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Sharon Allen
Real User
Sr. Manager, Data Governance at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 30 2020

What is most valuable?

You could probably use something like Visio to draw boxes and lines, especially for conceptual, very high-level things. But when you're getting down to the database level… more»

How has it helped my organization?

When I got to my current company two years ago, it didn't have any collection of its data assets into reporting services. If someone wanted to know where a social security… more»

What needs improvement?

One of the things I've been talking to the erwin team about through the years is that every data model should have the ability to be multi-language. So along with the fact… more»

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

We came up with a two-part concept with our licensing. Our data architects have named licenses that only they can use. We have four named licenses today. But we also… more»

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

My current company did not have a previous solution, other than Excel spreadsheets and Visio — nothing that I would call an industry-standard modeling tool.

What other advice do I have?

Take the time, especially if you're going to use Workgroup, but even if you're using desktops, to figure out how you're going to manage the models. They need to have a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our company looked at two others. Because I have worked with erwin for so long, I wanted to make sure, when I came in, that my current company got the opportunity to make… more»
RoshanHoskere
Real User
EDW Architect/ Data Modeler at Royal Bank of Canada
Feb 06 2020

What is most valuable?

We have a very large number of operational and Data Mart Data Models inside of the erwin tool. It has a huge volume of metadata captured. Therefore, when we are working on… more»

How has it helped my organization?

There are different access level permissions given to different users who are Data Modelers, Data Architects, Database Administrators, etc. These permission have read… more»

What needs improvement?

Some Source official systems give us DDLs to work with and they have contents not required to be part of the DDL before we reverse engineer in the erwin DM. Therefore, we… more»

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

This company had bought the license for three years, and it's not an individual license. While you can buy a license for each individual, that would be very expensive… more»

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

I have not used another solution with my current company. While I have used other solutions before, the majority of the time, I have been with erwin Data Modeler.

What other advice do I have?

For our use cases and requirements, we are very happy with the erwin product. If we come across any issues or have any doubts about the tool, we get really good support… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When I joined the company, the product was already here. Our internal team will have a meeting to discussion on new releases of this product. When we talk to the erwin… more»
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LouisDevenuto
Real User
VP Enterprise Data Architecture at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jan 26 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the physical or visual representation of the database, showing the tables, the columns, the foreign keys, and the ability to generate DDL, so you can physically implement databases. It lets you display the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We've been using this product as long as I can remember at our company, so it's hard to say how it has improved things. It's existed since I've been here. But it gives everybody the ability to see the physical implementations in a visual… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more support for working with the big-data world. There are so many new databases evolving and it's very hard for them to keep up with all of the new technologies. It would be good if they were able to dynamically… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you want good data architecture in your company, you need to have database design done. It's probably the most important factor for having things clearly modeled and documented. erwin Data Modeler is not just a modeling tool, it's also… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've experimented with other solutions, such as ER/Studio, which has had different names. We experimented with SAP PowerDesigner, but that was not as robust in performing what we wanted it to do. The main differences between the products… more»
George Halkias
Real User
Technology Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 23 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are being able to visualize the data in the diagrams and transform those diagrams into physical database deployments. These features help, specifically, to integrate the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Collaboration is very important because it's important to have an enterprise-view of data, as opposed to a project-specific view of data. Using the business capability models, we're able to augment… more»

What needs improvement?

The modeling product itself is far and above anything else that I've seen on the market. There are certain inconsistencies when it comes to keeping up with other platforms' databases in the… more»

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

We pay on a one-year subscription basis.

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

We did not have a previous solution.

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson that I've learned in using this solution is to have a data governance process in place that allows you to use erwin more easily, as opposed to it being optional. There are times… more»
Gena Nelson
Real User
Enterprise Data Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 16 2020

What is most valuable?

I find the logical data modeling very useful because we're building out a lot of our integration architecture. The logical is specific to my role, since I do… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the ways Data Modeler has benefited our company is that it gives us the ability to engage with the business alongside IT, because it's friendly. It has friendly… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see improved reporting and, potentially, dashboards built on top of that. Right now, it's a little manual. More automated reporting and dashboard views… more»

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

We pay maintenance on a yearly basis, and it's a low cost. There are no additional costs or transactional fees. The accuracy and speed of the solution in transforming… more»

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

We did not have a previous solution.

What other advice do I have?

My advice would depend on how you're going to be using it. I would definitely advise that, at a minimum, you maintain logical and physical views of the data. That's one of… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at a couple of solutions. Embarcadero was one of them. erwin can definitely handle more DBMSs and formats. It's not just SQL. It has a long list of interfaces… more»

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What is erwin Data Modeler (DM)?

erwin pioneered data modeling, and erwin Data Modeler (erwin DM) remains trusted, award-winning software for data modeling and database design, automating complex and time-consuming tasks. Use it to discover and document any data from anywhere for consistency, clarity and artifact reuse across large-scale data integration, master data management, metadata management, Big Data, business intelligence and analytics initiatives – all while supporting data governance and intelligence efforts.

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