Automated, Painless Proof-of-Concept? Learn How MANTA Does It

Automated, Painless Proof-of-Concept? Learn How MANTA Does It

The PoC (Proof of Concept) is a standard process intended to show potential MANTA customers that our solution works in their environments. To give you some insight into the process itself, we will walk you through it. Come right this way!

Automated, Painless Proof-of-Concept? Learn How MANTA Does It

The PoC (Proof of Concept) is a standard process intended to show potential MANTA customers that our solution works in their environments. To give you some insight into the process itself, we will walk you through it. Come right this way!

Well, here’s just four things you should know:

1. It’s Automated

Automation has always been at the core of MANTA’s design. And we are very proud to say that our PoCs are easy, fast, and painless because of the amount of automation we can offer. There is one catch, though. MANTA needs to be installed (usually locally, but a remote option is also available) and connected to your environment (obviously non-production). In many organizations, that requires some effort – connections need to be approved by security officers and that might take a while. But how can you test anything without letting it – you know – do its thing?

2. It’s Free

Have you read number one? To put it simply: MANTA’s standard proofs-of-concept is free of charge because it’s effortless on both sides, and takes about 30 days (but most of it is within one week!). We know that many companies charge anything from $1000 to approximately a gazillion dollars to do a PoC. Our usual PoC is made to be quick and painless.

However, if the environment is complex, with a lot of proprietary steps and running on multiple platforms, we might not be able to run our standard PoC. Then there would be a made-to-measure PoC, with a fee depending on the amount of custom work required. It’s not a full integration, so we always agree on the scope, clear terms and conditions with each customer at the beginning so nobody is left in the wind.

3. It’s Properly Tracked & Documented

And that’s why we have everything logged via a simple, yet powerful documentation process. And how does that work?

There are usually five people who participate in the PoC process:

  • Sales and Technical Support experts from MANTA (That’s two and only two, we promise. No need to get overwhelmed.)
  • And on the customer’s side: PoC Manager for the process (let’s call him the champion, shall we?), Technical Participant who knows the environment, and Evaluation Analyst capable of evaluating results and the added value of MANTA in the overall solution implementation process (that’s three, obviously not all of them are needed at any given moment)

Set-Up

The process itself usually kicks off with a pre-installation phase, where the customer and MANTA check-off a list of prerequisites prior to the installation phase. These vary based on the technologies selected for the PoC, but we do have a list of requirements ready. After that comes the installation phase, where the future administrator/manager of MANTA is trained on the application and the software is installed into the customer’s system, configured and, finally, tested!

Live Testing

Then comes an inspection of the KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) that serves to verify how the solutions work. After the future MANTA users are trained on the software, they summarize how satisfied they were with the test.

The KPIs usually include:

  • the amount of automatically visualized data lineage and if it is visualized correctly
  • the amount of labor saved on a selected task, for example impact analysis, regulatory compliance, self-service or pretty much anything else (above 80% is what we aim to achieve)

We track this process in our system, MANTA Help Desk & Knowledge Base. The accounts are free of charge for any number of people necessary for the PoC, and later, for the actual use of MANTA.

4. It’s Not Demanding for the Customer Either

It’s completed in 30 days, but most of the work is done within a week or so. Yes, you can install-test-uninstall MANTA way faster (within one day or less), but these are the best practices that help our customers to achieve the most successful PoC possible (and hey, it’s still faster and cheaper than the other guys, right?).

For the technical part of the process, a physical or virtual machine with these specs is needed:

  • CPU minimum: 4 cores at 2.5 GHz
  • RAM minimum: 8 GB
  • HDD: 100 MB for Manta + space for metadata up to several dozens of GBs

There’s no need to have a dedicated machine, a virtual machine with these resources is also ok. You can use existing machine to start the PoC as soon as possible.  Check out our supported technologies list for stuff that we can parse, and let’s just say that machine-wise, anything you can run Java on should be just fine. Or just ask us at manta@getmanta.com.

The actual Proof-of-Concept Document

If you are interested, you can review our actual Proof-of-Concept Document right here:

Please, note that this is the universal, long document that will be significantly downscaled for the exact combination of technologies used in your case:

Download the PoC Document now.

 

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