MS Visio, a great all around tool to add to the MS Office Suite!
November 30, 2018

MS Visio, a great all around tool to add to the MS Office Suite!

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Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Visio

Microsoft Visio is deployed on an as needed basis at an Illinois community college campus. Visio is deployed to users on an as needed basis, and is not part of a normal deployment of MS Office suite of programs. Visio is a versatile in many ways and allows us to deploy it as to fill software gaps that would normally require many more specific programs with a much higher learning curve, and price.

Pros

  • Ease of Use
  • Choice of Flowchart, wiring diagrams and floor plans
  • Quick to deploy to users on our campus with MS Office enterprise based licensing

Cons

  • More shape features built into the program, so less third party downloads would be necessary
  • Quicker, easier navigation of the workspace (there is not an easy way to drag around the image to get it to the desired location on the document). Maybe add an Adobe-like to navigate the document
  • It would be very beneficial to save multiple individual preference and layout options for each typw of document loaded.
  • As a MS Enterprise licensing user, the cost of Visio is in our master licensing package, so the OOI is very high.
  • Should we have to look elsewhere for programs which have similar functions, we lose staff time in research. Licensing other programs would also cost the college money.
  • Ease of use and familiarity of the interface, because it is a MS program, is definitely a great ROI for our college, as training times are kept to a minimum. Users are productive after a short period with Visio.
We have not had to find alternatives to MS Visio

Uses depend on the individual user, and are known to be, but not limited to: flow charts, wiring schematics/diagrams, floor plans of offices, common areas and classrooms. In the application at our campus, each user has a specific need for Visio, and Visio is not deployed with the normal MS Office suite of programs.

Many members of the campus leadership team, and their assistants use Visio for flow-charting of tasks and duties. The user interface is similar to all other MS products, so the learning curve is minimal.

Technology departments use Visio for wiring and schematic diagrams of network and classroom wiring. Most of our external contractors take our rough Visio documents and transfer them to AutoCAD, which has a much higher learning curve.

One of our campus staff uses Visio regularly to play furniture checkers with offices, conference center rooms, and common areas. It is nice to have the functionality of creating to scale rooms layouts prior to moving furnishings three or four times.

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