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We performed a comparison between SAP PowerDesigner and Sparx Prolaborate based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Architecture Management solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed SAP PowerDesigner vs. Sparx Prolaborate report (Updated: September 2022).
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"It's a great tool for documentation.""I like the connectivity or the lineage between the models and usability.""The initial setup was very easy.""SAP PowerDesigner is fairly stable.""The physical database model is definitely the most valuable feature because it describes normalization exactly the way you understand the data, and it deploys it perfectly with open source systems.""The most valuable feature of SAP PowerDesigner is the testing of the models, it has the best function. Reverse engineering is very helpful too."

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"Sparx Prolaborate is user-friendly, easy to use, and has good documentation.""What is really powerful in Sparx is the way in which you can model business processes. You can link business processes to organizational objectives. You can also take those business processes and link them to specific product features that you want to deliver.""Its extensibility is most valuable."

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"There are many areas of this solution that needs to be changed.""Technical support could be better and more human.""Connectivity can be improved because it's not very good.""I have found the solution not easy to use. When publishing you have to download the HTML, make adjustments against the updated HTML, convert it to HTML, then finally paste the HTML. There is not an on-the-fly function available to bypass the step-by-step converting process that other solutions have.""The solution itself does not need to be improved. However, they could add support for different languages.""The focus is more on mainstream development environments, and I see a lack of focus on the open source world. I think SAP PowerDesigner probably interfaces better with SQL Server and Db2 but not with open source databases like PostgreSQL and MySQL."

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"There should be more cloud capabilities.""In the next release, there should be more editable objects. We find Sparx Prolaborate very user-friendly, and having more features that are in the Enterprise Architect would be great, such as managing different versions of diagrams.""A lot of product teams use a lot of visualizations for mapping out the product roadmap, brainstorming, or understanding the vision of the product, but Sparx is not a great visualization tool. Sparx has to improve the way for visualizing processes, journeys, software designs, etc. It would really benefit the product management teams or even enterprise architects."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "SAP PowerDesigner is cheaper than eriwin."
  • "The price of the solution is too expensive. When we asked for certain licenses in different countries it was unattainable."
  • "I would like SAP to prove free licenses to professionals that are using the solution. The free version is limited."
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  • "The price of Sparx Prolaborate is good."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I like the connectivity or the lineage between the models and usability.
    Top Answer:Technical support could be better and more human.
    Top Answer:There should be more cloud capabilities.
    Top Answer:I use Sparx Prolaborate for exposing diagrams and collaborating around diagrams.
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    SAP PowerDesigner is a valuable solution for developing several different types of data models according to business process needs. Data models can be logical, conceptual, and physical, and can also include dimensional and relational models. PowerDesiger has the ability to integrate a designed business process model with the actual database design to ensure that all the data process steps are included in the logical model. PowerDesigner is able to use the physical model to create the actual database, and from there, design various physical iterations from a single logical model.

    PowerDesigner can perform excellent reverse-engineering of existing databases to create a model diagram. The solution integrates well with many of today's most recognized database management systems (DBMS). Some of the solution’s featured outputs include custom or standard reports of every object in the design (relationships, field, and tables), design impact analysis, and entity-relationship (ER) designs.

    PowerDesigner offers intuitive capabilities such as metadata management, link and sync, and data modeling. Users can instantly view architecture layers and essentials, access the robust metadata repository, and share findings with the user’s entire team.

    SAP PowerDesigner Features

    • Document Creation: Easily share documents to cultivate an environment of communication and collaboration with all stakeholders in a project. Users can even include non-modelers. Users can provide private, secure access to metadata using hyperlinked Web reporting and multi-model documents, and even use wizard-created lists.

    • Result Analysis: The solution helps merge all model types with an intuitive automated link-and-sync process. Users can easily streamline communication and creative streams to improve the organization’s ability to experience transformation.

    • Intelligence Mapping: Users can develop thorough mapping protocols for data dictionary input. Users can record dependencies correctly with a simple drag-and-drop mapping editor and drag information from any supported source to target model pairs.

    SAP PowerDesigner Benefits

    • Improve Overall Productivity: The solution enables enterprise architects and developers to share information through a trusted metadata repository that can handle all modeling types.

    • Simplify Workflows: PowerDesigner offers an easy-to-use wizard-driven protocol to streamline web-based reporting and documentation, making workloads easier for IT staff and other users.

    • Improve Communication: PowerDesigner’s intuitive link-and-sync technology will facilitate secure trusted networks between an organization's specific protocols, data models, and language.

    Reviews from Real Users

    “The most valuable feature of SAP PowerDesigner is the testing of the models, it has the best function. Reverse engineering is very helpful too. I use SAP PowerDesigner for data modeling and documentation. It interacts well with the other tools. Additionally, we use it for all of the business requirements, such as CDM and PDM.” - Saadat T., Emerging Cloud Solution Architect at a tech services company

    “It's a great tool for documentation. A new data scientist can easily understand the data just by looking at it. Once you are managing your physical data with a logical data model, by looking at this data model, you can understand what it means, the business meaning of the elements which are maintained by the relational database.” - Michael R., DA

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    Sample Customers
    Medtronic, Cirque du Soleil, Antarc, B&G Manufacturing, EarlySense, eBay, Ferrero, James Austin Company, Lenovo, Sagem, RAK Ceramics, Vodafone
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    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Consumer Goods Company13%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Pharma/Biotech Company13%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Insurance Company9%
    Company Size
    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise36%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise78%
    Buyer's Guide
    SAP PowerDesigner vs. Sparx Prolaborate
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about SAP PowerDesigner vs. Sparx Prolaborate and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    SAP PowerDesigner is ranked 6th in Architecture Management with 6 reviews while Sparx Prolaborate is ranked 16th in Architecture Management with 3 reviews. SAP PowerDesigner is rated 8.0, while Sparx Prolaborate is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of SAP PowerDesigner writes "A highly user-friendly tool that's great for documentation". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sparx Prolaborate writes "Powerful for modeling business processes and business outcomes, but needs better visualization capabilities and a high-level map". SAP PowerDesigner is most compared with erwin Data Modeler by Quest, Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, Visio, IDERA ER/Studio and erwin Evolve by Quest, whereas Sparx Prolaborate is most compared with Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, LeanIX and Sparx Pro Cloud Server. See our SAP PowerDesigner vs. Sparx Prolaborate report.

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