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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 Approach and Business Intelligence: The Savvy Manager's Guide. He is a frequent speaker on maximizing the value of information. David can be reached at email@example.com or at (301) 754-6350.
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David Stodder has a great expert analysis at Intelligent Enterprise, which considers the two recent announcements in the MDM world (Informatica's purchase of Siperian and Talend's announcement of its open source MDM product). I left this comment over there:
"One aspect to consider is the fact that the desire for implementing master data management is usually a symptom of deeper data management issues that have not been resolved. The promise of a "golden copy" or "single source of truth" belies the need for higher quality entity data. The problem is indeed as suggested in David's article: the people buying the solution have not thought out the scope of the work involved in transitioning an *enterprise* (with its scores, if not hundred or thousands of independent applications and spreadbasemarts) to committing to the use of a single "master data asset." So you end up with siloed master data implementations (which is an oxymoron if I ever heard one) that serve smaller workgroups. (Psst: really, that MDM implementation is YAID - yet another inconsistent database).
Meanwhile, I dealt with a lot of the questions that David Stodder has raised in the book that I wrote on Master Data Management, which apparently is being sold at a 48% discount at Amazon.