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SAP PowerDesigner: Enterprise Architecture tools for digital transformation success

Plan and manage complex business transformation initiatives with SAP PowerDesigner. The software’s data modelling tools let you build a blueprint of your current enterprise architecture and visualise the impact of change before it happens. Automatically capture architecture layers and requirements, tap into a powerful metadata repository, and share discoveries with your team. 

Why SAP PowerDesigner?

Because it can help you manage complex information architectures and visualise the potential impact of new technologies before you implement them. Take advantage of best-in-class data modelling tools, link-and-sync technology, metadata management, and more.

  • Map and understand your information architecture to prepare for new technologies and process improvements
  • Capture all business requirements and design ideal implementation plans using a drag-and-drop interface
  • Perform IT impact analyses to avoid potential risks and roadblocks
  • Streamline data migration, including to SAP HANA, with a built-in migration feature
  • Simplify collaboration between business and IT with intuitive visualisations and Web-based dashboards

Learn how SAP PowerDesigner can simplify the lives of business users and IT staff:

Functional Capabilities
  • Align business and IT
    Use link-and-sync technology to create connections between requirements, business language, and data models.
  • Improve team productivity Help developers and enterprise architects share information with a secure metadata repository for all modelling types.
  • Document your existing systems
    Take advantage of flexible, wizard-driven system documentation and Web-based reporting.
  • Support an open software environment
    Improve your understanding of heterogeneous systems with support for leading XML, database, and process language standards.
Technical Capabilities
  • Information mapping
    Quickly and accurately document dependencies with a drag-and-drop mapping editor. Drag to or from any supported source to target model pairs – and create comprehensive mapping definitions used in data dictionary definitions, impact analysis, and warehouse ETL documentation.
  • Document generation
    Provide secure, controlled access to metadata through wizard-driven lists, multi-model documents, and fully hyperlinked Web reporting. Share documents to foster project-wide collaboration and communication, even with non-modelers.
  • Impact analysis Integrate all model types using automatic link-and-sync technology for project-wide or enterprise-wide impact analysis. Streamline communication and collaboration to increase your organisation's responsiveness to change.  

System requirements for SAP PowerDesigner

System and software requirements vary according to specific customer scenarios – please refer to the SAP PowerDesigner Sizing Guide for details. Also, please see the Product Availability Matrix for the latest information on updates and releases.

Operating Systems Windows Client 32-bit, 64-bit, Windows for IA64, X86, X86_64

Explore licensing and purchasing options for SAP PowerDesigner

SAP PowerDesigner is sold by number of concurrent user sessions. Contact your local SAP account executive for additional licensing and purchasing options.


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For general licensing information, consult Licensing SAP Software: A Guide for Buyers 

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Ensure a successful implementation and maximise your ROI with information resources that support the different phases of SAP PowerDesigner – from planning and installation to operation.


Plan your installation

Refer to the SAP PowerDesigner Installation Guide* for important information about installation and upgrade planning.

Confirm that you have a license key

To request permanent license keys, you need authorisation under myProfile*. To extend your authorisation, please contact an SAP user administrator*.

Download the software

Visit the SAP Support Portal* to download the SAP PowerDesigner software installation package.


Need additional help with your implementation?
Contact SAP Digital Business Services or SAP Enterprise Support services


Find an SAP partner to help with your implementation

Complete the installation steps

Refer to Section 2 of Master Guide: SAP PowerDesigner 16.5 SP05* for a step-by-step overview of the installation process, including the required tools and associated documentation.

Additional installations:

SAP PowerDesigner Web Client

SAP PowerDesigner Desktop

SAP PowerDesigner 16.5 SP05 PDF  


Need additional help with your implementation?
Contact SAP Digital Business Services or SAP Enterprise Support services


Find an SAP partner to help with your implementation


Build and publish your models

Access guides for administering and customising your SAP PowerDesigner modelling environment – and learn how to build and publish models.

Ensure the security of SAP PowerDesigner

Download the SAP PowerDesigner Security Guide* for important information on ensuring the security of your software.


Need additional help with your implementation?
Contact SAP Digital Business Services or SAP Enterprise Support services


Find an SAP partner to help with your implementation


Enhance your knowledge of SAP PowerDesigner

View the SAP PowerDesigner training and certification catalogue of instructor-led courses and e-courses – and learn when and where it’s convenient for you.


Stay up-to-date with our roadmap

Get a role-specific roadmap with implementation and operation information on the latest version of SAP PowerDesigner.



Need help planning your SAP education? Learn how our education consulting services can help



Plan and carry out a successful upgrade to the latest release of SAP PowerDesigner – so you can take advantage of the new features and capabilities right away.


Identify the upgrade paths

Download the Product Availability Matrix to review upgrade paths for SAP PowerDesigner.

Download the matrix now*

Plan your upgrade

The Upgrade Master Guide contains important information about SAP PowerDesigner upgrade planning.

Read the guide*

Plan landscape changes

The Landscape Planner lets you visualise your existing system landscape, simulate changes, and analyse the impact.  

Use the planner*


Identify dependencies

Use the Upgrade Dependency Analyser to determine if your upgrade will have an impact on your other systems.

Access the analyser



Size the implementation

Use the Web-based Quick Sizer tool to help you select an economically balanced system based on your requirements.

Open the Quick Sizer tool*



Complete the upgrade steps

Refer to the SAP PowerDesigner Upgrade Master Guide for an overview of the upgrade process, including a list of required tools and associated documentation.

View the guide*

Ask the community

Visit the SAP PowerDesigner community for the latest technology news and updates. Ask questions, post comments, and discuss issues.

Visit the community


Need additional help with your upgrade? Contact SAP Digital Business Services or SAP Enterprise Support services


Find an SAP partner to help with your upgrade


Get the support you need to keep SAP PowerDesigner running at peak performance. Our experts can help you maximise the value of your software, take advantage of new business models and capabilities, and more.

Expert Community

Connect with SAP experts – and get the latest news and views on SAP PowerDesigner implementations, upgrades, innovations, and best practices.


SAP PowerDesigner 16.6 is now available

SAP PowerDesigner 16.6 is now available. Read through this official release from the PowerDesigner News Network.

How to Get Started with SAP PowerDesigner

Discover the four key steps needed to deploy SAP PowerDesigner for enterprise architecture or business process modelling. 

Simplify Migration to the SAP HANA Platform

To simplify and accelerate adoption of the SAP HANA platform, SAP PowerDesigner software documents your systems, information, and processes to rearchitect them in a way everyone can understand and act on.


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