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Real User
Database Administrator at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 23 2018

What is most valuable?

The auditing feature is the most important, and then, of course, we use some of the reports.

How has it helped my organization?

I can't really give an example of how the product has improved the way our organization functions as a whole, but for me, personally, a few years ago, it helped me… more »

What needs improvement?

The set up is kind of clunky, in my opinion. It's not really intuitive. If they had either a smoother install or better instructions, that would be nice.

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

I feel the product's pricing is a good value.

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

We used another product from Lumigent Technologies. We used that before we discovered Compliance Manager, and, in my opinion, and in another DBA's opinion, Compliance… more »

What other advice do I have?

We've had some problems with the install so watch out for some "gotchas" there. It takes a little bit of setting up. For example, if you have privileged users you have to… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As I said, we used another product and then we found this one. So when we started using it again, we just went straight to this one because we enjoyed it, and it met our… more »
Real User
Database Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 16 2018

What is most valuable?

The ability to track activity including the SQL statements is definitely valuable. I really like how the database is laid out. It's straightforward. I can query the… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The tool can track logins and login failures. I made my own alert so that if there is a certain number of login failures for a server, it emails me. That is really useful… more »

What needs improvement?

There is an agent that collects the data on SQL Server. Sometimes it will stop collecting. I'm not exactly sure what's happening but I have to go in and manually restart… more »

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

The pricing is pretty good. In terms of licensing I have more of a wishlist. If they had cheaper licensing for development, or free licensing for development, that would… more »

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

We weren't using anything before.

What other advice do I have?

You should look at your use cases, the type of stuff it collects. In terms of cons, you really need to make sure you trim your data, your archive. Otherwise, depending on… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated a McAfee product but I don't remember the name of it.
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Real User
Database Administrator at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 05 2018

What is most valuable?

We had to use auditing. It was a demand that came from our security group. We had no choice.

How has it helped my organization?

Using it was just a security process that had to be done. We didn't change the way we were working or the way things are working. It's just an additional process that… more »

What needs improvement?

What would really be nice is if it were a bit more flexible, in several ways. The assistant for creating rules is nice, as it looks like Microsoft Outlook, but it's not… more »

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

It's a good price value. Pricing is absolutely okay for us at the moment. The other tools weren't cheaper.

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

We used another solution but it was built by us. We did some Visual Basic scripts and collected the performance counters, but the performance was bad and it was difficult… more »

What other advice do I have?

What I like most among all IDERA products is Diagnostic Manager. It's really easy to use, it's very stable. It comes out of the box with a good threshold for certain… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We tested a lot of individual tools, and Compliance Manager was, at that point, the only one that was really working on SQL Server. Strange as it may sound, it was really… more »

What is IDERA SQL Compliance Manager?

IDERA SQL Compliance Manager is a comprehensive auditing solution that uses policy-based algorithms to track changes to Microsoft SQL Server objects and data. SQL Compliance Manager provides detailed visibility to determine who did what, when, where, and how, whether privileged users or hackers started the event. SQL Compliance Manager also ensures compliance with regulatory and data security requirements such as SOX, PCI DSS, GDPR, HIPAA, and more. SQL Compliance Manager goes beyond traditional auditing approaches by providing real-time monitoring, alerting, and auditing of all data access, selects, updates, schema modifications and permission changes to databases.

Unlike its competition, it provides a quick configuration of audit settings, a broad list of regulatory guideline templates for audit settings and reports, before and after data values for both regulatory compliance and forensic data investigations, differentiation of data access and between regular and privileged users and applications, easy specification of and reporting on sensitive data columns access and changes, and extensive customization of audit settings for databases and servers.

Also known as
IDERA SQL CM
IDERA SQL Compliance Manager customers

Hanger; AmerisourceBergen, CMS Energy, Manulife Financial, Patterson Companies, Pfizer, Rockwell Automation, TrialCard, Unum, Verizon Communications

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