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Anonymous User
Real User
Database Designer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 05 2018

What is most valuable?

The ability to visually represent what the database tables are going to look like and their relationships. Also, the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We were using ERwin before we used ER/Studio. I've been doing data modeling for well over 20 years. Converting from one to… more»

What needs improvement?

What I would like to see improved is the reliability of the releases, releases that are a little less buggy. Also, I'd… more»

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

I am not involved in the pricing. We have one person who does that. so I have no knowledge of what it is. We have some… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using ERwin back in the early 2000s. Whenever we got a release, it was buggy. I didn't love ERwin at the time and… more»

What other advice do I have?

Try to take advantage of as many of the features as you can. It has a wealth of time-savers and features that are… more»
Jamie Vasser
Real User
IT Specialist at a government with 10,001+ employees
Aug 08 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is data modeling, primarily, because it's something that has been lacking in our systems development for 20 years. There… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We found a lot of duplication, a lot of non-conformity in the way our databases were designed. By identifying these situations, we're able to go… more»

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

I'm a firm believer that all software is overpriced these days but, comparatively speaking, I think ER/Studio is worth the money. We have to use… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We had a hodgepodge of tools. The only one that had previously been used as our "official" tool for a while was Sybase PowerDesigner. It did well… more»

What other advice do I have?

Especially with the Repository/Team Server installation, get Idera to install it for you. Just watch over their shoulder while they do it… more»
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Anonymous User
Real User
Data Architect at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 02 2018

What is most valuable?

* Easy to model. * Has a user-friendly interface. * I like the team portal because, once we upload, the entire team can see the model.

How has it helped my organization?

Before this tool, just managing the changes and publishing the models to the users became very cumbersome. This tool has simplified our day-to-day… more»

What needs improvement?

Whenever there is a new version, there are a lot of release notes on the technical side of it, but I would like to be told why are we doing the… more»

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

The licensing could be a little bit more flexible. The issue we face is that it is kind of complex the way the keys are set up. I'm not sure if… more»

What other advice do I have?

It's a good tool but we have not had much training, so we are really exploring it on our own. There are some features we are still working on with… more»
Mariya Salamatova
Real User
Senior Business Intelligence Developer at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees
Nov 11 2018

What is most valuable?

The most important features are logical and physical models that we can compare and develop. Also, the Data Dictionary can be created out of your… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's much easier to develop the database structure and change it on the fly, rather than doing it manually in SQL Server itself. That saves time.

What needs improvement?

They is a lot of room of improvement. I have emailed and have asked for things but nothing has been done. For example, when there are some links to… more»

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

I think the pricing matches what we get from the product. It is good value. Licensing is a bit of a complicated process because there are three… more»

What other advice do I have?

Any advice would depend on the infrastructure, but just start using it more and more. It's mainly for developing databases. If you have a smaller… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Data Architect at a university
Aug 19 2018

What is most valuable?

The engineering portion, developing new models, dimensional models, not relational models. For the data we're hosting… more»

How has it helped my organization?

When I need a new model, first I determine the sources that should be used, the source database. With a little effort, I… more»

What needs improvement?

I've been an ERwin user for quite some time, almost 10 years. One limitation I have found in ER/Studio is that when you… more»

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

I find the renewal fee is a little higher, but as a single user, at this point, I'm not finding that to be difficult. In… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I used ERwin but it has little problems, such as it's definitely not user-friendly compared to ER/Studio. ERwin's… more»

What other advice do I have?

ER/Studio is good. It is really user-friendly and you can start without much training. If modeling is a technique you… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
DBA at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 16 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the various features for different databases, but mainly those that enable me to represent… more»

How has it helped my organization?

There are a lot of different ways we use the tool. One of the ways is that we do auditing of what's been billed to… more»

What needs improvement?

It would be helpful if they could create a generic JSON database type, as a target database, rather than a specific one… more»

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

I don't know enough about what the pricing is for other choices out there. I've only really worked on this one tool.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Prior to using ER/Studio, there was ERwin in-house, but their tech support was horrible, their product was not very good… more»

What other advice do I have?

I really like ER/Studio personally, so for me, it's a nine out of 10. I like it because it doesn't let you make stupid… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Database Administrator at a government with 10,001+ employees
Nov 11 2018

What is most valuable?

The modeling part of the tool. We use the solution to create data models which describe our company's data architecture… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have gone from having no diagrams to 50 submodels that we have been able to share with team members and even with our… more»

What needs improvement?

The solution could be sped up, as it is a little slow (e.g., when it's doing its database compare). The screens are a bit… more»

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

Pricing is expensive and on the higher-end.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I switched from erwin to ER/Studio. I've also used Oracle Designer, K Studio and Quest Toad.

What other advice do I have?

You will save time, switching from whatever product you're using. It's the best data modeling tool out there. It's fast… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Database Developer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 29 2018

What is most valuable?

The data modeling module is important to me because I am a database developer and designer. I also take part in designing applications and that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I always work in big corporations, and what I do is relatively small, it's enhancements. The company that I work for has many products and this is… more»

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

It is priced fairly. It's around the same as erwin and other competitors' costs.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

A long time ago I use erwin. I switched at that time because it became too complicated to use. But that was a long time ago.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend IDERA ER/Studio, but people in my profession are divided by their loyalties. I am loyal to this product, but if you talk to… more»
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IDERA ER/Studio is a powerful suite for business-driven data modeling that enables companies to create an enterprise architecture foundation for data governance. With round-trip support for multiple database platforms, data architects have the power to easily reverse-engineer, analyze, and optimize existing databases from diverse platforms. Data professionals can easily capture and share models, metadata, data sources, and glossaries across the organization for improved alignment between business and IT. Business stakeholders can participate in the metadata definition workflow and access information on models and metadata at the right level for their needs.

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