When talking about Master Data Management (MDM) we deal with something that maybe could be better coined as Master Entity Management. As a good old (logical or not) data model in the relational database world also have relations between entities there must of course then also be something called Master Relationship Management. And indeed there is as mentioned by Aaron Zornes in the interview called MDM and Next-Generation Data Sources on Information Management.
As touched by Aaron Zornes the solution to handling relations in the future may come from outside the relational database world in the form of graph databases. This was also discussed in the post Will Graph Databases become Common in MDM?
An often mentioned driver for looking much more into relationships is the promise of finding customer, and other, insights in social data based on the match between traditional master entity data and social network profiles. Handling these relations is an important facet of social MDM, an often mentioned subject on this blog.
Building the relations doesn’t stop with party master entities. There are valuable relations to location master entities and not at least crucial relations between party master entities and product master entities as told in the post Customer Product Matrix Management.
So Master Relationship Management fits very well with the current main trends in the MDM world being embracing big data not at least social data and encompassing multi-domain MDM. The third main trend being MDM in the cloud also fits. It’s not that we can’t explore all the relations out there from on-premise solutions; it’s just that there is a better relationship in doing so in the cloud.