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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…
User
Manager, Front End Applications at Henry Schein animal health
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.
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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

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
Vendor
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…
Consultant
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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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?"
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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 »
Consultant
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 multi-disciplinary teams. Visio integrates seamlessly with the… 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 appearance is more professional. Making changes to a… more »

What needs improvement?

It would be nice to have the possibility of exporting and importing XPDL, also considering that the Surface series are the MS flagship, there is much room for improvement… 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 extended period of time, Visio has two versions… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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

What other advice do I have?

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

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We explored Lucidchart and Sparx Enterprise Architect as alternatives.
Consultant
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 it easier/quicker to complete a diagram when the type… 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 needs some revisions to help users modify/control… 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 $10, back in 2009-2010. I still have and use the same… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I did not use a different solution. I used Adobe Photoshop for other needs that are sometimes similar, but for diagramming MS Visio is the best.

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 then view basic training videos available, to truly… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did not evaluate other options. The software was originally needed for completing my college assignments.
Vendor
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 of templates such as Engineering, Network, Software, Maps, etc. that quickly organize the… 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.
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 hierarchy for related processes

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 roles and functions as well as their hierarchy. Also, there… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other products, but I don’t remember the names at this stage.

What is Visio?

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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Microsoft Visio
Visio customers
Thomas College, Hamburg Port Authority, Portigon AG, Conseil G_n_ral du d_partement des Hautes-Alpes, AAA Auto a. s., Commonwealth Financial Network, ICA, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company
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