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More on Multidomain MDM

by Andrew White  |  July 17, 2009  |  Comments Off on More on Multidomain MDM

I read an interesting article today, on, by Marty Mosely, called, “Multidomain Master Data Management for Business Scenario”.  I found the article reasonable, but for a few oddities.  Apparently, “license” (or perhaps order, or contract) might be classified by Marty as master data.  I thought that odd – since for most of us, that is not master data.  

For me, and most users I speak with, one of the most useful parts of MDM is its laser like focus on just specific data – the most important to a firm.  By deliberately focusing and excluding other data, users get to make some progress with what is a very complex and hard-to-do initiative.  If we include all kinds of data that is referenced, orders, and analytical, and transactional data, we will never get anywhere.

I particularly liked the dialog on interdependencies of master data.  I agreed with most of the dialog, and liked how Marty related the increased value to the business, with several examples and scenarios, of what happens when multiple domains are mastered at the same time.  What I didn’t see was any dialog about how some data that yields value from mastering is really only valuable when some other data is mastered first.  

You rarely see a job title “VP Location” and yet location is often described by firms as an example of master data.  In my experience, it is master data, but for most firms it is highly dependent on product, and/or customer master data.  A product is often sold/stored/shipped to/from locations; customer is often associated with locations; and locations can often be related to regions and other hierarchy data.  So much master data is related (I agree with Marty) but the fact is some master data is more important than others.  Though the vision for MDM maybe holistic, the strategy needs to articulate the sequence by which the firm will address domains.

Anyway, it’s a good article – even if only wets your appetite.

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Andrew White
Research VP
8 years at Gartner
22 years IT industry

Andrew White is a Distinguished Analyst and VP. His roles include Chief of Research and Content Lead for Data and Analytics. His main research focus is data and analytics strategy, platforms, and governance. Read Full Bio

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