erwin Data Modeler

The most trusted data modeling software

Who’s No. 1? We are! We don’t mean to brag (well, maybe a little), but data modeling remains the best way to design and deploy relational databases and support application development, and erwin Data Modeler (DM) continues to be the gold standard. The world’s largest organizations and top brands use it to discover, design, visualize, standardize and deploy high-quality data assets through an intuitive, graphical interface. With erwin DM, view “any data” from “anywhere” for consistency, clarity and artifact reuse across large-scale data integration, master data management, Big Data and business intelligence/analytics initiatives. Visibility into where and how data should be used as part of a central repository makes erwin DM key to effective data governance.

Any2 Approach:
Any Data,
Stored Anywhere

Manage any type of structured or unstructured data regardless of where it’s stored – from relational databases to data warehouses or in the cloud.


By giving stakeholders an integrated view of conceptual, logical and physical models, both business and technical users can collaborate across your enterprise.

Using Standards
to Drive Data Quality

By using data models to define and deploy your enterprise data standards, you’ll realize more consistency and higher quality in data management.

Learn why data is the driving force for business success in our digital age, including why enterprise and process architects should care.

erwin DM Standard Edition

erwin DM is available in three different editions to meet specific customer needs. erwin DM Standard Edition is our flagship data modeling solution for creating and deploying visual data models for hybrid data infrastructures. Users automatically generate data models with a simple, graphical display to visualize a wide range of enterprise data sources. Increase quality and efficiency with reusable standards, including model templates, domains, automation macros, naming standards and datatype standards.

erwin DM Workgroup Edition

erwin DM Workgroup Edition offers the same functionality as erwin DM Standard Edition, plus a centralized model management repository, collaborative modeling with conflict resolution, and change management with audit capabilities. It is ideal for teams with multiple members who are working on models simultaneously and/or that need change management functionality.

erwin DM Navigator Edition

erwin DM Navigator Edition provides read-only access to erwin data models and metadata. It provides discovery, visualization and analysis capabilities for various roles within the organization who need to view specific information but don’t need to create or change data models.

Extracting Data from ERP, CRM and Other Enterprise Apps

ERP, CRM and other enterprise systems are complex and use proprietary formats difficult to integrate with other data sources. erwin Safyr Option for ERP extracts and converts data from these systems for accurate modeling and analysis with erwin DM. With this tool, you also can consolidate duplicate systems and reduce license costs in response to M&A activity or general cost-cutting.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is erwin DM Workgroup Edition different from erwin DM Standard Edition?

erwin DM Workgroup Edition has the same functionality as erwin DM Standard Edition, plus collaborative modeling support and change management and audit capabilities. If you’re not sure which edition is right for you, ask yourself:
- Do you need support for multiple data modelers to simultaneously access your data models? If yes, then erwin DM Workgroup Edition is the best fit.
- Do you need change management and audit capabilities? If yes, then choose erwin DM Workgroup Edition.

Do I need to buy an erwin DM license for each relational database platform I support?

erwin DM supports all relational databases, making it very cost-effective. You can also use erwin DM to change a database target for an existing database, and it will swap the underlying metadata into a new environment with no additional erwin DM license required.

Does erwin DM only support traditional relational databases?

erwin DM supports any type of relational database, as well as the hive interface for Hadoop environments. erwin DM NoSQL supports data modeling for NoSQL databases, specifically Couchbase and MongoDB, and is deployed as SaaS-based software that requires separate licensing.

I need to give a wide range of stakeholders access to our data models. How can I do that easily?

erwin Web Portal is a Web-based collaboration platform for sharing your data models and metadata with technical and business users. It works with the erwin DM products to support collaboration across your organization.

I’m concerned about data governance and making sure our data is trustworthy. How can I ensure our data assets are consistent and of the highest quality?

Data governance ultimately depends on the rigors or a solution like erwin DM Workgroup Edition, which has a controlled central repository delivering the standardization required to ensure nothing unvetted gets into the data landscape. erwin DG is our data governance software that provides data visibility, context and control across the enterprise with integrations to data modeling as well as enterprise architecture and business process.

Which ERP, CRM and other enterprise applications does erwin Safyr Option for ERP support?

erwin Safyr Option for ERP supports data model creation and metadata management for these applications out of the box:

- SAP Business Warehouse (BW)*
- Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012
- Salesforce
- Oracle E-Business Suite
- Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise applications
- Oracle J.D. Edwards EnterpriseOne
- Oracle Siebel

If your application isn’t on this list, we can analyze it to determine if it can be supported using a services-based approach.