IBM Transformation Extender Review

It maps to our data format and then we insert it to the mainframe.

What is most valuable?

We use the mapping tools. We use the solution for mapping. It maps to our data format and then we insert it to the mainframe.

How has it helped my organization?

Different trading partners have different file sets. It is very difficult to map their data format into our format. This is a nice tool which converts one format of data to another format.

What needs improvement?

We want to see more API support from Transformation Extender. Right now, there is a lack of API support. It has an API that we always use; we use Java to call the Extender, the maps, with the external API. That API is limited. It's not mature. That's where I'm looking for improvements.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is nice. We like it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is nice.

How is customer service and technical support?

We have stand-by vendors. We use OpenLogix and another consulting firm. When we have any issues, they are the point of contact instead of IBM.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Before this solution, we used Sybase with manual transfers, and then we moved to ITX.

How was the initial setup?

I was involved in the installation and it was straightforward. They came and they installed it. They gave the knowledge transfer, we maintained it, and we implemented on top of that.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we did not evaluate other options. We directly chose IBM.

What other advice do I have?

When choosing a vendor, we look for the one that is the most technically oriented.

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