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Export Physical Model to Erwin


Help me. In my company we work with both tools (Erwin and PowerDesigner). The models need to be portables between them. I was able to import Erwin model to Power Designer but I could not export from PD to Erwin. I found in other communities it is possible by converting to OOM and export to XMI format but in my opinion this is a very serious limitation. Anyone know How to do this?

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    Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 03:52 PM

    Have you bought the ERwin metadata import and export options? If so, you should be able to import a PD model into ERwin. If you haven't got those bridges, you have ttwo choices:

    * buy them (either from your ERwin seller or direct from MetaIntegration)

    * buy the Reischmann Toolbus for ERwin and PD - see

    Going via XMI is just too much pain 😊

    There's also nothing to be lost by telling SAP that you want to be able to export to ERwin; if we shout loud enough, they might do it

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    • I agree with George, but will add that XMI as a standard is only focused on the Object Model and does not really have support for the graphical notations, just the objects. This leaves the graphical rendering to the target tool importing the XMI. This is why we don't see it in high use, though we do support it.

      Where as partners like Reischmann and MIMB help with the transition of the graphical plot too depending on the tool used.

      Most customers that I have encountered who own both ERwin and PowerDesigner and need this bi-directional functionality use each tools respective Import engine.


      -Matt C.

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    Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Our team is currently in transition process from PowerDesigner to ERwin. I have performed evaluation for both Meta Integration (which is part of the ERwin distribution for Standard and Workgroup licensing) and Reischmann Informatik.

    In my opinion, Meta Integration delivers models that better resemble the originals. Also I don't like when Reischmann suddenly fails converting model, with no informative error message.

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