Informatica Test Data Management (TDM) Review

We used data masking to remove sensitive information from test data. It allowed us to create subsets of data for different teams.

What is most valuable?

Data Masking and creating subsets of data.

How has it helped my organization?

One of our banking clients didn’t want to give live business data to developers, as it had sensitive information. We had to mask the data using Informatica TDM and leverage its built-in algorithm of seed values.

We also had to create a subset of data that had to be given to different teams. For example, the sales team only needed sales information and didn’t require customer information such as Social Security Number. The team working on credit information needed the Social Security Number. So we created subsets of data for each team from the master data.

What needs improvement?

They have to create more transformations that can be utilized in the tool. TDM has limited capability in this regard.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this product for almost a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We never had issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Informatica is highly scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support was really helpful when we were setting up our servers and they responded fairly quickly to questions.

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

We did not have anything before, as our client is a big Informatica vendor. A close second was IBM InfoSphere Optim.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was fairly straightforward once you set up the nodes, servers, repositories, and environment variables.

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

I am not aware of the pricing of this product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at IBM InfoSphere, but we were always going with the Informatica product. We already had other Informatica products.

What other advice do I have?

Only use this product if you have business requirement for creating subsets and masking. If you need real time masking, you can utilize Informatica Dynamic Data Masking.

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