Message Queue Solutions — New User Reviews 2017

What are enterprise tech professionals discussing in their latest Message Queue reviews of 2017?

In this post, we take an insider’s look at the most recent Message Queue reviews written by our users for the following solutions:

As they discuss the solutions’ most valuable features and areas for improvement, real users from IT Central Station share their insight and expertise with the enterprise tech community.

IBM MQ

Valuable Features

“So far, it’s helped us with our Maximo integration between the users and the database administrators. I know we kind of lagged behind on some updates, which caused us problems. We recently upgraded, which had made things a lot easier, got rid of some of the issues we had with the older versions.”

— William Berry

“It’s certainly a product that you can rely on. It delivers the stability and security within our applications that we desire as an organization.”

— Ramond Ball

For MQ, the most valuable feature is our ability to connect our distributed systems back to the mainframe, and pull our legacy data out of the mainframe and bring it down into a modern Java front end.”

— Thomas Golden

Room for Improvement

“The response time could be improved because that’s our main concern. Once our system is down, then it impacts our business since we have another partner who is dependent on us.

There is a need for more integration with cloud. That’s what we’re looking for because that’s what the company is moving towards.”

— Vikas Salvi

“One of the bottlenecks for us is owing to the industry that we’re in, we sometimes get the large payloads and the MQ queues that we can increase. But, the maximum payload size allowed is only 100 Mbps. So, I wish to see if it bumps up because sometimes we hit that ceiling and the message won’t process. We have to find another way to mitigate one or two instances like that.”

— SeniorMic699

RabbitMQ

Valuable Features

“The most valuable feature of RabbitMQ is the ability to set up workflows simply with configuration. We had some very complex problems (logging, auditing, sequential and parallel operations) that have been easily solved by inserting a queue in the middle of an existing workflow.”

— Robert Herrick

“Some valuable features of this product are”:

  • Message queuing
  • Good support
  • Provided scalability and a distributed environment
  • Easy usability with Node JS
  • Could easily withstand and pass stress/load testing with more than 10K API calls
  • Helped achieve a distributed environment and implement a 3-tier structure
  • Helped to develop a highly scalable system by decoupling front end and back end

— Jay Sardhara

Room for Improvement
Routing of data could be more enhanced with a nice GUI:

(“IF header.contains(this.thing) THEN data.goesTo(cluster_02)”).

In its current form, you have to recreate a shovel with the same parameters except for the one you want to change. You end up doing more or less a delete/create.
There is no HTML form where you can click on a shovel and adjust the wrong parameter.”

— SeniorSoabf3

“The biggest area we struggled with was operations troubleshooting. We were running a pretty big cluster and ended up with some random cluster failures that were difficult to troubleshoot. A good portion of these was self-inflicted but occasionally the distributed database would end up corrupted.”

— VpOfSoftb75e

Apache Kafka

Valuable Features

“The most valuable features are topic-based eventing, scalability, and retention periods.

My organization is transforming by using the new SOA/eventing-based architecture. The application depends on the employee’s’ information events.

Kafka is very helpful in implementing this. It increases the performance and gives the details to multiple external/internal teams using Kafka topics in an asynchronous manner.”

— Technica9976

“We use the product for high-scale distributed messaging. The processing capability of the product is enormous. Being a distributed platform, multiple consumers can sync with it and fetch messages.”

— kafkakid

Room for Improvement

“Currently, as it is in the big/fast data integration world, you need to piece together many different open-source technologies.

For example, to create a reliable, fault-tolerant streaming processing system that ingests data, you need:

  • A producer service
  • An event/message buffer such as Kafka or a message queue
  • A stream processing consumer such as Spark, Flink, Storm, etc.
  • something to help facilitate the ingestion into target data sources, such as Flume or some customized concoction.
  • This is simply to ingest the data and does not necessarily account for the analytical pieces, which may consist of Spark ML, SystemML, ElasticSearch, Mahout, etc.
    What I’m getting at is basically the need for a Spring framework of big data.”

— Kevin Quon

Apache ActiveMQ

Valuable Features

“One of the most important features of ActiveMQ is the ability to set up a network of brokers, and the ability to forward the message to another broker in the network, where there is a demand for messages from a consumer.

These brokers could span over WANs and geographies. The messages will get forwarded to the broker where the demand is, which is what makes this a distributed messaging system.”

— Principab325

Most valuable to us are fast asynchronous message queuing with message-level acknowledging and message persistence.”

— Freelanc06f0

Room for Improvement

“There is a need for more protocols and maybe they should provide documentation on the internet as well…About the documentation, it is more about the ActiveMQ advanced concepts such as using the KahaDB etc. For the protocols, maybe a translator is needed for example integration of AMQP to MQTT or XMPP to CoAP.”

— Alexi Coard

Apache ActiveMQ needs some improvement playing with multi-platform message clients. It already plays really well with Java clients since it’s a JMS implementation, but it needs some improvement supporting clients written in other languages (like C#).”

— SrSysAdmin818

Read more of the newest 2017 Message Queue reviews by IT Central Station users.

ERP Solutions — New User Reviews 2017

What are real users in the enterprise tech community saying about ERP solutions in 2017? This blog post takes a close-up look at new ERP reviews from 2017 on IT Central Station.

Users discuss which features they’ve found most valuable, and where they would like to see improvements in the following solutions:

Oracle E-Business Suite

Valuable Features

Entire Supply Chain Flow

A Senior Program Manager shares that “This is our ERP and we are using it for our entire supply chain flow, i.e., from the start of the billing to the shipping process. We are using the Oracle E-Business Suite for mainly our supply chain management.”

Financial and Accounting Reporting Tool

Thomas Weber describes Oracle E-Business Suite as “a financial and accounting reporting tool that we use for accounts payable, creating invoices, and accounts receivable. We process a lot of transactions, so the greatest benefit is that all manual activities are being automated.

We don’t have to spend hours to generate invoices and accounting reports. All the manual insurance processes have been automated, making it easy for the business to handle day-to-day business activities.”

Room for Improvement

An IT Analyst shares several points for improvement:

Features that Meet Industry Standards

“Its features are good, but I think they need to look around at the other products in the market. There are a few industry standard features which are missing from this product. We are discussing one of these with them where synchronizing calendars across different countries is a big thing.

Reporting Features

On the reporting side, they should give financial reports more in AxelBase to filter and sort data to make it faster and easier to close the books.

Technical Support

The other area is definitely the support side. Turnaround time needs to be faster. They need to improve working with the end user, and asking very specific questions to help resolve an issue. People should collect different types of information before sending the problem back and forth.”

SAP ERP

Valuable Features

Muhammed Umer lists several valuable features that he’s found in SAP ERP:

  • Supported over 180 types of businesses
  • Seamless integration inside SAP
  • Quick updates
  • Built-in localized versions

Umer also explains that “I work on project-based organization. There was no method to plan, record, monitor and invoice the hours other than a spreadsheet. After implementing SAP, these processes are being incorporated with a very high level of satisfaction.”

Room for Improvement

Client-Specific/Unique Business Processes

Muralidhara writes that “Certain things are off the shelf, but there are a few things that need to be developed based on client specific or unique business processes.”

Talent Management Sub-modules

Muhammed Umer also adds that “The talent management sub-modules need to be improved more. Clients are looking for more flexibility and a better GUI.”

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

Valuable Features

Sibsankar Bhattacharya lists numerous valuable features offered by JD Edwards EnterpriseOne:

  • Warehouse management
  • Advanced pricing
  • Sales order management
  • Inventory
  • Procurement and subcontracting
  • Bulk stock management
  • Fulfillment management
  • Advanced stock evaluation
  • Environmental accounting and reporting

File Management

Guillermo Badia Marti describes that “File management is easy to obtain. We do not need to spend user time to sort the information. 
Gives us better work-floor management and easy integration with scanners, dispatch, etc. EnterpriseOne has been the product that allows us to focus on our products and not on our ERP, and this means a lot.”

Room for Improvement

Sibsankar Bhattacharya also shares that he would like to see JD Edwards EnterpriseOne improve:

  • Change in grade & potency on volume control (BOM) while issuing a work order
  • Work order approval process
  • Transportation module rate schedule flexibility
  • PO receipt reversal using the EDI process
  • Purchase order approval process
  • Landed cost rule hierarchy definition
  • Account codes that can have legacy description for reporting
  • Sourcing processes with more flexibility and direct relationships with the purchase cycle
  • Self-requisition process approval setup to be made available for the purchase cycle
Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Valuable Features

Usability and UX/UI Functionality

Avi Pinhas describes that “These features make implementation of projects much simpler. It allows smoother adoption of the new system and processes.”

Financial Analytics

Ljubisa Vukoje shares that “Financial analytics provide end users with a real good picture of financial information, such as income and P&L. It can be divided by organization unit, for example, and it can be reported in one additional currency.”

Room for Improvement

Security and User Levels Fields

This Managing Director describes that “The security and user level fields can be improved further so that it is not too tedious for end-user to map and set up.
The permission and roles settings of each individual user is there, but still very tedious.

The fact that the application is extremely flexible also means that if security is not properly set up, a user can accidentally be given access to something that he should not have access to”

Kalpit Patel suggests several points for Microsoft Dynamics NAV to improve:

  • Logistics
  • Packing
  • Export/import
  • Online trade
  • Real-time integration with other systems
PeopleSoft

Valuable Features

Covers All Business Needs

One Senior Technical Analyst describes PeopleSoft as “One of the best on-prem ERP systems on the market with robust features. It is a complete suite with modules that fully cover all the needs of any business. Also, it is highly customizable.”

HR and Payroll Features

A Senior PeopleSoft Administrator writes that “The most valuable feature of this product is the HR suite; it is leading vendor for human resources in the market. So for me, the HR and payroll features are the biggest flagship of the PeopleSoft product.”

Room for Improvement

Analytics and Machine Learning

Anil Kumar Pandey suggests that PeopleSoft should offer “more analytics, monitoring analytics, and also machine learning should be incorporated into the core product. Right now, machine learning is outside of the ERP domain; bring machine learning into the domain.”

Data Entry

Rama Chundri shares that “if you go and talk to the lowest level of the users – the people who enter the invoices, the vouchers, the general entries, add an asset, create a PR requisition, or enter the employee information – they still think that they do not have the tools to enter the data in a much easier way.”

IFS Applications

Valuable Features

Claudio Scarpellino lists IFS Application’s Pricing Matrix and Warehouse functionality as most valuable features:

Pricing Matrix

“Allowed us to implement a very complex “go to market” pricing model. This allowed us to tailor pricing to individual customer requirements. We could implement an automated pricing model that maximized gross profit in a very competitive environment.”

Warehouse Functionality

In ERP terms, it’s rich, allowing us to run three separate businesses in a shared warehouse environment.

Room for Improvement

Usability

Scarpellino suggests that “usability could be improved.”

Scalability Issues with Hardware

Scarpellino also describes that “The product scales well. However, the original hardware requirements were not specified high enough to meet the number of users. We increased disk I/O on the server to resolve this issue.”

Oracle ERP Cloud

Valuable Features

SaaS Model Applications

A Director of ERP Cloud shares that “We implemented the SaaS model applications. The SaaS model means that Oracle holds the hardware/software and provides accessibility through its unbreakable network.”

Room for Improvement

Core Functionality Gaps

“The main areas we have identified for improvement are in core functionality gaps“, writes Tim Warner. “These have been addressed very effectively in recent releases, which clearly have taken into account customer enhancement requests.”

Read more new 2017 ERP Reviews on IT Central Station.

How CA Technologies Leveraged IT Central Station to Increase Brand Awareness and Generate High Quality Leads

Why Peer Reviews Matter To CA Technologies

CA Technologies, formerly known as Computer Associates International, Inc. and CA, Inc., is an American multinational publicly held corporation headquartered in New York City. It ranks as one of the largest independent software corporations in the world. The company creates systems software (and previously applications software) that runs in mainframe, distributed computing, virtual machine and cloud computing environments.

B2B Reviews in Enterprise Tech Marketing Strategies

CA Technologies sought to solidify the role of B2B reviews into their marketing strategies, recognizing the importance of peer recommendations in driving product awareness, consideration, and user conversion.

They chose to engage with the enterprise technology community of IT Central Station, a crowdsourced social platform where users write in-depth product reviews and discuss technology solutions they use.

Why IT Central Station?

CA Technologies started working with IT Central Station in order to drive their potential buyers to the authentic, valuable feedback given by peers in the tech community.

IT Central Station is the leading review site for enterprise technology buyers. All reviews are in-depth and include both valuable features and room for improvement. All IT Central Station reviews are triple validated to ensure authenticity.

Within days, CA Technologies found that buyers were leveraging IT Central Station in their decision-making.

CA Technologies on IT Central Station

Currently, CA Technologies has 91 solutions listed on IT Central Station, with a total of 1,066 CA Technologies product reviews. These reviews have been viewed over 150,000 times this year, impacting thousands of buyers on their user journey.

In-depth Product Reviews

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CA Technologies product reviews entail user input such as ‘How Has this CA Technologies Solution Improved Your Organization?’ and ‘Where Do you Suggest Room for Improvement in this CA Technologies Solution?

Comprehensive Video Reviews

IT Central Station attended CA World in both 2015 and 2016 to collect quality user reviews in video-interview format:

CA Technologies

CA Product Rankings

In IT Central Station’s category rankings, which are compiled based on number of views, comparisons, number of reviews, and product scores based on user feedback, CA Technologies solutions rank as the #1 solution in the following categories:

API Management

Mainframe Management

Mainframe Security

Mainframe Application Development

Event Monitoring

Test Data Management

Release Automation

Workload Automation

Service Virtualization

Project Portfolio Management

Network Troubleshooting

Network Management Applications

Infrastructure Capacity Planning

License Management

“IT Central Station is an extension of our marketing efforts.”

This statement was made by Cameron Von Orman, SVP Product Marketing at CA Technologies.

Von Orman elaborates on how CA Technologies leveraged IT Central Station to “confirm the capability of our products in the Enterprise IT market” —

“The IT Central Station peer review platform creates a no-pressure environment for our customers to provide honest feedback that their peers in the technology industry are much more inclined to trust. Peer reviews are an increasingly valuable part of a buyer’s journey.

CA is now well represented on a neutral and unbiased channel where the capabilities and quality of our solutions are demonstrated through the reviews of our users, who are solving real, complex business challenges.

The reviews and competitive comparison reports have not only helped us confirm the capability of our products in the Enterprise IT market, but have also helped with our lead generation, making these services an extension of our marketing efforts.

We look forward to continuing our partnership with IT Central Station, and utilizing the range of complementary services that they have to offer.”

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Top 10 Network Monitoring Software Reviews – Q1 2017

IT Central Station’s crowdsourced user review platform helps technology decision makers around the world to better connect with peers and other independent experts who provide advice without vendor bias.

Our users have ranked their solutions according to their valuable features, and have also discussed where they see room for improvement. You can read user reviews for the top 10 Network Monitoring Software from Q1 2017 here, to help you decide which solution is best for you.

Users compare and give feedback on the Network Monitoring solutions that they’ve used — based on product reviews, ratings, and comparisons.

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#1 Nagios XI

Nagios XI is ranked by our users as the number one network monitoring solution of Q1 2017, but what do users really think of it?

Paolo Daniele shares that “the most important feature of Nagios is that you can write your own plugin, so you are able to create your monitoring system based on what you need.”

For Hattab Mahdi, valuable features in Nagios XI include:

  • Alerting with SMS and e-mail
  • Monitoring services on hardware status

Mahdi also writes that Nagios XI “improves the time to resolve incidents and administration of the system.”

Brendan O’Farrell describes that “While the UI is functional, I have always thought there was room for improvement here. It is at times assumptive for the not so technical, rather than informative.”

#2 CA Unified Infrastructure Management

The IT Central Station community ranks CA Unified Infrastructure Management as the number two network monitoring software for Q1 2017.

Zafir Yousaf shares (in his video review below) that “the most valuable feature for us is the way it brings silo products together that we’ve invested in over the years, and it allows us to consolidate our views for our customers.”

“I would like to see enhancements to core probes for bulk uploads,” writes Reba Gaines. Gaines explains that “Some probes have the capability to monitor multiple targets. You either must enter them one by one or use scripting to bulk load the targets. I would like to see that functionality built into the probes.”

#3 SevOne

SevOne is ranked by our users as the number three solution of Q1 2017.

Abdul Bari-Khan lists several valuable features of SevOne:

  • Basic Network monitoring;
  • Reporting (performance metrics, third-party data, status maps, device configuration, etc.);
  • Scalability (monitor devices and metrics, and maintain speed); and
  • It’s Linux-based.

“I’d like to be able to stitch together multiple network elements or services for more of an end-to-end view of network performance”, shares LeadDataNwkEng159.

#4 SCOM

The IT Central Station community ranks SCOM as the number four Network Monitoring Software of Q1 2017.

Stevan Davis points to SCOM’s “flexibility, the ability to create Management Packs to monitor different programs or devices. No matter what it is you want to monitor or how you want to monitor, it can be done.”

Mikhail Dolmatov shares that “As I see in the SC 2016 roadmap, the product development team understands that main improvements for the product should be: cross-platform and network monitoring features including stability and extensibility, wider support of dashboarding and cool widgets, the web console should be greatly improved, along with more handy development tools including custom widget development.”

#5 Zabbix

Zabbix is ranked by our users as the number five network monitoring software of Q1 2017.

One of the several pros found in Zabbix, writes kapilmalik1983, is that it “provides a user-friendly GUI interface for administration and configuration for monitoring servers and network.”

As for areas that can be improved, kapilmalik1983 shares that “Installation is a little complex, tedious, time-consuming and prone to user errors. However, once installed, it provides user-friendly interface for all administrative tasks.”

#6 SolarWinds NPM

The IT Central Station community ranks SolarWinds NPM as the number six solution of Q1 2017.

I love the GUI”, writes Christopher Good. He explains that  “Almost everything is accessible through the web interface. It is very user-friendly. It is easy to drag and drop resources wherever you want them.”

Joshua Biggley points to real-time analytics as the “major weakness of the SolarWinds NPM platform today. They’ve done a fantastic job enabling the collection of data. Users are now demanding the ability to generate their own graphs, views, and so on; all of this must be done by an admin today.”

#7 Fortinet FortiSIEM (AccelOps)

Fortinet FortiSIEM (AccelOps) is ranked by our users as the number seven network monitoring software of Q1 2017.

Randy Olds shares that as an Operations Manager, “There are things like dashboards and reports (preconfigured and custom) that let me know that things are operating the way they should be, and when they are not.

Reports and Alerts help identify security risks, identify performance problems, and help in capacity planning.”

InfoSecTL012 adds that Creating parsers to try to make unknown events or currently unsupported devices produce meaningful information is extremely cumbersome.”

#8 CA Spectrum

The IT Central Station community ranks CA Spectrum as the number right solution of Q1 2017.

Frank Tonjes writes that “The best thing about Spectrum is the way it has been designed ‘under the hood’. The concept of models with relationships to other models and each model having attributes. This makes a lot of information available that can be obtained very fast, instead of having to try to do everything via VNM shell or GUI.”

“I would like to see a unified poller, which they have already talked about”, shares Saad Syed. “If I have Performance Center in Spectrum, I don’t need to have separate servers for those same applications. I could have one unified poller, which is getting the traps and also polling information.”

#9 Opsview Enterprise

Opsview Enterprise is ranked by our users as the number nine network monitoring software of Q1 2017.

Reviewer642675 shares that “There are various features in Opsview that our organization finds valuable. We love the accurate alerting, graphs, and customization of alerts.”

Wayne Viljoen adds that “Opsview lacks few features. All of the areas we listed for improvement were implemented in Version 5.

Nonetheless, if it were to become more than a super monitoring tool, I would wish for an integrated CMDB and call-logging module to create a standalone integrated IT service management system out of it. It has the potential!”

#10 Netscout TruView

The IT Central Station community ranks Netscout TruView as the #10 solution of Q1 2017.

Dom Fitzgibbon explains that “Being able to see both packet performance data, Netflow, and SNMP together on one screen makes problem resolution easy to tackle.”

Fitzgibbon also describes how “When I first reviewed the TruView solution today it was quite comprehensive but through the version releases Fluke Networks and now NETSCOUT have continued to make the product better.

While Citrix could be handled better like their nGenius product line (which does an excellent job) it copes with the centralized type of deployment TruView covers.”

Read more user reviews for the Top Network Monitoring Software of 2017 here.

Database Security Solutions — New Reviews 2017

What are real users in the enterprise tech community saying about database security in 2017? This week’s blog post looks at new database security reviews from 2017 on IT Central Station.

Users discuss which features they’ve found most valuable, and where they hope to see improvements.

Imperva SecureSphere Database Security

Features Users Find Most Valuable

  • Vulnerability Management

“The most valuable feature of this product is vulnerability management since you don’t need to run different scans by logging into different databases. Everything can be done and monitored through the centralized console by a few clicks and without any hassle.”

— Senior Analyst at a financial services firm 

  • Report Generation

“The report generation option on a daily/weekly/monthly basis comes in very handy to the top management.”

— Senior Analyst at a financial services firm 

  • Database Auditing

Database auditing has become simple and easy, releasing storage previously used for native database audit processes. We found new patterns of database users’ behavior and corrected some user authorizations.”

— Senior System Engineer

Where Users Hope for Improvements

  • Stability and Ease of Use

“The stability and the ease of use of this product can be improved. I believe the product can be made more flexible and stable.”

— Senior Analyst at a financial services firm

  • More Video Tutorials for Newer Versions

“Additionally, it is very unlikely for a new professional to easily use this tool to its full potential. For this purpose, I believe a few more video tutorials can be uploaded for the newer versions.”

— Senior Analyst at a financial services firm

  • Mainframe Optimization

Mainframe mappings/agents/optimization for CPU usage are areas with room for improvement.”

— Senior System Engineer

IBM Guardium

Features Users Find Most Valuable

 

  • Data Activity Monitoring

Heterogeneous support for data activity monitoring. I have not been able to find any other product that can monitor as many platforms from one application.

Guardium can monitor Windows servers, Linux, Unix, mainframe, and big data environments from one policy. Guardium captures data access activity across networks and local connections.”

— Jody Hair

Security Software Presales Specialist

  • Faster Route to Compliance

“We now have one go-to application for all data monitoring. This has decreased the number of skills needed and enabled a faster route to compliance. Reporting is automated and activity alerts are routed to the appropriate responders.”

— Jody Hair

 

  • Database Logging and Audit Functions

 

Database logging and audit functions are the most valuable features. In some fields like banking, it’s very important to be aware of the actions of database users, and ensure that those without the permission to access information do not access it.”

— Khalil Sarsri

Senior Middleware Engineer

Where Users Hope for Improvements

  • File Activity Monitoring

“While Guardium is great at structured monitoring (DAM), the product is lacking features on the file activity side (FAM).”

— Jody Hair

  • Active Directory and Exchange Monitoring

“We would also like to see tighter integration with Active Directory and Exchange monitoring.

— Jody Hair

  • Appliance Upgrades

“I would like to be able to upgrade appliances within major versions without needing to rebuild the appliance. Once, I tried to upgrade a Guardium Appliance from v9.5 to v10 and there was no available patch for that. Therefore, the solution was to back up the appliance data, rebuild the appliance with the v10 image and then restore the data.

This procedure is highly risky because you can lose all the data if the restoration does not succeed. Installing a patch is much easier and there is no data loss risk!”

— Khalil Sarsri

  • Blocking and Dynamic Data Masking

“The blocking and dynamic data masking features need improvement.”

— Adem Celtik

Database Security Specialist

Oracle Audit Vault

Features Users Find Most Valuable

  • Audit Reporting

Audit reporting and its user-friendliness that is required by auditors are valuable features.

It provides reports that are directly related to the compliance issues, i.e., for example, SOX Compliance.”

— Kosala Sandaruwan

Manager – Oracle Specialist

“I like the audit report. This product has a lot of report templates and you can customize them.”

— Indra Kurnia

Database & Middleware

  • Activity Report

“One of the useful reports is the activity report. Our customer is an insurance company. They want to log every detail regarding financial transaction activities (insert, update and delete). If something happens with the data, they can trace it to the person who performed the activity, and where and when they did it.”

— Indra Kurnia

  • Easy to Configure Users on a Database

“It is very easy to configure users and their appropriate roles and permissions on a database. The product allows us to set rules and restrictions at very minute levels.”

— Ammar Ashraf

Oracle Technical Engineer

Where Users Hope for Improvements

  • Policy Defining

Policy defining should be more user-friendly. It still should be implemented and handed over to the end users. This policy defining cannot be done by an end user.

It should be implemented initially, by a person who knows the Audit Vault along with the implementing business organization and their audit requirements. There should be a system analysis carried out and then this should be implemented.”

— Kosala Sandaruwan

  • AV Server and Database Firewall Deployment

“According to Oracle, the best practice is that Audit Vault Server and DB Firewall should be deployed on different boxes (servers). There is no option to co-locate them together.

If you wish to deploy AV server and Database Firewall, you will need two servers; one dedicated to Database Firewall and the other dedicated to AV Server.”

— Ammar Ashraf

 

  • DB Firewall Documentation

“I would like to see better DB firewall documentation. We still don’t understand how to configure the DB firewall.”

— Indra Kurnia

CA ACF2

Features Users Find Most Valuable

  • Mainframe Environment Security

“This product provides excellent quality for security in the mainframe environment.”

…Basically, it ensures that data is handled only by those who should be handling it and only in the way that they should be handling it.

This product provides visibility and security as to how the data is being used.”

— Reg Harbeck

Chief Strategist at Mainframe Analytics

Where Users Hope for Improvements

  • Simplicity in Programmable Access

“If possible, I would recommend having an Eclipse interface which can provide simplicity in programmable access. This will help in putting together more flexible solutions that interact with the mainframe.”

— Reg Harbeck

Read More Database Security Reviews by IT Central Station users.

How I Used IT Central Station to Learn About Cloud-Based CRM Solutions

This user testimonial is based on an interview with Aimee White, an active IT Central Station user who has regularly benefited from our real user reviews of enterprise tech solutions.

In her own words, Aimee explains “I always rely on online reviews for purchasing decisions – wisdom of crowds and all.”

In this interview, Aimee discusses how she has used IT Central Station for researching CRM solutions, particularly Salesforce.

On our site, the CRM category is followed by 3,489 users and includes 44 CRM solutions on the enterprise tech market.

Aimee works as a Prince2 Practitioner with ITIL v3 It Service Management for website and e-commerce at a retail company.

In this particular use case, Aimee describes “I was looking at Salesforce. I never liked it but I am using a CMS that they have just purchased (Demandware – used by Adidas, House of Fraser, Pandora, Under Armour, etc) so I was sort of forced to look into Salesforce a little more.

I wanted a high-level overview at a glance and that’s what the reviews give me.”

Which Pain Points Were You Looking to Solve with Salesforce Sales Cloud?

“It was more that I wanted to recommend a cloud-based CRM that is used by a huge chunk of businesses, to good effect. The pain points are more about a lack of internal processes – often can be solved by going out to the cloud and having a black box.”

What are Your Most Frequent Reasons for Using IT Central Station?

“I am using IT Central Station now to research CRMs. While it won’t stop me recommending a product to a client, it is more about finding out the problems that the client could experience. It’s about digging up the things “you don’t know you don’t know. So, for me, it’s about risk management.”

Which Knowledge Gaps Were You Looking to Fill in Your CRM Research?

“I was looking for high-level reviews and some high-level info on features and problems. All apps have issues but most seem to lie in the implementation and/or lack of internal processes of an organization. For me, those points are for the organization to deal with. What a CRM “can” do, is my area.”

About Aimee:

Aimee has been a member of IT Central Station since 2013, where she has published 14 product reviews and has earned the ranking of “Elite Squad Member” on our site.

Aimee is ranked the #1 expert in 14 different product leaderboards:

Aimee is ranked the #1 expert in 17 different category leaderboards:

Aimee has also published eight different IT Central Station projects:

Read what other IT Central Station users have to say about CRMs in our full collection of CRM reviews.

Fortinet FortiGate vs Cisco ASA vs Palo Alto Networks Wildfire vs pfSense vs Sophos UTM: Firewall Reviews Face-off

What do users at IT Central Station discuss in their Firewall Reviews?

This week, a Review Face-off is held between:

What are each solution’s most valuable features? Where would users like to see improvement?

Continue reading to read expert advice from the IT Central Station user community.

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Question: “What are Fortinet FortiGate’s Most Valuable Features?”
Answer:

“You can create multiple virtual domains (VDOMs) which are treated as separate firewall instances. The reporting you get out of this appliance is excellent and you don’t need an external management system.”

— Simon Chaba

Answer:
  • IPS
  • Application control
  • IPsec & SSL VPN
  • Web filtering
  • E-mail security
  • Data leak prevention
  • Wireless security and wireless controller
  • Central antivirus (FortiClient)
  • HW & SW token controller (FortiToken) etc.”

Adriana Ymeri

“Where Do You See Room for Improvement in Fortinet FortiGate?”
Answer:

Talking about FortiGate, the main complaint I have heard is about the technical support. My personal experience is the same of many people that are not happy with this aspect of the service offered from Fortinet. Often your problem is diverted to local partners and I have to say that I had mixed results with them. While some partners are professional, many are not skilled enough and have costs that are not equivalent to their quality.”

— Fabrizio Volpe

Answer:

Fortinet policies are built between zones or interface to interface. This can result in duplicates being installed without warnings, resulting in policy auditing issues.

Another issue is that FortiGate does not support Netflow, only sFlow is supported.”

Simon Chaba

cisco asa reviews
Question: “What Are Cisco ASA’s Most Valuable Features?”
Answer:

“I especially value Change Management and Compliance. They are most valuable because we are required to comply with regulations regarding credit card processing (PCI) and protecting patient data (HIPAA).”

— Eric Garcia

Answer:

Outstanding NGFW capabilities, Site to site VPNs and High Availability. Also, the integration of FirePOWER services (Web Filtering/IPS/Malware Protection) is a huge step forwards for an already great platform.”

— Alberto E. Luna Rodriguez

Question: “Where Do You See Room for Improvement in Cisco ASA?”
Answer:

“Only problem, in my opinion, is ease of use. You really need to know your way around the CLI and complex feature set to get things working. The ASDM GUI is good for some things but for the most part, you’ll need to stick to the CLI which is a bit difficult, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience around Cisco equipment.”

— Alberto E. Luna Rodriguez

“There are many areas for improvement despite the fact that we love the product, but because it is a newer version we’ve been working out lots of issues. Some of those issues are based on our environment.”

— Eric Garcia

palo alto networks wildfire reviews
Question: “What Are Palo Alto Networks Wildfire’s Most Valuable Features?”
Answer:
  • App-ID
  • User-ID
  • Ease of deployment and usability
  • Filtering Mechanism like SP3 Engine

“From a technical perspective, this has given us a new high as this is how a technology solution should function.

From a sales perspective, we have been able to pitch the solution to new customers as it seems cheap to customers when we bundle the solution, compared to getting each device for individual functions.”

— Girish Vyas

Question: Where Do You See Room for Improvement in Palo Alto Networks Wildfire?
Answer:
  • IP SLA tracking
  • GRE tunnel support

“I believe these are the major improvements in the pipeline.”

“In addition,” adds Vyas, “It crashes too frequently for a few boxes, which could be expected from a new vendor as it evolves.”

— Girish Vyas

pfsense reviews
Question: “What are pfSense’s Most Valuable Features?”
Answer:
  • Fail-over of between multiple ISPs
  • Firewall
  • Graphs
  • Real-time interface monitoring
  • The web UI gives you an overview of everything you want to see
  • For an open-source solution, it has performed fantastically
  • OSPF
  • It contains loads of optional packages e.g Snort (IDS), Asterix (PBX), network monitors etc.
— Dania Seun
Question: “Where Do You See Room for Improvement in pfSense?”
Answer:

“Whenever a new version rolls out, there are hidden bugs. That’s why we normally run a version behind for a little while before rolling into the current build.”

— John Crabtree

sophos utm reviews
Question: “What are Sophos UTM’s Most Valuable Features?”
Answer:

“The web filter and the ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) are great and easy to manage, and the integrated WAF (Web Application Firewall) allows the administrator to seamlessly protect HTTP/S services without having to pay thousands of dollars.

They just introduced Sandstorm system for protection, is awesome as well.”

— Juan C. Sanchez Pignalosa

Answer:

“The Sophos UTM products helped us manage and a global network of more than 20 sites.

Their ability to firewall, filter and monitor network traffic and provide VPN connectivity really helped us day to day with such a complex network.

We chose the product initially because the user interface was simple to understand and made sense without requiring a long training course for an experienced network engineer to utilize.”

— Karim Kronfli

Question: Where Do You See Room for Improvement in Sophos UTM?
Answer:

Sophos UTM has many improvements that I would suggest, but the main one is for

the Application Control to be managed with users as well, and with timeframes (schedules) for the administrator to allow certain apps outside a  specific timeframe, or vice versa.”

— Juan C. Sanchez Pignalosa

 

Interested in learning what other IT Central Station users have to say about Firewalls?

Read more Firewall reviews on IT Central Station.

DDoS Protection Solutions — New User Reviews 2017

What are real users in the enterprise tech community saying about DDoS protection solutions in 2017?

This week’s blog post looks at new DDoS protection reviews from 2017 on IT Central Station. Users discuss which features they’ve found most valuable and where they hope to see room for improvement.

ddos protection reviews

Imperva Incapsula

Ram Saiegh shares that “We are using Incapsula as our web application firewall and for DDoS protection, and it performs really well at its job.

Incapsula packs some great features, such as SSL support, content caching and the ability to ‘play’ with the rules as much as you’d like.”

When suggesting areas for improvement, Steven Tipton writes that “reporting and the main site’s dashboard could use refinement. We have a lot of sites, and scrolling through the dashboard becomes cumbersome.”

CloudFlare

Adrian Volcoff writes that “DNS Management is the most valuable feature of the product on the free plan, and the CDN options are robust on the business plan.”

Aum e Hani shares how in terms of improvement, “For DDoS protection and website downtime, it would be nice to have a feature to provide email/SMS alerts that can be implemented like Pingdom and other solutions.”

Kentik

David Bendersky writes that “DDoS Alarming allows us to get a feel for the bandwidth of an attack and determine if mitigation is needed to prevent collateral damage. Secondly, the flow analysis lets us look at how traffic is transiting our network. This allows us to optimize metrics to reduce cost.

Kentik answers the flow question: what are my flows, where are they are going, and what can I do to better optimize my connectivity. Kentik also baselines flow behavior and can alert you when there are abnormal flows such as DDoS.”

“I would like to see more granular user and security rights”, writes Swen Wulf. “Currently, a user can be a member or an administrator. I would like to limit what a user can see, be it IP or interface. I would like to be able to give my customers access to the data explorer with just their data.”

Radware DefensePro

Paul Oakley lists “Data scrubbing and unmatched DDoS protection” as Radware DefensePro’s valuable features.

Oakley also shares his experience that “We needed support for testing and implementation. They will point you to tutorials and assist you where needed.”

Cloudbric

Vikrant Jhala writes “I found the most valuable feature is WAF (Web Application Firewall). It helps to block external attacks into a website and provides Advance DDoS protection and free SSL support as part of Cloudbric’s free service.”

Read more new DDoS protection reviews from 2017 on IT Central Station.

More User Feedback on DDoS Protection Solutions:

DDoS Protection  — [PDF REPORT] — April 2017

DDoS Protection Face-off: Imperva Incapsula vs. CloudFlare — February 2017

Top 10 Talent Management Solutions Q1 2017- According to Real Users

IT Central Station’s crowdsourced user review platform helps technology decision makers around the world to better connect with peers and other independent experts who provide advice without vendor bias.

Our users have ranked their solutions according to their valuable features, and have also discussed where they see room for improvement. You can read user reviews for the top 10 Talent Management solutions here, to help you decide which solution is best for you.

Users compare and give feedback on the Talent Management tools that they’ve used — based on product reviews, ratings, and comparisons.

talent management reviews

#1 PeopleSoft

PeopleSoft is ranked as the number one solution in talent management by our users during Q1 2017.

“It is strong in business processes and technology”, writes Rama Chunduri. “The technology is open-ended. The user interface is much more stable and really robust. The strength of PeopleSoft is that the business processes are solid.”

This Senior IT Solution Supervisor shares that he’d “like to have a dashboard on a mobile app where I can check the health of all the servers and middleware, where I can get alert notifications if there are any critical services going or not going up at all.”

#2 IBM Kenexa

IT Central Station users rank IBM Kenexa as the number two talent management solution of Q1 2017.

Jeff Wellstead describes that “Of all the current talent analytics offerings on the market today, IBM Kenexa Talent Insights is the most comprehensive end-to-end, data-agnostic analytics tool.

It has instant infographic and dynamic dashboarding capabilities. You can literally click, drag and drop a massive data set into the tool, wait about 3-10 seconds, and suddenly be looking at 10 instantly relevant data analytics cases.”

Angela Scalpello shares that “The team didn’t find the reporting tool that easy to use, in terms of pulling their own data, slicing and dicing it, combining groups. Some of them did, but for the most part, it felt like a bridge too far.”

#3 Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand is ranked as the number three solution in talent management by our users in Q1 2017.

Learning management and reporting are the most valuable features” writes Rui Brandao.

He continues to describe that how “Its flexibility allows different configurations for different areas of the company while keeping it all together. Reporting and data delivered to the end user are also much improved over our previous reality.”

Brandao then adds that “There is always room for improvement. I would like to see improvement in notification management and administration.”

#4 SAP SuccessFactors

IT Central Station users rank SAP SuccessFactors as the number four talent management solution of Q1 2017.

Liat Oren Wachs describes that “Everything in the product is most valuable to us. The flexibility of working with so many types of forms in one platform and also the ability to define different eligible populations for any process are extremely helpful features.”

Wachs also suggests that “There should be a single mechanism to manage forms, i.e., to create a template/forms, change/route etc.

There is also need for role-based permissions and the ability to add filters in the compensation form.”

#5 Workday

Workday is ranked as the number five solution of Q1 2017.

This VP Information Technology shares that “Workday, for us, is the tip of the spear for so much of what we do downstream…

The API’s have enabled us to really deliver reliable automation to the company. This isn’t just critical, because we can create ease of use, though that is really nice.

Reliable, auditable integration has reduced the complexity and cost of our ongoing audits. Users get the access they need, when they need it, and it is removed when we need it removed.”

Harrison Jacob also shares that Workday is “great for operational / detailed reporting and some low-level analytics, but for heavy-duty analysis against large data sets, I find it’s a bit lacking.”

#6 SAP HCM

IT Central Station users rank SAP HCM as the number six talent management solution of Q1 2017.

Alessandra Balduzzi describes that because SAP HCM’s valuable features entail “integration with all business processes, standard features, flexibility in configuration, and full scalability, Integration Information systems between different business processes allows in my opinion the increase of efficiency in the organization.”

At the same time, Balduzzi continues, improvement could be made in the “graphic interface and usability for end users…Nowadays, people are used to web interfaces, user-friendly screens, and rapid deployment functionalities. A different way of using the system in my opinion could avoid the thought that this system is not up-to-date.”

#7 BambooHR

BambooHR is ranked as the number seven solution of Q1 2017.

Anna Pearson shares that “We use BambooHR to store our HR files and it’s incredibly helpful having all HR information in one place as a quick reference tool.

There is a great variety of customization available; as an international company I really appreciate that I can adjust lists (onboarding and public holidays for example) to be unique for each country/office in question.”

“I would like to see some improvements with custom reports and signature templates”, writes Sara Schmidt, specifying that “I am finding I have to export and filter things out I don’t need. I would also like to be able to put a date range on my custom reports.”

#8 Oracle Taleo

IT Central Station users rank Oracle Taleo as the number eight talent management solution of Q1 2017.

This Senior Manager of Oracle Applications Support identifies “recruiting” as one of Oracle Taleo’s most valuable features. He describes that “Putting the requisitions through takes around 5 minutes at the most. If you know you have the job description ready, just plug it in.”

For room for improvement, Jon Ander Ortiz Martinez shares that “Although I know that the Oracle Development team is working on it for next releases, there are certain areas where functionality could be improved in the Learning Module (better integration with the other modules, and in terms of reporting).”

#9 PageUp People

PageUp People is ranked as the number nine solution of Q1 2017.

A Senior People Systems Administrator describes that “it has a user-friendly interface in managing job requisitions for the end user.

Another valuable feature is the online PageUp guy to whom we can always ask in regards to configuration matters.”

Magdaline Pothitos suggests that “reporting could be improved…we have experienced some difficulty in trying to automate some fairly standard reports to be sent out to our hiring areas regarding current recruitment in their respective areas.”

#10 Saba Cloud

IT Central Station users rank Saba Cloud as the number 10 talent management solution of Q1 2017.

One user writes that “Features such as the auto waitlist, prescriptive rules, and team approvals are the most valuable” in Saba Cloud.

This user then adds that “They can make it more simple in terms of UI. The UI is complex in regards to the navigation and functionality.”

Read more user reviews for the Top Talent Management Solutions of Q1 2017 here.