An informal introduction to PowerDesigner Web – 30th of September, 2020

I’m keeping the numbers low for this session, partly to keep it informal, and partly due to platform limitations. I’m pleased to say that it’s now fully booked. I’m sure I’ll repeat it sometime in the near future.

PowerDesigner Web has been around for some time now, exposing the content of the PowerDesigner repository to a wider audience and giving users the ability to create and edit some types of model. With the introduction of PowerDesigner 16.7, the types of model that can be created and edited has grown, and has started to get George interested.

In this session, George  will take you through the background to PD Web and show you some of the interesting features he’s found, focusing mainly on the things you can do in PD Web that you can’t do in the PowerDesigner client application:

  • Reverse-engineering JSON documents and Schemas
  • Productivity aids when editing Conceptual and Physical Data Models
  • Structured data types in the Conceptual Data Model
  • Exporting a diagram to PowerPoint as symbols that can be individually edited
  • A new diagram in the Requirements Model
  • and more

Here are the slides from my 2-hour #PowerDesigner presentation to the UK SAP Database & Technology User Group (UKSUG) today

This was an opportunity I could not miss – a 2-hour presentation on modelling to an audience of database experts!
Starting with a brief look at using Visio and/or Excel for data modelling and governance, I talked about the extras we can gain by using PowerDesigner to design databases.
Of course, it’s not ‘just’ databases we’re concerned with, the relationships those databases have with our business and technical architecture is also important.
The next key topic is the role of Data Models and others (such as the Requirements model) in Governance and Design.
Next it’s mapping data sources and targets to demonstrate and create data lineage, showing how PowerDesigner supports multiple DBMS Versions (and what you can do to change how it does that), creating a CUBE for Business Objects, finally (almost) focusing on the support provided for SAP IQ.
Finally, I described some real-world uses of PowerDesigner.