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Vaibhav-Kumar
Real User
Assistant Manager in Strategic Consulting at Metlife
Oct 14 2019

What is most valuable?

The features I find most valuable are the integration with the other Microsoft applications, specifically Excel.

How has it helped my organization?

Visio has improved our organization through an essential collaboration with the other Microsoft applications like SharePoint and Excel. In the earlier days, what used to happen was that a majority of… more»

What needs improvement?

The one particular thing which I would like to see improved is in comparison to other products in the market, and is still lacking in Visio, is publishing on a web application. For example, there is a… more»

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

I did use previous solutions, like as I mentioned one of them was Bizagi Modeler, which is growing in the market. Currently, I'm using IBM Blue. The reason why there was a switch from Microsoft Visio… more»

What other advice do I have?

The only additional advice I would give, Visio is one very powerful tool in the market. Not just the application, but also its effectiveness to collaborate with other applications. Everyone is using… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing I did a market evaluation. I performed a needs evaluation as the first step in our market evaluation. We considered what kind of solution we wanted and if it was okay to go with a… more»
Ahmed Hussien
Real User
Tally Operations Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 03 2019

What is most valuable?

The application makes plotting and flowcharting very easy and very user-friendly. It is intuitive and doesn't take any time to make a complete and sophisticated flow chat from end to end. We are considering shifting completely from… more»

What needs improvement?

There are not a lot of things that need to be improved in Visio from the user's perspective, but maybe some functions are missing. For example, migrating flow charts from iGraphics should be easier. When checking on some forums, some users… more»

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

Pricing is related to the number of Microsoft licenses being served.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Visio as an eight out of ten on a very conservative scale. It is an 8 for ease of use, efficiency, and flexibility. It's not 9 of 10 because it lacks integration functions. If you have a team that is not sophisticated or oriented to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

iGraphics was the solution which was in place, but the support contact with iGraphics ended. Because we needed to have a new contact and iGraphics is very expensive, we started to check other solutions for the flow charts. Many were also… more»
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DelMan34546
Real User
Delivery Manager at a transportation company with 51-200 employees
May 26 2019

What is most valuable?

Putting details into the process flow and being able to link other objects into the diagrams are very helpful features.

How has it helped my organization?

Prior to using this solution, we would draw a proposed architecture in PowerPoint and submit it to the client. With Visio, I can explain it to them in a step by step manner. For example, I will take… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to be able to present diagrams in multiple ways, such as a Swimlane diagram. Also, in other products such as TIBCO Nimbus, there are links that take you to a completely different diagram… more»

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

We used to create PowerPoint presentations and submit them to the customer. They were not interactive, the way Visio is. We used TIBCO Nimbus for our business consulting projects.

What other advice do I have?

If you know how to use Visio and you know what you want to get as an output, then it's very helpful and easy. But, for beginners, or for anyone who wants to prepare a more informative diagram, I'm not… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other solutions before implementing Visio.
Andrew-Lim
Real User
Managing Director at Andrew Lim Consulting
Sep 11 2019

What is most valuable?

The ability to create BPMN Diagrams with the Visio Professional, the ability to import Rules from the BPMN 2.0 Rule Set, and Check the diagram according to the BPMN 2.0… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Visio is used to model and communicate the business process. As with all process modeling software when used correctly, it has the following benefits: * Swimlanes enable… more»

What needs improvement?

The Auto-Align has improved significantly from the previous release; however, you may still find the auto align features lacking if your process diagram has a fair degree… more»

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

The cost of the software is reasonably priced.

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

Visio is the first software that I used to start modeling business processes.

What other advice do I have?

If you are considering modeling business process to BPMN 2.0 standards, you must purchase the Visio Professional version as the Standard version does not include the BPMN… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did not evaluate other options before choosing this solution.
Kayle Oliver
Real User
Business App Analyst at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 05 2019

What is most valuable?

I enjoy the fact that I can go into detail with Visio. In shared communications, I can inspect for any fault in my processes. That's what I enjoy the most.

How has it helped my organization?

I have no issues with Visio from an end-user perspective. It is our environment. It's not utilized by too many users, about three or four end-users every week now.

What needs improvement?

Transferring data was one of the issues that I expected Visio to have resolved. I use the older version. I'm not sure if the later versions have already addressed some of the issues. To improve Visio, make it easier to transfer into other… more»

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

Some people prefer to use Flow. Some people prefer to use Draw.io. I also used Draw.io a little bit and found it tedious to use. It is not as user-friendly and I found my way back to using Visio.

What other advice do I have?

I would tell somebody considering this solution to understand why you want to use the product in the first place and have a clear understanding of what your goals are. What would you like to achieve with having that product? Ensure that the… more»
Consultant
Enterprise Architect Analyst with 1-10 employees
Aug 14 2018

What do you think of Visio?

What is our primary use case?

Documenting the enterprise architecture.

How has it helped my organization?

Helps us to quickly visualize the architecture.

What is most valuable?

The ability to draw models quickly.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see traceability. It doesn't have it. You cannot find one object amongst several sheets of Visio diagrams.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good. It's stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I find that it's very scalable from a small organization to a large organization.

What other advice do I have?

To determine what product or solution you're looking for, talk to many vendors and get their…
ChrisVaughn
User
Manager, Front End Applications with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 16 2018

What do you think of Visio?

What is our primary use case?

We design architectural and business flows for web/eCommerce and ERP systems.  We design web architectures, UML, and ERD.

How has it helped my organization?

Its ability to visualize complex data and process flows. We can easily add templates to SharePoint for collaboration.

What is most valuable?

The diagramming and swimlane features allow for separating business functions. Also, the web page architecture helps.

What needs improvement?

It needs hyperlinked or narratives for page flows to make demos more effective. It could use easier custom icon sets.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.
Mohamed Jerm
Real User
Management Analysis and Control Advisor with 10,001+ employees
Feb 20 2019

What do you think of Visio?

What is our primary use case?

Process modeling. 

How has it helped my organization?

It's not easy to share and modify by colleagues.

What is most valuable?

Drawing BPMN diagrams.

What needs improvement?

Sharing, and add timing features.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

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Microsoft Visio is an advanced diagramming solution that helps IT professionals simplify, connect, and share information. Visio provides tools and resources for interpreting, acting upon, updating, and sharing complex information about IT processes, infrastructure, and applications - effectively and efficiently.
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