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2018-09-29T01:09:00Z

What needs improvement with SAP PowerDesigner?

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Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with SAP PowerDesigner.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Technical support could be better and more human.

2021-01-06T18:51:35Z
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Top 10LeaderboardReal User

Connectivity can be improved because it's not very good. I would expect data catalog types of products to connect to the database, the repository of PowerDesigner, and get the metadata out more easily. I think as a company, once Sybase purchased SAP PowerDesigner, SAP's investment decreased. I think the number of new features and the product's development is much slower than before.

2020-12-20T21:13:35Z
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Top 10LeaderboardReal User

The one issue I've found goes a long way back, especially from version 6.0 onward. In 6.0 there was a fantastic modeling functionality called "Process Analysis Modeling." It was very simple and very straightforward, yet it covered practically all of the three or four important components, which the software should have. Later, that capability was taken out of PowerDesigner. It got lost somewhere. Yet it was something that was very, very nice to have. SAP, they missed it somehow. Maybe it was removed in error? If they could bring it back, that would be amazing. When we had done some of the model icons to other models attached business process modeling, was far easier. The functionality has gone away. The solution is very, very expensive. It would be ideal if it was a more affordable product.

2020-09-22T07:16:08Z
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Top 10Real User

Although the presentation for viewing the models is good, I think it could be better. From my experience with other products, the SAP UI could be improved by enabling simpler navigation, especially for non-technical users. It would be ideal if there was a more seamless viewing experience of the models. Another improvement would be to adopt more industry models, especially from the enterprise architecture dimension. You could be adopting the industry standard as with made models, UML and other forms of industry enterprise architecture models. That would enhance the whole usability and enterprise nature of the modeling t Additional features could support other model types which would improve the connectors to the increasing number of software to service packages now that a lot of the applications are moving into the cloud. We need to connect on all fronts. There is still a lot of room for improvement on the web portals in terms of the usability and the visual.

2020-08-02T08:16:41Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

In terms of improvement, the pricing is a bit high. I didn't investigate whether we could run business process simulations like you can do with erwin's process modeling tool. I know you can do process modeling in PowerDesigner. I just don't know if you could run simulations of the process.

2020-07-13T06:55:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Checking-in models to the repository, especially when working remotely, is a slow process than can sometimes have problems with models being corrupted. Between the client tool and the repository, the process is very chatty. Consequently, sometimes it takes forever to download a model and if it is corrupted then you won't be able to check it in or out again. It would be a nice feature if we had the ability to generate a JSON file from a model.

2020-06-30T08:17:33Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Better support for integration with open-source technologies is needed. For example, I try to use open-source databases such as Postgres and MySQL instead of Microsoft, DB2, or Oracle. However, I think it's lacking in capability from the tool to the database. In the future, I would like to see data manipulation capability where you can actually write SQL queries and manipulate data from directly within the tool.

2020-05-27T16:23:43Z
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Top 10LeaderboardReal User

Pricing for small consultancies needs improvement. They sustain prices to competing tools. The competing tools tend to do special offers. PowerDesigner SAP doesn't pay much attention to the pricing of it and there are no special offers. There's no deal for consultants, so if a consultant uses it two or three times a year they're not going to pay thousands for it. Like any product, it could do with being cheaper.

2020-05-25T07:16:00Z
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Top 10Real User

I don't know of any features the solution is lacking. It would be helpful if there were glossary, catalog and governance tools. It would help make it a true end-to-end product.

2020-02-18T07:41:17Z
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I would like to see better team collaboration in PD. Passing models (or objects in it) from one role to another. Today, we have to solve it by custom extensions and modelling rules just written on paper (and not enforced automatically). Support for ArchiMate would be an improvement. There should be a better usage of current hardware including multicore CPUs, higher resolutions (UHD, 4K), and multiple displays. I would also like to see better troubleshooting options for repository issues. In case of problems during check-in of the model to the repository, the error message just says "checkin was cancelled", but id doesn`t give you any details or hints where to look, what to repair.

2019-06-18T15:09:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

This product does not have a good BPMN Modeler. Also, the simulations for BPMN modelers are not integrated well enough. If we want this functionality then we have to use another program. Compare this to Visual Paradigm, where we do have a good simulation for the BPMN modeler.

2019-05-22T07:18:00Z
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* The UML simulation should be improved to avoid designing other tools out of the application. * The data governance should be improved, like ER/Studio.

2018-09-29T01:09:00Z
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