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"It offers a lot of features in one solution. You would have to get multiple other products to bundle together all of the capabilities that you get in just this product.""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."

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"The product offers very good support for all mainstream modeling notations and architectural frameworks.""Sparx offers good flexibility.""It has led some teams to do better code reviews - to be less focussed on coding conventions (syntax) and more focussed on the semantics because of the abstraction level clear design affords.""Scalability is not a problem. You can always increase the footprint of what the thing can do because it's so powerful.""The initial setup is easy.""Ability to keep inventory of reusable blocks, and use in different diagrams with views of various templates.""The most valuable feature is the integrated data model, so if I change the name of an item, all models using that object are automatically updated.""The most valuable features are the flexibility and adaptability of Sparx Enterprise Architect."

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"The solution is very, very expensive. It would be ideal if it was a more affordable product.""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."

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"Even if there are web-based tools in the Enterprise Architecture tool ecosystem (like Prolaborate), the main modeling application is still a fat client application.""The documentation could be better. Where I work, we speak French and we don't speak English, so we don't have anything in French. It's perfect in English, but we need something in French.""Because its easy to create diagrams one needs to be vigilant on the housekeeping of orphaned fragments - I have written my own scripts to do this, maybe they are available now.""I think the product is good. When I'm trying to do something specific for some part of project documentation, it's hard to get it figured out if you don't use it all the time. It's such a massive tool, it's hard to figure out how to dig in and get to the documentation where you have to be to get some idea of what to do. There are not a lot of examples that I'm aware of to be able to do that.""The documentation needs a bit of improvement. What I find is that when I'm trying to do something specific for some part of a project, in terms of documentation, it's kind of hard to get at figuring out if you don't use it all the time.""Not visually appealing.""This solution should have better ease of use for the uninitiated.""Using EA involves a steep learning curve if you want to understand its capabilities and functionality."

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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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"In terms of cost, Sparx EA is probably one of the cheapest tools I have ever used."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: 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… more »
Top Answer: 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… more »
Top Answer: Often, a customer will want to migrate from another solution onto PowerDesigner. That's how I primarily use the solution: migrating things over to this solution. We use it to set up the conceptual… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the integrated data model, so if I change the name of an item, all models using that object are automatically updated.
Top Answer: In terms of cost, Sparx EA is probably one of the cheapest tools I have ever used. However, study the most important versions of EA before you buy it. I'd also recommend that you buy the edition up… more »
Top Answer: This solution should have better ease of use for the uninitiated.
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Overview

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.

Sparx Enterprise Architect is a platform that accelerates and integrates software, business and systems development. Twice winner of Jolt and multiple SD Times Awards with an installed base of 580,000 + licenses, supported by 230 partners in 160 countries. From requirements to implementation and beyond, Sparx Systems' Enterprise Architect is a fully featured tool suite that lets you model, design, simulate, prototype, build, test, manage and trace from vision to solution.

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Medtronic, Cirque du Soleil, Antarc, B&G Manufacturing, EarlySense, eBay, Ferrero, James Austin Company, Lenovo, Sagem, RAK Ceramics, VodafoneOmniLink
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Find out what your peers are saying about SAP PowerDesigner vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
438,043 professionals have used our research since 2012.
SAP PowerDesigner is ranked 5th in Architecture Management with 10 reviews while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 1st in Architecture Management with 15 reviews. SAP PowerDesigner is rated 8.6, while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of SAP PowerDesigner writes "Ability to work on a single repository is great; web portal enables view from the browser perspective". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect writes "Has made the EA object model available so you can add your own popup menu items". SAP PowerDesigner is most compared with erwin Evolve, SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer, ARIS BPM, IDERA ER/Studio and Visio, whereas Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with Visual Paradigm, No Magic MagicDraw, Visio, ARIS BPM and Lucidchart. See our SAP PowerDesigner vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect report.

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