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Attribute Ratings

  • SAP PowerDesigner is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • Microsoft Visio is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

SAP PowerDesigner

80%
2 Ratings
8.6

Microsoft Visio

86%
42 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

SAP PowerDesigner

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Microsoft Visio

100%
1 Rating

Usability

SAP PowerDesigner

N/A
0 Ratings
7.4

Microsoft Visio

74%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

SAP PowerDesigner

100%
2 Ratings
7.5

Microsoft Visio

75%
27 Ratings

Implementation Rating

SAP PowerDesigner

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Microsoft Visio

100%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

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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Microsoft

Ease of use, it has many stencils supporting system architecture and IDEF system behavior diagrams. I have also utilized it as a system conops design tool. Excellent flexibility. Powerful program for drawing plans and structural charts, is easy to use and contains a wide range of design tools that facilitates the development of flow charts for users with little experience
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Pros

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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Microsoft

  • The templates for basic flowcharting are simple to use and cover most of the basic functions and touch points in a diagram.
  • The variety of included icons and connectors means it's very easy to create floor plans and/or network diagrams.
  • The ease at which you can customise connectors with different colours/thickness makes it very effective in overall presentation of a diagram.
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Cons

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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Microsoft

  • The shapes library can be a little daunting if you're unfamiliar. Unless you know what you're looking for and where to find it, you can spend a lot of time looking for a particular shape or icon. But once you find it, you can add it to your shapes menu for easy access.
  • You can also spend a lot of time selecting your defaults for shapes, arrows, font size, etc. But like the shapes library, once you get it down, it's locked in.
  • Be prepared to spend a few hours playing with Visio before figuring out all the nuances. But if you're a beginner and need to create a process flow or diagram, you can do it very quickly without a lot of effort or training. The fun stuff takes a little longer to master.
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Pricing Details

SAP PowerDesigner

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

SAP PowerDesigner editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Microsoft Visio

    Starting Price

    $5 Per User Per Month

    Editions & Modules

    Microsoft Visio editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Plan 1$5.001
    Plan 2$15.002
    Standard$280.003
    Professional$530.004

    Footnotes

    1. Per User Per Month
    2. Per User Per Month
    3. none
    4. none

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    SAP

    No answers on this topic

    Microsoft

    I LOVE Visio for project workflow documentation. Customers come to us to develop workflows for them and integrate systems. Visio makes it easy to understand and document customer needs as well as highlight web service touchpoints and integration areas.
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    Usability

    SAP

    No answers on this topic

    Microsoft

    Some things that I think should be easy to do are not, at least not for a beginner user. I'm sure it's easy once you get the hang of it but the two main issues I have with Visio are the connecting of different states and searching for graphics/icons after you have chosen a starting template.
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    Support Rating

    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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    Microsoft

    Overall, I feel that Microsoft's support is weak. They are now such a behemoth that their model of putting documentation online for their users to sift through is totally outgrown. Given the amount of money you pay for these licenses, Microsoft should provide easy one-on-one support for their products via email or chat. The idea of paying their rates for support incidents is ridiculous. If you have an enormous amount of time on your hands, use their support websites and you will eventually find a solution most of the time.
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    Alternatives Considered

    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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    Microsoft

    Other products that we have tried (like Google Drawings and LucidChart) did not offer the same flexibility and ease of use that we have found in Microsoft Visio. While they may offer better collaborative features, they were lacking in some of the basic interface and shape features that Visio makes easy.
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    Return on Investment

    SAP

    • Standardization of models
    • Impact Analysis
    • Graphical User Interface
    • Ease of deployment
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    Microsoft

    • Microsoft Visio helps improve communication which ensures increased alignment. This helps reduce costly rework on projects.
    • Microsoft Visio is expensive to license the whole organization, so it takes some time to ensure your diagram is in a good format for publishing and there are only so many people who can edit the Visio files.
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