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Segmenting Master Data Management Solutions

Master data management (MDM) is practiced in many different ways,with many different tools and technologies, in response to many different technical and end userrequirements. The dizzying array of options is itself a barrier to action. To help technical usersclear the barrier, this report segments the leading practices, architectures, tools, technologies, andrequirements of MDM.1 Based on the segmentations of this report, a technical user should beable to identify an MDM practice that is appropriate to his/her organization, understand whatcombination of tools and technologies is required, then draft an evaluation list of vendor productsthat maps credibly to his/her requirements. The report can also help business people decide whatrole a software solution should play in leveraging master data and similar data assets.

Master data management (MDM) is practiced in many different ways,with many different tools and technologies, in response to many different technical and end userrequirements. The dizzying array of options is itself a barrier to action. To help technical usersclear the barrier, this report segments the leading practices, architectures, tools, technologies, andrequirements of MDM.1 Based on the segmentations of this report, a technical user should beable to identify an MDM practice that is appropriate to his/her organization, understand whatcombination of tools and technologies is required, then draft an evaluation list of vendor productsthat maps credibly to his/her requirements. The report can also help business people decide whatrole a software solution should play in leveraging master data and similar data assets.

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