IDERA ER/Studio Reviews

IDERA ER/Studio is the #2 ranked solution of our top Database Development and Management tools. It's rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to erwin Evolve - IDERA ER/Studio vs erwin Evolve

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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 studio. Finally, database schemas help understand the… 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 the external databases, if this database is not… 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 different types of licenses and sometimes it's a bit… 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 number of tables and all of them are relational, you… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I considered erwin software and I compared different functionalities and installed a trial version before choosing this software. I analyzed and found out that this software would match our needs… more »
Real User
Sr Data Integration Modeler at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 08 2020

What is most valuable?

The feature that we like best is the model publishing. The web interface allows everybody to view models that are stored on the team server.

How has it helped my organization?

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. Essentially, it has helped a lot because we have everything in one place

What needs improvement?

The model diagram because very clumsy when you save it on the team server and the models are very big. It becomes difficult to enlarge and difficult to print. Although they say that it supports concurrent users, we have issues while… more »

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

Prior to IDERA, we were using erwin. We switched for several reasons, starting with the fact that we did not find the erwin web interface allowed us to see the models as well. The team server in IDERA is better and erwin did not have a very… more »

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… more »
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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. It is a mix of design upfront when we get changes… 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 clients.

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 outdated. They could use a new look and feel.

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

Pricing is expensive and on the higher-end.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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. It can do what I need it to do. We connected to… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at K Studio, Quest Designer, and SAP PowerDesigner. Until we switched over to ER/Studio, we were still working with erwin.
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 always starts with data modeling. It's very fast… 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 just one of them. The main benefit is that you can do… 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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 another developer who has been using erwin all his life… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I evaluated Microsoft Visio.
Real User
Data Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 14 2020

What is most valuable?

The interface is really simple to use and it allows me to pick and choose which tables I want to reverse engineer.

What needs improvement?

The visual presentation is a little too colorful and seems that it is dumbed down. I would like to see support for creating macros in the way that erwin can. It did not reverse engineer all of the data types correctly, although it was… more »

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

I am currently using the trial version, but this solution is definitely worth considering for the price point.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am in the process of comparing this product to erwin and SAP PowerDesigner.
Real User
VP Product Strategy, Analytics at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 14 2019

What do you think of IDERA ER/Studio?

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case of this solution is to design our database.

What needs improvement?

This solution needs more precise documentation.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We are still testing the stability of the product.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was straightforward but we lacked receipt of support from the solution. 

What other advice do I have?

It is a good product but it needs improvement of the documentation process.

What is IDERA ER/Studio?

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 reverse-engineer, analyze, and optimize existing databases easily from diverse platforms. Data professionals can easily capture and share models, metadata, data sources, and glossaries across the organization for improved alignment between the organization and Information Technology. Organizational stakeholders can take part in the metadata definition workflow and access information on models and metadata at the right level for their needs.

Unlike its competition, it provides the broadest range of data platform support, industry-leading enterprise-level capabilities, visual data lineage and flow modeling, full dimensional modeling for data warehousing and business intelligence, and business data objects to bridge the gap between developers and data architects. It also provides a complete solution for enterprise architecture and data governance, extensive model change management, unique incorporation of true enterprise data dictionaries, unique linking of constructs across models, integrated visual data lineage import, and integrated data and business process modeling.

Also known as
IDERA ER Studio, ER/Studio
IDERA ER/Studio customers

Newmont Mining, Entrust, Accolade, TalkTalk, Catalina, Protective Life, NTT Data, dir systèmes, Microsoft; American Express, Astellas Pharma, AstraZeneca, Coriant, Fedex, GlaxoSmithKline, PepsiCo, Prudential, Wells Fargo

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