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Visio Primary Use Case

David Jaques-Watson - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

I usually use Visio for really high-level conceptual modeling. Ironically, this works well with iServer. But, I use Visio for conceptual modeling since it makes it easy to draw things and is not as strict. This is because, at the conceptual level, one is not properly familiar with the details or constraints. This way, a business person would be able to critique something as being incorrect or not linked or drawn properly.

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Michael Barg - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Consultant at Lexington Consulting

I use Visio when I'm writing a client report in Microsoft Word, and I want to put in a simple graphic to supplement the text or better explain something. Visio's graphics are not complicated. They're quick and easy to create, so I use them mainly for what I would call static graphics, like simple charts and diagrams.

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Director of Mortgage Banking Projects at a writing and editing position with 1-10 employees

My use case could be anything. What I like to use Visio for is business process design work. Even when we're doing a systems implementation project, I'll use it. One of the things that I tell my clients is that "Before you implement a system, you really need to check your business processes that the system is automating, to make sure that you're not automating a bad process." Therefore, we have a whole methodology on how to do business process design sessions, facilitated sessions. The outcome of those sessions is documented largely in Vizio. 

Sometimes, for example, if I've got a good person working on my team, I'll be with the client, facilitating the session and we'll have sticky notes on the wall that represent the process steps, and the outcomes, and the inputs, and all that stuff. We'll be moving those around. And then somebody on my team will be sitting there with Visio, recreating it as we go. If they aren't able to do that, we just take pictures of it and then recreate it in Visio. We clean it up and make it nice looking. However, we use Visio primarily for business and/or project process flows. 

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Scot McGee - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager of Enterprise Architecture at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I use it for high-level detailed and high-level conceptual drawings for leadership. I also use it for small drawings when I'm doing documentation, policy creation, or building some kind of a spec.

It is installed on my personal machine. In terms of the version, my Office suite is 19, so I assume the Visio version is whatever is packaged with Office 19 suite.

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President at Estrada Technology Associates LLC

I use Visio for visual rendering of technical concepts. I use the stencils that depict different workflows, data flows, or architectural structures from an IT perspective that I could render in other documents like PowerPoint or Word documents.

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Solutions Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

I'm an architect; I primarily use Visio for drawing diagrams.

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RamnathThippasandra - PeerSpot reviewer
Executive Director at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

I use Visio for pretty much all of my landscape diagrams and for anything for management reporting, particularly on the technical side.

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Principal Architect at a government with 10,001+ employees

The solution is primarily used for diagramming. I use it for a couple of different things, however, it's mostly for diagramming and documenting data center infrastructure including racks, wide area networks, logical designs, physical designs, and conceptual models.

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Kerry Smith - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Industrial Hygienist at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

I am a health and safety professional. I use it for flowcharting, but I also use it for drawing diagrams. 

I will do a technical assessment of a workplace scenario of equipment as well as noise measurements, and I will use Visio to draw out the scale.

There are many images that you can put in there and data to create images of workplace exposures.

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Alberto Hidalgo - PeerSpot reviewer
Project Development at INECO

I primarily use the solution to make new core designs. I connect the designs to the projects I'm involved with. 

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Greg Swain - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Solution Architecture at Winslow Technology Group

I use it for diagramming networks, racks, data centers, data flow applications, etc.

I am using its latest version. We have an M-365 membership, so we can access it in the cloud, but we download the application because it works better.

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Xavier-Rodriguez - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure Architect at CandX Consulting

Company-wide, it is used a lot for flow charts. From an IT perspective, we use it quite a bit for network diagrams and documentation. The Human Resources team uses it for organizational charts.

In terms of deployment, we have a kind of mixed deployment. I tend to use an on-prem version that is loaded directly on my machine. We are all Office 365, so a bulk of our users use it as a cloud-based downloadable solution, which is a part of their Office 365 implementation.

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Elsedeeck Elrayes - PeerSpot reviewer
Business Process Management Specialist and Business Continuity Management Coordinator at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees

We primarily use the solution for business process design.

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Executive Director, Global Technology Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

We use Visio extensively for creating architecture, network and workflow diagrams. Also used for UML Class diagrams and various types of flow charts 

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Partenaire, CEO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

I use it to design business models, cyber defense portals, and pictures. We are using the latest version of Visio.

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Dawn McClure - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Project Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

We primarily use the solution for tasks such as work charts, network diagrams, and process flows.

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Senior Director, Digital Engg. & Enterprise Arch. at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees

We are end users of this solution. I'm a senior director of the company and a digital engineer.

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Lead Process Improvement Manager at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

As process improvement professional I map out current state processes either at the value stream or swim lane level, at times both. With current state I identify pain points and bottlenecks do root cause analysis, identify possible solutions, and make recommendations on which ones I think would be the most effective. Then incorporate them into a proposed future state. 

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reviewer1498125 - PeerSpot reviewer
User at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

We mostly use this solution for process management and for diagram modeling. Functional diagrams or BPMN partition diagrams — that's all. Some nice drawings for presentations.

Almost all of our employees use bundled Microsoft products and because they have no administrative rights, they cannot install additional programs. We use Visio to present our diagrams to our employees as it's too complicated to explain how to use our services over and over. If we had a BPM platform and a diagram modeling solution, we would not use Visio.

Within our organization, there are roughly 100 people that use this solution.

I am not sure if our company has plans to keep using Visio — it's not up to me. If we were to stop using it, I wouldn't miss it.

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Founder at AC Lean

I analyze and model processes for optimization. We are customers of Visio and I'm a founder of the company, working as a process consultant.

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Data Center Design Architect at a tech company with 201-500 employees

I build either diagrams for solutions or use Visio to create illustrations for slide decks and white papers.

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Power Electronics Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I'm using only this tool for our full architecture block diagram development. We're using it for our action projects, what are we are running.

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Senior Design Leader at Koninklijke Bam Groep N.v.

I work for BAM, which is the largest builder in the Netherlands. We have approximately 24,000 employees and we have a centralized IT that provides all products for our company. I use the solution for organizing many different types of visuals graphics. It has the ability to make drawings quickly with links, flowcharts, and organizational drawings.

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Venkatesh Mulabagilu - PeerSpot reviewer
Digital Enterprise Architect at DXC

I use it to create architecture diagrams. 

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Computing Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

I wrote some Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) scripts in the background to graph with my stencils and use the database at the back. In general, I'm using stencils, and I'm using Excel database in the background. With those tables, I am able to grab the data out in the stencils, and then I place it Visio. So, the main drawing area is in Visio, but it uses data in the background.

I am not using its latest version. I am using one version back.

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Jim Hawkins - PeerSpot reviewer
Process Improvement Consultant/Business Analyst at Sherpa Consulting

I am working as a business analyst and I used Visio for process mapping.

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Solution Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

Our primary use case of this product is to create diagrams for the solutions I'm designing. Others may use it to provide graphical explanations of complex topics, or even for organizational charts. We have around 20 users in very different roles - IT, processing, design, or those in more technical roles. We are a customer of Visio and I'm a solution architect. 

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Pete-Fotopoulos - PeerSpot reviewer
VP of Networking and Infrastructure at NJA LLC

I use Visio for diagramming configurations.

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Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

We use Visio for mapping all the processes. It is a BPMN solution for us.

We are most probably using its latest version. 

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IT/Business Architect at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees

We use Visio for architecture modeling. We also use it to facilitate communication with other people.

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Shankar HN - PeerSpot reviewer
IT strategist at Convergent Wireless Communications

I use Visio for all my network diagrams. For example, I think of certain concepts that I need to communicate with my clients. I use it for this purpose. I also am an adjunct professor at one of the universities in Bangalore. Suppose I want to create a big chart or a mindmap; that's when I use Visio.

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Project Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use Visio for process diagram. 

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Lead architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

My primary use case is for designing the architecture diagram and the network diagram. 

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Santosh Kurakula - PeerSpot reviewer
Group DWH and BI Senior Manager at Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa

Visio is mainly used for documentation purposes. For example, drawing flow charts or network diagrams. It can also be used for defining schemas or application development.

In my organization, people from multiple departments use it, especially the IT team. They prepare documentation on the network architecture. Additionally, the data team uses it to create flow charts, sequence diagrams, and schemas.

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Asistent at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

My primary use case of Visio is diagramming. It's useful for diagramming any type of process you would want to describe. 

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Systems Administrator at a government with 201-500 employees

I mostly use it for network diagrams. It is a standard solution for creating this kind of stuff.

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Facility director at a aerospace/defense firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

My primary use case of this solution is for process mapping and a little for organizational charts. We are customers of Visio.

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Integration Architect at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees

The primary use case is modeling architecture requirements.

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Infrastructure Manager at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

My primary use case for Visio is network diagrams to document our local and wide area networks. We also use it from time to time to document business processes and logical systematic processes. 

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NOC Manager at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

We do not use the latest version. 

I am a network engineer and we use the solution for drawing network diagrams. 

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Lucio Tirone - PeerSpot reviewer
SKA LOW AIW Lead Engineer at a non-profit with 51-200 employees

We use Visio for describing processes, port authorities, requests, exchange of documents, and authorizations. The main use is for business processes and descriptions.

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Management Consulting Director at a consultancy with 201-500 employees

I'm a business management consultant.

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Portfolio Architect at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use Visio in my organization to create architecture diagrams.

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Dwayne McKie - PeerSpot reviewer
Business Process Manager at a maritime company with 5,001-10,000 employees

I'm the business process manager and we are customers of Visio. 

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Ricardo Camacho - PeerSpot reviewer
Executive Director at Pilares Consultores

I use Visio to go to meetings on Zoom.

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