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"We've brought our portfolio altogether. We have had multiple ways of reporting out what our portfolio is, whether it's in Excel, Word, or in different places. We brought all of our projects together in one place. That has worked out well for us. We've been able to manage the work on Gantt charts and our resources better. The big thing for us on research and development is around managing people's time, on which projects they are working on, and how much effort does it take to launch our projects.""With the lifecycles, it helps us step through our processes easier. We'll take a process and create it in Visio, then we'll go and implemented in Planview. Anytime that we have to do a new process, this is what we use. We just step it through the lifecycles and the configure screens are very easy to use. The fields that you need are easy to use.""Planview has helped connect funding and strategic outcomes with work execution. That is the key use that we have for it. We use it to validate the work that we're doing and the funding that we need. The difference between the previous version and current version for us would be the ICPM and the way it gives us different scenarios. We can go in and build that out.""I like that everyone is able to see the same data. All of our users who aren't just time reporters have read access to all the data that is out there. So, it is one source of truth where everybody can go in and see the exact same data that everybody else sees. It is transparent.""The portfolio management gives you a view of all the projects as well as all the information about the total amount of effort, time, and cost being spent on the projects. It gives the organization how much money and effort should be spent towards projects so they can budget and do better capacity planning in the next fiscal year. It gives them visibility into their resources and if they have capacity.""The biggest impact for using Planview currently would be to understand the true costs of projects. We are trying to get to a point where not only do we take into account technical costs, but what the business cost is. Trying to integrate our business right now into Planview is helping us identify the true cost of the investments that we make so we can try and understand their value.""We have a fairly good picture of time tracking.""The look and feel of it is pretty clean."

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"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.""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."

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"Some of the business processes are very easy to compare when you have the diagrams.""I like that there is support for software patterns.""The most valuable features are the flexibility and adaptability of Sparx Enterprise Architect.""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.""Ability to keep inventory of reusable blocks, and use in different diagrams with views of various templates.""The initial setup is easy.""Scalability is not a problem. You can always increase the footprint of what the thing can do because it's so powerful.""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."

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"Recently, we have gotten on a newer version. We're currently on version 15. Some of the things that we've been running into roadblocks on, it looks like the solutions will be coming out in versions 17 or 18. So, we have to upgrade before somethings can get completed.""I would suggest for the request module that they open up the fields and columns so it's like we are doing our work in the work module. You can't do that with today. We also have to make sure that the fields can go both ways with the request and work modules. Including fields in the column sets would be helpful, because today they only use attributes.""We have required more time from our resource managers to spend time in the tool. The adoption has been slower than we would have hoped. So, I would think from a rollout perspective, if Planview could help us with material which gets non-Planview users or previously light Planview users to become more heavy users of the system, then this would help us with the rollout.""There can be improvement on the sense of urgency because a lot of times we've exhausted everything that we can, and now, we're reaching out. So, it isn't a, "Well, have you tried to reboot this?" We've already done everything. Once we put in a ticket, there should be more of a sense of urgency on it.""I would like to see more documentation pieces. Right now, they do have the content repository. I would like to see more out-of-the-box features with document repository capabilities.""I would like to be able to copy and paste from Excel into work and assignments along with roles and hours, as opposed to having to type it out one by one.""There's still a lot of reluctance within the organization. We're not using all of the capabilities that we have today. We're still doing our strategic and capital investment planning on spreadsheets rather than using the capabilities that exist within Enterprise One. I definitely need to leverage the experts here at Planview to help drive a culture change. There's just a lot of reluctance on behalf of people within the company to put data into the tool.""Our version is definitely set up a bit more waterfall world. It would be better if some of the agile features were more in the standard product."

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

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"I think that collaboration can be better.""It would be nice to have it supported on the Linux operating system.""Using EA involves a steep learning curve if you want to understand its capabilities and functionality.""This solution should have better ease of use for the uninitiated.""Not visually appealing.""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.""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.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We are on the Flex licenses.""We have unlimited licenses for all of our functionalities. Since we went global, we went with that model.""The cost of other pieces and integrating them in needs improvement.""We have portfolio managers, resource managers, project managers, and time reporting licenses. These are the licenses that we have.""I don't think we have necessarily purchased everything that I would have liked to have seen.""We have several hundred licenses. It costs us several hundred thousand dollars a year.""We overbought our licenses. We looked at our needs three to four years down the road and tried based our contract on that. However, we were over aggressive. We use about a third of the licenses that we have. We're looking to adjust the makeup so we can start utilizing the amount of money that we are spending. Right now, we're overspending, and my organization is not seeing the value in Planview because we are paying so much for licenses that we're not using.""Our licensing costs are probably $150,000 to $180,000 a year with 270 licenses total."

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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.""SAP PowerDesigner is cheaper than eriwin."

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"In terms of cost, Sparx EA is probably one of the cheapest tools I have ever used.""The licensing is not as expensive as some of the other data modeling tools such as Erwin.""Its price is very good for the value that you get with it.""They have the price on their site for the enterprise version, and we do receive a small discount.""The licence has a costly upfront fee which gets you access. You have to pay an annual maintenance fee, which is less.""It is cheaper than other solutions. Its cost is around $686 per year. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.""We have an annual license, and it's very affordable.""I think our license costs roughly $1,000 a year, but I could be wrong."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Enterprise One provides a variety of types of resource assignments for assigning work to people. It's very easy and… more »
Top Answer: It would be nice if all of the licenses were FLEX. They've been fairly stable with their pricing over the years.
Top Answer: The resource area needs improvement. The improvements that have been made recently in the later versions have been good… more »
Top Answer: I like the connectivity or the lineage between the models and usability.
Top Answer: Technical support could be better and more human.
Top Answer: Features good reporting facilities coupled with a concrete database.
Top Answer: I think our license costs roughly $1,000 a year, but I could be wrong.
Top Answer: This solution is quite complex to use. It would be nice if the learning curve wasn't so steep. I can't think of any… more »
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Overview
Planview Enterprise, Planview's performance management platform, combines project and portfolio management software with adaptive best practices. By integrating the business process management of strategies, services, and projects within a single, Web-based solution, Planview empowers organizations to achieve greater levels of control over their ever-changing environment by dynamically managing money, resources, and capacities.

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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Top Industries
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Insurance Company24%
Financial Services Firm24%
Pharma/Biotech Company11%
Healthcare Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider13%
Government9%
Financial Services Firm8%
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Financial Services Firm29%
Retailer14%
Insurance Company14%
Healthcare Company14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm12%
Government8%
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Government18%
Energy/Utilities Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company23%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government9%
Manufacturing Company8%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business6%
Midsize Enterprise2%
Large Enterprise92%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business7%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise69%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise39%
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Small Business34%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise49%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise72%
Find out what your peers are saying about SAP PowerDesigner vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
510,882 professionals have used our research since 2012.

SAP PowerDesigner is ranked 4th in Architecture Management with 11 reviews while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 1st in Architecture Management with 30 reviews. SAP PowerDesigner is rated 8.2, while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is rated 8.2. 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 "Great pricing with an easy initial setup and a comprehensive toolkit". SAP PowerDesigner is most compared with erwin Data Modeler (DM), erwin Evolve, SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer, Visio and IDERA ER/Studio, whereas Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with Visual Paradigm, No Magic MagicDraw, Visio, ARIS BPA and Bizagi. See our SAP PowerDesigner vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect report.

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