SAP PowerDesigner vs Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect comparison

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

Find out in this report how the two Enterprise Architecture Management solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"SAP PowerDesigner is fairly stable.""I like the connectivity or the lineage between the models and usability.""It's a great tool for documentation.""The feature I found valuable in SAP PowerDesigner is extraction. I also like that my company hasn't faced any issues because of the clear documentation about SAP PowerDesigner.""I mostly work on the conceptual and logical side of things, and I enjoy how easy it is to use.""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 initial setup was very easy.""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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"It's a stable and scalable solution. I like that it's similar to Rational Rose.""Artifact templates are most valuable.""The TOGAF ADM model is most valuable. It is also very cheap as compared to other options in the market.""There are a couple of things. Price is one thing, but we also like the scriptability of it. We got into scripting it and automating tasks with it, and it is super duper easy to do and helpful. The API has improved over the years. We automate everything, and I love the automation aspects of it.""We could capture the process models around 24 countries with all their local variations.""For the most part, we find that it is remarkable how inexpensive it is.""Modeling is a part of my work, and it has a lot of standard modeling languages. It is quite wide, and a lot is possible in it. We are not programming it ourselves, but if you are into programming and developing software yourself, you can go further and do a lot with Sparx. You can work from the framework and go into the details. With this solution, you get a lot of value at a low cost. It is also quite intuitive in terms of use. I like the use of it.""The features I find most valuable is the ability to create a document and then put it into a OneCare artifact."

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"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.""There are many areas of this solution that needs to be changed.""Technical support could be better and more human.""One disadvantage of SAP PowerDesigner is that you cannot reverse engineer the ALTER statements, so that's an enhancement or area for improvement I'm looking forward to seeing from the SAP team in the future. That should directly reflect on the physical data models my company builds.""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.""I've tried to use Power Designer to bring in images, which didn't work very well at all.""The solution itself does not need to be improved. However, they could add support for different languages.""Connectivity can be improved because it's not very good."

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"Sparx can be a bit slow. If you are trying to design software architecture, sometimes we run into issues and need to refresh.""I would like to see integration with Confluence or any other TRM, and the capability to integrate with the data storage, such as a repository similar to GitHub.""The UI is a little bit outdated. It should be more fresh and clean.""The fact that you can do a lot yourself is a plus point, but it also becomes a challenge because you need an understanding of the programming languages to get things to work. It becomes challenging for those who are not very good at programming. You have standard reports, but if you want to make your own reports, you have to program it. Similarly, if you want validations rules, you have to take care of them yourself.""There should be a MATLAB-specific toolbox added to the solution with better compatibility. The connections currently are good but in the future, it needs a huge improvement.""It can be improved in the area of shared documentation. The idea is that the architecture tool can call back to an enterprise asset, pull that information, and link that as a sub-artifact.""The UI could be improved and made a little bit more presentable.""It could be more user-friendly. The tools could be more simple to use. It's a very complex solution. Because I am a business analyst, I use these tools to manage requirements, and I make models in UML, BPMN, and ArchiMate, and it's complex. In the next release, I would like to see more integrations."

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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."
  • "Regarding costs, SAP PowerDesigner is pricey, as I've heard from my team manager, which is why the company has been thinking of bringing another solution on board."
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  • "Its price is very good for the value that you get with it."
  • "They have the price on their site for the enterprise version, and we do receive a small discount."
  • "The licence has a costly upfront fee which gets you access. You have to pay an annual maintenance fee, which is less."
  • "It is cheaper than other solutions. Its cost is around $686 per year. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "We have an annual license, and it's very affordable."
  • "I think our license costs roughly $1,000 a year, but I could be wrong."
  • "There is a license for this solution. When comparing this solution to others it is priced well."
  • "It is cheap."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Technical support could be better and more human.
    Top Answer:I'm using SAP PowerDesigner to build and maintain an enterprise-wide relational data model for one of the largest banks in Israel.
    Top Answer:I mostly work on the conceptual and logical side of things, and I enjoy how easy it is to use.
    Top Answer:In my opinion, there is no real difference between the three tools. All three are software that help organizations model and document their business processes. However, there are some key differences… more »
    Top Answer:Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect was easy to set up and it took just twenty minutes.
    Top Answer:Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect has a very reasonable price point compared to other similar software on the market. It is also cost effective in terms of the features and functionality it offers.
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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

    Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is an enterprise solution that helps streamline, accelerate, and integrate software, system, and business development. With this intuitive modeling and design solution, enterprises can stay in control of their workplaces, enable collaboration, support their teams and colleagues, and manage complex projects. Software architects, business analysts, project managers, developers, support staff, and testers can unite under a single repository. Through numerous view points and potential sub-systems, users are offered a unified view in a complex environment.

    With Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, users are also offered a shared model option which can be accessed quickly and securely by in-office and remote team members through the Enterprise Architect’s Pro Cloud Server. Building a coherent, verifiable model can be done by connecting and integrating a variety of behavioral and structural information in visual form. As a result, Enterprise Architect offers high performance, flexibility, and the ability to model, manage, and trace every stage of the business development and modeling process.

    Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect Features

    Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect assists in creating a unified and accessible vision in business development by offering a flexible platform with a unique set of rich features. These features include:

    • Test and debug - Streamline software development and visualize software with the simulation process. Users can test and confirm correct behavior, set and oversee test points, and debug and examine software.
    • Track tasks - Track, prioritize, and assign individual and group tasks to assist in the model’s development. Users can visually monitor their progress through the Gantt chart.
    • Open standards - Users can visualize and analyze running software with integrated custom tools. They can also run advanced simulations, team-based repositories, testing tools, and version control. In addition, the solution supports enterprise architecture frameworks such as UPDM and TOGAF.
    • Simulation - Create and debug embedded solutions by simulating behaviors and state models. Users can specify events, triggers, constraints, and more. Users can also specify extensive and complex structural systems and create custom domain-specific solutions.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect merges high-end tools, online availability, a dedication to open standards, and accessible pricing so enterprises can stay in control of their workplaces, whether remote or in-office. Users particularly like the architectural frameworks and the scalability.

    Marc L., a principal architecture enterprise solution adviser at Cronomagic Canada, notes, "The product offers very good support for all mainstream modeling notations and architectural frameworks."

    An enterprise architect at a manufacturing company writes, "Scalable solution for modeling, project sharing, and collaboration. Support for it is good."

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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
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Pharma/Biotech Company10%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Company Size
    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Buyer's Guide
    SAP PowerDesigner vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect
    November 2022
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    SAP PowerDesigner is ranked 6th in Enterprise Architecture Management with 8 reviews while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is ranked 1st in Enterprise Architecture Management with 33 reviews. SAP PowerDesigner is rated 8.0, while Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is rated 7.8. 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 Systems Enterprise Architect writes "Great pricing with an easy initial setup and a comprehensive toolkit". SAP PowerDesigner is most compared with erwin Data Modeler by Quest, Visio, IDERA ER/Studio, SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer and erwin Evolve by Quest, whereas Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is most compared with Visio, Visual Paradigm, No Magic MagicDraw, Lucidchart and MEGA HOPEX. See our SAP PowerDesigner vs. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect report.

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