What is most valuable?
X88 has the ability to import large volumes of data at great speed whilst categorizing the metadata for each artifact. This is a great feature when you need to analyze some data in a fast turnaround. It also has self-generating documentation feature which is great as an input document to development of a more industrial long term solution.
How has it helped my organization?
I have used this tool with many clients where there has been a need to rapidly prototype some data transformations, the speed at which this can be done visually in X88 helped keep the projects on target.
What needs improvement?
The product has great features for combining data quality and transformation together, but the automation and external access to the data could be improved.
For how long have I used the solution?
What was my experience with deployment of the solution?
Deployment of the product is straightforward with a simple server install followed by a client application.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
No, the product remained functional even under heavy load.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
The product appears to be horizontally scalable, but is not something I would use in a large scale automated architecture.
How are customer service and technical support?
Customer Service: Excellent, they are very dedicated to their customers.Technical Support: The technical support given by X88 is of very high standard, reported bugs were generally fixed within a few days, often with workaround given in hours.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
Typically to perform the same function required manual database work and scripts to extract and perform the same functions. X88 gave a quick view of the quality of the data and a rapid way to fix issues before exporting for use.
How was the initial setup?
Setup is easy using a single wizard to install the Server application and the client. A typical Windows installer is used which makes the process easy to follow with no complicated configuration.
What about the implementation team?
A Vendor team, using specialist Consultants.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
The product costs can be as simple as an initial outlay for the product with on going support, or on a lease basis for short-term products.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
No, there aren’t many other products that compete in the same space. When considering other tools like Qlikview Expressor, Wherescape and Talend their ETL capabilities are much more robust and scalable, however they did not offer the instant feedback that X88 does.
What other advice do I have?
To use the product effectively you need to ask your self what your goals are. The product can offer un-paralleled analysis of your data in a very short space and can be used as an ongoing tool in your daily DQ battles. Or it can be used as a prototyping tool to get a project up and running before handing over the self generating documentation to your development teams to build a more integrated solution.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Aug 20 2014