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Peter Vlekkekn
Real User
Team leader and Data / Information Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Feb 19 2020

What is most valuable?

The generational DDLs and the graphics are the solution's most valuable aspects. The solution is a very pragmatic tool. It's quite easy to use. The solution is very good for data modeling on a conceptual and physical level. There are a lot of design tools that are very complicated to use, and… more»

What needs improvement?

I don't know of any features the solution is lacking. It would be helpful if there were glossary, catalog and governance tools. It would help make it a true end-to-end product.

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

We occasionally do migrations from MEGA HOPEX to PowerDesigner.

What other advice do I have?

We don't have a business relationship with SAP. We prefer to keep our relationship independent and have no direct relationships with them at the moment. It's certainly a good strategy to migrate to this solution from another tool, but I wouldn't recommend anyone start using it by trying out a… more»
Ondrej Divis
Real User
Senior Consultant at Mibcon DIMA
Jul 04 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are its user-friendly extensibility, impact & lineage analysis, and source/target mappings. It can be configured to display only relevant… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It can automate many routine tasks and save human resources to focus on real problems.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better team collaboration in PD. Passing models (or objects in it) from one role to another. Today, we have to solve it by custom extensions and… more»

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

PowerDesigner is not the cheapest solution on the market, so make sure that you are using it up to its full potential.

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

I started with IBM Rational Rose and then switched to PowerDesigner. I have some experience with Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, too.

What other advice do I have?

Before deploying PowerDesigner, do not underestimate the initial analysis of WHAT will be modeled, as well as HOW and BY WHOM. Are your users prepared well enough for the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our customers often choose PowerDesigner because of its wide possibilities for data modeling, together with the huge potential to automate frequent and routine tasks. This… more»
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MahdiJalali
Real User
Founder at Rozhmaan
May 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that we can convert CDM (Conceptual Data Model) to PDM (Physical Data Model), and then prepare an SQL statement to be executed. It has a powerful engineering feature where if you change the data on a secure server then it will change it in PowerDesigner, too. This solution has good tools for big data, where you can manage large and complex databases. By comparison… more»

What needs improvement?

This product does not have a good BPMN Modeler. Also, the simulations for BPMN modelers are not integrated well enough. If we want this functionality then we have to use another program. Compare this to Visual Paradigm, where we do have a good simulation for the BPMN modeler.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
Cuauhtemoc Guillermo DueñasGomez
User
Enterprise Architect at a Consumer Goods with 201-500 employees
Oct 15 2018

What is most valuable?

* The wizard report links directly to MS Word and is very useful. * The matrix processes and capabilities are good tools. * It is easy and fast to use.

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped me to develop the as-is state, design its to-be state, and track the capital investment according to gap analysis.

What needs improvement?

* The UML simulation should be improved to avoid designing other tools out of the application. * The data governance should be improved, like ER/Studio.

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

Switched because SAP PowerDesigner is easy to use.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

* ERwin * Sparx System Enterprise Architect * ER/Studio.

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What is SAP PowerDesigner?

Plan and manage complex business transformation initiatives with SAP PowerDesigner. The software’s data modeling tools let you build a blueprint of your current enterprise architecture and visualize the impact of change before it happens. Automatically capture architecture layers and requirements, tap into a powerful metadata repository, and share discoveries with your team.

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