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Sharan Kumar
Consultant
Technical Lead at Wipro Technologies
Jul 11 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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Vendor
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 – masking of PII and PHI data * Submitter – test… 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 performance. * Shorter batch execution trails. *… more »

What needs improvement?

IBM treats non-production deploys with a lower priority to resolve problems. When we archive, we select a similar-sized non-production environment first, before we archive… 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 an enterprise license with unlimited deploys.

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

Optim established itself in-house because of their archive feature. We began to expand into data privacy and subsetter functions in later years. EMC offers a product that… more »

What other advice do I have?

* Reduces the need to keep expanding data storage * Faster query performance with shorter batch execution times * Consistent data masking and data integrity in… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

All products go through a proof-of-concept to ensure they work as advertised and work within our environment. I met with Informatica, as they offer a similar product. It… more »
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 multiple tables to form a single record. This helps to… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The product has helped to streamline the Test Data Management (TDM) process. Without this product, participation from several stakeholders such as DBAs, Admins, and the… more »

What needs improvement?

Scripting complex data masking requirement in Lua can be converted into a simpler, user-friendly interface. Instead of a free text editor, which is used to code the… more »

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

Pricing and licensing is higher compared to other products.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 might require a hybrid Test Data Management… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated and compared three other COTS TDM solutions.
Consultant
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 been realized yet. No application has availed of… 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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have no idea if our architecture team looked at alternatives. I started to use the tool as developer.
Consultant
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 databases. * Protecting sensitive data in… 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 provides subsets of referential intact data.

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

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

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 protect privacy, maximize the accuracy of testing… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we also evaluated Informatica Test Data Management and Oracle Data Masking.
Jyotirmay Mishra
Consultant
Senior Project Manager /Senior Solution Architect at Cognizant
May 08 2017

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

What is most valuable?

The Data Archive or Data Growth feature is one of the very useful solutions that help organizations to manage and support their database archiving strategies. This feature also enables business policies, data retention and access control.

How has it helped my organization?

This feature helps organization to plan test data strategies based on data retention policies.

What needs improvement?

In the IBM Optim tool, the Synthetic Test Data Generation feature is lagging behind.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not encountered any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not encountered any scalability issues.
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 (TDM)?

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…
Consultant
Technology Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 23 2017

What is most valuable?

I value data masking, data extraction/sub-setting, data comparison, and data load.

How has it helped my organization?

* Creates an automated process for production data extraction * Does scrubbing * Does sub-setting and movement of data * Tests regions across various platforms including… more »

What needs improvement?

The tool needs to have more test data management features like synthetic data generation and data reservation. Optim is capable of extracting/masking production data and… more »

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

I cannot comment on pricing as it varies for each customer and agreement with IBM.

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

In the past, in-house scripts were being used for production data extraction/masking. We moved to Optim to utilize an industry standard tool to enable the entire… more »

What other advice do I have?

Optim is a great tool for enterprise data movement, data masking, data sub-setting, data comparison, and data aging. However, it lacks certain capabilities critical for… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Other options were evaluated including tools like CA Test Data Manager.
Vendor
Senior Test Analyst at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 31 2017

What is most valuable?

* Data masking * Test data environment setup and management

How has it helped my organization?

Makes it really easy to obfuscate big tables involving lots of columns and to manage 100’s of tables without putting in much effort.

What needs improvement?

Data masking with InfoSphere Optim products creates intermediary extract files and writing the data to persistent storage, which means that extraction, masking, and insertion happen being separate processes, taking more for the process to… more »

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

We previously used IBM DataStage. There is a lot less flexibility in the InfoSphere DataStage Pack compared to the InfoSphere Optim products for selecting a specific subset of data to be masked. DataStage is driven by supplied SQL… more »

What other advice do I have?

It’s very helpful in the mainframe environment.

What is IBM InfoSphere Optim Test Data Management (TDM)?

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, IBM InfoSphere Optim Test Data Management
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