No Magic MagicDraw Room for Improvement

Terry Jones
President at I2R, Inc.
The software is a little more challenging if you haven't been trained on how to use it. No Magic has developed many guides and documents to assist your learning effort, but it doesn't replace that good ole fashion hands-on classroom training. With No Magic, you are basically give a blank canvas then you choose the modeling perspective you are going to use for your model. To me, one of the one of the big keys to understanding the modeling environment, is understanding and knowing what perspectives and tools to use and where due to the fact that there are tons of ways that you can model something. While there is not necessarily a right or wrong way to modeling, you need a standard approach, but you still don't use all the tools that are necessarily available in that set. It can get confusing. When you go into creating a model, you select the perspective you want to use. However, if you crossover perspectives, as I sometimes do, to get to different modeling elements, I have had problems with my symbology changing without being able to reverse it. I thinks there are opportunities for improvement and will be for some time to come. But I believe that at some point in the future, the modeling symbology will be more standardize across the various modeling perspectives. One of the biggest problems with model-based systems engineering is that there just isn't enough training. There are certain colleges beginning to introduce it and use it in the classroom. There's just not been a whole lot of training out there for it like there is in a lot of other areas. View full review »
PalcsoAttila
CEO at SEP Consulting kft.
The pricing concept and methodology need to be improved and reduced without compromising the quality. The price is so high that there is no market penetration. I have a technical issue in not knowing how to share the information with a client. If we create the drawing, how can we distribute it or show it to the client? The largest issue that we are facing is in regards to exporting everything and putting it into the Jira Confluence portal, where the client can discuss and comment for everyone to see and discuss the results. MagicDraw is a complex program, but we are making it work with the experience in using this tool. The client is not at the same level and not always able to make it work. A client might be a level three where we are at a level eight or nine. We may have to share with a client, maybe 10 or 20 because we have a couple of users who are architects, testing people, or developers. Everyone needs to see the final result. This is the input or the entrance point of the development. Everyone has to approve, but how can we show them? No feature can accomplish that. The portfolio is missing when adding a user. In the next release, I would like to see the confirmation UI, where the client can confirm the final result with just a command. Also, we would like a confirmation user license where the user is not allowed to design, just confirms the results. View full review »
reviewer1327089
Expert System Engineer at a transportation company with 51-200 employees
The cost of upgrading the product should be lower. It would be useful if there were a way of comparing the production and design models. It is not necessary because there are other tools to validate the design but having it included would be good. View full review »
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Terry Jones
President at I2R, Inc.
I would like to see the ability to deploy live business process models and capture real-time data (without the need for another product tool) so you don't have to be dependent on other products for this functionality. The bottom line is that it's very frustrating to have to acquire multiple tools to build a business process automation capability. Magic Draw, with all its capability, comes the closest, at least in my opinion, to providing a complete product that supports both the business and engineering sides of the equation. View full review »
James Towers
Principal Systems Engineer at Object Flow
It's very focused on specific modern languages and it doesn't do necessarily general systems software engineering with diagrams. They should expand the diagram types for the languages. View full review »
Terry Jones
President at I2R, Inc.
For the most part, No Magic is a great tool for modeling. However, there are some technical features that you have to study and do research on to be able to understand. View full review »
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