MDM Terms in Use in the Gartner Hype Cycle

The latest Gartner Hype Cycle for Data and Analytics Governance and Master Data Management includes some of the MDM trends that have been touched here on the blog.

If we look at the post peak side, there are these five main variant – or family of variant – terms in motion:

  • Single domain MDM represented by the two most common domains being MDM of Product Data and MDM of Customer Data.
  • Multidomain MDM.
  • Cloud MDM.
  • Data Hub Strategy which I like to coin Extended MDM.
  • Interenterprise MDM, which before was coined Multienterprise MDM by Gartner and I like to coin Ecosystem Wide MDM.

It is also worth noticing that Gartner has dropped the term Multivector MDM from the hype cycle. This term never penetrated the market lingo.

Another term that is almost only used by Gartner is Application Data Management (ADM). That term is still in there.

Why are so many businesses drowning in data?

Today’s guest blogger is Sam Phipps, who is a supply chain blogger & marketing manager at Slimstock. As a supply chain blogger with a passion for inventory, Sam helps businesses to optimise their processes to boost availability, save cost and maximise customer satisfaction. In this article, Sam explores why ‘good’ master data is critical to supply chain success.

As the inventory expert, Tony Wild, once highlighted: “inventory is the physical consequence of missing data.”

But almost all businesses manage some form of master data. In fact, many organisations have an abundance of it. So, what’s the problem then?

Just because lots of data exists within a business, this does not mean that it is correct or complete. Furthermore, just because the data is in place, this doesn’t mean that master data is used effectively.

Every department within a business depends on good quality master data. However, in certain areas of business such as operations and supply chain management, poor data can quickly result in bad decisions that impact the entire organization.

Yet, around 50% of all businesses lack the core master data which are a pre-requisite for ‘good’ supply chain management. And even for the remaining 50%, master data is often seen as an area that could be improved upon.

Fundamental to supply chain success

In essence, supply chain master data includes all of the product and transactional information related to a given item. From determining logistics routes to setting up promotions, this information is used to make thousands of decisions.

But in the context of supply chain management, correct and reliable master data is an absolute must for satisfying customer demand. After all, the foundation of inventory and supply chain success revolves around two key questions:

  • When should you place an order?
  • How big should your order be?

To determine both of these points, we depend on several bits of key information. And, without this data, it would be impossible to know how much inventory you need to fulfil your customer’s demand.

To give a few examples, the supply chain master data typically encompasses the following areas:

  • Specific details about the product in question (size, SKU number)
  • Information about the supplier (lead times, MOQs)
  • Details about the current inventory position (location, inventory level)
  • Details about the customer
  • Information around the past demand
  • As well as many other key data elements

Driving long-term efficiency improvements

So far, we have only touched upon the basics: aligning supply with demand. However, this is just the start.

Through some fairly simple analysis techniques, master data can be used to explore new opportunities for optimisation.

For example, the first area we can review is the ABC analysis. By focusing on how each item contributes to the overall business goals (whether than be profitability, sales turnover or something else), management can use this to determine which (and how many) products the company should prioritise.

We could also carry out a so-called Incremental Margin Analysis, which provides management with insight into which products contribute positively to the net margin.

Furthermore, we could explore the Delivery Time Deviation Distribution. This is an instrument that the supply chain team can use to gain insight into the performance of suppliers.

Each of these analyses requires slightly different master data elements. The table below provides an overview of what data is required.

SCM MDM

Master data is everyone’s problem

No business can afford to overlook master data. But who should be the owner of the master data in your business?  Should it be the IT, finance, operations, or even the management team?

This is a difficult question to ask. And many businesses don’t have a clear-cut answer. Although there is a technological process or system that the IT team need to support master data should be seen as a priority by everyone!

To read more about how you can optimise you supply chain master data, click here: https://www.slimstock.com/en/master-data/

30% Network Economy and MDM

McKinsey Digital Network Economy and Digital Ecosystem

McKinsey Digital recently published an article with the title How do companies create value from digital ecosystems?

In here it is said that: “The integrated network economy could represent a global revenue pool of $60 trillion in 2025 with a potential increase in total economy share from about 1 to 2 percent today to approximately 30 percent by 2025”.

This dramatic shift will in my eyes mean a change of direction in the way we see Master Data Management (MDM) as well as Product Information Management (PIM) and Data Quality Management (DQM) solutions.

360 is a magic number in the master data and data quality world. It is about having a 360-degree view of customers, suppliers, and products. This is an inside-out view. The enterprise is looking at a world revolving around the enterprise just as back then when we thought the universe revolved around the planet Earth.

By 2025 forward looking enterprises must have changed that view and directed master data, product information and data quality management into a state fit for the network economy by having a business ecosystem wide MDM (PIM and DQM) solution landscape.

Gartner, the analyst firm, coins this Multienterprise MDM.

Analyst MDM / PIM / DQM Solution Reports Update August 2020

Analyst firms occasionally publish market reports with a generic solution overview for Master Data Management (MDM), Product Information Management (PIM) and Data Quality Management (DQM).

Here is an overview of the latest major reports:

Analyst MDM PIM DQM reports

3 ways to learn more: 

  • You can check out many of the included solutions on The Disruptive MDM / PIM / DQM List.
  • You can get a free ranking that also include the rising stars on the solution market and is based on your context, scope and requirements here.
  • You can book a free short online meeting with me for further discussion on your business case as part of my engagement at the consultancy firm Astrocytia here.

Who is in the MDM Landscape Q2 2020?

The new Information Difference MDM Landscape is out.

MDM Landscape Q2 2020

Talend is not in the landscape this year, which is natural as Talend do not promote MDM anymore. Viamedici and Veeva is not in there as they were last year. This may, as discussed under the 2019 MDM Landscape with other vendors, be because they have declined to participate.

Recurring vendors are positioned quite like last year. As the vertical axis is technology, including customer satisfaction, and the horizontal axis is market strength, there still seems to be two main groups of vendors. Best-of-breed MDM with higher customer satisfaction and mega-vendors with not so high customer satisfaction.

Stibo Systems sits between these two groups according to this report. In my current work at the consultancy firm Astrocytia we have some engagements where we assist our clients in getting much more business benefit from MDM and thereby with these cases we strive to push Stibo Systems towards the top-right corner.

Gaining customer satisfaction, not at least with larger market strength, is dependent on both the capabilities of the MDM vendor and the approach from the consultancy firm that assist with the wider MDM strategy and implement the solutions.

How to Create Great CX Using the Full Potential of MDM

Improved customer experience (CX) is a key driver for digitalization and having optimal Master Data Management (MDM) is a core prerequisite for being successful in providing customer experience.

First, MDM underpins your insights into:

  • Customer identity
  • Customer hierarchies
  • Customer locations
  • Customer transactions
  • Customer footprint on websites
  • Customer footprint in social media
  • Customer preferences
  • Customer privacy and data protection settings and rights

Next, MDM gives you the insight into how to provide a tailored product experience by managing the data supply chain from your suppliers/vendors to each of the customer touch points by:

  • Having your suppliers/vendors syndicating all the product-, service- and other information that is required by your customers
  • Transforming these data into the data structure that fits your customers
  • Consolidating all sources relevant for your customers
  • Enriching with your internal competitive information that delight and engage your customers
  • Customizing to each channel where you have a touch point with your customers
  • Personalizing utilizing rich and structured customer insight

PXM and CX

Learn more at a webinar hosted by Reltio on the 11th August 2020. Free registration here.

Data Marketplaces, Exchanges and Multienterprise MDM

In the recent Gartner Top 10 Trends in Data and Analytics for 2020 trend number 8 is about data marketplaces and exchanges. As stated by Gartner: “By 2022, 35% of large organizations will be either sellers or buyers of data via formal online data marketplaces, up from 25% in 2020.”

The topic of selling and buying data was touched here on the blog in the post Three Flavors of Data Monetization

A close topic to data marketplaces and exchanges is Multienterprise MDM.

In the 00’s the evolution of Master Data Management (MDM) started with single domain / departmental solutions dominated by Customer Data Integration (CDI) and Product Information Management (PIM) implementations. These solutions were in best cases underpinned by third party data sources as business directories as for example the Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) world base and second party product information sources as for example the GS1 Global Data Syndication Network (GDSN).

In the previous decade multidomain MDM with enterprise wide coverage became the norm. Here the solution typically encompasses customer-, vendor/supplier-, product- and asset master data. Increasingly GDSN is supplemented by other forms of Product Data Syndication (PDS). Third party and second party sources are delivered in the form of Data as a Service that comes with each MDM solution.

Data Marketplaces and Exchange

In this decade we will see the rise of multienterprise MDM where the solutions to some extend become business ecosystem wide, meaning that you will increasingly share master data and possibly the MDM solutions with your business partners – or else you will fade in the wake of the overwhelming data load you will have to handle yourself.

The data sharing will be facilitated by data marketplaces and exchanges.

On July 23rd I will, as a representative of The Disruptive MDM/PIM/DQM List, present in the webinar How to Sustain Digital Ecosystems with Multi-Enterprise MDM. The webinar is brought to you by Winshuttle / Enterworks. It is a part of their everything MDM & PIM virtual conference. Get the details and make your free registration here.

MDM of Material and Parts Data

The Often-overlooked MDM Scenario

Most presentations of Master Data Management (MDM) solutions revolve around the scenario of having multiple data stores holding customer master data and the needed capabilities of federation and deduplication in the quest for getting a 360 degree of customers.

Another common scenario is the Product Information Management (PIM) theme, where the quest is to get a 360 degree of the products that is sold to the customers.

However, in for example the manufacturing sector there is a frequent and complex scenario around governing product master data before the products become sellable to customers.

In that scenario we usually use the term material as an alternative to product and we use the term parts for the products bought from suppliers as either components of a finished product, as materials used in Maintenance, Repair and Operation (MRO) and as other supplies.

MDM Capabilities for Material and Parts Data

Some of the key MDM capabilities needed in the material and parts data scenario are:

  • Auto-generated material descriptions which helps with identification and distinction between materials which leads to better utilization of the inventory. This capability can by the way also be used by merchants in reselling PIM scenarios as pondered in the post What’s in a Product Name?.
  • Advanced mass maintenance of material attributes which leads to improved accuracy and consistency and thereby better operational efficiency. Again, this capability is also useful in other MDM scenarios.
  • User friendly maintenance of complex material relationship structures as for example Bill of Material (BOM). This leads to less scrap and rework and improved compliance reporting. This capability can successfully be extended to other internally defined relationship structures in PIM and MDM.

Workflow Management and Data Governance

Handling material and parts master data is collaboration intensive with many business units involved as for example:

  • Procurement
  • Supply Chain / Logistics
  • Production
  • Research & Development
  • Finance

This means that operational efficiency can only be obtained through cross business unit workflows tailored to the data requirements and compliance obligations held by each business unit.

With the degree of enterprise data sharing needed this must be encompassed by data governance framework elements as:

  • Roles and responsibilities for data
  • Data policies and data standards according to business rules
  • Data quality measurement
  • A commonly shared business glossary

Solution Example: Master Data Online (MDO)

In my experience MDM of material and parts data is often done utilizing the ERP application with the shortcomings around data overview, workflow management and data governance that entail.

Therefore, it is good to see when an MDM solution that has the material and parts master data management covered as well as touched in the post Welcome Master Data Online (MDO) from Prospecta on The Disruptive MDM / PIM / DQM List.

The Master Data Online (MDO) solution was born around material and parts master data which is an refreshing exception from the many MDM solutions that were born either from the Customer Data Integration (CDI) solution branch or the Product Information Management (PIM) branch.

You can learn more about material and parts MDM at Prospecta and MDO here.

MDO Material and Parts

Welcome Master Data Online (MDO) from Prospecta on The Disruptive MDM / PIM / DQM List

There is yet a new featured entry on the Disruptive MDM / PIM /DQM List. Master Data Online (MDO) is the flagship product of Prospecta. The solution entered the market in 2008 with its unique ability to solve multiple problems of standardizing spare parts and has grown at a steady pace into a far more evolved and matured solution which focuses around multiple data solutioning across systems like SAP, Salesforce and other leading Enterprise Systems.

With the heritage from solving product master data issues in manufacturing MDO stands out from the crowd of MDM solutions that else have their heritage in Customer Data Integration (CDI) or Product Information Management (PIM). The coexistence with SAP that was part of the original heritage has along with the multi-domain MDM capabilities been developed to cover SalesForce and other popular applications you meet in most IT landscapes.

Besides the core MDM and coexistence with ERP and CRM applications MDO also have a Data Intelligence Workbench (DIW) and a component called MDO Fuse that is made to ease onboarding and provide workflow capabilities.

Learn more about Master Data Online (MDO) here.

Role of MDO

B2B2C in Data Management

The Business-to-Business-to-Consumer (B2B2C) scenario is increasingly important in Master Data Management (MDM), Product Information Management (PIM) and Data Quality Management (DQM).

This scenario is usually seen in manufacturing including pharmaceuticals as examined in the post Six MDMographic Stereotypes.

One challenge here is how to extend the capabilities in MDM / PIM / DQM solutions that are build for Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business-to-Consumer (B2C) use cases. Doing B2B2C requires a Multidomain MDM approach with solid PIM and DQM elements either as one solution, a suite of solutions or as a wisely assembled set of best-of-breed solutions.B2B2C MDM PIM DQMIn the MDM sphere a key challenge with B2B2C is that you probably must encompass more surrounding applications and ensure a 360-degree view of party, location and product entities as they have varying roles with varying purposes at varying times tracked by these applications. You will also need to cover a broader range of data types that goes beyond what is traditionally seen as master data.

In DQM you need data matching capabilities that can identify and compare both real-world persons, organizations and the grey zone of persons in professional roles. You need DQM of a deep hierarchy of location data and you need to profile product data completeness for both professional use cases and consumer use cases.

In PIM the content must be suitable for both the professional audience and the end consumers. The issues in achieving this stretch over having a flexible in-house PIM solution and a comprehensive outbound Product Data Syndication (PDS) setup.

As the middle B in B2B2C supply chains you must have a strategic partnership with your suppliers/vendors with a comprehensive inbound Product Data Syndication (PDS) setup and increasingly also a framework for sharing customer master data taking into account the privacy and confidentiality aspects of this.

This emerging MDM / PIM / DQM scope is also referred to as Multienterprise MDM.