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Data modeling/design tool

Could you please give me top 3 tools to design and model data for SQL Server since I have never used third party tools for design before? What is the industry leader product? I need to pass this information to management and I would appreciate it if you respond quickly.

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sql-server-2005database-designdata-modelling
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Grant Fritchey answered

I'm not sure what the industry leader is, but the best tool I've used for this work is Embercardadero's DBArtisan. I think in terms of sales ER/Win from CA is probably the top seller. After that, I'm not sure of the third. Obviously there's a limited capacity for doing this within SQL Server Management Studio itself. Also Microsoft Visio offers a (brain-dead in my opinion) ability to do simple ER work as well.

For some options: Wikipedia on ER Diagramming, listing tools

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