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Sidney Monteiro
Real User
Information Security Analyst at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 15 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is using the capture operation mode “S-TAP/K-TAP agent”, because all activities in the database… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Improved security through the visibility and control of all access to the databases.

What needs improvement?

I have already mentioned to IBM that a primary need is to improve the number of records in the reports above 65,535.

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

The price of Guardium is higher than the main competitor, Imperva. In addition, it's complex as the calculation of the… more»

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

Initially, there were two solutions to be evaluated: Oracle and Imperva. Oracle DAP was not evaluated because it does not… more»

What other advice do I have?

* Read important articles related to DAP such as the "2017 Planning Guide for Security and Risk Management." * Gather… more»
Paul Parisi
Consultant
Enterprise Architect at a tech consulting company with self employed
Mar 13 2019

What do you think of IBM BPM?

Since the blue-washing of Lombardi, IBM has introduced three variations on the core BPM product in order to provide different entry level costs to customers based on the how they intend to use the product suite. These levels are defined as Express Edition Standard Edition Advanced Edition Broadly speaking Express and Standard differ in how the customer is allowed to use the technology where Advanced edition differs in that it allows customers to use WebSphere Process Server (WPS) capabilities which have now been integrated into the technology suite (this includes Integration Designer which is the new WebSphere design too and also Business Spaces) Update: IBM is introducing additional changes to BPM Advanced edition that will result in a further divergence of the…
Pedro Emiliano
Real User
Line Of Business Manager for Storage and Backup at Compta IS
May 23 2018

What is most valuable?

It is the only backup software which gives retro-compatibility, resilience, and enterprise agents.

How has it helped my organization?

Spectrum Protect provided a steady state in my backup operations and confidence in restores procedures with 99% assurance.

What needs improvement?

This product should be more user-friendly for newcomers.

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

Licenses have to be studied regarding a client's need. However, with Entry License, Front End Capacity or Back End… more»

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

I had different backup products. Each one is really good with similar backup needs, but with Spectrum Protect, I could get… more»

What other advice do I have?

The product is always getting better, and it is still the most reliable backup product in the market.
Yogesh Bhardwaj
Real User
Offshore Delivery Head (US) at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 02 2018

What is most valuable?

With respect to our enterprise and SOA compliance (this product fits within the SOA compliance category), we want to talk about microsolution architecture, as enterprises generally… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our company a lot. We have added a lot of adapters. The microservice has provided an advantage for us, so we have a lot of adapters with REST Node.js, which have been… more»

What needs improvement?

IBM does not support orchestration, which is how they designed it, and other BPM tools in the market support orchestration. IIB wasn't designed for short and small transitions which… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a nine out of 10, because of: * The community. * They provide freeware. * The support that IBM provides. * It fits its purpose. IIB is one of the top-rated… more»
Nitin Kaushik
Real User
Quality Assurance at Varroc Lighting System
Jan 14 2019

What is most valuable?

* Plan views * Reporting (JRS) * A clear picture of engagement * Resource orientation * Chartered views Plans clearly… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our organization up to an extent, but it certainly has a lot of areas for improvement related to resource… more»

What needs improvement?

A lot of room for improvement: * Report generation (.xls, .pdf) from filters. * "Contributor list" and "enumeration list"… more»

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

It's an expensive investment to make, so the decision should be driven on individual requirements. Licensing: The solution… more»

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

I have worked with Rational Synergy and Rational Change in the system development domain. It certainly has all the added… more»

What other advice do I have?

Overall, it is a good solution. It is flexible and adaptable. Consider reviews before investing a fortune on it.
Manan Thakkar
Real User
Senior Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
May 27 2018

What is most valuable?

Its capability for developing hybrid applications, with an ability to integrate device-native code as well. I also like… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It was a cakewalk for us to develop mobile apps for three different platforms using IBM MobileFirst. Since it was a… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see improved support for native device functions.

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

Cost depends upon various factors. Size of the overall application and product usage matter a lot. For an enterprise-grade… more»

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

We did try MS Intune initially, but the Admin Console UI was not intuitive enough. IBM MobileFirst has one of the most… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this product as a nine out of 10, given some minor issues here and there, and its handling of native code for… more»
Altan Atabarut, M Sc.
Real User
Founding Partner at Altdata Analytics
Nov 03 2018

What is most valuable?

* Automated data cleansing, transformations and imputation of missing data. * Some basic form of feature engineering for… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Pretty much the automated modeling process helps us to get going so quickly. * A lot of jobs that are stuck in Excel due… more»

What needs improvement?

* Formula writing is not straightforward for an Excel user. Totally new set of functions, and it takes time to learn and… more»

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

When you are close to end of quarter, IBM and its partners can get you 60% to 70% discounts, so literally wait for the… more»

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

I used SAS Enterprise Guide and Enterprise Miner. Compared to those, SPSS Modeler is easier to learn and utilize. when… more»

What other advice do I have?

Do not dive into the server directly. It is very hefty for just doing calculations that can already be done by SQL Server… more»
Luis Yndigoyen
Real User
Partner at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Nov 07 2018

What is most valuable?

It has an appealing DSA key interface. It is an out-of-the-box screen. It is uncommon among tools in the market. You don't… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It excels at analytics. It provides visibility across all activities of a company's processes and performance. It shows… more»

What needs improvement?

The simulation feature is great and provides a lot of value, but its complex to use. People need a high level of… more»

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

The price is not great. The cloud and license of the subscription model for IBM BPM can be complex. There are a lot of… more»

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

I used to work with Oracle BPM, but they changed the product's landscape. Instead of retraining, we changed to IBM BPM… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is the Ferrari of BPM tools. To implement this product, you should have a process department and an ERP. Without an ERP… more»
SamirKhodair
Real User
Maximo Manager at a engineering company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 11 2018

What is most valuable?

* The Preventive Maintenance feature, especially in its inspection routines and KPI abilities, is valuable. * Work order management and scalability… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It keeps the history of the transactions, so we can anticipate the asset behavior and costs in the future. It enables management to be able to tape… more»

What needs improvement?

The standard reports that shipped with the package need to be enriched with more advanced reports, especially for the Inventory Management… more»

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

We did not use a solution prior to IBM Maximo.

What other advice do I have?

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Capabilities * Support * Reliability * How will it help the organization's decision-making. *… more»
YudiTjhia
Real User
Analyst at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 27 2018

What do you think of IBM MobileFirst?

What is our primary use case?

We use it as a secure proxy server for a mobile app using public internet as well as for its mobile app support features.

How has it helped my organization?

I'm in technical sales and this is one of the products I sell.

What is most valuable?

Secure adapter Security scope Client update

What needs improvement?

I see the progress of REST API development in the current version (MFP v8.0).

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.
Wainai2
Real User
‎IT Security Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Apr 16 2018

What do you think of IBM Guardium?

What is our primary use case?

As a registered IBM Business Partner, our main interaction is to deploy Guardium at client sites.

What is most valuable?

Audit Process Builder – Workflow generator to enhance audit tasks and compliance workflows. Compliance Quick Start – Quick, GUI, step-by-step guide to automate compliance and give the customer a quick ROI.

What needs improvement?

Needs easier integration with custom applications.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What other advice do I have?

I would give the product a score of eight out of 10. This is due to its deep level of granularity and guided process/audit workflow generation.
Tomas Dalebjörk
Real User
Information Technology Technician at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Apr 10 2018

What is most valuable?

Space efficient data reduction, using progressive incremental forever in combination with deduplication and compression… more»

How has it helped my organization?

IBM is a partner-friendly company which has open API that one can use. In our case, we have built solutions which have… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a way to have "always on" implemented. In this way, if an error happened on the primary backup server… more»

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

Use capacity licensing. It's easier and cheaper.

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

I have experience of many different solutions, and some of them do not exist anymore. REELbackup was the best at it time… more»

What other advice do I have?

Be sure you follow the blueprint guidelines.
MM4513
Real User
Technical manager of the storage area with 501-1,000 employees
May 22 2018

What is most valuable?

Yields are a key feature. There are also very few incidents related to restores that cannot be performed. The level of product support is very… more»

What needs improvement?

Integration with Windows environments needs improvement. It should be more "assisted", both at the application and database level. It remains a… more»

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

The licensing is varied. If we have small environments (not many TB being managed) it is best to license by PVUs (depending on the number of cores… more»

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

For medium/large environments (Unix, Linux, Windows, VMware) we also propose the Commvault solution. For fully virtual environments, such as VMware… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is a very powerful product that offers great performance and integrates very well in Unix/Linux environments and with powerful databases… more»
Evgen Ezhov
Real User
Head of Testing Dpt with 501-1,000 employees
May 22 2018

What is most valuable?

The main feature of this product is a flexible architecture and functionality that allows you to solve problems of any complexity and scale. Most importantly, it is not just a product that simply makes a backup, but it restores and saves a large number of services in critical situations. By the way, it works fine with different types of clouds, supports S3.

How has it helped my organization?

Spectrum Protect does not just improve our work, it saves the infrastructure of more than one enterprise in the event of hacker attacks, administrative errors, and a variety of other failures.
Bill Raines
Real User
Technical Specialist at Cherbonnier Mayer & Assoc
May 16 2018

What is most valuable?

Its capability of just being able to handle legacy servers, and new and old platforms. That is one of the things about IBM, they made sure the product will continue to keep customers… more»

What needs improvement?

The Spectrum Protect people know that they have to have the Spectrum Protect Plus product pick up and move faster, meaning getting to those features that Spectrum Protect can't do. I… more»

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

You need to put it in a PoC and test it out if you can. A lot of companies have time and resources to do this for every product that they are looking at. They need to scrutinize every… more»

What other advice do I have?

Our customers have come to trust IBM. If there is ever an issue that has to be solved, IBM will throw the bench at it and make it work. If you know how to design it right the first… more»
Paulo Ricardo de Mello
Real User
IT Infrastructure Analyst at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 23 2018

What is most valuable?

All features help me meet my requirements, but I love the TDP for VMware because of the web interface and the possibilities provided by this tool. It's amazing.

How has it helped my organization?

With IBM Spectrum Protect, we optimize our costs of media and storage use, thanks to the Incremental Forever backup. The TDP software provides us many ways to protect our data, so we… more»

What needs improvement?

In my opinion, the Hyper-V and SQL Server backup could be improved. In the 2016 version there was a significant improvement, but I think IBM has a big challenge with these… more»

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

In some small clients, we worked with Veritas Backup Exec, but just for small environments as a low cost option.
FarhanAli
Real User
Security Analyst at a security firm with 11-50 employees
Jun 12 2018

What is most valuable?

* Its default set of rules: It comes with many rules disabled. You can tune them and modify them according to your enterprise needs and avoid false positives. * The extension management: There are more than 120 extensions in QRadar, which are… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is always evolving with new patches, new UX/UI (such as 7.3), new rules, and new extensions. It lets you evolve your company accordingly. The usage of QRadar or any SIEM solution depends on the company goals, but with QRadar, the user… more»

What needs improvement?

QRadar log integration of various applications can be a tough job at times. There may be occasions when you will not find any QRadar guide on adding logs of a particular application. Even if you come across one, adding a log process is not an… more»
Willem Albertus Potgieter
Real User
Vulnerability Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 17 2018

What is most valuable?

The threat protection network is the most valuable feature because when you get an offense, you can actually trace it back to where it originated… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Normally, an offense comes in and an offense is something negative, to put it plainly, that impacted your environment. Once it comes through, you… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a more user-friendly product. I would like them to make it much more user-friendly. At this stage, you need to use a lot of… more»

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

We used Splunk in the past and we are using both products at the same time.

What other advice do I have?

Just spec it correctly and it will do its job for you. It has an active community. IBM patches the product regularly when problems are picked up. I… more»

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