Visual Paradigm Reviews

Visual Paradigm is the #10 ranked solution of our top Business Process Design tools. It's rated 4.0 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect - Visual Paradigm vs Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect

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Real User
Data Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 22 2020

What is most valuable?

I guess the most valuable feature is that I find it easy-to-use and understand its data modeling structure and user interface. It does database reverse engineering. It does database forward engineering. It tended to be quite good at all of… more »

What needs improvement?

I do not think I really used it enough to find a lot of things that I did not like. It really did what I expected it to do. I did have some connectivity issues between Visual Paradigm and SQL Server in one instance but that would be the… more »

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

You can use Paradigm on a subscription basis and you can choose from different tiers of subscription. If you do not use the product much, you can only pay as little as $6 US a month. If you want to use some of the very advanced features for… more »

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

In a previous organization, I had been using Visual Paradigm. I switched what I was using because I came to this organization and they are using ERwin. I did a little research into both the products for the sake of comparison and to see… more »

What other advice do I have?

The advice I would give to people looking into this product is that I would suggest for them to try it. It is priced really well with an attractive pricing model. On a scale from one to ten (where one is the worst and ten is the best), I… more »
Real User
Owner at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
May 28 2019

What is most valuable?

I like the fact that this solution is complete. It doesn't matter whether I want to draw a quick UML model, or a mind map, or some architecture or business motivation. It's in the tool, and there's not much that I can't do with it. This… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see something for visualizing innovation work maps. I created my own template in LibreOffice Draw, but it would be nice if there were something like that in Visual Paradigm. What I do now is to use the export functionality… more »

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

When I first started using Visual Paradigm, one of the things that I liked was the price. It was not too expensive for a low learning curve. Over the years I've seen an increase in price, and it makes it difficult for a single person… more »

What other advice do I have?

When it comes to using the product, there is a learning curve, and it depends on how you want to start using it. If it's just for quickly modeling something to visualize the problem or explain stuff, it's not that hard. If you really want… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other products before selecting this one, including Enterprise Architect.
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Janos Agg
Real User
Senior Business Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Aug 30 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution has a community edition, which makes it free of charge. I'm using the community edition myself within our organization. We are a small team and it's easier for us to find free options. Visual Paradigm is great due to the fact… more »

What needs improvement?

I'm not sure what is missing within the solution. We haven't used it long enough to really dive deep into its features and usability, as we've only worked on a few projects. There might be a better solution on the market, however, this is… more »

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

We use the community edition, which is free. There are no licensing costs and no other costs above this.

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

We are also using process design software. I can't recall the name. It's a market leader visualizing for software. It's similar to Microsoft Visio, however, it is called something else.

What other advice do I have?

I'm a consultant. We're just customers and we're simply using the free version of the product as we're a pretty small company. Overall, I would rate the solution eight out of ten due to the fact that it's a great solution. That said, I have… more »
MahdiJalali
Real User
Founder at Rozhmaan
Nov 14 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution allows for different models to be integrated together. For example, if you have a chart or more than four organization charts, then you can use the concepts in your BPM and model. Or your BPM and model can be linked to visual models or use cases.

What needs improvement?

The solution is not user-friendly. It uses a lot of memory and CPU. You have to have a good computer to use it. The solution should allow for more integration between PowerDesigner and Visual Paradigm.

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

The pricing on these types of tools is really affordable.

What other advice do I have?

We use the public cloud deployment model. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
Artur Czernicki
Real User
Architekt IT at BIK
May 14 2019

What do you think of Visual Paradigm?

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the Solution Architecture Models and the Enterprise Architecture Model.

How has it helped my organization?

We designed the Enterprise Architecture Model in this tool.

What is most valuable?

Using the Component Diagram, Visual Paradigm helps with design and control, reusing components.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the ability to easily export to groupware, such as Atlassian Confluence.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for a few years.

What is Visual Paradigm?

Visual Paradigm is a UML tool. The tool is designed for a wide range of users including software engineers, system analysts, business analysts and system architects, or for anyone who is interested in reliably building large-scale software systems using an object-oriented approach. In addition, Visual Paradigm supports the latest standards of UML notation.
Visual Paradigm customers
Adobe, Apple, at&t, Caterpillar, Intel, NASA, Nokia, Toyota
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