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We performed a comparison between SAP PowerDesigner and UNICOM System Architect 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. UNICOM System Architect report (Updated: September 2022).
634,325 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The most valuable feature of SAP PowerDesigner is the testing of the models, it has the best function. Reverse engineering is very helpful too.""The initial setup was very easy.""It's a great tool for documentation.""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.""I like the connectivity or the lineage between the models and usability."

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"It has good end-to-end metamodel interrelationships.""It is useful for creating build-outs and architecture views and for publishing reports and stuff like that for different programs."

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Cons
"There are many areas of this solution that needs to be changed.""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 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.""The solution itself does not need to be improved. However, they could add support for different languages.""Technical support could be better and more human."

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"I don't use the tool or know a lot. It is going to have some shortcomings. When it comes down to publishing, we just found out this week that they actually have a publisher add-on. So, what we were trying to publish was not giving a detailed report about the architecture, views, etc. I just wish they had sent these to UNICOM and contacted them about add-on features for the publishing part of the tool.""They need to add reports that show the enterprise architecture perspectives, and the dashboards should be comfortable for the senior enterprise architects so that they can view the complete landscape."

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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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  • "I don't remember the price. It is a different cost for just buying it, and then you have a maintenance cost, which you need to renew every year."
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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:It is useful for creating build-outs and architecture views and for publishing reports and stuff like that for different programs.
    Top Answer:I don't remember the price. It is a different cost for just buying it, and then you have a maintenance cost, which you need to renew every year.
    Top Answer:I don't use the tool or know a lot. It is going to have some shortcomings. When it comes down to publishing, we just found out this week that they actually have a publisher add-on. So, what we were… more »
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    Overview

    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
    Apple, Facebook, Google, HSBC, PayPal
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Consumer Goods Company13%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Pharma/Biotech Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Government22%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise36%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise72%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise4%
    Large Enterprise85%
    Buyer's Guide
    SAP PowerDesigner vs. UNICOM System Architect
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about SAP PowerDesigner vs. UNICOM System Architect and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    634,325 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    SAP PowerDesigner is ranked 6th in Architecture Management with 6 reviews while UNICOM System Architect is ranked 18th in Architecture Management with 2 reviews. SAP PowerDesigner is rated 8.0, while UNICOM System Architect is rated 6.0. 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 UNICOM System Architect writes "Useful for creating build-outs and architecture views, but requires a publisher add-on for some detailed reports". 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 UNICOM System Architect is most compared with Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, IBM Rational System Architect, erwin Data Modeler by Quest and MEGA HOPEX. See our SAP PowerDesigner vs. UNICOM System Architect report.

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