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Prabhakar Das
Consultant
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 01 2019

What is most valuable?

The combination of extract, mask, and load, along with synthetic data, is what is generally needed by any of our clients, and CA TDM has really good compatibility in both of these areas. CA is one of the few tool suites that has end-to-end… more»

How has it helped my organization?

If you take DevOps as an example, suppose development has happened and the binary code has been deployed to a certain server. To do continuous testing or continuous integration, you need the test data. CA TDM has a feature where it can… more»

What needs improvement?

There are multiple things which can be improved in CA TDM. It has a feature called TDM Portal, where testers can find test data by themselves, based on multiple models. They can reserve the data so that it belongs to one group or… more»

What other advice do I have?

There are, let's say, five market-standard tools you can choose from. If you choose CA TDM, you need to bring out all your questions for your PoC journey. You have four weeks to get answers to whatever questions you have. There is a set of… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Apart from CA TDM, I've used IBM InfoSphere Optim, which was number-one TDM tool for quite some time, and I've used Delphix. Now, a couple of more tools have come into the market, like K2View. At one point in time, about two years back, CA… more»
Kamil Czarnecki
Real User
Senior System Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Oct 10 2017

What is most valuable?

* Masking of data. * There are lots of filters, templates, vocabularies, and functions (which are very fast) to mask data according to your needs and statistical distribution, too. The functionality… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This tool is super fast and it has solved many of our issues. It is also much better than many other solutions which are on the market. We've already tested different ones, but this one looks the best… more»

What needs improvement?

If you want to automate something, you need to figure it out. There is no easy way (software is only for Windows). I am missing a lot of terminal tools, or API for the software. The software is… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We didn't use any other resolution, we simply needed to have it implemented and we tried to figure it out. We looked at the market for what we could use. TDM was our very first choice.

What other advice do I have?

We did a proof of concept with TDM to see if the solution fits our needs. We did it for a couple of months, did some testing, did some analysis, and tried to determine if it fit our way of working… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

After doing our PoC we tried to figure out if there was any other solution which might fit. We tried and, from my perspective, because I was responsible for the whole project, there was no solution we… more»
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Adam Topper
Real User
Senior Test Data Management Specialist at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 04 2018

What is most valuable?

TDM has tons of great solutions involved in one package. For me personally, what I find to be most valuable is its ability to do synthetic data creation. I love that because it has a lot of flexibility and you do not have to worry about one… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits of doing something like the data creation is that you are going to be able to totally have control of your data from the get-go. You are not worrying about "what you see is what you get" kind of results from a production set… more»

What needs improvement?

As the solution continues to evolve, the one thing I like about it is the API-friendly layers that they have added into the realm. So, I just would like to see more support around that and more usability. If we can continue expand upon… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

My company decided to invest in Test Data Manager because we were going through a large transformation. We were doing both a legacy system transformation and an agile transformation for our teams. Out of that spawned tons of productivity… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is not an easy thing to give a 10 on a scale of one to 10 for ratings, but I have to say, I think the TDM solution is a 10. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: I think when you are trying to choose a vendor to work with on… more»
VarshaBarde
Real User
Practice Head - Digital Testing at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 13 2019

What is most valuable?

The entire tool is good and I like the synthetic data generation, that's really good. It's valuable because you don't have Prod data so, instead, you can create multiple copies of similar data. You… more»

How has it helped my organization?

While we are testing, when there is data that's not accessible or we need to quickly generate data, TDM comes in handy. We can create batch files as well. We can write scripts which automatically… more»

What needs improvement?

The UI could be improved and I see they are going to web-based. That's still in progress but I really hope all of that happens pretty soon and the entire UI gets migrated from the desktop to… more»

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

The problem is that the cost of this tool is pretty high. Even if an organization likes the tool, at times it becomes difficult for us to sell the license. CA provides licenses for different utilities… more»

What other advice do I have?

I have been acquainted with this tool for three-and-a-half years and, since it was acquired by CA, we have worked pretty closely with CA to give feedback on what is expected out of the tool. We have… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

IBM Optim is one competitor as is Informatica. IBM has come up with the synthetic data feature in the last years although I don't recall the name of the tool they acquired. Informatica vs IBM Optim… more»
Güzen Erözel Muslu, M Sc.,Istqb
Real User
IT Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The tool has strong data generation functions. When we needed special function that is not in the list, the support team has generated these functions and added with… more»

How has it helped my organization?

CA TDM is valuable for us because we use relational databases where it's problematic to sustain the relationships, foreign keys, and indexes. TDM obeys all the… more»

What needs improvement?

There are different modules for masking. There is a portal and there is a standalone application as well. The standalone application is more old-fashioned. When you write… more»

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

Part of the licensing is dependent on whether you want to use the portal. It's based on floating users. The other part is dependent on what type of system you are using… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not have a previous solution.

What other advice do I have?

It's important to know the requirements of your system, for example, the security policies you have to observe. The requirements may include a concern about relational or… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at IBM Optim and Informatica TDM.
Stan Detrick
Real User
Solutions Architect at American Express
Dec 31 2017

What is most valuable?

* I am able to maintain metadata information based off of the structures and * I am able to generate and manage synthetic data from those.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows us to create a testing environment that is repeatable. And we can manage the data so that our testing becomes automated, everything from actually performing the testing to also evaluating… more»

What needs improvement?

The interface based, on our unique test case - because we are extremely unique platform - could be better. We have to do multiple steps just to create a single output. We understand that, because we… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We didn't have a previous solution.

What other advice do I have?

The most important criterion when selecting a vendor is support. And obviously it comes down to: Do they offer the capabilities I'm interested in at a reasonable price, with good support. I rate it at… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In addition to CA Test Data Manager, we evaluated IBM InfoSphere Optim. Those were the two products that were available to our company at the time when I proposed the idea of using it in this way. We… more»
Real User
Front Line Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 05 2018

What is most valuable?

We can always get different sets of data and obtain the most recent data. They have production refreshers, where we can get data subsets of that data and to do our testing. We can also lock it down for a particular user's test or generate… more»

What needs improvement?

The relationship between cables needs to be added. A lot of research, data analysis, and work needs to be done on the source system in the tool which requires a data expert. This tool definitely requires a senior person to work on this… more»

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

Know all the data requirements before buying this product. There are a lot of features for this tool, which may or may not be useful to a particular company. Make sure of what your requirements for your data are.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not use another solution before TDM.

What other advice do I have?

I would certainly recommend this product, because of the vast variety of data it provides for testing and its different features, like subsetting and cloning. I have heard of products which can do cloning and similar stuff, but there are… more»
Yasar Sulaiman
Real User
QA Director at Sogeti UK
Jan 07 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the Portal that comes with the tool. That helps make it look much more user-friendly for the users. Also its ease of use - even for developers it's not that complicated. It gives us the ability to * mask the… more»

What needs improvement?

* Addition of more data sources. * Make the Portal a little more user-friendly, make it even easier to configure things directly from the Portal.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We are partners with CA, so this was one of the strategic directions my company also wanted to take. And CA had the near-perfect solution, which we thought we should invest in, together.

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor the important criteria are * ease of use * responsiveness of the technical support * forward-looking products. By that I mean, do they have a plan for the next three months, six months, year, not just make the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are a consulting company, so when we go to a client we do an evaluation. Often we have to tell them what about the different products we evaluated. So in this case CA TDM has competition: Informatica has a similar product called… more»
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What is CA Test Data Manager?

CA Test Data Manager offers an automated solution to one of the most time-consuming and resource-intensive problems in Continuous Delivery - creating, maintaining and provisioning of the test data needed to rigorously test evolving applications. CA Test Data Manager uniquely combines elements of data subsetting, masking and synthetic, on-demand data generation to enable testing teams to meet the agile needs of the organization.

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