IBM InfoSphere Optim Test Data Management Review

It has more data privacy options than older technologies. Initial setup was a bit tedious and time consuming.


What is most valuable?

  • Data masking
  • Test data environment setup and management

How has it helped my organization?

Makes it really easy to obfuscate big tables involving lots of columns and to manage 100’s of tables without putting in much effort.

What needs improvement?

Data masking with InfoSphere Optim products creates intermediary extract files and writing the data to persistent storage, which means that extraction, masking, and insertion happen being separate processes, taking more for the process to run.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used IBM InfoSphere Optim for five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had any stability problems.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have had some scalability issues.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We previously used IBM DataStage. There is a lot less flexibility in the InfoSphere DataStage Pack compared to the InfoSphere Optim products for selecting a specific subset of data to be masked. DataStage is driven by supplied SQL statements, whereas InfoSphere Optim is driven by traversing the database model and picking up related data elements from a starting point. Optim has more data privacy options.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was a bit tedious and time consuming.

What other advice do I have?

It’s very helpful in the mainframe environment.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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