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MDM Master Data Management

Customer and Supplier are NOT Master Data Entities!

This post was prompted when I received some feedback after I ran a webinar on MDM.  The feedback highlights some of the structures and thinking surrounding some MDM ‘solutions’ that, contrary to what they are sold as doing, actually contribute to MDM fragmentation. Have a read of the feedback and my response and let me […]

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The Data Compass helps enterprises plot a save passage to Data Quality.

The Universal Data Compass

Fuzzy thinking is spreading like a fog across the landscapes of data management and data quality.  Instead of extracting themselves from this fog, many data analysts actually convince themselves that, far from being lost in the mists and haze, they are actually finding enlightenment in a new and unexplored world of complexity.  Few ever emerge […]

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Business and data definitions give direction to an enterprise.

160 Pragmatic, High Quality Definitions for Business and Data Analysts

Quality Practice Begins with Quality Definitions Sadly, in the worlds of business and data analysis and modeling good definitions are hard to find, bad definitions abound and misunderstanding and misuse of even the most fundamental terms is commonplace. I am a perfectionist. I am passionate about quality and want to deliver it to my clients […]

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What’s the Matter with ‘Meta’?

Misuse is the matter with ‘Meta’. ‘Meta Data’ is a term that is beginning to appear and be misused in blogs and articles on Data Quality. Although Meta Data does have a role to play in Data Quality, it is not the one described in some Data Quality articles. In this post I will define […]

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How SCV Causes Fragmented MDM

It’s ironic that a major activity, whose advocates claim will bring integration to Master Data Management (MDM), is actually a major driver of MDM fragmentation in enterprises. Sadly, in the case of Single Customer View (SCV) this is the case and, when you look closely at it, fragmentation is inevitable. Wrong Place, Wrong Direction Single […]

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MDM Seven Fatal Errors & How to Avoid Them!

The business practice referred to as Master Data Management (MDM) is plagued with Seven Fatal Errors that prevent enterprises from achieving any real success in this area, no matter how much effort or money is thrown at the problem. What are these Fatal Errors? Calling it MDM! Looking in existing data for Master Entities. Using […]

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Seven Fatal Errors in MDM and How to Avoid Them

[This  post was originally written as an article for Hub Designs Magazine in November 2012.] Errors that Kill MDM The business practice referred to as “Master Data Management” or “MDM” is plagued with Seven Fatal Errors that prevent enterprises from achieving success, no matter how much money or effort is thrown at the problem. What are […]

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Data Quality: Fatally Flawed

Data Quality is a Fatally Flawed Approach The trouble with Data Quality is that it is all about data – and this is a fatal flaw!! Managing data in any enterprise as a standalone element with an imagined intrinsic value is a fundamentally flawed approach that brings no sustainable benefits of any kind. Double Whammy […]

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Multi-Dimensional MDM – So Powerful – So Easy!

2D MDM Current thinking and practices on Master Data Management (MDM) could, at best, be said to be two-dimensional. This might not sound too bad, until you realise that one of the dimensions is ‘Customer’ and the other is ‘Supplier’ neither of which is actually a Master Data Entity!! Is this why current MDM thinking […]

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MDM Without Customer! Is That Possible?

There’s No Such Thing as Customer! One of the great paradoxes with the current thinking on Master Data Management (MDM), where so much effort is put into building a ‘single customer view’, is that Customer is NOT actually a Master Data Entity! Come to think of it, neither is Supplier! How can this be? This […]

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