Late last year, SAP issued Service Pack 5 for PowerDesigner 16.6. From the list of new features, it’s obvious that SAP are putting a lot of focus on the web-editing capabilities of the tool. In this service pack, there are changes that affect process modellers, enterprise architects, requirements modellers, and data architects. I shan’t list them all here – see the note below for details of how to access them yourself.
I’m going to focus on what matters to data architects – the new support for Amazon Redshift. SAP have done the usual excellent job of enhancing the underlying database support in the Physical Data Model (PDM) in order to handle this DBMS. For example, they’ve added a new type of object, “External Schema”, and extended the properties available for Tables, Columns, Views, and Users. The latter includes recognising Schemas as a Stereotype of User.
For example, here’s the new ‘general’ tab for a column – I’ve highlighted some of the new properties for you.
To find out more about these new features, follow these two simple steps:
· Search for PowerDesigner stuff on SAP.com – https://help.sap.com/viewer/p/SAP_POWERDESIGNER
· click on the “New Features Summary” link