I’m from a brazilian company that already uses Aris Business Architect and Designer to model and document business processes, including the synchronization with SAP Solution Manager.
Recently my company decided also to use Aris as a data modeling tool to create/maintain conceptual and/or logical data models – that is, E/R diagrams and a centralized data dictionary.
I have worked as a data administrator for sometime and have some experience in data modeling and CASE tools (like Sybase PowerDesigner), but I’m new in Aris world. So I have been looking for "how to use Aris for data management", but have not found much. It would be good to learn more. I am interested to find out how others are using ARIS for describing their ER models and data dictionary. Is it true that ARIS has extensive data modeling capabilities? It seems to me they are seldom used.
In my opinion the Technical Terms diagram isn’t enough to document data models even at the conceptual level as suggested by some users and the features that I have seen in ARIS suggested me that it is quite limited for E/R modeling tool. Specifically, I noticed, for example, that the only way to display the entities attributes in the diagrams is drawing specific symbols to each one and connecting them to the correspondent entity. Is it possible to display the attributes inside the entity symbol in the ER models? or to define and display the contents of the DD in tabular form?
Any advice will be much appreciated.