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Anonymous User
Real User
IT Leader in Global Technology, Corporate Systems at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
May 23 2017

What is most valuable?

We use these functions: * Archive – archive data to PST files, we do not archive data to the archive DBMS * Data privacy –… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Archive Moving data that is no longer needed in daily processing on to archive files, resulting in: * Faster query… more»

What needs improvement?

IBM treats non-production deploys with a lower priority to resolve problems. When we archive, we select a similar-sized… more»

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

Pricing is based on the number of CPUs or mainframe MIPS on the application DBMS. Over time, it made more sense to obtain… more»

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

Optim established itself in-house because of their archive feature. We began to expand into data privacy and subsetter… more»

What other advice do I have?

* Reduces the need to keep expanding data storage * Faster query performance with shorter batch execution times *… more»
Anonymous User
Consultant
Director-Projects at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
May 18 2017

What is most valuable?

I really appreciate using the match keys and comparing the records before and after masking. This is done by joining… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The product has helped to streamline the Test Data Management (TDM) process. Without this product, participation from… more»

What needs improvement?

Scripting complex data masking requirement in Lua can be converted into a simpler, user-friendly interface. Instead of a… more»

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

Pricing and licensing is higher compared to other products.

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

IBM Optim was the first solution that we used.

What other advice do I have?

I recommended that others complete a PoC/pilot before starting an implementation. Some of the diverse technology landscape… more»
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Orfelio Maycotte
Real User
Data Modeler Manager / Application Development Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 05 2019

What is most valuable?

Even when a masking-on-demand feature was provided, we decided to write our own to meet the actual business needs. Currently embedded in an Oracle instance, it allows us to reach all kinds of RDBMS.

How has it helped my organization?

While allowing us to eliminate all sensitive data in lower environments, it also allows us to integrate in-house developed libraries.

What needs improvement?

Areas of improvement: * Installation is too cumbersome. * GUI * Very clunky Windows 3.1 look and feel. Additional features: Unless I missed something, the direct connectivity to DB2i rather than going through a federated server.
Arif Kapucu
Real User
Product & Project Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 10 2017

What is most valuable?

* Optimizing and automating recurring processes that create and manage non-production environment data. * Creating right-sized fictionalized test… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This product allowed us comprehensive test data management capabilities for creating right-sized, fictionalized test databases and it accurately… more»

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

Pricing and licensing models may vary depending on the server infrastructure.

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

We didn't use any different solution before.

What other advice do I have?

Optim Test Data Management and Privacy solutions help you to create right-sized test databases, automate test processes and mask sensitive data to… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Systems Analyst at a consultancy with 201-500 employees
May 11 2017

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… more»

What needs improvement?

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

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

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

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?

There are many flavors of Optim. Make sure you understand what you want.
Anonymous User
Consultant
User at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
May 08 2017

What do you think of IBM InfoSphere Optim Test Data Management?

What is most valuable?

Data growth solution Data masking and test data management Data decommission

What needs improvement?

The tool does not support new test data generation. Optim tool is helpful to extract (subset and mask) the data from a production-like environment. The test data generation is not part of IBM Optim.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for three years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Sometimes, we have had deployment issues.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Only very rarely have we encountered stability issues.

How is customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Customer service is good. Technical Support: Technical support is not bad.

How was the initial setup?

The…
Anonymous User
User
Database Security Consultant at a tech services company
Jun 19 2018

What do you think of IBM InfoSphere Optim Test Data Management?

What is our primary use case?

I have implemented IBM Optim Test Data Management on several clients from the financial and healthcare industries. Dozens of database servers were covered and running RDBMS, like Oracle, MS SQL Server, and DB2.

How has it helped my organization?

My clients improved the quality of test data in their non-production environments and the privacy of sensitive information.

What is most valuable?

Data masking features are the most valuable, as non-production environments are used by diverse parties and data privacy has to be guaranteed.

What needs improvement?

I would like to be able to combine different masking functions on the same column map, making more complex masking without the need to write a Lua procedure.

For how long have I used the

Sharan Kumar
Consultant
Technical Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 11 2018

What do you think of IBM InfoSphere Optim Test Data Management?

What is our primary use case?

I have worked with IBM Optim tool, and implemented it in automobile, finance, and health care organizations on all its four solutions - Data Archiving (DG), Test Data Management (TDM), Data Masking (DP) and Application Retirement. 

How has it helped my organization?

Data archiving saved much storage and improved production performance. We were able to achieve data privatization.

What is most valuable?

Its data masking feature is very effective and the latest improvisation in this is UMask which I expect to be another powerful add-on.

What needs improvement?

The Core Optim was much better than the newer front-end release Designer & Manager, which added more complexity. However, the newer release has more elaborate reports.

For how long have I

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What is IBM InfoSphere Optim Test Data Management?

IBM Optim solutions manage data from requirements to retirement. They boost performance, empower collaboration, and improve governance across applications, databases and platforms. By managing data properly over its lifetime, organisations are better equipped to support business goals with less risk.

Also known as
IBM Optim Test Data Management, Optim Test Data Management
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