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TAM helps us with understanding the limitations of tools, suggested sizing and approach for operation teams.

What is most valuable?

The features of the Technical Account Management (TAM) which have been most valuable for us are understanding the limitations of tools, suggested sizing and approach for operation teams, and suggested approaches for onboarding and educations.

How has it helped my organization?

The TAM provided good insight as to how we can more effectively perform troubleshooting, and scale down operational costs.

What needs improvement?

Co-location. Working out times with someone on the West Coast is painful. Also more ROI material. Big blue can spin out ridiculous documents that executives love as to why spending millions of dollars on IBM will somehow make us richer.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

The TAM was able to assist us with issues we had involving deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It was a struggle with TAM vs. Premier but eventually we were able to address some stability issues. We had an app crashing every other day for several weeks before it got the attention we thought this contract would bring.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In terms of the TAM and scalability the only issue was just an upsell to datacenter really. But the TAM is helping look at forecasting triggers etc to understand the need for more instances. It is really difficult to get any sizing recommendations for horsepower though. The feedback is “well every customer is unique, so it’s difficult to say” and push to Premier Support for that.

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

A few mismatched tools. The Atlassian ecosystem has tools that do one function very well, but pull together nicely as a platform. Would like more consistent navigation and provisioning integration though like what is seen in On demand/cloud offering.

How was the initial setup?

We had setup well before the TAM agreement. Pretty straightforward other then lack of sizing recommendations across the board.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, TeamCollab, Home grown tools, Redmine, Jenkins, XLDeploy, Jazz/BuildForge and RTC. RTC and XLDeploy/Jenkins combo is still widely used and seen as an internal competitor.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend buying premier support for half the price and training your folks internally. It’s really not at all what we felt was advertised.

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