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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Avolution ABACUS

Well suited scenarios include IT portfolio management, project portfolio management, enterprise architecture planning, modeling of business capabilities, using standard frameworks that ship out of the box such as TOGAF, and integration with SharePoint.Less appropriate scenarios would be detailed data modeling and using the tool expecting to get model drive code execution.
Nolan Victor Pillay, Pr. Eng | TrustRadius Reviewer

erwin Data Modeler

I have had a chance to use few other data modeling tools from Quest and Oracle, but I am most comfortable using erwin Data Modeler. They understand your data modeling needs and have designed the software to give you a feeling of completeness when you are designing a data model.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

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  • Customisable meta-model that allows you to focus on areas of interest, cut out the clutter, and grow organically as requirements arise.
  • Integration to third party products such as SharePoint, and export/import with Excel feature makes getting information in and out really easy.
  • Reporting and analytics, and impact analysis are simple using the built-in features as well as ABACUS intelligence and/or integration to third party analytics tools.
Nolan Victor Pillay, Pr. Eng | TrustRadius Reviewer

erwin Data Modeler

  • Reverse Engineering: I love the way we can import an SQL file containing schema meta data and generate ER diagram out of it. This is specifically useful if you are implementing erwin Data Modeler for an existing database.
  • Forward Engineering: We use this feature very frequently. Where we do database changes in our physical and logical data models and then generate deployment scripts for the changes made.
  • Physical vs Logical Models: I like to have my database model split into physical and logical models and at the same time still linked to each other. Any changes you make to logical model or physical model shows up in the other.
Ravinder Gupta | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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  • More standard connectors for integration with other modeling tools could be beneficial for companies having legacy tools/fragmented toolsets.
  • Better automated diagramming features would be useful.
Nolan Victor Pillay, Pr. Eng | TrustRadius Reviewer

erwin Data Modeler

  • The main con I can think of is cost.
  • It takes time to setup and learn which is an adoption barrier.
Rina Falkovich | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

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erwin Data Modeler

erwin Data Modeler 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I had a lot of experience using erwin Data Modeler for designing data models. I think it's pretty intuitive and easy to use. It has enough features to represent your database requirements in form of a model.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

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Avolution ABACUS 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Highly knowledgable team and fast response times
Nolan Victor Pillay, Pr. Eng | TrustRadius Reviewer

erwin Data Modeler

erwin Data Modeler 9.0
Based on 6 answers
CA customer support and our account manager have been able to support us with any issues that we have had, from managing our serial keys to issues we logged tickets to resolve. There are aspects of key management that have made it difficult over the years but support usually has worked with us.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Avolution ABACUS

More flexible and user friendly interface.Better customization enables organisations to grow based on their maturity and requirementsAvolution is highly rated on Gartner and Forrester reviews
Nolan Victor Pillay, Pr. Eng | TrustRadius Reviewer

erwin Data Modeler

Not listed, but I've only used alternatives built into something like the Squirrel SQL editor. That one is semi-functional but lacking many features and, in some instances, just plain wrong. The only pro there is that it's freely available and works over ODBC. I've tried some of the other free ones like Creately but didn't have much success.
Sean Zef | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Avolution ABACUS

  • Enabled rationalization of IT portfolio to save costs
  • Supporting of strategic planning of EA and IT initiatives
Nolan Victor Pillay, Pr. Eng | TrustRadius Reviewer

erwin Data Modeler

  • erwin Data Modeler had been a great tool for our database development and application DBA teams. The thorough data modeling and release control helps us to back trace any issues which are pointed to us at a later stage in the development cycle.
  • Initially, some of the team members saw it as an extra effort to maintain data models while they can simply create scripts without models. But overtime, people have realized how it avoids problems and discrepancies over time.
Ravinder Gupta | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

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General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

erwin Data Modeler

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

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