PowerDesigner 9

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2002-02-11 Print this article Print

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Extensibility and ease of interoperation with other development tools, plus end-to-end integration of business process definitions with IT implementations, distinguish this update to Sybases enterprise modeling and application development tool.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Ease of integrating familiar code editors and development aids will accelerate adoption of PowerDesigners facilities.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Varied configurations at prices from $1,000 to $7,500 will meet many needs. Custom automation and XMI data interchange provide room to grow.

PROS // Multimethod integration; unified repository; flexible reporting.

CONS // Limited by emerging standards for XML-based data interchange with other modeling tools.

Sybase Inc., Dublin, Calif.; (800) 879-2273; www.sybase.com

Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at salesforce.com, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developersÔÇÖ technical requirements on the companyÔÇÖs evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter companyÔÇÖs first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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