture and share models, metadata, data sources, and glossaries across the organization for improved alignment between the organization and Information Technology. Organizational stakeholders can take part in the metadata definition workflow and access information on models and metadata at the right level for their needs.

Unlike its competition, it provides the broadest range of data platform support, industry-leading enterprise-level capabilities, visual data lineage and flow modeling, full dimensional modeling for data warehousing and business intelligence, and business data objects to bridge the gap between developers and data architects. It also provides a complete solution for enterprise architecture and data governance, extensive model change management, unique incorporation of true enterprise data dictionaries, unique linking of constructs across models, integrated visual data lineage import, and integrated data and business process modeling.

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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Newmont Mining, Entrust, Accolade, TalkTalk, Catalina, Protective Life, NTT Data, dir systèmes, Microsoft; American Express, Astellas Pharma, AstraZeneca, Coriant, Fedex, GlaxoSmithKline, PepsiCo, Prudential, Wells FargoMedtronic, Cirque du Soleil, Antarc, B&G Manufacturing, EarlySense, eBay, Ferrero, James Austin Company, Lenovo, Sagem, RAK Ceramics, Vodafone
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Find out what your peers are saying about IDERA ER/Studio vs. SAP PowerDesigner and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
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IDERA ER/Studio is ranked 6th in Architecture Management with 4 reviews while SAP PowerDesigner is ranked 5th in Architecture Management with 9 reviews. IDERA ER/Studio is rated 8.2, while SAP PowerDesigner is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of IDERA ER/Studio writes "Scales easily and the support is good, but the performance for large models should be improved". 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". IDERA ER/Studio is most compared with erwin Evolve, Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, Toad Data Modeler, Aqua Data Studio and BiZZdesign Enterprise Studio, whereas SAP PowerDesigner is most compared with erwin Evolve, Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer, ARIS BPM and Visio. See our IDERA ER/Studio vs. SAP PowerDesigner report.

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