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Colin White

I like the various blogs associated with my many hobbies and even those to do with work. I find them very useful and I was excited when the Business Intelligence Network invited me to write my very own blog. At last I now have somewhere to park all the various tidbits that I know are useful, but I am not sure what to do with. I am interested in a wide range of information technologies and so you might find my thoughts will bounce around a bit. I hope these thoughts will provoke some interesting discussions.

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Colin White is the founder of BI Research and president of DataBase Associates Inc. As an analyst, educator and writer, he is well known for his in-depth knowledge of data management, information integration, and business intelligence technologies and how they can be used for building the smart and agile business. With many years of IT experience, he has consulted for dozens of companies throughout the world and is a frequent speaker at leading IT events. Colin has written numerous articles and papers on deploying new and evolving information technologies for business benefit and is a regular contributor to several leading print- and web-based industry journals. For ten years he was the conference chair of the Shared Insights Portals, Content Management, and Collaboration conference. He was also the conference director of the DB/EXPO trade show and conference.

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February 2007 Archives

Over the past few months I have spent a significant amount of time talking to both vendors and customers about MDM implementation. It's interesting to note that there are some fairly consistent messages coming out of these discussions.

The first thing I found is that there are a significant number of MDM projects in the works This is especially the case in Europe. Although many of these projects focus on specific types of master data like customers and products, there are also a reasonable number of projects where the MDM solution addresses multiple master data business entities.

One issue that everyone points out is the complexity involved in handling the business rules for master data hierarchies and relationships.

Both vendors and customers alike also say that hub products that simply coordinate master data changes across systems break down when the the number of systems of entry is more than about 3 or 4. Coordinating the business rules becomes an impossible task when there are a large number of systems of entry. To solve this problem customers are asking for hubs that support persistent master data stores and hubs that can become the system of entry.

Most organizations are beginning to realize they will need to move the master data systems of entry to the MDM system over a period of time. Vendors are busy revamping their products to support this.

Posted February 28, 2007 8:29 PM
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