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Hello,
I am looking for a cheap and highly efficient data modeling tool for my SQL server 2008 r2 and 2012 environment. my employer's infr contains postgres, oracle and SQL server. I need a tool which can create data diagrams of the existing DB, and other data modeling tasks,
Does any one has any advice.
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The words "Cheap" and "Highly Efficient" are usually mutually exclusive. If you have 3 different RDBMSs like you say, it'll be worth your company spending some money.

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i understand that, I specifically looking a tool for SQL server and cheap because i need to convince financial people in the company. However can you advice some names?
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ekant_alone (10/10/2013)
Hello,
I am looking for a cheap and highly efficient data modeling tool for my SQL server 2008 r2 and 2012 environment. my employer's infr contains postgres, oracle and SQL server. I need a tool which can create data diagrams of the existing DB, and other data modeling tasks,
Does any one has any advice.


The best data modeling tool (regardless of platform) in my opinion is Embarcadero's ERStudio. CA's ERWin is another that is used by quite a few out there.

There truly is NO cheap option for this, especially since you need cross-platform. Take Oracle and postgres out and ERStudio is VERY affordable for just a SQL Server license.

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I use CA'a ERwin and I love it.
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Another vote for Embarcadero ER Studio. It's a very solid tool.

You might also want to look at SQL Dependency Tracker from Red Gate. It's not a modeling tool, but it's a great way to understand how a database is put together, how the stored procs and views are referencing each other, etc.

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Grant Fritchey (10/13/2013)
Another vote for Embarcadero ER Studio. It's a very solid tool.

You might also want to look at SQL Dependency Tracker from Red Gate. It's not a modeling tool, but it's a great way to understand how a database is put together, how the stored procs and views are referencing each other, etc.

DISCLAIMER: I work for Red Gate.


I don't work for Red Gate and I will second what Grant says about Dependency Tracker. You can get some very nice graphical output from that tool!

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thank you so much. Yes, imy manager is also inclined towards Red Gate product
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I've always found ERWin to be a good modeling tool, though it is moderately pricey. I had a coworker who swore by Sybase's PowerDesigner.

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I have been using Enterprise Architect for a while - it can import the definition for tables, views, functions etc from database that you can connect to using ODBC. The result is a representation of the source system and it includes relationship between tables (foreign keys) and also things like views and tables - so you end up with a very rich picture of what it using/related to what, which is really useful.

And it doesn't cost an arm and a leg - which is also pretty handy.



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