Vensim Ratings

Overall
4.5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5

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. Learn more about Vensim

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rodrigo f.
Ing Centro de Producción Multimedios
Higher Education, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Features
3/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 12, 2018

“Nice but outdated”

OverallI used it to work in my masters degree thesis and i had a nice experience. At the end i learned a lot of its tweaks mainly for MacOs. It seems to be one of the best software for system dynamics and has a nice free version but the interface is old and not friendly, one has to click too may times, i believe it requieres a revamp.
ProsIt works and the free version can do basic things. Keeping all inputs ok and tracking errors, as an engineering software it works.
ConsThe graphic engine is outdated and gives trouble, documentation has many inputs but it can be surely improved. Sometimes it crashes in Mac Os. The interface is old and requires a better graphic design to make it attractive. The learning curve is steep.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 12, 2018
Dan A.
Systems Engineer / Student
Defense & Space, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 29, 2018

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

ProsBeing 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.
ConsThe 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.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 29, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Higher Education, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 7, 2018

“Dynamic Modeling”

OverallIn total it is simple, easy, and powerful system dynamics software.
ProsI 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.
ConsIt has some features are not free for student licence and you need to pay for advanced features.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 7, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Computer Software, 5001-10,000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
3/5
Ease of Use
2/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
5/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 14, 2018

“Reality Check Tool for Professionals”

OverallI worked on Software Reusability Model and predicted the future of software reusability in Ohio, USA by using Vensim Analysis.
ProsAbility to create Stock and Flow diagrams which are precise and helps in better understanding of a model.
ConsDull interface and some of the features are complicated.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 14, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Higher Education, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: I used a free trial
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 4, 2018

“A must have tool for discrete event and continuous simulation”

ProsI 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.
ConsHas a bit of learning curve but what application specific software doesn't.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 4, 2018
Josaine Z.
Teacher
Education Management, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: I used a free trial
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 23, 2018

“Software to teach Systems Engineering”

OverallIt was very friendly with the user and shows how systems dynamics occur.
ProsIt shows in an easy way how systems behaviour
ConsIt was complicated develop a system for teaching propouses
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 23, 2018
Florence Y.
Student
Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 23, 2019

“Good simulations”

ProsIt is very easy to create models in Vensim, and the simulations also run really quick.
ConsThe online documentation is old and outdated, which makes troubleshooting more difficult.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 23, 2019