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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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"Putting details into the process flow and being able to link other objects into the diagrams are very helpful features.""It is easy to learn and implement.""I enjoy the fact that I can go into detail with Visio. In shared communications, I can inspect for any fault in my processes.""Visio has improved our organization through an essential collaboration with the other Microsoft applications like SharePoint and Excel. So basically in the earlier days, what used to happen, a majority of the organization captured all the as-is process, the time and motion data in the form of Excel and then they used to create process diagrams using other freeware applications. Collaboration allows easy and convenient sharing with other stakeholders, that is really helpful with Visio.""The Data Objects are hyperlinked to the Standard Operating Procedures, Letters, and Forms.""I like to use Visio because it gives me a quick view of the things I had to put in a model for a company. I don't use it as an interface, though.""It keeps track of its connections as you move things around.""The most valuable features are process mapping and identifying responsibilities."

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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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"I would like to be able to present diagrams in multiple ways, such as a Swimlane diagram.""It does not integrate well with other solutions.""Transferring data was one of the issues that I expected Visio to have resolved. I use the older version.""The one particular thing which I would like to see improved is in comparison to other products in the market, and is still lacking in Visio, is publishing on a web application. For example, there is a freeware application business process modeling tool, Bizagi.""I would like to see included in the next release is the implementation of web publishing.""The Auto-Align has improved significantly from the previous release; however, it still jumbles the model if your process diagram has a fair degree of complexity.""Something that needs to improve, is the interface interaction with other tools.""System architecture could be improved."

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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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"It has a lower price point than the competition.""The cost of the software is reasonably priced.""The price is reasonable for individual use but for an organization, the costs is high.""Our license for Visio is including with the Office 365 subscription.""Visio is about a $180 dollars to purchase. It is a one-time licensing fee.""The yearly cost is approximately $400 CAD ($300 USD).""There are some cheaper as well as free solutions.""The licensing process is actually a breeze. Simply buy the license and download it from Microsoft, enter the license key in Visio to activate the software, and you're done."

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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.

Microsoft Visio is an advanced diagramming solution that helps IT professionals simplify, connect, and share information. Visio provides tools and resources for interpreting, acting upon, updating, and sharing complex information about IT processes, infrastructure, and applications - effectively and efficiently.
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Sample Customers
Medtronic, Cirque du Soleil, Antarc, B&G Manufacturing, EarlySense, eBay, Ferrero, James Austin Company, Lenovo, Sagem, RAK Ceramics, VodafoneThomas College, Hamburg Port Authority, Portigon AG, Conseil G_n_ral du d_partement des Hautes-Alpes, AAA Auto a. s., Commonwealth Financial Network, ICA, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider18%
Financial Services Firm10%
Government7%
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Financial Services Firm23%
Insurance Company12%
Computer Software Company12%
Government8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company22%
Comms Service Provider19%
Government9%
Financial Services Firm7%
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Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise35%
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Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise53%
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SAP PowerDesigner is ranked 3rd in Architecture Management with 11 reviews while Visio is ranked 5th in Business Process Design with 28 reviews. SAP PowerDesigner is rated 8.6, while Visio is rated 7.4. 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 Visio writes "Provides a quick way to spruce up client reports and proposals with rudimentary yet impactful visuals". SAP PowerDesigner is most compared with erwin Evolve, Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer, ARIS BPM and IDERA ER/Studio, whereas Visio is most compared with Bizagi, Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, ARIS BPM, Visual Paradigm and erwin Data Modeler (DM).

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