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Jose Vicente Cerveró Oller
Real User
IT Business Analyst / Solution Designer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 18 2017

What is most valuable?

I would highlight BPMN 2.0 validation, as it eases the standardization of the Business Process Model within... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Compared to other products we used in the past, modelling with Visio is faster and the final result in terms of... more»

What needs improvement?

It would be nice to have the possibility of exporting and importing XPDL, also considering that the Surface series are... more»

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

Pricing and licensing depends on your needs and the time you expect to use the product. If you plan to use it for an... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We started using Dia (free open source drawing editor) but we required a more fast and collaborative tool with better... more»

What other advice do I have??

I would recommend anyone looking into purchasing this product to review thoroughly each version features as both are... more»
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... more»

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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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... more»

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... more»
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it_user233502
Real User
Information Technology Coord at a tech services company
Jul 18 2017

What is most valuable?

I find the library of shapes very helpful. I do appreciate that shapes are tied to various templates because it makes... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have used this solution since 2009.

What needs improvement?

The first thing that comes to mind is the layering feature of the software. It is not easy to work with and definitely... more»

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

I obtained this software when I was attending the University of Phoenix, so with the student discount I think I paid... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I did not use a different solution. I used Adobe Photoshop for other needs that are sometimes similar, but for... more»

What other advice do I have??

I would recommend first determining the needs of the company and what the expectations are for the software. I would... more»
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... 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.... 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... more»

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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Previously, I was using PowerPoint. It was obvious why I switched over to this solution. It is the product that we... more»

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,... 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... 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

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I used some basic open source drawing programs in the past, and came across Visio whilst looking to purchase Microsoft... 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.
Wissam H
Real User
Change Management Consultant at a analyst firm with self employed
Jan 15 2017

What is most valuable?

Every aspect of it is highly valuable.

What needs improvement?

* Template creation * Process conversion to SOP * Ability to enter thorough details for each activity that can be expanded for reading * Ability to create/define roles and functions and re-use them in all processes * Ability to establish... more»

What other advice do I have??

Microsoft Visio is a robust tool for quick mapping. However, it is not user friendly when it comes to handling large number of processes. The details that can be entered into the activities are limited. There is no option to create/define... more»
Ron Burns, CRISC
Consultant
Business Consultant at a financial services firm
Jul 17 2017

What is most valuable?

The templates are the most valuable feature as there is a wide variety of the commonly used graphics. When you open a diagram, you have a number... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We can build the process workflows. It makes it easier to describe the process flows.

What needs improvement?

There is a need to keep updating the mobile icons.

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

It is a great investment. Use the Visio Viewer, which is for people that really don’t need to just create a view.

What other advice do I have??

It is fantastic, but avoid making flow charts a full-time job.
EntArch3587
Consultant
Enterprise Architect Analyst with 1-10 employees
Aug 14 2018

What do you think of Visio?

Primary Use Case: Documenting the enterprise architecture. • Improvements to My Organization: Helps us to quickly visualize the architecture. • Valuable Features: The ability to draw models quickly. • Room for Improvement: I would like to see traceability. It doesn't have it. You cannot find one object amongst several sheets of Visio diagrams. • Use of Solution: Three to five years. • Stability Issues: The stability is good. It's stable. • Scalability Issues: I find that it's very scalable from a small organization to a large organization. • Other Advice: To determine what product or solution you're looking for, talk to many vendors and get their opinions. The most important criterion, for me, when selecting a vendor, is customer service. I would...
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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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