Articles Featuring MDM 2009

  • 31 December, 2009 – Master Data Management Projects in Practice
    By David Waddington, The Information Difference Ltd.
    While many SIs currently claim or suggest they have extensive implementation expertise in master data management, there is little concrete information available regarding the use of systems integrators by end-user organizations for implementing master data management programs in business. We have therefore conducted a survey of both end-user organizations and systems integrators aimed at gaining deeper insight into the levels of expertise, experience and usage of systems integrators specifically related to undertaking MDM implementations.
  • 6 December, 2009 – The Sad State of Data Quality
    By David Waddington, The Information Difference
    Has the state of data quality in organizations improved over the past 20 years? Or is data management, and data quality in particular, still in a ghastly state with organizations and senior management feeling that the problem is overwhelming? Despite the clear concerns from business and a plethora of software vendors, there is surprisingly little concrete information available regarding the state of data quality in business.
  • 9 November, 2009 – Data governance for the masses
    By Andy Hayler, The Information Difference
    Kalido today announced the latest version of the Kalido Information Engine, with the main focus of the new release being improvements in the data governance capabilities of its master data management (MDM) component. Kalido’s technology has long had the ability to support quite elaborate business rules and workflow e.g. allowing serial and parallel authorisations and elaborate time-variance, but has now added a new user interface for master data consumers (as distinct from data stewards).
  • 29 September, 2009 – Opening Up MDM
    By Andy Hayler, The Information Difference, in IT Analysis
    … open-source data integration vendor Talend announced that they would broaden the scope of their offerings. To add to their existing data integration and data quality tools they are introducing an open-source master data management (MDM) offering, based on technology purchased from niche French MDM vendor Amalto…
  • 29 September, 2009 – Talend acquires master data management repository
    By Alex Handy in
    Earlier this summer, Talend purchased a master data management (MDM) repository and management layer from Amalto, a business-to-business integrations …
  • 29 September, 2009 – MDM Becoming More Critical in Light of Cloud Computing
    By David Linthicum in ebiz
    Master data management (MDM) is one of those topics that everyone considers important, but few know exactly what it is or have an MDM program.
  • 29 September, 2009 – Data quality vendors missing the mark: Study
    By Kathleen Lau in Computerworld, IDG News Service
    The study also delved into opinions on how data quality fit with master data management (MDM), or the quest for a single version of the truth across an …
  • 29 September, 2009 – HP-Informatica partnership means bundles, but does it bode merger?
    By Madan Sheina, Ovum
    The recent partnership announced between Informatica and HP promises a tightly integrated data warehousing platform but does not deliver a complete, end-to-end business intelligence (BI) solution. Informatica gives HP’s Neoview offering the data management strategy it has been lacking and a stronger competitive position against rivals such as Oracle and IBM. The inevitable angle is that this could set the scene for a formal merger, though HP has historically been a cautious acquirer, EDS aside.
  • 16 September, 2009 – MDM and Spaghetti
    By Andy Hayler of The Information Difference Ltd.
    When looking at the business case for MDM it is normal to look at the kind of business initiatives that can be enabled by better master data. For example with higher quality, consistent customer data it is possible to run more efficient marketing campaigns, or by having a complete picture of a customer it is possible to cross-sell products effectively or better manage an account. However such things tend to rely on having MDM as a piece of infrastructure, so it is hard to claim all the benefits directly for an MDM project. Perhaps it is time to take a look at some of the more murky and less sexy areas that can benefit from MDM, specifically by lowering the cost of maintaining application interfaces.
  • 16 September, 2009 – The need for MDM and the role of architecture
    Neil Ward-Dutton in ebiz
    The other day I read a post from David Norfolk (“The MDM tarpit”) which generated some lively comment. You can read the post yourself, but to briefly summarise, David highlighted a view that Master Data Management (MDM) should really be redundant – the need for MDM is really a reflection of poor architecture or poor strategic planning. Design things right from the outset and you won’t find yourself needing MDM, appears to be the argument.
  • 16 September, 2009 – Master Data Management Guru Andy Hayler to Present Live Webinar on the State of Data Quality Management
    By Andy Hayler of The Information Difference Ltd.
    Hayler will discuss key insights from U.K.-based analyst firm The Information Difference’s recently published “State of Data Quality” research report, which found that businesses are still facing significant data quality challenges. Hayler will evaluate the current state of data quality and management of data in organizations, and share processes for resolving data quality issues.
  • 8 September, 2009 – Where Data Warehouses End and Master Data Management Begins
    By Loraine Lawson, IT Business Edge Aug 25, 2009 –  8:22:37 AM
    This week, Evan Levy explains the architecture of data integration and more about master data management (MDM).
  • 8 September, 2009 – Surfing in Hawaii
    By Philip Howard, Research Director – Data Management, Bloor Research
    The KONA appliance is an integrated analytic, MDM and data governance solution based on Netezza’s platform, with Kalido providing the relevant software for speeding up the implementation of the appliance, master data management and data governance; and QlikTech providing reporting and dashboards.
  • 8 September, 2009 – Something for Nothing
    By Andy Hayler, The Information Difference Ltd.
    I have now completed the second of my on-line courses on master data management for eLearning Curve. This one goes into considerable detail on how to evaluate an MDM vendor, based around an in-depth MDM functionality model which I have developed (and which has been through a significant review process by some serious MSM experts). The course also looks at the MDM market and talks about the current vendor Landscape in some depth, and finally goes through a suggested process for software procurement, including some tips and hints I have learnt by being on both sides of the negotiating fence.
  • 8 September, 2009 – Quantifying Business Value in Master Data Management
    By Nitin Joshi in InfoManagement Direct, September 3, 2009 –
    Corporations have come a long way in identifying data as a corporate asset. Like all other corporate assets, data needs to be maintained, serviced and worth the investment. It is difficult for an organization to treat data in the same way as any other corporate asset because data is not tangible, data doesn’t have value, there is no return on asset calculation for data, and generally accepted accounting principles do not recognize data as an asset in an organization’s financial statements unless it has been purchased. Because different users have different perceptions of the importance of the data, it’s not managed and valued consistently across the enterprise.
  • 8 September, 2009 – Choosing the Optimal Multidomain MDM Architecture
    By Marty Moseley in Information Management Special Reports, August 21, 2009 –
    Multidomain master data management can provide organizations with substantial value and measurable revenue and margin benefits.
  • 8 September, 2009 – SOA with MDM prevents messaging confusion
    By George Lawton and Jack Vaughan
    24 Aug 2009 –  in

    Service-oriented architecture (SOA) projects are sometimes most in peril just as they are being created. They bog down after the first meeting.
  • 20 August, 2009 – The Appliance of Science
    By Andy Hayler, CEO, The Information Difference
    The data warehouse appliance market has become a crowded space, with around a dozen vendors of all sizes now offering specialist databases designed for high-speed analytic processing of large data warehouses. Teradata laid the groundwork for this market (although there were precursors to it, such as Red Brick and Britton-Lee) but the last few years have seen an explosion of interest.
  • 20 August, 2009 – Claiming Information Governance
    By Philip Howard in
    For my money (and others—I have discussed this with other analysts and with other vendors such as IBM) Information Governance must cover all forms of information, whether structured or unstructured and, more particularly, must cover six areas, …
  • 20 August, 2009 – Styles and Architectures for Master Data Management
    By David Waddington in Information Management Magazine, July/Aug 2009 –
    Over the past few years, master data management has emerged as a key area of information management. The architectural debate was initially about whether to be data domain-specific or not, with vendors focused on providing customer or product-specific hubs. In the past couple of years, the industry has realized that organizations want a uniform approach to all their master data, and vendors have started to address this requirement ….
  • 20 August, 2009 – MDM for Tough Times
    By Aaron Zornes in Information Management Magazine, July/Aug 2009 –
    5 trends to strengthen organizations during recession
  • 20 August, 2009 – Survey Shows Companies Largely Satisfied with MDM
    By Loraine Lawson in ITBusinessEdge
    When The Information Difference conducted a survey of 188 businesses from around the world – about half of which had already adopted MDM, with the remainder planning to do so – $7 million was the average cost reported for MDM costs. The median number, for you stats people out there: $3.5 million.
  • 17 July, 2009 – Doctoring Addresses
    By Andy Hayler, from Andy’s Blog, The Information Difference Ltd.
    Most data quality vendors have their roots in name and address checking, even if their software can go beyond this. What is less well known is that the actual business of getting street level address data (to verify postal codes etc) is a tedious business that varies dramatically by country …
  • 17 July, 2009 – Architecture by PowerPoint
    By Andy Hayler, The Information Difference Ltd.
    A recurring theme among enterprises is the denial of real-world architectural complexity. CIOs love PowerPoint slides that show a spaghetti diagram of the messy applications and interfaces they have now, then a clean diagram of just a few boxes with neat interfaces showing the Nirvana that will occur once they finish the latest project, for which they are seeking an improbably large budget.
  • 17 July, 2009 – The State of Data Quality Today
    By Dave Waddington, SVP, The Information Difference Ltd.
    The topic of business data quality has been with us for decades. Given the large number of vendors offerings dedicated to resolving data quality (DQ) issues, one might be forgiven for believing that the problems have all but been resolved. A glance through the current literature reveals, however, that the problem of poor data quality is still very much alive.
  • 8 July, 2009 – Good master data management needs a focus on data
    By: Kathleen Lau – ComputerWorld Canada
    At the MDM Summit in Toronto last Friday, an oil and gas exploration company shared how its engineers have better faith in data. SAS Institute Canada describes the journey that is MDM, and the MDM Institute names vendors who will monopolize the market in 2009 –
  • 30 June, 2009 – They Better Get This MDM Program Right
    By Rajan Chandras in Intelligent Enterprise
    The US Government is about to undertake a massive nationwide Master Data Management program …
  • 30 June, 2009 – Reduce IT Costs with Master Data Management
    By Ravi Shankar, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Siperian
    Information Technology managers are facing a dilemma given the current economic climate –- despite budget cuts, companies do not expect reductions in the service levels provided by IT to the business. Under such circumstances, how do you maintain or improve service levels, and continue to run the business efficiently?
  • 1 June, 2009 – A Bulldog Puppy Emerges
    By Andy Hayler, CEO, The Information Difference Ltd.
    Microsoft has moved further in its plans to introduce a master data management (MDM) capability into its product line. Microsoft had previously purchased Stratature, an MDM vendor known for its dimension management, and has used this as the basis for its MDM offering, previously known as Project Bulldog.
  • 26 May, 2009 – Harte-Hanks Trillium Software Delivers Advanced Enterprise Data Quality in Trillium Software System V12
    From Trading Markets
    Trillium Software(R), a business of Harte-Hanks, Inc. and a leading enabler of Total Data Quality solutions, today released the Trillium Software System(R) v12, the latest major version of its enterprise data quality solution.
  • 26 May, 2009 – IBM reverts to type and buys Exeros
    By Madan Sheina, Ovum
    After failing to snare Sun Microsystems, IBM seems to have resumed its traditional strategy of focusing on small, technology-focused acquisitions.
  • 26 May, 2009 – Oracle Customer Master Data Management Solution Focused on Integration, Usability and Speed of Implementation
    From ARC Advisory Group
    Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Customer Hub 8.1, the latest version of its master data management solution. Oracle Customer Hub enables organizations to consolidate customer data from disparate systems, cleanse, master, govern and share this information throughout the enterprise.
  • 26 May, 2009 – Master data management tips from the expert
    By Experian QAS
    An expert in master data management (MDM) has outlined a series of recommendations to help businesses get the most out of their data strategy.
  • 8 April, 2009 – Is Your BI Problem Hiding in Your Data Warehouse?
    By Cliff Longman in Information Management Magazine, April 1, 2009 –
    Billions of dollars are spent each year on business intelligence tools. Every year, these tools improve, incorporating better reporting and analysis, visualization, dashboards, forecasting and planning. With all this advancement, shouldn’t the use of BI be a productive, positive experience?
  • 6 April, 2009 – Can Enterprise Data Warehousing and Master Data Management Projects Survive the Recession?
    By Colin White in BeyeNETWORK
    Ambitious IT projects in areas such as enterprise data warehousing (EDW) and master data management (MDM) are likely to suffer as CIOs focus more on reducing IT costs, than leveraging IT to help the business fight the recession.
  • 6 April, 2009 – The Great Business Process Divide and IT
    Michael Vizard on Masked Intentions
    Only 10.1 percent are investing in anything that looks like master data management, only 12.8 percent are investing in operational systems and only 9.3 …
  • 6 April, 2009 – HP offers new business intelligence services
    Brian Tinham in Manufacturing Computer Solutions
    HP is now offering business intelligence services for manufacturers, with three new offerings based on master data management. Kristina Robinson, vice president and general manager, Business Intelligence Solutions at HP, explains that its master data management services enable users to capture, manage and store data consistently across an entire organisation.
  • 6 April, 2009 – What’s New in BI with Kalido, Fujitsu, and Sybase
    Jessica Ann Mola in ebiz
    Notes from the Gartner BI Summit …..
  • 10 March, 2009 – Data Integration: Full Steam Ahead Despite Weak Economy
    By Stephen Swoyer in Enterprise Systems
    Few predict an outright contraction in a DI segment that’s been a hotbed of recent activity…
  • 10 March, 2009 – HP beefs up BI with master data management
    By Colin Barker in
    HP has introduced new business-intelligence services designed to give companies an integrated overview of their data. The three services, announced on Tuesday, cover master data management (MDM); information-quality management; and information governance.
  • 10 March, 2009 – Economy Hasn’t Dampened Data-Integration Plans
    By Loraine Lawson in IT Business Edge
    It’s a good time to be a data-integration specialist, it seems.
  • 10 March, 2009 – SOFTWARE AG: Software AG Placed in ‘Leaders’ Quadrant by Leading Industry Analyst Firm in Two Application Infrastructure Reports
    From Trading
    Software AG, a global leader in business infrastructure software, today announced it was recognized by Gartner, Inc. in the ‘Leaders’ Quadrant in two of its recently released reports…
  • 10 March, 2009 – Hub Designs and Caliber Services Announce HubCaliber Real-Time Access to D&B
    From PRWeb
    Hub Solution Designs and Caliber Services have teamed up to offer HubCaliber Real-Time Access to D&B, enabling access to global D&B data from the Oracle E-Business Suite.
  • 3 March, 2009 – Which Came First, the SOA or the Data Model?
    By Kyle Gabhart, CMS
    Each client approached the problem from a different direction, but the conflict was essentially the same. Who wins and gets to run with their view of enterprise data? The MDM team or the SOA team?
  • 3 March, 2009 – Successful MDM strategy starts with finding broken processes, not technology
    By Courtney Bjorlin, News Editor,
    Developing a successful master data management (MDM) strategy starts with identifying broken business processes that can be fixed with improved data management, according to analysts.
  • 3 March, 2009 – Cordys Launches Enterprise Cloud Orchestration System to Deliver First Platform as a Service (PaaS)
    By: Business Wire, Cloud Computing Journal
    Cordys ECOSystem delivers dynamic business service provisioning via the cloud, enabling the composition of user-specific applications based on packaged and custom-built business services, as well as enabling dynamic orchestration and provisioning in a multi-tenant environment with no capital expenditure.
  • 3 March, 2009 – Business Drivers and Master Data
    By David Loshin, BeyeNETWORK
    Over the past month, I have done an informal “survey” of promotional material regarding master data management (including various vendor websites, my own book and other books) with the intention of understanding how the value proposition is communicated to potential technology adopters.
  • 3 March, 2009 – Stop the firefighting
    Register – London, UK is a proper white paper from Dataflux: lots of information, no vendor pitch, and an academically dry tone established by the author David Loshin, a master data management expert.
  • 26 February, 2009 – The B-eye Network Announces Strategic Partnership With
    Earthtimes  – London, UK
    The B-eyeNETWORK(TM) announces a strategic alliance with, the premier business intelligence (BI) resource in the Benelux … a variety of events in the domain of data warehousing, Enterprise Performance Management, Information Management and Master Data Management topics. …
  • 26 February, 2009 – Business Process Management and MDM
    By Dan Power, Information Management Magazine, February 4, 2009 –
    BPM is the foundation of a successful strategy for integrating an MDM hub in the enterprise…
  • 26 February, 2009 – 5 Data Quality Management Steps for MDM
    By Sanjay Kumar, Information Management Special Reports, February 19, 2009 –
    Without DQM, MDM is merely a dump of the data repository, and sans MDM, DQM cannot bring ROI to the organization…
  • 26 February, 2009 – Master Data Management: Avoiding Pitfalls of MDM
    By Mike Cochrane, Information Management Magazine, February 4, 2009 –
    A careful strategy will position your MDM program for success …
  • 25 February, 2009 – iWay introduces EIM
    By Philip Howard, IT-Director, UK
    Since the term EIM may notnecessarily be clear I had better explain that this is a platform-based approach that spans data integration, data quality and master data management. …
  • 25 February, 2009 – DataFlux Sees Growth in 2008
    DataFlux (press release) – CARY, N.C., USA
    DataFlux, a leading provider of data quality and data integration solutions, today announced positive growth in 2008, highlighted by its eighth year of double-digit, year-over-year revenue growth…
  • 25 February, 2009 – MES software provides single version of truth
    Industrial IT – Sydney, NSW, Australia
    … synchronisation functionality detects changes in the master data definitions, and also provides an integrated configuration environment for reviewing and actioning conflicts. It is compatible with a number of different master data sourcing including SAP PM, G2, and UAG …
  • 25 February, 2009 – A Single View
    By Mervyn Mooi, ITWeb, Gauteng, South Africa
    Cross- and up-selling can only happen if companies have a single view of the customer. To achieve that, they have to embrace master data management (MDM).
  • 25 February, 2009 – IWay Offers Single Platform For Real-Time, Batch Integration In EIM Suite
    Intelligent Enterprise – San Mateo, CA, USA
    … MDC enables organizations to consolidate millions of records according to defined business rules, making unified and validated master data available to a wide range of applications …
  • 20 February, 2009 – When navigating the uncharted waters of MDM, it helps to have a map
    By Andy Hayler, CIO, The Information Difference
    When starting a master data management (MDM) initiative, there is lot more to it than choosing a technology. MDM projects, by their nature, involve reconciling data and definitions across multiple lines of business (and quite likely different country organizations) so data governance is vital….
  • 16 December, 2008Impact of the financial crisis on MDM and DQ initiatives
    By Dr Dave Waddington, Senior VP and Head of Research, The Information Difference
    The recent financial crisis has had widespread impact on both individuals and businesses. It is against this background that a number of comments have appeared in the media urging businesses not to be distracted from their current IT plans but to focus even more on the areas that will bring growth. It seems entirely likely that consulting firms will be faced with delayed or cancelled projects and many software vendors will experience a slow down in orders. But will most businesses realize that Master Data Management (MDM) and Data Quality (DQ) initiatives hold the key to delivering improved business information and therefore that it makes sense to pursue these initiatives even against the current economic background? In other words, are MDM and DQ immune from the crisis?