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Analyst reports 

Gartner - Magic Quadrant for Data Masking Technology

IBM InfoSphere Optim is a leader in Gartner Inc's Magic Quadrant for Data Masking Technology. InfoSphere Optim received the best ranking in the ability to execute and completeness of vision categories compared to competitors.

Last updated: 02 Jan 2014


Bloor Research: Managing data growth on System z

IBM Optim provides facilities that ensure that the data won't break and it offers a variety of mechanisms for accessing the data. In this paper, we will discuss breakage and access in more detail, and then briefly consider how IBM Optim works, particularly with respect to System z.

Last updated: 27 Aug 2013


IBM X-Force 2012 Annual Trend and Risk Report

This document analyzes and explores security threats including vulnerabilities, malware, spam, phishing, and more.

Last updated: 30 Apr 2013


Hardening A Teradata Database: Best practices for access rights management

This joint IBM - Teradata white paper identifies the best practices for database access rights management and introduces the IBM InfoSphere Guardium Vulnerability Assessment.

Last updated: 26 Mar 2013


Improve Quality Testing Efficiencies with Agile, Realistic Data

The focus of this report is to demonstrate how new, holistic strategies for managing test data can not only streamline the software development cycle but also produce better applications and help development teams avoid issues with customer privacy and regulatory compliance.

Last updated: 22 Mar 2013


Current Analysis: Exposing the hidden costs of database security solutions

Organizations evaluating database security solutions must delve deeper than the upfront costs to meet compliance requirements and support new environments, like cloud and big data. Evaluating hidden costs and implementing best-in-class solutions delivers a much lower cost of ownership.

Last updated: 07 Feb 2013


The legacy time bomb: Why managing legacy applications and data is vital

An exclusive survey of UK IT leaders by Computing, finds that many organisations are sinking under the weight of hundreds of applications, many of which could simply be retired.

Last updated: 01 Dec 2012


Bloor Research: Exploring Successful Approaches to Test Data Management

Learn how test data management provides a key strategic advantage compared to traditional ad hoc methods for managing test data.

Last updated: 02 Oct 2012


Securosis Research: Understanding and Selecting Data Masking Solutions

How to create a flexible, real-time data masking approach to de-identify sensitive data across the enterprise while also promoting business objectives.

Last updated: 10 Aug 2012


Consolidating and retiring applications: Effective Management Can Reduce Costs and Modernize IT

Information, an essential asset in virtually all organizations, requires careful attention and robust processes to ensure it can reliably support business decision-making.

Last updated: 16 Jul 2012


2012 Business Case for Data Protection: What Senior Executives Think about Data Protection

Data breaches and attacks on sensitive and confidential information are making data protection a critical component of an organization’s leadership and governance strategy. The 2012 Business Case for Data Protection Ponemon study investigates what senior executives think about data protection.

Last updated: 16 Feb 2012


The Market for SAP Optimization Options: Test Data Management

As SAP customers choose their go-forward application strategy and consider test data management solutions for application lifecycle projects, Constellation Research discusses recommended criteria and the key benefits of test data management and impact analysis solutions.

Last updated: 14 Dec 2011


Solid Vendor Solutions Bolster Database Archiving Market

Enterprise application data continues to grow exponentially. To that end, today's organizations should consider database archiving solutions available through third-party vendors to control storage and operational costs.

Last updated: 25 Aug 2011


Building an Enterprise-wide Data Archiving Strategy

Join Forrester Research analyst, Noel Yuhanna, as he discusses the best practices for controlling this expanding data growth through effective data archiving strategy

Last updated: 17 Aug 2011


Forrester Analyst Report: Your Enterprise Data Archiving Strategy

This recent Forrester report shows that archiving solutions are essential for an enterprise-wide, with IBM providing the most comprehensive data archiving solution in the market.

Last updated: 23 Feb 2011


Look beyond database auditing to improve security, audit visibility and real time protection

Enterprise Database Auditing Solutions Offer The Best Option To Secure Databases And Save Time And Money

Last updated: 20 Jan 2011

Announcement letters 

InfoSphere Optim solutions for z/OS v7.2

InfoSphere Optim solutions for z/OS v7.2 delivers enhanced native support for IBM z/OS data sources as organizations embrace a new era of computing.

Last updated: 11 Jun 2013


IBM InfoSphere Optim Enterprise Edition solutions for z/OS V9.1

IBM InfoSphere Optim Enterprise Edition solutions for z/OS , V9.1 include new features supporting Test Data Management, Data Masking, Data Growth, and Application Retirement

Last updated: 03 Jan 2013


IBM InfoSphere Optim solutions for z/OS V9.1

IBM InfoSphere Optim solutions for z/OS V9.1 include new features supporting Test Data Management, Data Masking, and Data Growth Solution

Last updated: 03 Jan 2013


IBM InfoSphere Optim solutions V9.1

IBM InfoSphere Optim solutions V9.1 include new features supporting Test Data Management, Data Masking, Data Growth, and Application Retirement

Last updated: 03 Jan 2013


InfoSphere Optim; Enterprise Edition V9.1 and Workgroup Edition V9.1

InfoSphere Optim; Enterprise Edition V9.1 and Workgroup Edition V9.1 offer simplified packaging with capacity-based pricing for Optim's Archive, Test Data Management, and Data Privacy capabilities.

Last updated: 03 Jan 2013


IBM InfoSphere Optim Query Tuner for DB2 for z/OS , V3.1 and IBM InfoSphere Optim Query Workload Tuner for DB2 for z/OS , V3.1

IBM InfoSphere Optim Query Workload Tuner for DB2 for z/OS V3.1 offers tools and advisors that provide expert recommendations to database administrators (DBAs) to help improve performance for a workload (group of queries).

Last updated: 18 Oct 2011


InfoSphere Optim v9.1

InfoSphere Optim v9.1 delivers integration and scalability as organizations embrace a new era of computing! Plus new packaging made easy; three simple, standard bundles from InfoSphere Optim.

Last updated: 10 Feb 2010

Books 

Business Driven Governance: Managing Policies for Data Retention eBook

Many organizations still turn a blind eye to information governance issues, and rely instead on IT to keep adding storage capacity as a way to ‘manage’ data growth, often past the budgeted limits. Learn about Managing Policies for Data Retention from this ebook.

Last updated: 19 Sep 2013


Intelligent Archiving eBook

This ebook tells you about effective database archiving in a new era of computing. Learn how Database archiving strategies,whether applied to packaged applications,custom applications or data warehouse environments can provide benefits to both IT groups and lines of business.

Last updated: 19 Sep 2013


The fundamentals of data lifecycle management in the era of big data

Read the ebook and know how data lifecycle management complements a big data strategy

Last updated: 19 Sep 2013


Continuous testing at warp speed - Enhance software quality by incorporating realistic test data into testing processes

To reduce costs, improve time-to-market and reduce risk, innovative organizations are turning to Agile development which necessitates Agile test data management. The shift to a more flexible and dynamic development process requires speedy access to the right test data. Learn how in this ebook.

Last updated: 19 Jun 2013


The hidden costs of storage: Avoid unforeseen costs by thinking strategically about data archiving and test data management

Discover how to be more strategic about storage to accommodate both short-term data needs and long-term retention goals, reducing costs, improving performance and reducing risks associated with storing enterprise data.

Last updated: 17 Apr 2013


Wrangling big data: Fundamentals of data lifecycle management

Learn how effective data lifecycle management strategies can reduce the cost of managing large volumes of data and reduce the risk involved in organizing and protecting that data, helping you corral big data into a manageable, dependable – and eminently valuable – enterprise resource.

Last updated: 17 Apr 2013


Business-driven data privacy policies - Establish and enforce enterprise data privacy policies to support compliance and protect sensitive data

This ebook discusses the three steps required to set up data privacy policies based on business priorities such as analytics, quality testing or big data initiatives.

Last updated: 27 Feb 2013


Back to basics: Fundamentals of test data management

Business moves fast—which means that software development teams need to move even faster. Learn how InfoSphere Optim Test Data Management Solution can help!

Last updated: 21 Jun 2012

Case studies 

Dignity Health ... Decommissions applications using InfoSphere Optim to save millions of dollars annually

Using IBM® InfoSphere® Optim™ software, Dignity Health initiated an enterprise-wide Decommissioning Program to retire costly applications and support test data management requirements.

Last updated: 03 Feb 2014


Priceline.com ... Estimates 7.2 TB of disk savings in three years with IBM database archiving solution

Working with IBM and Estuate, priceline.com successfully managed 100 - 200 percent annual data growth in its Oracle E-Business Suite environment, delivering an estimated disk savings of 7.2 TB in three years while giving users seamless access to data in production and archive environments.

Last updated: 09 Dec 2013


An EMEA bank plans future growth based on information innovation ... Early Support Program offers access to new DB2 11 for z/OS features, solving business challenges

Joining the IBM Early Support Program for IBM DB2 11 for z/OS enabled this EMEA bank to resolve a key technical limitation. The new version of DB2 also adds a wealth of advanced functionality that offers enhanced performance, greater reliability and additional business productivity.

Last updated: 05 Dec 2013


An online travel company ... Test data management solutions reduce database capacity requirements by 40 percent

An online travel company reduces the disk storage used for its Oracle E-Business Suite modules by approximately 40 percent, and slashes data management costs when it implements IBM Optim Test Data Management Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite software to improve test data management.

Last updated: 01 Nov 2013


CSX Corporation ... Estimates substantial savings over three years with IBM InfoSphere Optim solutions

CSX estimates significant savings over three years when it deploys IBM InfoSphere Optim software to improve data lifecycle management.

Last updated: 19 Oct 2012


ARBURG gains efficiency – Standardization and integration with SAP on IBM zEnterprise

Selected IBM DB2® for z/OS® on IBM zEnterprise Server, taking advantage of the reliability and scalability of the IBM zEnterprise® 114 server, the IBM z/OS operating system, IBM WebSphere MQ software and existing platform expertise

Last updated: 24 Sep 2012


Altares supports business innovation with IBM BladeCenter ... Succeeding with smarter computing from IBM

Altares built a new virtualized infrastructure running on IBM® BladeCenter® servers, with Intel Xeon processors, and consolidated 175 physical servers to just 24 blades. The infrastructure is split between two data centers for added resilience.

Last updated: 30 Nov 2011


United States Senate ... Reduces application response time from 30 seconds to less than two seconds with database query tuning

US Senate database administrators and software specialists reduce query response time from 20 to 30 seconds to less than two seconds when they implement IBM InfoSphere Optim Query Workload Tuner for database tuning.

Last updated: 22 Dec 2010


UGF Assicurazioni: Slashes costs and improves performance with database query tuning

UGF Assicurazioni significantly reduces the time and cost associated with fine tuning database queries to deliver high-performance reliable applications using IBM Optim Query Workload Tuner.

Last updated: 29 Oct 2010


Policy-driven archiving helps VCCS retain access to student data

Virginia Community College System ends frequent and expensive server upgrades when it implements a policy-driving archiving solution from IBM to archive 10+ years of inactive student data and selectively restore student records as needed.

Last updated: 30 Apr 2010


Large healthcare insurer improves application testing and protects privacy with IBM Optim

IBM® Optim™ Data Privacy Solution provides comprehensive data masking capabilities to protect privacy across nonproduction environments, while IBM Optim Test Data Management Solution provides automated subset-and-compare capabilities to improve testing efficiencies

Last updated: 11 Jan 2010

Data sheets 

IBM InfoSphere Optim Archive

The IBM InfoSphere Optim Archive solution helps align continuous control of application data with business objectives to optimize application and data warehouse performance, consolidate or decommission applications, reduce risk and control costs.

Last updated: 31 May 2013


IBM InfoSphere Optim Services on Demand for Test Data Management

IBM® InfoSphere® Optim™ Services on Demand for TDM provides a web-based software platform that enables organizations to define roles, responsibilities and workflows for TDM services and operations.

Last updated: 11 Mar 2013

Demos 

Demo: InfoSphere Optim Test Data Management Solution

InfoSphere Optim Test Data Management empowers organizations to deliver quality applications on time and on budget. Through targeted, right-sized and privatized test environments, business critical applications can be developed using real world data.

Last updated: 16 Jul 2012


InfoSphere Optim Data Growth Solution

InfoSphere Optim Data Growth intelligently archives enterprise application data and addresses data retention, disaster recovery and disposal compliance issues, reducing costs, improving performance and minimizing risks.

Last updated: 16 Jul 2012


InfoSphere Optim Self-Service Business Value Assessment

This Business Value Assessment tool has been developed to allow clients, prospects and business partners to conduct their own BVA and use this to help build and clarify the business case for investing in the InfoSphere Optim Data Growth Solution.

Last updated: 15 May 2012


InfoSphere Optim Test Data Management Solution for SAP Applications

InfoSphere Optim Test Data Management Solution for SAP enables organizations to create targeted, “right-sized” subsets faster and more efficiently for shorter testing cycles and faster application delivery.

Last updated: 23 Apr 2012


Smarter Data Management - Controlling Data Growth

Data growth is one of the most significant challenges facing organizations today. New forms of data, the retention of additional detail for analysis, increasing pressure for high availability of more of the data, regulatory and security requirements all are contributing to substantial rises in data volume.

Last updated: 10 Feb 2010


InfoSphere Optim System Analyzer for SAP Applications

Client-facing self-running demo of InfoSphere Optim System Analyzer for SAP Applications. Includes voice-over and captions.

Last updated: 01 Jan 2008

Podcasts 

Data Security for NoSQL systems with IBM InfoSphere Guardium

NoSQL data systems are making their way into the enterprise. IBM InfoSphere Guardium is a cross-platform, cross-database solution that can help speed the deployment of NoSQL by breaking down the inhibitors to meeting security and compliance requirements and reducing overall risk.

Last updated: 28 Feb 2014


Explore data masking and emerging big data masking trends with Jim Lee, IBM VP of Product Line Management

In this 20 minute podcast, Jim Lee, Vice President of Product Management, will describe the importance of data masking big data environments as well as how to build business driven masking policies to address growing privacy requirements across the enterprise.

Last updated: 24 Sep 2013


Managing the lifecycle of your JD Edwards applications and data with Cynthia Babb, WW Product Marketing, IBM Software Group

This year, a significant number of JD Edward users are facing loss of support from Oracle. That means an upgrade and/or a migration. In this podcast, we will explore these challenges and the best practices JD Edwards users should implement to address them.

Last updated: 21 May 2013


Building security into big data podcast

Big data environments allow organizations to aggregate and share multitudes of data — much of which is sensitive data that must be protected. Listen to this podcast and learn how to build security and privacy into your big data platform using three key foundational pillars.

Last updated: 11 Mar 2013


Assess the Security of Your Database Environment

IBM InfoSphere Guardium Database Vulnerability Assessment provides ongoing evaluation of database security configurations. Learn how Guardium Database Vulnerability Assessment software performs security assessments, helps with compliance, and protects against data breaches.

Last updated: 09 Mar 2013


Managing the lifecycle of your Oracle applications and data

IT organizations must leverage best practices to proactively manage their data, application test and development

Last updated: 27 Nov 2012


Managing the lifecycle of your Oracle applications and data

IT organizations must leverage best practices to proactively manage their data, application test and development

Last updated: 27 Nov 2012


Managing the lifecycle of your SAP applications

Learn how organizations are improving their SAP application testing and implementing upgrades more successfully.

Last updated: 27 Nov 2012


Managing the lifecycle of your z data

In this podcast, we examine the best practices for managing the lifecycle of Z data, and addressing specific issues and challenges facing Z users.

Last updated: 27 Nov 2012


Business driven governance

In this podcast, featuring Rick Buglio, Technical Product Manager, Data Lifecycle Governance and InfoSphere Optim.

Last updated: 07 Nov 2012


Managing and governing Big Data with InfoSphere Optim Solutions

The value of Big Data initiatives to business can be immense. But the challenges of information integration and data lifecycle governance still apply. Without proper governance the costs to manage, performance impacts due to rapid data growth, and risk associated with managing Big Data can become overwhelming.

Last updated: 07 Nov 2012


Managing the lifecycle of data in data warehouses

In this podcast, featuring Vineet Goel, Technical Product Management, InfoSphere Optim solutions for CRM and the Data Warehouse.

Last updated: 07 Nov 2012


The Essentials of Data Masking

This podcast features Peter Costigan, Lead for Product Line Management, InfoSphere Optim Test Data Management and Data Masking

Last updated: 07 Nov 2012


Executive Interview: IBM Distinguished Engineer, VP & CTO, Dr. Ron Ben Natan discusses how organizations can improve database testing with workload capture and replay

In this podcast, we interview IBM Distinguished Engineer, VP & CTO, Dr. Ron Ben Natan and discuss his thoughts on the new capabilities delivered through InfoSphere Optim Query Capture and Replay.

Last updated: 21 Jun 2012


Executive Interview: IBM Fellow, VP & CTO Curt Cotner discusses newly announced InfoSphere Optim Query Capture and Replay

In this podcast, we interview IBM Fellow, VP & CTO, Curt Cotner, and discuss his latest project, InfoSphere Optim Query Capture and Replay.

Last updated: 21 Jun 2012

Solution sheets 

IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Growth Solution for Application Retirement

The IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Growth Solution for Application Retirement provides proven database archivingcapabilities that IT organizations can use to archive and removehistorical reference data safely from the application or systembeing consolidated or decommissioned.

Last updated: 27 Aug 2013


IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Privacy - Transform data on demand to protect privacy across the enterprise

InfoSphere Optim Data Privacy delivers data discovery, data redaction and data masking across the enterprise to satisfy data privacy concerns in the new era of computing.

Last updated: 11 Jun 2013


IBM InfoSphere Optim solutions for data warehouses

IBM® InfoSphere® Optim™ solutions help organizations manage the data lifecycle of data warehouses, enhancing efficiency and business insight through effective database archiving and test data management.

Last updated: 24 Oct 2012


Improve Your Data Security and Compliance Strategy

A holistic approach to data protection

Last updated: 19 Oct 2012


IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Masking solution

The IBM® InfoSphere® Optim; Data Masking solution provides comprehensive capabilities to mask sensitive data effectively across applications, reports and databases in production and non-production environments.

Last updated: 01 Oct 2012


InfoSphere Optim Query Capture and Replay

Mitigate risks and accelerate time-to-market with realistic testing scenarios

Last updated: 10 Jul 2012


InfoSphere Optim Solutions for data lifecycle management

Align enterprise data management with your business objectives

Last updated: 01 Jun 2012


IBM® InfoSphere™ Optim™ Test Data Management solution for SAP applications

Deliver reliable SAP application enhancements

Last updated: 04 Jul 2011


InfoSphere Optim System Analyzer for SAP applications

IBM® InfoSphere® Optim™ System Analyzer is a diagnostic tool that is designed to automatically identify SAP system changes and to understand their impact.

Last updated: 10 Apr 2011

Webcasts 

Top 5 Tips for Improving DB2 Database Testing webcast

While migrations are routine, they can be risky events with unforeseen problems and hidden costs. A recent IBM client survey has identified 5 tips for improved database testing that can help improve project success. Join us for this webcast and learn more.

Last updated: 07 Nov 2013


Achieve competitive advantage through continuous testing

Watch this webcast and learn : How to create proper test data based on use case requirements How to facilitate DBA and tester collaboration How Rational offerings and InfoSphere work together

Last updated: 19 Sep 2013


Test Data Management and the Software Development Lifecycle

In this IBM webcast, David West, Senior Analyst for Forrester Research will discuss Software development lifecycles and their components, the importance of Test Data Management to successful software delivery, requirements for Test Data Management as a part of the software development lifecycle.

Last updated: 27 Aug 2013


Forrester Consulting Total Economic Impact Study: IBM InfoSphere Optim Solutions for Data Lifecycle Management

In this webcast you will learn more about Forrester’s results, and how this study can be a framework for your organization to evaluate the potential financial impact of the InfoSphere Optim solutions.

Last updated: 17 May 2013

White papers 

Streamline enterprise application upgrades with data life cycle management

Know how effective data management that includes data discovery and archiving can improve the outcome of upgrade projects, creating greater business value and higher overall success rates.

Last updated: 27 Aug 2013


Data masking everywhere-Design standard and repeatable data privacy policies across the enterprise

Mask data in real-time as it speeds across the enterprise to address emerging masking requirements in applications, reports, analytics platforms, databases, warehouses and big data environments without changes to applications or impacting performance.

Last updated: 29 Jul 2013


Protecting your critical data with integrated security intelligence

Extend security intelligence with data security insights. Combine the IBM QRadar Security Intelligence Platform with the robust data security capabilities of IBM InfoSphere Guardium to prevent attacks, ensure compliance and reduce the overall costs of security management.

Last updated: 08 May 2013


Making the case for data lifecycle management -A must-have element for business transformation in a data-driven world

Read the whitepaper to find out how one client improved business value of their data by implementing InfoSphere Optim processes and technologies.

Last updated: 28 Feb 2013


Treating data as an enterprise asset to maximize business value

Read the whitepaper to find out InfoSphere Optim can help optimize and secure data.

Last updated: 28 Feb 2013


Benefits of data archiving in data warehouses

Learn how an effective multi-tiered data archiving strategy can help organizations address these challenges for data warehouses.

Last updated: 27 Feb 2013


Deploying enterprise changes with confidence

This white paper describes the pitfalls associated with poor change execution, outlines the benefits of capture and replay capabilities during testing, and details how IBM® InfoSphere® Optim™ Query Capture and Replay helps organizations create realistic testing environments.

Last updated: 24 Oct 2012


Three guiding principles to improve data security and compliance

The information explosion, growing user volumes and emerging sophisticated threats require a more proactive and systematic approach to data security. Read how three guiding principles can help organizations protect data (no matter where it resides) and meet compliance mandates with confidence.

Last updated: 19 Oct 2012


Manage test data to accelerate and enhance data integration projects

Implement IBM InfoSphere Optim Test Data Management Solution for effective test data management in data integration projects

Last updated: 09 Oct 2012


Data lifecycle management strategies - The importance of the complete business object

This white paper defines the complete business object as it applies to organizations and its importance to an organization’s data governance strategies. This paper also examines how the complete business object is implemented in several IBM® data lifecycle management solutions.

Last updated: 14 Jun 2012


Data management strategies to improve application testing in the IBM z/OS environment

This white paper explains how a formalized test data management strategy and the IBM InfoSphere® Optim™ Test Data Management solution can help your organization deliver reliable applications at a lower cost to help maximize your investment in critical business applications.

Last updated: 01 Jun 2012


IBM InfoSphere Guardium Data Encryption: Help secure and protect SAP data

This paper describes the unique challenges involved in securing SAP data. It highlights and compares the various technologies that can be used to secure SAP data along with the trade offs posed by the different approaches.

Last updated: 16 Sep 2011