AWS CloudFormation vs. SAP PowerDesigner

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
AWS CloudFormation
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
AWS CloudFormation gives developers and systems administrators a way to create and manage a collection of related AWS resources, provisioning and updating them in a predictable fashion. Use AWS CloudFormation’s sample templates or create templates to describe the AWS resources, and any associated dependencies or runtime parameters, required to run an application. Users don’t need to figure out the order for provisioning AWS services or the subtleties of making those dependencies work.…
$0
SAP PowerDesigner
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
SAP PowerDesigner (formerly from Sybase) is an enterprise data architecture modeling tool, used to Build a blueprint of the current enterprise architecture and visualize the impact of change before it happens.N/A
Pricing
AWS CloudFormationSAP PowerDesigner
Editions & Modules
Free Tier - 1,000 Handler Operations per Month per Account
$0.00
Handler Operation
$0.0009
per handler operation
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AWS CloudFormationSAP PowerDesigner
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsThere is no additional charge for using AWS CloudFormation with resource providers in the following namespaces: AWS::*, Alexa::*, and Custom::*. In this case you pay for AWS resources (such as Amazon EC2 instances, Elastic Load Balancing load balancers, etc.) created using AWS CloudFormation as if you created them manually. You only pay for what you use, as you use it; there are no minimum fees and no required upfront commitments. When you use resource providers with AWS CloudFormation outside the namespaces mentioned above, you incur charges per handler operation. Handler operations are create, update, delete, read, or list actions on a resource.
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Community Pulse
AWS CloudFormationSAP PowerDesigner
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Best Alternatives
AWS CloudFormationSAP PowerDesigner
Small Businesses
HashiCorp Terraform
HashiCorp Terraform
Score 8.6 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
Ansible
Ansible
Score 9.0 out of 10
IBM Blueworks Live
IBM Blueworks Live
Score 8.7 out of 10
Enterprises
Ansible
Ansible
Score 9.0 out of 10
IBM Blueworks Live
IBM Blueworks Live
Score 8.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
AWS CloudFormationSAP PowerDesigner
Likelihood to Recommend
7.6
(5 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
AWS CloudFormationSAP PowerDesigner
Likelihood to Recommend
Amazon AWS
AWS CloudFormation is well suited for scenarios where all of your resources need to be provisioned on AWS but it is not suited for hybrid cloud deployments. It's very easy for someone new to learn. The level of customization offered as part of the template specifically for AWS services is great. There is also a UI tool where we can drag and drop the services we want and it generates an yaml file which is very easy to use. The visibility of stacks and its resources and one place where we can track and identify the issues in deployment is great.
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SAP
SAP PowerDesigner allows our team of data modelers to work and collaborate from a single repository and single data dictionary. This helps enforce consistency as data elements are referenced in other objects. Prior to our use of PD, we might have an element named "ppt" in one table, "participant" in another table and "part" in a third table. By forcing everything to be used from the data dictionary, we avoid these situations because everyone has to go to the dictionary. And we are able to easily do peer reviews on models before they are released because we are collaborating through the use of the repository.
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Pros
Amazon AWS
  • SaaS
  • Paas
  • Iaas
  • On promises
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SAP
  • Impact Analysis
  • The domain structure helps you to handle different data types to unify.
  • Moving between from conceptual model to logical model and from logical model to physical model is so easy.
  • It also excels at implementation of database vendor-specific physical options.
  • The repository structure helps you to use in multi developer and architect based organizations by the check in and check out mechanism.
  • It also has a fully configurable naming convention implementation.
  • Coloring is simple with format copying and pasting option.
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Cons
Amazon AWS
  • Error Description upon Failure Needs to be Improved.
  • Slow to create, delete or update.
  • Need to delete resources manually. It can ask before starting deletion whether to skip those resources or delete them.
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SAP
  • It took some time to figure out how to leverage the power of the repository. Some better examples in the documentation would have been helpful.
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Support Rating
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
SAP
We did have to reach out to support to learn how to properly utilize the repository feature and share the data model across many developers. Support was able to help us get this set up correctly. The downside was it took us several weeks before we gave up and contacted support. We should have done that earlier. I would say, however, the documentation wasn't clear on how to do this. So support was a great big help!
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Alternatives Considered
Amazon AWS
We didn't look into anything else as Cloudformation was "built-in" for AWS, it just kind of made sense to go with that. Terraform was something that we briefly looked into Terraform but decides to stick with Cloudformation because our task was relatively "simple". Apparently if it's a bit more complex, Terraform might be the way to go.
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SAP
Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler : Unfortunately this tool only supports Oracle Databases as a target database, but has many features similar to SAP Sybase PowerDesigner. erwin Data Modeler: Has some issues when switching from Conceptual Model to Physical Model, Impact Analysis, and formatting copy and pasting. Vertabelo: Only supports online models and from a governance perspective, it is impossible for me to connect my target database with an online application because of company policy and regulation requirements.
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Return on Investment
Amazon AWS
  • It has a positive ROI
  • Less time inverted in bugs
  • More stable source code
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SAP
  • Standardization of models
  • Impact Analysis
  • Graphical User Interface
  • Ease of deployment
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ScreenShots

AWS CloudFormation Screenshots

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