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Vaibhav-Kumar
Real User
Assistant Manager in Strategic Consulting at Metlife
May 13 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.
patriquem
Reseller
Multimedia Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 25 2017

What is most valuable?

It is a good diagramming application. I am an AV systems design engineer. I use it primarily to create functional drawings. I also use it for the basic floor plan and wall elevation drawings.

How has it helped my organization?

I don't have to hand-sketch my engineering concepts. The work that I hand off to other departments is clear and easy to read.

What needs improvement?

The ability to change quickly between tools, such as pointer, connector, drawing, and text tools. Perhaps utilizing right-or-center clicking of the mouse could be an excellent addition. Also, the… more»

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

Computers and OSs get old and need to be replaced. When they are replaced, the newest versions of any software are the ones that run best under the newest OSs.

What other advice do I have?

Whatever you use, it has to work for you. If the GUI is not intuitive from your point of view, you won't want to use it, and it won't be a good investment.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Microsoft and AutoDesk. In my evaluation, my main criteria/question I asked was: "Do they have the best product to accomplish what I need to get done?"
Jorge Fernandez de Cordova
Real User
IT System Engineer at a recruiting/HR firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 22 2017

What is most valuable?

The feature that I like the most, as simple as it may seem, is the addition of the vendor's vectors and shapes. I'm able to utilize the actual brands of our network appliances as devices to have a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

By utilizing Visio, we have been able to put on paper our network design, server room setup, and network connections. It makes things a lot easier to troubleshoot and figure out where the issues… more»

What needs improvement?

At this point in time, it serves its purpose. I can't think of something that could be improved as of today. I'm sure there is something that can be improved, but nothing for my current needs.

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

As most Microsoft products, the price is not the cheapest but you just cannot pass this tool. So when you buy it for you/your team, save money and buy only what you need. We installed it in our… more»

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

Previously, I was using PowerPoint. It was obvious why I switched over to this solution. It is the product that we needed back then when drafting the floor plans and networks.

What other advice do I have?

When using this tool, research your current vendors and manufacturers to get their most up to date shapes and vectors, so you can always design or draft your Visio projects using the most accurate… more»
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»
John ONeill
Real User
Principle consultant at Active Data Consulting Services Pty Ltd
Sep 10 2017

What is most valuable?

* Network diagrams tools * Flow charts

How has it helped my organization?

* Offers a wide range of diagramming tools. * Being able to visualize an architecture for a network solution. * Map a business process. * Document fitout of a rack… more»

What needs improvement?

Importing templates can sometimes be a bit hit and miss.

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

Just license alongside Office 365, the monthly fee is always up-to-date

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

I used some basic open source drawing programs in the past, and came across Visio whilst looking to purchase Microsoft Office some years ago. I found it did everything I… more»

What other advice do I have?

Does what it says on the tin, produces very nice standardized diagrams, and has some very powerful tools.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.
Real User
Sr. Developer Relations Engineer at a tech company with 201-500 employees
Jul 27 2017

What do you think of Visio?

What is most valuable?

Valuable features for me include the different chart options and the ease of building them up.

How has it helped my organization?

It was very useful for the high level and detailed design phases of my projects.

What needs improvement?

There are some performance issues on a different operating system which could be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the product for three years. It is used, mostly, for design phases.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The product is highly scalable for the design.

How is customer service and technical support?

Not applicable.

How was the initial setup?

It is very easy to…
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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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