An often seen issue in party master data management is handling information about your most active customers, suppliers and other roles of interest. These are often big companies with many faces.
I remember meeting that problem way back in the 80’s when I was designing a solution for the Danish Maritime Authorities.
In relation to a ship there are three different main roles:
- The owner of the ship, who has some legal rights and obligations
- The operator of ship, who has responsibilities regarding the seaworthiness of the ship
- The employer, who has responsibilities regarding the seamen onboard the ship
Sometimes these roles don’t belong to the same company (or person) for a given ship. That real world reality was modeled all right. But even if it practically is the same company, then the roles are materialized very different for each role. I remember this was certainly the case with the biggest ship-owner in Denmark (and also by far the biggest company in Denmark) being the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group.
We really didn’t make a golden record for that golden company in my time on the project.