Prophetic, or what?

In my previous posting, “A confusion of reviews – what’s to be done?”, I talked about recent comparisons of data modelling tools. Some of them illustrate a lack of knowledge of a competing product on the part of a reviewer. Very few reviewers will be experts in all the tools they examine, so that’s to be expected. I suggested that we need to get three experts together, one for each tool, to agree a common set of comparison criteria, and come up with a single comparison.

Shortly after I wrote that post, I was asked by Sybase to write detailed comparisons of PowerDesigner against ER/Studio and ERwin. As I’ve said before, I have past experience of one product and not the other.  I enlisted the assistance of two UK-based specialist organisations: IPL have in-depth, up-to-date knowledge of ER/Studio, and Sandhill have years of experience with ERwin. With their assistance, and the assistance of Embarcadero and CA, I hope I’ve managed to avoid making inaccurate statements.

Note added January 25th, 2012

The reviews have just been published by Sybase, at http://www.sybase.com/products/white_papers, under ‘Business White Papers’. They also appear at http://www.sybase.com/products/powerdesigner – select ‘Resources’, then ‘White Papers’. Don’t look for them under ‘Competitive Information’, they’re not there!
I don’t know why, but the links on mypowerdesigner.com don’t work yet.
If you want direct access to the reviews, see:
ER/Studio – http://www.sybase.com/detail?id=1096040
ERwin – http://www.sybase.com/detail?id=1096023

The reviews are already out of date – CA have announced a new web portal for ERwin, which they’ll unveil on February 1st. That’s the way of the world 🙂

4 thoughts on “Prophetic, or what?

  1. Munsoor Negyal November 8, 2011 / 14:21

    Hi George

    is the comparative review available yet?

    Thanks

    Munsoor

    • George McGeachie December 16, 2011 / 12:01

      Sorry about the delay, but they should get posted on the ‘My PowerDesigner’ web site soon. I just don’t know how soon. 🙁

  2. George McGeachie January 25, 2012 / 12:16

    The reviews have just been published by Sybase, at http://www.sybase.com/products/white_papers, under ‘Business White Papers’. They also appear at http://www.sybase.com/products//powerdesigner – select ‘Resources’, then ‘White Papers’. Don’t look for them under ‘Competitive Information’, they’re not there!
    I don’t know why, but the links on mypowerdesigner.com don’t work yet.
    If you want direct access to the reviews, see:
    ER-Studio – http://www.sybase.com/detail?id=1096040
    ERwin – http://www.sybase.com/detail?id=1096023

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