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Finally, An MDM Vendor ‘Gets’ Governance

by Simon Walker  |  March 2, 2017  |  1 Comment

In February 2017 Informatica announced the introduction of Informatica Axon a data governance tool. While this is a very interesting and welcome development, it is surprising how long it has taken for a data management solutions vendor to add an enterprise governance tool to its portfolio.

Back in May 2015, Gartner published ‘Operationalize Information Governance With Technology Support‘ which highlighted the clear opportunities technology then offered CIO’s to operationalization governance of enterprise data. The research found that governance programs were solioed as “Many existing categories of software and even hardware have built-in ways to implement and enforce policy, although these features are not often used and, in many cases, used incorrectly by enterprises.” and this was certainly true, for example, of master data management (MDM) applications.

Between May 2015 and February 2017 nothing really changed. In the case of MDM vendors, their focus remained on the evolution of built-in capabilities which were limited to application specific tasks supporting master data stewardship. In the same period, MDM vendors and data governance tool vendors seemed to have missed the opportunity to form partnerships, and subsequently develop off-the-shelf integrations.

Informatica has taken an advantage through the introduction of Axon. The question now is ‘how will the rest of the market react’? Could other MDM vendors acquire data governance tools, or will they rapidly develop off-the-shelf integrations? Either way it should prove to be a benefit for their customers.

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Simon Walker
Principal Research Analyst
1 years at Gartner
22 years IT Industry

A Principal Research Analyst on the IT Leaders' team, Simon Walker covers master data management (MDM), with a focus on product and multidomain data. Mr. Walker provides expertise and advice to Gartner clients in these areas, with an emphasis on information strategy, the importance of MDM and data governance within data management, business value of MDM and how to operationalize MDM in support of business objectives. Read Full Bio


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  1. John Parker says:

    I’d just note that of the 12 “critical capabilities” for MDM that Gartner tracks, Information Governance is weighted the lowest at 5% impact across all six use cases. If it’s “surprising how long it has taken for a data management solutions vendor to add an enterprise governance tool to its portfolio”, then it must also be surprising how low Gartner prioritizes it. Something to think about. That said, I agree with your assessment that it will benefit Informatica customers!



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