IBM Optim Test Data Management (TDM) Review

It provides data masking with consistency across databases and applications.

What is most valuable?

Data masking with consistency across databases and applications is the most valuable feature.

How has it helped my organization?

We only do data masking as of now because it is a compliance requirement. However, the benefits in sub-setting have not been realized yet. No application has availed of the service.

What needs improvement?

Licensing could be improved. The PVU licensing mechanism is a limiting factor to expanding the use of the tool.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using IBM Optim for five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We did have some stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We did have some scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would give technical support a rating of 7/10.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not have a previous solution.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was complex for me, because I am not familiar with ODBC. I have to learn how to use it, in order to connect to different databases.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Discuss the PVU limitations when it comes to extending the service with new apps.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have no idea if our architecture team looked at alternatives. I started to use the tool as developer.

What other advice do I have?

There are many flavors of Optim. Make sure you understand what you want.

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