If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering TIBCO EBX, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
We're just customers and end-users. Whether I would advise another company to choose this solution or not depends a bit on the use case they are going to develop. I would say that, if a company has a basic use case, a basic means of getting data from a few sources like Oracle, SQL Server, Teradata etc., then maybe it is sufficient. However, if you are having an enterprise-level situation for SAP or Oracle Apps , it might scale up that well. Performance is also an issue as it does not optimize the underlying clusters to a great extent as compared of its competitors. One good thing is that, with the data model, you can just go and see the data model very well, to the most granular level and identify if there are any gaps. It also has a rich compare data model feature. However, again, for the workflow, you cannot edit it in the visual editor. You have to go back to that tree setup and there after complete editing during compile only one would be able to see if any errors has crept in or not. Having said that I would say the Workflows once created are very robust. There are some competing tools that allow the editing of workflows in the visual setup itself. That is very easy for users. If you can edit it in the visual setup, you can directly see the impacted upstream and downstream tasks or jobs in that workflow and conflicts if any. This speeds up the updating of the workflows by the data engineers or data stewards. I'd rate the solution at a six out of ten. The solution is average from an enterprise standpoint.
We aren't using the latest version of the solution. We're a few minor versions behind. There are some questions coming up, of what our direction is going organizationally. There are some new directions that may include moving to the cloud from on-premises. That could have an impact. There's also an appetite for high availability and scalability and all of that as we are a very large organization. On the other hand, some of the competition that is using the same tool, are some of the really big banks and such. There are other organizations, other financial institutions that use it. Their typical complaints are concern over scalability but they're using it, so it's not so surmountable. The advice I give to others is if it's the first time you're doing data governance, you're not just implementing what you're doing manually today. You want to improve the process. There has to be some practice and awareness of the process design and the rules about governance. I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten.
I would advise interested people that you need to understand what it is used for, what the use cases are. It takes money and effort, but it could be very good for you. On a scale of one to ten I would rate TIBCO MDM a nine.
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