SAP PowerDesigner

SAP PowerDesigner

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SAP PowerDesigner


What is SAP PowerDesigner?

SAP PowerDesigner (formerly from Sybase) is an enterprise architecture modeling tool.
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What is SAP PowerDesigner?

SAP PowerDesigner (formerly from Sybase) is an enterprise architecture modeling tool.

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What is SAP PowerDesigner?

SAP PowerDesigner promises to help you plan and manage complex business transformation initiatives. The software’s data modeling tools let you build a blueprint of your current enterprise architecture and visualize the impact of change before it happens. Automatically capture architecture layers and requirements, tap into a powerful metadata repository, and share discoveries with your team.

SAP PowerDesigner Features

  • Supported: Align business and IT
  • Supported: Improve team productivity
  • Supported: Document your existing systems

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Gene Baker | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
We use SAP PowerDesigner as our E-R Modeling tool for our application suite. We have twenty-four databases with approximately 3000 tables and 50,000 data elements. We use a repository-based version of the tool and are able to create multiple models that can be used to show various subject areas within the system. We have also taken advantage of customizing the templates to generate objects based on the DDL for the table. PD is an enterprise approved tool and our group has used it since 2001. I personally have used it since 1996.
  • Data modeling
  • Maintaining a consistent data dictionary through the use of the repository.
  • Custom templates for generating objects off of tables.
  • 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.
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.
  • Recently, the corporation started a big initiative on data governance and making sure we have the appropriate documentation. While other teams were scrambling, we were all set because we had our data dictionary and our many data models documenting the system.
  • Great tool for team collaboration.
  • Nice to be able to extend what the tool does through the use of custom templates.
The version of ErWin we had didn't support the repository for document sharing and data dictionary sharing. Our version of PD does so we were able to leverage that and have a central repository that is shared among the team members. That really helped to give us consistency across our databases. PD is easy to use, but getting the repository set up properly was a little tricky.
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!
Gurcan Orhan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
SAP Sybase PowerDesigner is the ultimate tool for creating conceptual, logical, and physical data modeling for many database vendors. It also provides ease of multi-user architecture and development environments with a supporting repository structure. Team governance and object standardization can be applied as well. It supports various database vendors, and impact analysis is one of the most powerful aspects of the tool.
  • 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.
  • Licensing cost is based on user count
  • Free licensed competitors exist, and they perform similar functions
  • New database structures could be implemented more easily
  • Standardization of models
  • Impact Analysis
  • Graphical User Interface
  • Ease of deployment
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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