What do you like most about erwin Evolve?
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I really liked that it mapped out processes and was able to attach the data model to the appropriate process. You could map out the process, then when you got down to a specific couple of data elements, you could attach the table in the database that supported that process. You could connect it with erwin Data Modeler for that.
There is a model behind it. It's really nice that the Evolve front-end, as it builds a website, keeps those relationships in mind. You can even go to a procedure and see all the applications that are related to it. Then you can go into that application and see all the standard operating procedures that that application is a part of. It's just very connected.
I have not seen capabilities for web-sharing and interaction with the architecture from any other supplier. It's a great capability...
The feature that stands out for me is the ease of configuring objects and the screens to show them. It's really easy to add a new type of object in this reference. Creating a new type of object, using it, and evolving it a little bit in terms of what we can document about it are the main features that made us decide to use this provider.
I can send images in the PDF form, along with the relationships and the associations that are a very important part of what we do. It can show what is affected and what is impacted by a certain change in one area of the system architecture or enterprise architecture. I can very quickly draw those issues and topics to the fore.
We use erwin Evolve to publish to the website. This allows us to enable publishing our website using parameterisation features. In a very fast, quick way, we can publish a table or chart onto a website.
One of the most valuable features is the website that sits on top of the database. There's a database of objects and how they are related, and you can make views and diagrams and visual elements out of that information on the website. The website is the part that is called Evolve and we use the Evolve Designer and publish the website out to our employees. They can click around and navigate and search, etc.
The ability to share and collaborate on the solution is its most valuable feature.
The initial setup was really straightforward and the deployment was done within one day.
The most valuable features for us are impact analysis, where I can easily visualize the impact of change.
Forward and reverse engineering were valuable features.
I'm looking for your recommendations, tips, tools, or any other method on how I can export/convert IBM Rational System Architect data when moving to the Alfabet Enterprise Architecture Management product (by Software AG).
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