MDM Landscape

The MDM Landscape Q2 2022

Master data management (MDM) is the software and set of supporting processes to support the handling of data that goes across an organization, such as customer and product data. There are several master data domains in addition to these, such as data on locations, suppliers, assets, staff, contracts etc. It is common for a global enterprise to have dozens or even hundreds of major applications spread across many subsidiaries, including multiple instances of ERP systems, so this kind of master data is almost inevitably duplicated across different enterprise software applications, with potentially inconsistent data appearing across business processes like “sell to customer”. Even if you started with a clean slate of perfectly consistent master data, as soon as you make an acquisition of another company then that acquired company will bring with it its own systems and master data, and this will take time to integrate. If you do a lot of acquisitions (and some large companies make more than one such purchase a month) then it can be seen how tricky it is to ensure consistency of key master data. This inconsistency makes it hard to answer even basic questions about the operational running of a business. For example, suppose you decided that you want to rationalise your brands and eliminate the least profitable ones. To do this you actually need to have data about the revenues by brand and consistent cost allocation rules so that you can calculate brand profitability. If revenue and cost data are spread amongst multiple systems and cost allocation rules are inconsistent across an enterprise then you have no sound basis to even get started.

Such problems led to the development of the master data management industry, originally concentrated around the common domains of customer and product data, but later expanding to cater for asset, location and other master data. Such data is either co-ordinated in a virtual form or physically copied into master data hubs, where business rules are applied to ensure that the most reliable and up to date version of master data is identified. This data may be fed into a data warehouse for analytic purposes, or (more rarely) used to correct older or incorrect data in operational systems. MDM software needs to be able to handle issues such as hierarchy management and be able to resolve inconsistencies between classification schemes used in different operational systems. There is an inherent data quality element to any MDM project, as reliable master data should be complete, accurate and up to date. MDM software typically has its own data quality components such as merge/matching, either as part of the core software or through an OEM arrangement with a data quality vendor.

These days, MDM software has to deal not just with data held in on-premise operational systems, but also data held in public or private clouds. As well as traditional numeric values, MDM systems need to be able to deal with text, images and video, for example descriptions of consumer products that are advertised on a corporate website. Such product data may very well be imported from suppliers or exported to channel partners. A modern MDM system should be able to handle relatively static reference data such as currency and country codes, but also regularly changing data such as customer addresses, product images and may be required to deal with near real-time data from eCommerce systems and websites. Customer data records may number in the hundreds of millions, and product data may have very complex classification schemes for different marketing purposes, with variable depth hierarchies.

In recent years we have seen some consolidation in the industry as larger vendors have acquired innovative start-ups and moved from point MDM solutions to broader data management platforms that encompass data preparation and transformation, MDM and data quality in (at least on paper) integrated software suites. This M&A activity continues, with for example Riversand being acquired by Syndigo in May 2021, as well as Magnitude being acquired by insightsoftware in October 2021. Various analysts project the MDM software industry will continue to grow at a rate of around 15% in the coming years, around double that of the enterprise software market as a whole. Information Difference research shows that on average the people costs of an MDM project are four times that of the software license cost, so there is clearly a large and separate consultancy market associated with MDM.

The main vendors in the market are summarised in the diagram below.

The landscape diagram represents the market in three dimensions. The size of the bubble represents the customer base of the vendor, i.e. the number of corporations it has sold MDM software to, adjusted for deal size. The larger the bubble, the broader the customer base, though this is not to scale. The technology score is made up of a weighted set of scores derived from the following elements: customer satisfaction as measured by a survey of reference customers(*) , analyst impression of the technology, maturity of the technology in terms of its time in the market and the breadth of the technology in terms of its coverage against our functionality model. Market strength is made up of a weighted set of scores derived from: MDM revenue, growth, financial strength, size of partner ecosystem, (revenue adjusted) customer base and geographic coverage. The Information Difference maintains profiles on each vendor that go into more detail. Customers are encouraged to carefully look at their own specific requirements rather than high-level assessments such as the Landscape diagram when assessing their needs. We maintain a comprehensive MDM functionality model and evaluation approach (MDM Select) that we offer to customers.

A significant part of the “technology” dimension scoring is assigned to customer satisfaction, as determined by a survey of vendor customers. In this research cycle the vendor with the happiest customers was Viamedici, followed closely by Magnitude and Informatica, and then Ataccama, Stibo Systems and TIBCO. Congratulations to those vendors.

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(*) In the absence of sufficient completed references, a neutral score was assigned to this factor.

Below is a list of the significant MDM vendors.

VendorBrief DescriptionWebsite
Agility Multichannel
(Magnitude)
Now known as Agility PIM by Magnitude since its acquisition by Magnitude in 2017, MDM for product data vendor specializing in product management for commerce.www.agilitymultichannel.com
AkeneoPIM vendor.www.akeneo.com
AllSightSaaS vendor that populates an intelligent Customer 360 through synthesis, inferences and analytics.www.allsight.com
AtaccamaUnified data management platform provider offering integrated data quality, data governance & MDM.www.ataccama.com
BluestonePIM vendor.www.bluestonepim.com
CadisEnterprise data management vendor specializing in financial services industry.www.cadisedm.com
CluedinCloud-based MDM and data quality vendor.www.cluedin.com/modern-mdm
ContentservProvides retailers and brands a “Product Experience Platform” combining MDM, PIM, DAM, and Marketing Experience Management in a single stack.www.contentserv.com
D&B PurismaCustomer hub software acquired by business services giant D&B.www.pursima.com
Dell BoomiServices arm of Dell now has a cloud-based MDM software product.www.boomi.com/mdm
DenodoMDM vendor with emphasis on data virtualisation.www.denodo.com
Global IDsNew York-based vendor with an emphasis on data governance.www.globalids.com
Golden SourceUK vendor specializing in financial services industry.www.thegoldensource.com
GXSVendor specializing in product master data but which can manage other data domains.www.gxs.com
www.gxsproductmasterdata.com
hybrisVendor specializing in product master data and eCommerce. Now part of SAP.www.hybris.com
IBMIndustry giant with comprehensive MDM offerings across all data domains and implementation styles.www.ibm.com
Indus Valley Partners (IVP)Enterprise data management vendor specializing in the buy side of the capital markets.www.ivp.in
InformaticaInformatica offers a modular, end-to-end, multi-domain MDM that’s unified, flexible and scalable. Built on Intelligent Data Platform (IDP), MDM provides master data-fueled business apps such as Product 360, Supplier 360, Customer 360, Customer 360 for Salesforce, Relate 360 that are designed to address key business challenges every organizations face. Informatica’s MDM solution combines Data as a Service (DaaS), Data Quality, and Business Process Management.www.informatica.com
Information Builders (IBI)Provider of Enterprise BI, MDM, Data Quality and Integration. Offers iWay Master Data Suite, OMNI packaged solutions for healthcare, and OMNI-Gen MDM automation technology. www.informationbuilders.com
InnovitMDM vendor.www.innovit.com
InRiverProduct Information Management vendor with its HQ in Sweden. www.inriver.com
InterSystemsVendor using an object database combined with an application integration platform to provide MDM.www.intersystems.co.uk
LansaVendor with PIM and eCommerce tool amongst a broader software portfolio.www.lansa.com
LiaisonCloud-based MDM software with an emphasis on product data.www.liaison.com
Magnitude SoftwareModel-driven multi-domain MDM vendor (formerly called Kalido). Magnitude was acquired by insightsoftware in October 2021. www.magnitude.com/products
NaveegoA hybrid and multi-cloud data accuracy product using artificial intelligence.www.naveego.com
OracleDatabase and applications giant with several MDM solutions.www.oracle.com
PimcoreOpen-source MDM vendor.www.pimcore.com
Pitney Bowes SoftwareA large vendor that in 2012 launched an MDM product based on a graphical database.www.pb.com
PreciselyData management vendor that acquired Winshuttle in mid 2021.www.precisely.com
ProfiseeVendor with an offering complementary to, and based upon, the Microsoft MDS platform. www.profisee.com
ProspectaAustralian MDM vendor.www.prospecta.com
QADVendor specializing in product master data.www.qad.com
ReltioMaster data cloud solution specializing in life sciences.www.reltio.com
RiversandMulti-domain master data provider specializing in product data, acquired by Syndigo in May 2021.www.riversand.com
RollstreamVendor specializing in supplier master data.www.rollstream.com
SalsifyProduct content management vendor.www.salsify.com
SAPApplications giant with its own MDM solution.www.sap.com
SASThe privately held software giant has a multi-domain MDM solution.www.sas.com
SemarchyHybrid, "Intelligent Data Hub" multi-domain MDM vendor focused on governance, quality, catalogue and workflows in parallel.www.semarchy.com
Sigma SystemsVendor with catalogue management, order management and provisioning software. www.sigma-systems.com
SmartcoEnterprise data management vendor specializing in financial services industry.www.smartco.com
Software AGVendor of multi-domain MDM, BPM, and SOA solutions.www.softwareag.com/mdm
sparesfinderVendor specializing in the mastering of spares part data.www.sparesfinder.com
Stibo SystemsStibo Systems provide a multi-domain solution that supports large data sets at scale. It has a strong presence in Manufacturing, Distribution, CPG and Retail.www.stibosystems.com
SupplyOnSupply chain management vendor with MDM capability. www.supplyon.com
SynitiEnterprise data management vendor.www.syniti.com
TalendOpen source vendor with an MDM suite.www.talend.com
TeradataDatabase giant with its own MDM solution. www.teradata.com
TIBCOTIBCO EBX is a model-driven, multi-domain MDM product with an emphasis on collaborative data governance. www.tibco.com/products/tibco-ebx-software
VeevaProvides cloud-based multi-domain MDM software to the life sciences industry.www.veeva.com
veratoProvide identity management software and data, crossing the boundaries between MDM, data quality and data broker.www.verato.com
VerdantisProvides cloud-based MDM software for the material and product domains with self-service and turnkey delivery models.www.verdantis.com
ViamediciMDM vendor specializing in MDM for manufacturing and distribution with real-time data provisioning and integrated configuration rule engine.www.viamedici.com
VisionWareMDM vendor based in UK and US specializing in healthcare, financial services and local government with their MultiVue product.www.visionwareplc.com
WinshuttleData management and process automation vendor providing a multi-domain MDM solution called EnterWorks. Acquired by Precisely in June 2021.www.winshuttle.com