SAP PowerDesigner Overview

SAP PowerDesigner is the #1 ranked solution in our list of top Metadata Management tools. It is most often compared to erwin Evolve: SAP PowerDesigner vs erwin Evolve

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.

SAP PowerDesigner is also known as Sybase PowerDesigner.

SAP PowerDesigner Buyer's Guide

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SAP PowerDesigner Customers

Medtronic, Cirque du Soleil, Antarc, B&G Manufacturing, EarlySense, eBay, Ferrero, James Austin Company, Lenovo, Sagem, RAK Ceramics, Vodafone

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Enterprise Architect at a consumer goods company with 201-500 employees
The wizard report links directly to MS Word and is very useful

What is our primary use case?

* Improving retail company operations on ERP migration * The report wizard is extensive and useful. * You can import BPMN from Bizagi.

Pros and Cons

  • "It has helped me to develop the as-is state, design its to-be state, and track the capital investment according to gap analysis."
  • "The data governance should be improved, like ER/Studio."
Data Architect/Data Scientist with 1,001-5,000 employees
The publicly accessible meta-model is the foundation for utility scripts, report and general model-to-model or model-to-text generation

What other advice do I have?

Use source reference models for your industry and implement as library models.
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Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with self employed
Real User
The data modelling features are valuable. The meta-model seems to be proprietary.

What is most valuable?

Data modelling

How has it helped my organization?

Collaborative modelling

What needs improvement?

The meta-model (a.k.a. how objects are supposed to be connected to each other) seems to be proprietary.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for six months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We have not encountered any deployment issues.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues with scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Customer service is good... for a price. Technical Support: Technical support is good... for a price.

Which solution did I use previously and

Senior Consultant at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
We can reverse engineer databases and create data models and documentation for clients

What other advice do I have?

It is a great product to use, but the client does not really need to purchase the software, as the consultant can reverse engineer the database, and then create the data model and documentation in order to deliver to client. The client can use the read-only version of PowerDesigner.
BI Analyst at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
PowerDesigner is more powerful than Erwin, including data modeling which is non-existent with Erwin.