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Is your ERwin based Enterprise Model just a big picture?
Do You Need to make Your Data Administration More Effective?

In minutes you can bring your ERwin model into the Visible Analyst Workbench and see how your Enterprise Model can really be an Enterprise Model. "Essentially, ERwin users are constrained by a file-based tool. Customers have specifically come to us from ERwin because of our ability to implement an enterprise model into subject area sub-models for their development teams. In other words the ability to share and integrate data coherently was lacking in ERwin." said Michael Cesino, President of Visible Systems. "Visible Analyst doesn't have that constraint. Every license of Visible Analyst comes with a powerful, extensible and modifiable object repository", added Cesino.

ERwin requires an expensive workgroup model management product. Visible Analyst uses a common shared repository that is transparent to users. The shared repository, which is where all data definitions reside, is dynamically updated as models are developed. Definitions can be shared and linked with other important corporate data including: Business Processes, Strategies, Goals, Objectives, and more.

How easy is it to import ERwin models? It's as easy as 1,2,3 !

  • Step 1: Open a model in ERwin, then choose [SAVE AS] to save as an XML file
  • Step 2: Create a new project in Visible Analyst, select Tools | Import and ERwin XML import type
  • Step 3: Point and click on ERwin XML file
  • The rest is automatic.

    What else comes with Visible Analyst?

  • A powerful, extensible, and integrated data repository
  • Sophisticated and transparent multi-user capabilities - at no additional cost
  • Ability to segment ERwin projects into connected satellite sub-projects
  • Ability to share model elements across all model types data, process, UML, BPMN, etc.
  • One user interface for all modeling needs
  • NEW Custom diagramming and repository support for any model type
  • A read-only Model Viewer For organization-wide deployment
  • Support for Crystal Reports for repository report generation
  • Supports Zachman framework (or custom frameworks) for Enterprise Architecture
  • Supports strategic planning activities
  • New BPMN (Business Process Modeling Notation)

    Visible Analyst is an integrated visual modeling tool with an automated data repository supporting data, process, UML, BPMN modeling notations. If you are developing models with ERwin modeling tools and are looking for ways to modify, improve and protect those investments. We would like to show you how Visible Analyst can help.

    Get a fully functional evaluation license of Visible Analyst today by contacting John Nash at 781-367-9509 or via email at John Nash.

    Schedule a private demonstration of Visible Analyst today! Visible Analyst Webinar

    10 More Reasons to Select Visible Analyst©


    1. Combines Data, Process, and Object Modeling in one easy-to-use tool so you save money on tool purchases and reduce developer learning curve.
    2. Extensible Repository including custom diagram support with repository entries so you can expand Visible Analyst to meet your requirements
    3. Reverse Engineers Legacy Databases so you can quickly and accurately preserve valuable legacy assets.
    4. Generates DDL Scripts for Schemas, Tables, Views, RI Triggers, Stored Procedures, Table Space so you save time and increase product quality by automating common development tasks.
    5. Collaborative Team Development Environment so critical design information can be shared across teams, departments, or the enterprise.
    6. Ensures Model Consistency, Integrity and Quality so you have accurate, consistent models of enterprise information.
    7. Comprehensive Reporting so you can effectively communicate analysis and design information.
    8. Multi-Level Design so you can manage enterprise information from requirements through implementation.
    9. Generates Business Applications From Your Data Model - Automatically so you can quickly transform your data models into business applications.
    10. Features for Power Users so you can maximize developer performance within your tool budget.
    Combines Data, Process, and Object Modeling in one easy-to-use tool

    Visible Analyst is the only integrated application development tool that supports all of the most widely used analysis and design techniques:

    • UML: class, use case, sequence, collaboration, component, activity, deployment and state transition diagrams
    • Data Models: supports conceptual, logical and physical database design; use any of the popular diagramming notations
    • Process Models: decomposition charts, structure charts, and data flow diagrams

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    Extensible Repository

    A powerful and flexible repository is always included with Visible Analyst - you do not need to purchase a separate repository product. You can add new attributes, objects, and relationships to the Visible Analyst repository. You can also extend the definition of standard repository objects giving you the power to define your own corporate meta data. For example, you can:

    • Define new objects to capture business requirements
    • Relate requirements to other repository objects (tables, fields, process, etc.)
    • Add attribute to identify owner
    • Use Analyst's built-in matrix reporting tool to track requirements against other object

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    Reverse Engineer Legacy Databases

    Visible Analyst offers a complete, robust reverse-engineering process from these sources:

    • Directly from legacy database using native DBMS or ODBC connection to legacy database. A wide variety of DBMS products are supported (Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, Informix, Sybase, etc.)
    • SQL DDL script
    • COBOL data division (when combined with Analyst's COBOL reverse engineering utility)
    • ERWin 3.2 and above file import/export

    Tables, views, relationships, domains (user defined types), stored procedures, constraints, triggers, and table space information are extracted from the legacy database and imported. Analyst will infer the foreign keys to find relationships not expressly defined in the database. Analyst also infers subtype and supertype relationships.

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    Generate DDL Scripts for Schemas, Tables, Views, RI Triggers, Stored Procedures, Table Space

    Visible Analyst generates scripts or DDL schemas in many development environments, languages, and DBMS's. You can save generated scripts as a file or execute immediately using database connection. You can easily customize generation by modifying templates.

    • SQL DDL (Oracle, SQL Server, DB/2, Informix, Ingres, Sybase, and many others)
    • AS/400 DDS
    • Native Progress data descriptions
    • Generate referential integrity to enforce the data definition rules defined in the data model.
    • XML

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    Collaborative Team Development Environment

    Visible Analyst's repository provides team development capabilities that file-based tools cannot offer. Authorized users can access the repository at any time to manually add, modify, or delete objects or review entries and relationships. The repository supports concurrent user access, simultaneous update, and file/record locking.

    • Multi-level security structure: three levels of security user account (3 types), project, object level
    • Multiple developers can work on same element of the design at the same time
    • Elminates conflicts - only one user makes changes
    • Enterprise copy - make a subset of your model and distribute work across team
    • Keep multiple versions of a model
    • Synchronize changes among versions
    • Projects linked in parent-child relationships - segment work -distribute - then later consolidate

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    Ensures Model Consistency, Integrity and Quality

    Visible Analyst offers advanced, value-added features that makes it more than a diagramming tool. Customizable analysis routines detect missing or conflicting information. A single, tightly integrated repository stores model elements once and allows them to be reused in multiple diagrams and projects. Consistency and integrity is increased because a single change to a shared element is immediately reflected everywhere is is used.

    • Built-in consistency checks include: key analysis, normalization analysis, and balancing checks between model types
    • Enforces rules of modeling technique
    • Automatically migrates foreign keys
    • Share data elements between different models - for example, data element used in a process model reused in ERD and UML

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    Comprehensive Reporting

    Visible Analyst can publish web reports and model diagrams for sharing across the internet with HTML and JPEG (Internet browser native files). The report is user - customizable, and the customized report may be saved for later reuse. You can make queries and reports on projects combining the information in many different ways.

    • HTML Reports
    • Presentation-Quality
    • Standard reports: Matrix, business rules, detail and summary of meta data definitions
    • Save diagrams as JPEG, WMF, or clipboard files

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    Multi-Level Design

    Visible Analyst supports data modeling at three levels: conceptual modeling, logical data modeling, and physical database design.

    • Automatic summarization of logical to conceptual
    • Model denormalization to improve performance
    • Create model subsets and merge all views into one corporate model
      Denormalization rules
    • Domains, aliases, independent data elements

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    Generate Business Applications From Your Data Model - Automatically

    Visible Analyst takes you further toward your end goal - robust, well-documented, modular, 3-tier business applications. Data models are transferred to Visible Developer where business objects are designed from tables, fields, and relationships. Complete the application design by defining properties, methods, rules, views, look-up tables, and other design-time objects. Select a code pattern to generate any of the following:

    • 3-tier Visual Basic business object
    • Visual Basic forms user interface
    • ASP web interface
    • SQL Server or Oracle stored procedures
    • C++/Java outline class definitions

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    Features for Power Users

    • Exclusive IntelliViews™ technology allows you to develop database view specifications as you are data modeling, tracking name changes to every location and formula in which they are used, eliminating errors. View specifications are automatically adjusted to the specific DBMS dialect, allowing one set of views to be created and used without having to worry about specific SQL syntax and restrictions.
    • Visible Analyst can build different model subsets and merge all views into one corporate model integrating the sub-models to finalize your bottom-up design.
    • Visible Analyst can separate the logical and physical views of data models by creating denormalization rules on relationships which are used to generate the SQL DDL schemas.
    • Foreign keys can be related to any unique field - not just the primary key
    • Link external documents directly to meta-data definitions using hyperlinks. Documents, spreadsheets, URLs, and graphics can be used.
    • Clusters can be used on data model models to limit the amount of detail shown. Great for high-level presentations where you want to focus on certain areas of a model.
    • Multi-level data structures can be defined and referenced throughout your models.
    • Easy convert object models to data models. Allows you to build your application in an OO architecture, but deploy on a relational database.

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