erwin Data Modeler (DM) Alternatives and Competitors

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Data Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Data modeling through an interface that makes it easy-to-use and understand

What is our primary use case?

I used the product because I needed to do data modeling for financial services, risk management, and investment activities.

Pros and Cons

  • "The pricing model is attractive."
  • "The initial setup is straightforward."
  • "It is easy-to-use and it helps understand its data modeling structure through the intuitive user interface."
  • "There are some connectivity issues that crop up rarely when used with SQL Server."
  • "The solution can be heavy on resource usage."

What other advice do I have?

The advice I would give to people looking into this product is that I would suggest for them to try it. It is priced really well with an attractive pricing model. On a scale from one to ten (where one is the worst and ten is the best), I would rate Visual Paradigm by giving it eight-out-of-ten. It could not really be any higher because of the connectivity issues I experienced with SQL Server. Also, I had a pretty good machine at the time and I got the impression that Paradigm could be quite a heavy user of resources. It took a lot of memory when it ran.
KB
Senior Principal IT Architect -- MDM Architecture at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Good property sheet capabilities, and the central repository works well on the company network

What is our primary use case?

I use PowerDesigner to take business requirements and model them from a data modeling perspective. We can then take the result and turn it into a physical model in a database like SQL Server or Oracle.

Pros and Cons

  • "I like the property sheet capability and the user-defined attributes that you can set up."
  • "Checking-in models to the repository, especially when working remotely, is a slow process than can sometimes have problems with models being corrupted."

What other advice do I have?

When I began using PowerDesigner, it was an independent product. Since that time, SAP acquired it. It is a very solid product that does both data modeling and business process modeling. My advice for anybody who is implementing PowerDesigner is to make sure that the central repository for versioning models is on a high-bandwidth network with a solid database backing it up. In summary, this product gives you all of the features that a modeler would require to produce both logical and physical data models. There really is not a lot that is lacking and my only complaint is about the versioning…
SV
Sr Data Integration Modeler at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Scales easily and the support is good, but the performance for large models should be improved

What is our primary use case?

We maintain all of our enterprise models within ER Studio. This includes our data marts and our local systems. We have multiple people who use the web interface to look at the models.

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "The model diagram because very clumsy when you save it on the team server and the models are very big."

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is considering ER Studio is to look at the size of their models. If they have very large models then it may not be suitable because we are having performance issues in this case. On the other hand, if they have midsized models then I think it is pretty good. Overall, this product is pretty good. It can certainly be better but it still has features that are quite good. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
NB
Enterprise Architect, Coach and Owner at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 20
Offers good flexibility and is easy to use

What is our primary use case?

We use it for modeling and for making strategy.

Pros and Cons

  • "Sparx offers good flexibility."
  • "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."

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to do a lot of training beforehand. We have invested a lot of money in terms of training because we didn't do it before, so it's a little bit difficult. In the next release, I would like to see more integration with other tools like Microsoft Azure. That's really important to us. I would rate it a nine out of ten.
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