Gartner, the analyst firm, has a different view of the data quality tool market than of the Master Data Management (MDM) market. The MDM market has two qudrants (customer MDM and product MDM) as reported in the post The Second part of the Multi-Domain MDM Magic Quadrant is out. There is only one quadrant for data quality tools.
Well, actually it is difficult to see a quadrant for product data quality tools. Most data quality tools revolves around the customer (or rather party) domain, with data matching and postal address verification as main features.
For the party domain it makes sense to have these capabilities deployed outside the MDM solution in some cases as examined in the post The place for Data Matching in and around MDM. And of course data quality tools are used in heaps of organizations who hasn’t a MDM solution.
For the product domain it is hard to see a separate data quality tool if you have a Product Information Management (PIM) / Product MDM solution. Well, maybe if you are an Informatica fan. Here you may end up with a same branded PIM (Heiler), Product MDM (Siperian) and data quality tool (SSA Name3) environment as a consequence of the matters discussed in the post PIM, Product MDM and Multi-Domain MDM.
What should a data quality tool do in the product domain then? Address verification would be exotic (and ultimately belongs to the location domain). Data matching is a use case, but not usually something that eliminates main pain points with product data.
Some issues that have been touched on this blog are:
- Measuring and reacting on completeness as explained in the post Hierarchical Completeness withing Product Information Management
- Ensuring consistency as a result of increasing use of the approach of Sharing Product Master Data
- Capabilities of image data quality as mentioned in the post Digital Assets and Product MDM
Anyway the first vendor tweets about the data quality tools quadrant 2014 is turning up, and I guess some of the vendors will share the report for free soon.
Update 3rd December: I received 3 emails from Trillium Software today with a link to the report here.