erwin Data Intelligence (DI) for Data Governance Alternatives and Competitors

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RickDe Avila
Real User
Data Architect at NAMM
Jan 30 2020

What is most valuable?

For me, the biggest benefit with erwin DI is that I have a single source of truth that I can send anybody to. If anybody doesn't know the answer we can go back to it. Just… more »

How has it helped my organization?

erwin DI needs the Data Modeler, obviously, to be able to harvest the data directly from an existing database, or even a brand new one as you're designing it. That is a… more »

What needs improvement?

There is room for improvement in automation, no question. Also, the fact that I sometimes have to go in and out of different applications, even though it's all part of the… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The whole suite, not just the DI but the modeling software, the harvester, Mapping Manager — everything we have — is about $100,000 a year for our renewals. That works out… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had Excel and Word documents, but nothing else. When we started our data warehouse project we were looking for a data governance tool. That led us to buy their data… more »

What other advice do I have?

Our first goals were data literacy and data as an asset. Those were our two big, ultimate goals three years ago. Data literacy turned out to be 10 times more important… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Everybody was evaluating other options. I got in trouble because I picked erwin after I had looked at 20 other things out there. Based on price and the size of our… more »
Sharon Allen
Real User
Sr. Manager, Data Governance at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 13 2020

What is most valuable?

They have just the most marvelous reports called mind maps, where whatever you are focused on sits in the middle. They have this wonderful graphic spiderweb that spreads… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We have only had it a couple months. I am working with the DBAs to get what I would call a foundational installation of the data in. My company doesn't have a department… more »

What needs improvement?

It does have some customization, but it is not quite as robust as erwin DM. It's not like everything can have as many user-defined properties or customized pieces as I… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

You buy a seat license for your portal. We have 100 seats for the portal, then you buy just the development licenses for the people who are going to put the data in.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not previously use another solution. erwin didn't have a formal business glossary.

What other advice do I have?

If you have the ability to pull a steering committee together to talk about how your data asset metadata needs to be used in different processes or how you can connect it… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other options. Even though erwin DI got a few extra points from the evaluation to coordinate with the erwin DM tool, we looked at other tools: Alteryx… more »
Real User
Data Program Manager at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
Apr 14 2020

What is most valuable?

It is very complete. Whatever you need, you can find it. While the presentation of results can be a bit confusing at first, there is a wide range of widgets that enables… more »

How has it helped my organization?

This type of solution was key to moving our entire company in the right direction by getting everyone to think about data governance.

What needs improvement?

If we are talking about the business side of the product, maybe the Data Literacy could be made a bit simpler. You have to put your hands on it, so there is room for… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

erwin is cheaper than other solutions and this should appeal to other buyers. It has a good price tag.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used Excel. We switched to erwin DG because it had the best benefit-cost ratio and showed a lot of potential.

What other advice do I have?

erwin is very good for companies who have a very structured, data governance process. It puts every possible tool around a company's data. This is very good for companies… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are a public company who is obligated to open our purchasing to a wide range of providers. For example, we were in touch with Collibra, Informatica, and a few others… more »
Manoj Narayanan
Real User
General Manager - Digital & Analytics Practice at HCL Technologies
Oct 14 2020

What is most valuable?

* Metadata harvesting * business glossaries and data catalogs In an enterprise there will already have been a lot of investment in technology over the last one or two decades. It's not practical for… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Companies will say that data is their most valuable asset. If you, personally, have an expensive car or a villa, those are valued assets and you make sure that the car is taken for service on a… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a lot more AI infusion into all the various areas of the solution. Another area where it can improve is by having BB-Graph-type databases where relationship discovery and… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution is aggressively priced. We can compete with most of them. It is up to erwin and its pricing strategy, but if the Smart Connectors—at least a few of them which are really important—can be… more »

What other advice do I have?

It is a different experience. Collaboration and communication are very important when you want to harvest the value from the humongous amount of data that you have in your organization. All these… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There are a number of competitors including Informatica, IBM, Collibra, Alation; multiple organizations that offer similar features. But Erwin has an edge on metadata harvesting.
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