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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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»
Mahdi Jalali
Real User
Founder at Rozhmaan Co.
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.
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Karel Van Der Walt
Real User
Data Architect/Data Scientist with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 23 2017

What is most valuable?

* Meta-model * Template generation * Library Models The publicly accessible meta-model is the foundation for utility scripts, report, and general model-to-model or model-to-text generation. Library… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Impact Analysis * Traceability Set of models with a rich set of intramodal and intermodal dependencies, which caters for modelling of upstream and downstream dependencies, allowing for Impact… more»

What needs improvement?

Reverse-engineering of late JDK and .NET. Use third party parsers and enhance Object-Oriented metamodel to cater for newer language features.

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

No.

What other advice do I have?

Use source reference models for your industry and implement as library models.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

ERwin.
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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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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Medtronic, Cirque du Soleil, Antarc, B&G Manufacturing, EarlySense, eBay, Ferrero, James Austin Company, Lenovo, Sagem, RAK Ceramics, Vodafone

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