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David Loshin

Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK Blog. This is going to be the place for us to exchange thoughts, ideas and opinions on all aspects of the information quality and data integration world. I intend this to be a forum for discussing changes in the industry, as well as how external forces influence the way we treat our information asset. The value of the blog will be greatly enhanced by your participation! I intend to introduce controversial topics here, and I fully expect that reader input will "spice it up." Here we will share ideas, vendor and client updates, problems, questions and, most importantly, your reactions. So keep coming back each week to see what is new on our Blog!

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David is the President of Knowledge Integrity, Inc., a consulting and development company focusing on customized information management solutions including information quality solutions consulting, information quality training and business rules solutions. Loshin is the author of The Practitioner's Guide to Data Quality Improvement, Master Data Management, Enterprise Knowledge Management: The Data Quality Approachand Business Intelligence: The Savvy Manager's Guide. He is a frequent speaker on maximizing the value of information. David can be reached at loshin@knowledge-integrity.com or at (301) 754-6350.

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Posted January 28, 2010 2:29 PM
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There has been a great deal of activity in the master data management (MDM) market within just the last seven days. On Monday, Talend announced the availability of the first open source MDM solution, which was followed on Thursday by Informatica's acquisition of MDM vendor Siperian.

We believe the two announcements represent two entirely different directions for the data management market. Talend's goal is to democratize the MDM market with an affordable, open source alternative at a fraction of the cost of cost-prohibitive and disjointed proprietary technologies. Even before we launched our MDM solution, we were witnessing a growing number of companies adopting Talend open source technologies, including smaller organizations who never had the budgetary means to adopt data management solutions including MDM.

In short, Talend's open source approach puts control into the hands of customers Informatica's acquisition of Siperian represents business as usual in the proprietary software market; consolidation of closed, black-box technology in the hands of megavendors who control the entire data management stack chain and can dictate their terms to customers.

We believe the market will ultimately determine which of the two approaches makes the most sense.

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