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Paul Parisi
Consultant
Enterprise Architect at a tech consulting company with self employed
Sep 01 2018

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...
Damian Scott
Consultant
Sr SIEM Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jan 29 2018

What is most valuable?

* Correlation Rule Engine, built-in use cases: QRadar has the highest number of built-in use cases among any SIEM on... more»

How has it helped my organization?

As a Professional Services consultant, I have heard many reports of how QRadar SIEM has quickly identified offenses... more»

What needs improvement?

Some UI enhancements would be nice, such as exporting custom event properties and the ability to export rules.

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

Go through a vulnerability assessment review for price breaks. A virtualized solution will also cut down on cost.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We had limited experience with RSA enVision, LogRhythm, and HPE ArcSight. QRadar is much easier and takes less time to... more»

What other advice do I have?

All SIEMs have a certain degree of complexity, especially where use cases and rules are concerned. I advise using... more»
Sidney Monteiro
Real User
Information Security Analyst at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 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... 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»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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

Which solutions did we use previously?

I had different backup products. Each one is really good with similar backup needs, but with Spectrum Protect, I could... 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.
Abdel Moneim Emad
Real User
Enterprise Solutions Architect at Intercom Enterprises
Nov 29 2017

What is most valuable?

A) The command set is almost the same in Windows and AIX operating systems, which greatly minimize the administration... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our software products have to be PCI-DSS compliant, so encryption of customers' credit card numbers is a must-have... more»

What needs improvement?

Backing up databases from Windows and restoring them on AIX and vise-versa. Support for migrating DB2 v9.7 to 11 in a... more»

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

Use DB2 Express for your development environment, but consider using Workgroup Server Edition if you need to federate... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I used Oracle DB and am still using it with some of my customers, but Oracle administration is a nightmare compared to... more»

What other advice do I have?

I recommend it to medium-to-large enterprise applications
it_user248055
Real User
Managing Director at Couture Consulting
Mar 28 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable thing is actually the Analytics, which is actually a little bit not where it should be.

What needs improvement?

I'm hearing things might be improving, to really deliver on BPM as opposed to simply workflow. That really should be emphasized a lot more than it has been, because a lot of... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

My clients that go with IBM usually do so because they have a sense of, if they have problems they have an organization like IBM to complain to. If we try to use open-source,... more»

What other advice do I have?

I rate IBM BPM a seven out of 10. It's good but it needs some help.
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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... 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... 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,... 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»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... more»
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... 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... more»

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

Use capacity licensing. It's easier and cheaper.

Which solutions did we use previously?

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

What other advice do I have?

Be sure you follow the blueprint guidelines.
Govind Dutt Pullat
Real User
Business Intelligence Solution Architect at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jan 30 2018

What is most valuable?

High performance RDBMS appliance optimized for data warehousing and enterprise reporting. Very simple to manage huge... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Reports which used to take between 30 to 60 minutes or would time out on an Oracle database, which was previously used... more»

What needs improvement?

Could do better to support more concurrent update queries. We had to stagger our ETL loads to prevent queuing of jobs... more»

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

From a cost per terabyte perspective, Netezza is definitely more expensive compared to Hive on Hadoop, but due to its... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

Previously, Oracle was used as the data warehousing platform, and performance was low and not meeting the needs of the... more»

What other advice do I have?

Netezza is a great option for data warehousing, but give due attention to concurrency and find out how much would be... more»
Hashem Dabbas
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer & Support Contracts Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 14 2018

What is most valuable?

Virtualization and Data Migration. V7000 is built with IBM Spectrum Virtualized software, which is part of the IBM... more»

How has it helped my organization?

IBM Storwize It makes management of the IT environment much easier, High availability and enhanced security; Proven... more»

What needs improvement?

GUI interface should be enhanced more as there is some issues in copy services GUI interfaces should be enhanced as... more»

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

Storwize software for Storwize V7000 license has the following feature codes: * Base software * Full feature set * Easy... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

No, I have only used used IBM solutions.

What other advice do I have?

I advise everyone to have a look at their current use of storage and think of single management and live migrations of... more»
Wayde Prejean
Real User
Manager IC-Operations, Maximo Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 10 2017

What is most valuable?

Maximo is a platform where apps can be created to support special processes. It is configurable, where you can add... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Particularly related to compliance management, Maximo has been configured to provide a warning of compliance activities... more»

What needs improvement?

Although you can create notifications with Maximo, the configuration and options could be improved.

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

Get an understanding of the intended usage at your company, and look at both the named user and concurrent-license... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

Part of our company has used Maximo for about 20 years. The other part utilized Infor EAM but switched to Maximo due to... more»

What other advice do I have?

I rate it a nine out of 10. If it's not the best EAM product, it is one of the best out there. Make sure that you... 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... 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... more»

What needs improvement?

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

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... more»
Michael De Groot
Real User
Product owner at ING
Mar 21 2018

What is most valuable?

We are looking for ways to automate even more. So, we are trying to avoid any manual effort currently necessary. With the whole machine learning... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The main benefit is the ease of use. We see a lot of engineers in our site and customers that really like the way the tools are able to work... more»

What needs improvement?

We would like to see it more web-based with more functionality. We would like to see it less as one big, massive product, but more based on... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We had been using many different types of products across all organizations. We decided to standardize. IBM was able to offer a complete suite... more»

What other advice do I have?

I would not enforce the same standard across all organizations. It depends on the scope and the size of an organization, as well as the journey... more»
Dwayne Fishel
Consultant
IT Systems Engineer Consultant at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 21 2018

What is most valuable?

It's really helped our customers learn the process. Before you go into BPM you have to document the process. Working with the different groups... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Right now we're about eight months in, and the processes are long. They can take multiple weeks, so we haven't had a chance to go through a... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more inclusion of RPA technologies. If we have more manual processes, we can use robotic process automation and integrate... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

No solution previously. We've been discussing BPM for a number of years, just looking for the right use case and the right time to do it. When... more»

What other advice do I have?

I think this solution is an eight out of 10. It has a strong place in the market. BPM is one of the leading tools, if not the best BPM solution... more»
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... 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.... 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... 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»
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.
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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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

Which solutions did we use previously?

In some small clients, we worked with Veritas Backup Exec, but just for small environments as a low cost option.

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