erwin, Inc. Reviews

reviewer1328289
IT Director at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Apr 13, 2020
Helped us come to a standardization of our processes and procedures across multiple divisions

What is our primary use case?

We have grown through acquisition so we have a number of different divisions throughout our company. There was an initiative to develop standard operating procedures to be used across all the divisions. We needed a way to be able to present the information to our employees in an easy to consume manner. We use Casewise to be able to capture that information and store it and we use Evolve to be able to present it in a user-friendly way, for consumption.

Pros and Cons

  • "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 would like it to be easier to make changes and then deploy them into production, especially when you have multiple web servers or front-ends. It would be nice to make a change and then have it propagate to the production servers in a more automated fashion."

What other advice do I have?

Think about the overall processes and governance of your company. If you're trying to do it as a business management system, just getting to consensus on the content may be the most challenging aspect. You have to plan for enough time to get build the content before you can actually put it into Casewise. Also, think through the object model and the relationships. Try to get that done correctly upfront. It's better to put enough design and thought upfront and it will pay dividends down the line. We would like to use the solution's collaborative web modeling capability, but we took a more…
Tracy Hautenen Kriel
Sr. Manager, Enterprise Data Modeling CoE/COP at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Dec 1, 2020
Seeing a picture that shows you how the data relates to each other helps you better understand what the data is and how to use it

What is our primary use case?

We use the erwin Data Modeler tool to document conceptual, logical, and physical data design. Business data models capture the understanding of the data from a business perspective, which can then drive physical design to ensure data is represented and used correctly.

Pros and Cons

  • "The visual data models for helping to overcome data source complexity and enabling understanding and collaboration around maintenance and usage are excellent. A picture speaks 1,000 words. Seeing a picture that shows you how the data relates to each other helps you better understand what the data is and how to use it. Pairing that information with a dictionary, which has the definitions of the tables and columns or the entities and attributes, ensures that the users understand what the data is so that they can use it best and most successfully."
  • "I would like to see the reporting capabilities be more dynamic and more inclusive of information. The API is very sparsely understood by people across the user community."

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson that I've learned is actually with a lack of data modeling. We have teams who have complained that data modeling takes too long. They would rather have developers manually code the DDL, which creates a lot of mistakes, increases the backlog, and increases not only the time to delivery but the cost to delivery. There is a lack of understanding of the agile methodology around data modeling and the incorporation of the emergent design happening in the scrum teams with the intentional design of the data architect creating a data model. Given an opportunity to follow the correct…

erwin, Inc. Questions

Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Aug 06 2020

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with erwin Data Modeler (DM).

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

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Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering erwin Data Modeler (DM), what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

Thank you!

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station

Hi Everyone,

What do you like most about erwin Data Modeler (DM)?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!

Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering erwin Data Intelligence (DI) for Data Governance, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

Thank you!

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with erwin Data Intelligence (DI) for Data Governance.

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

Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station

Hi,

We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.

Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station

Hi Everyone,

What do you like most about erwin Data Intelligence (DI) for Data Governance?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering erwin Evolve, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

Thank you!

Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with erwin Evolve.

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

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station

Hi,

We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.

Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station

Hi Everyone,

What do you like most about erwin Evolve?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station

Hi,

We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.