After my blog on When is SOA, DOA? When it’s without MDM!, a vendor kindly sent me an email that explained how they too had similar ideas regarding the important link between MDM and SOA. Oracle wrote a white paper entitled, MDM as a Foundation for SOA, in November 2007. The SOA Magazine published in July this year an extract of the white paper, called Data Management: The Missing Link in Your SOA Strategy. I have to say that the extract is well written, and in fact includes a nice, and more importantly, simple business example, of how MDM and SOA work together.
I single Oracle out with this blog, but other vendors do “get” the link between MDM and SOA. I would characterize the vendors that do “get it”, as those that typically have sold offerings into complex areas, where business applications or business intelligence applications intersect with other applications (pre application consolidation toward ERP), or where there is a lot of application to application interaction for complex business processes. This is quite common in Supply Chain Management, and so many SCM vendors “get” the connection between supply chain oriented master data (products, parts, bills of materials, constraints) and how the “single view” of them are required when composing new business applications.
I have not linked to many vendor white papers so far in this blog, and I don’t anticipate linking to all that I see or hear about. But Oracle was quick in replying – so they get the coverage today. Thanks Avi.