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Tag Archives: #MDM

Address Universal Modelling Tool

Address Modelling Magic The different structures of addresses in different countries and different languages can seem to be an insurmountable obstacle when trying to bring consistency of address structures for the purposes of Data Quality and Master Data Management. Without the right tool it is insurmountable.  However, with the right tool is becomes relatively simple. […]

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Processes Do NOT Create Data!

I was recently asked to provide guidance on mapping how data is shared across different stages of Business Processes in order to achieve the greatest reuse possible. This was my answer. One of the most important things to emphasise when looking at data usage across an enterprise is that Business Processes do NOT create, transform […]

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MDM Webinars & Online Training

I am putting together a series of webinars and online training courses in Master Data Management (MDM) and I would value your input. The first series will be centered around the major of Product.  This will include looking at and defining the major Product Categories, which are: MDM Internal Product Manufactured Product This product is […]

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Data Structure Modeling

Data Structure Modeling

Effective Data Quality and MDM start with the Corporate Logical Data Model (LDM).

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Information Flow Modeling

Information Flow Modeling

Link Function, Process and Data using Information Flow Models…

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The Phantom Entities of Customer and Supplier

It is amazing how much is spoken and written about Customer and Supplier, especially as they do not exist – they are Phantom Entities! Read more at There’s No Such Thing as Customer.

Recently, in a response to a comment on The Pathology of Business & Data Modelling I was addressing this topic once again and thought it would be useful to produce some models that show how Customer and Supplier are in fact Roles played by the entity Party.

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Data Quality, MDM and the Art of Sex

In a recent discussion with some colleagues on Data Quality and Master Data Management we all expressed our bafflement as to why there was so much confusion out there surrounding theses relatively straightforward subjects and why, in the twenty first century, so many practitioners were using such archaic and flawed approaches. One those present said […]

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Don’t Look in Existing Data for Master Data Entities

Why not? Because it is about as effective as looking in the dumpster outside a restaurant for the ingredients for a gourmet meal. In my last articles on the major errors made in Master Data Management (MDM), I explained how most MDM projects start in the wrong place and then head off in the wrong […]

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If I Wanted to Get to Dublin I Wouldn’t Start from Here: Part 1

It seems that most Master Data Management (MDM) projects are starting in the wrong place and heading in the wrong direction! They fail to build and use that essential and most powerful of MDM tools, the Logical Data Model (LDM).

This approach is about as productive and effective as building a ship without a keel!

This is the first of three posts that explain what the problems are and how top avoid them.

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Customer & Supplier are Roles – But What Type?

Customer & Supplier are NOT Master Data Entities in Master Data Management (MDM). They are in fact Roles that can be played by the entity Third Party. But are there roles derivable or declarative, i.e. must they be declared and defined? Using the concept of declarative Roles allows unlimited number of Roles to be defined for any third party over time.

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