Ventana Systems

Vensim


4.5 / 5
5 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Analysts and researchers with hard problems to solve in business, public policy and academia.


Average Ratings

5 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $50.00/one-time/user
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Ventana Systems
  • ventanasystems.com
  • Founded 1985
  • United States

About Vensim

Vensim is general-purpose software for system dynamics and hybrid discrete-continuous and agent simulation. It supports both top-down strategic models and bottom-up detailed models. Its strong support for time series data and calibration makes it ideal for problems that are too complex for spreadsheets. Common applications include large project management, marketing science in consumer products and pharmaceuticals, energy and transport policy, health care system design, and business strategy.


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Vensim Features

  • 3D Modeling
  • Agent-Based Modeling
  • Continuous Modeling
  • Design Analysis
  • Direct Manipulation
  • Discrete Event Modeling
  • Dynamic Modeling
  • Graphical Modeling
  • Industry Specific Database
  • Monte Carlo Simulation
  • Motion Modeling
  • Presentation Tools
  • Stochastic Modeling
  • Turbulence Modeling

Vensim Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Excellent introductory system dynamics modeling tool. Good value, but not the prettiest.

Aug 29, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Being able to generate system dynamics models as a learning tool and thinking tool is an incredibly powerful ability.

The ease of building basic models is remarkably good, and the examples possible to replicate quickly while learning the tool are straightforward and very helpful.

The fundamental power of system dynamics modeling, coupled with reading and understanding the system dynamics approaches pioneered by JD Sterman is quite valuable.

Cons: The user interface and visual cleanliness of output products isn't actually the best, but for modestly priced software that has proven to be valuable over and over again both academically and professionally for me, this is a minor complaint.

Without accompanying educational materials, this software also falls flat in terms of realizable utility - but paired with some solid curriculum on system dynamics modeling, the cumulative result is truly invaluable.

Reality Check Tool for Professionals

Nov 14, 2018
3/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Ability to create Stock and Flow diagrams which are precise and helps in better understanding of a model.

Cons: Dull interface and some of the features are complicated.

Overall: I worked on Software Reusability Model and predicted the future of software reusability in Ohio, USA by using Vensim Analysis.

Dynamic Modeling

Nov 07, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: I used Vensim in my research to develop a system dynamics models for different construction management problems, I highly recommend it because of the ease of building models, friendly user interface, and the available explanation examples are very helpful.

Cons: It has some features are not free for student licence and you need to pay for advanced features.

Overall: In total it is simple, easy, and powerful system dynamics software.

A must have tool for discrete event and continuous simulation

Nov 04, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I have used this tool on 3 of my courses, Discrete Event Simulation, Modeling Global Events, Model Engineering at ODU. This is one fine tool with intuitive UI. Fast and clean. I would highly recommend this tool to any modeller.

Cons: Has a bit of learning curve but what application specific software doesn't.

Software to teach Systems Engineering

Aug 23, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: It shows in an easy way how systems behaviour

Cons: It was complicated develop a system for teaching propouses

Overall: It was very friendly with the user and shows how systems dynamics occur.