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"The most valuable feature is that it is a very fast reverse engineering process. It does a very expansive comparison.""The most valuable feature is the way you can extend it and customize it. With most modeling tools, you fit your modeling process to fit the tool. In PowerDesigner, you can make the tool fit the way you want to work.""I like the property sheet capability and the user-defined attributes that you can set up.""It offers a lot of features in one solution. You would have to get multiple other products to bundle together all of the capabilities that you get in just this product.""I like the connectivity or the lineage between the models and usability.""Very good repository features.""The solution is a very pragmatic tool. It's quite easy to use.""The initial setup was very easy."

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"Visio is stable.""It's my understanding that the initial setup is straightforward.""The solution makes it very easy to make exciting pictures and designs. Everything is very intuitive and simple to figure out.""It is a standard and easy-to-use solution from Microsoft, and you benefit from the general functions of Microsoft solutions. It integrates easily with SharePoint, which is a useful tool from Microsoft.""Just the fact that a majority of the industry uses it, and you've got third-party templates that were created.""I like the solution's ease of use and its the integration with different templates from a variety of manufacturers.""It is stable. I have never experienced any issues.""The thing I like most about Visio is the stencils. As the product has matured over time, it comes with more stencils and objects that you can just pick out of the menu and go with."

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"There are many areas of this solution that needs to be changed.""Pricing for small consultancies needs improvement. They sustain prices to competing tools. The competing tools tend to do special offers. PowerDesigner SAP doesn't pay much attention to the pricing of it and there are no special offers.""In the future, I would like to see data manipulation capability where you can actually write SQL queries and manipulate data from directly within the tool.""The solution is very, very expensive. It would be ideal if it was a more affordable product.""It would be helpful if there were glossary, catalog and governance tools. It would help make it a true end-to-end product.""Technical support could be better and more human.""Checking-in models to the repository, especially when working remotely, is a slow process than can sometimes have problems with models being corrupted.""UI could be improved by enabling simpler navigation."

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"Microsoft should include Visio as part of their Office 365 offering.""Lacks the ability to analyze the different relations between activities, positions and roles.""I would like to see the project planning element improved, although it won't happen because Microsoft deliberately made it worse.""It is not flexible in terms of functions and modeling deliverables. When you speak of processes, the program has to describe the activities and the deliverables. You have to tell your robots how to deal with and input something, and you should have something more flexible from this point of view.""The auto-routing feature could be better.""It's a very large install that uses many gigabytes.""Visio's scalability could be improved. I had a license through my school and it would have been great to be able to collaborate with more people.""There are a lot of patches that sometimes change how one version will interact compared to another."

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  • "I bought the software outright and do not pay a licensing fee."
  • "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."
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  • "The price is reasonable for individual use but for an organization, the costs is high."
  • "Our license for Visio is including with the Office 365 subscription."
  • "Visio is about a $180 dollars to purchase. It is a one-time licensing fee."
  • "The yearly cost is approximately $400 CAD ($300 USD)."
  • "There are some cheaper as well as free solutions."
  • "The licensing process is actually a breeze. Simply buy the license and download it from Microsoft, enter the license key in Visio to activate the software, and you're done."
  • "I don't have any issue with the pricing. It has a subscription-based model, and the subscription is done on a yearly basis. Of course, we need internal approvals in place."
  • "It's cheaper than other solutions."
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    Questions from the Community
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    SAP PowerDesigner is fairly stable.
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    The price of the solution is too expensive. When we asked for certain licenses in different countries it was unattainable. We have had some issues with being able to procure licenses for specific… more »
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    SAP PowerDesigner could improve by being more intuitive and user-friendly. It does not enforce some of the integrity of the model that we would like it to retain. There are many areas of this solution… more »
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    I have been using Bizagi with a major project for a state government agency for about four years now. It is pretty straightforward to load in files that are BPMN 2.0 compliant. The option to load… more »
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    It's my understanding that the initial setup is straightforward.
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    We have an enterprise license. We renew it on a yearly basis. We don't pay any extra fees and we partner with the Gartner group to help us when we have to renegotiate.
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    Plan and manage complex business transformation initiatives with SAP PowerDesigner. 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.

    Microsoft Visio is an advanced diagramming solution that helps IT professionals simplify, connect, and share information. Visio provides tools and resources for interpreting, acting upon, updating, and sharing complex information about IT processes, infrastructure, and applications - effectively and efficiently.
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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
    Thomas College, Hamburg Port Authority, Portigon AG, Conseil G_n_ral du d_partement des Hautes-Alpes, AAA Auto a. s., Commonwealth Financial Network, ICA, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Pharma/Biotech Company13%
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Insurance Company10%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Company Size
    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise42%
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    SAP PowerDesigner is ranked 4th in Architecture Management with 11 reviews while Visio is ranked 4th in Business Process Design with 54 reviews. SAP PowerDesigner is rated 8.0, while Visio is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of SAP PowerDesigner writes "Ability to work on a single repository is great; web portal enables view from the browser perspective". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Visio writes "A stable and scalable solution for business-oriented presentations". SAP PowerDesigner is most compared with erwin Data Modeler (DM), Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, erwin Evolve, IDERA ER/Studio and SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer, whereas Visio is most compared with Bizagi, Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, ARIS BPA, SAP Signavio Process Manager and iServer.

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