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About Powerdesigner portal for data moddeling

Oct 20, 2017 at 07:56 AM

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Is it possible to use the Powerdesigner Portal for data modelling (CRM, LDM and PDM)?

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Phillip Lam
Oct 20, 2017 at 09:39 PM
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No. All existing releases only supports Business Process Model for those who has proper license.

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George McGeachie Oct 22, 2017 at 04:42 AM
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I'm sure it'll happen one day. From what I hear, the only model types currently editable in PowerDesigner Web are BPM and EAM (Enterprise ARchitecture).

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Former Member Oct 24, 2017 at 10:34 AM
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Maybe they will decide to add it to the Portal, as EA Designer uses the same technology... and there... you can build an E-R (CDM) and PDM and few other model types...

But EAD is a new product... so, most probably, if you want to use Web for modeling, you will have to switch/move to EAD. But it has very limited functionality at the moment...

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Hello Rafal

Can you please tell us what "EA Designer" is, and how it differs from PowerDesigner? Why does SAP have more than one modelling product?

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Hi George,

EA Designer is SAPs Enterprise Architecture Designer. I think, you should ask Matt, what this is, as he's involved in the development process... I'm only testing sometimes the stuff they developed in the last week... EAD has been also presented in Las Vegas (by Matt) and will be presented in Barcelona (at TechEd 2017).

More info here: https://help.sap.com/doc/0e60f05842fd41078917822867220c78/2.0.01/en-US/49c9f5245a7d492fa35149be2733c8b6.html

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You can download Hana Express 2.0 package (google search it). The package contains EADesigner.

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Since I asked the question, I've stumbled across a recent roadmap for both PD and EA Designer, which states the use case for each tool, and I've also had a chat with Matt Creason (one of the Product managers).The road map is here -

https://www.sap.com/documents/2017/09/8463ece8-d47c-0010-82c7-eda71af511fa.html - shame there was no announcement.

Matt assured me that the existence of EA Designer does not mean the end of PowerDesigner, and that PowerDesigner and EA Designer are compatible products, and they can share the same repository (I didn't ask about platforms, so perhaps that's only the case if your repository is on SAP Hana). The licencing costs are the same as PD, so an organisation (this is my supposition here) could have licences for both products. EA Designer can be customised in a limited way - if you want heavy customisation, stick with PD.

SAP do need to provide more information on how the two products can work together.

When I get a chance, I'll take a look at EA Designer.

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