Real-World Multidomain MDM Entities

In Master Data Management (MDM) we strive to describe the core entities that are essential to running a business. Most of these entities are something that exists in the real-world. We can organize these entities in various groups as for example parties, things and locations or by their relation to the business buy-side, sell-side and make-side (production).

Multidomain MDM

The challenge in MDM is, as in life in general, that we use the same term for different concepts and different terms for the same concept.

Here are some of the classic issues:

  • An employee is someone who works within an organization. Sometimes this term must be equal to someone who is on the payroll. But sometimes it is also someone who works besides people on the payroll but is contracting and therefore is more like a vendor. Sometimes employees buy stuff from the organization and therefore acts as a customer.
  • Is it called vendor or supplier? The common perception is that a vendor brings the invoice and the supplier brings the goods and/or services. This is often the same legal entity but not too seldom two different legal entities.
  • What is a customer? There are numerous challenges in this question. It is about when a party starts being a customer and when the relationship ends. It is about whether it is a direct or an indirect customer. And also: Is it a business-to-consumer (B2C) customer, a business-to-business (B2B) or a B2B2C customer?
  • Besides employees, vendors and customers (and similar terms) we also care about other parties being business partners. We care about those entities that we must engage with in order to influence our sales. In manufacturing or reselling building materials you for example build relationships with the architects and engineers who choose the materials to be used for a building.
  • Traditionally product master data management has revolved around describing a product model which can be produced and sold in many instances over time. With the rise of intelligent things and individually configured complex products, we increasingly must describe each instance of a product as an asset. This adds to the traditional asset domain, where only a few valuable assets have been handled with focus on the financial value.
  • Each party and each thing have one and most often several relationships with a geographic location (besides digital locations as for example websites).

The relationships within multi-domain MDM was examined further in the post 3 Old and 3 New Multi-Domain MDM Relationship Types.

The latest and hottest trends within MDM

Leading up to the Nordic Midsummer I am pleased to join Informatica and their co-hosts Capgemini and CGI at two morning seminars on how successful organizations can leverage data to drive their digital transformation, the needed data strategy and the urge to have a 360-view of data relationships and interactions.

My presentations will be an independent view on the question: What are the latest and hottest trends within Master Data Management?

In this session, I will give the audience a quick walk-through visiting some in vogue topics as MDM in the cloud, MDM for big data, embracing Internet of Things (IoT) within MDM, business ecosystem wide MDM and the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on MDM.

The events will take place, and you can register to be there, as follows:

Infa Nordic morning seminars 2019

Several Sources of Truth about MDM / PIM Solutions

The previous post on this blog was about Forrester vs Gartner on MDM/PIM. This post was about who is recognized as a major Master Data Management (MDM) / Product Information Management (PIM) solution vendor by the analyst firm Forrester versus who is recognized as a major MDM solution provider by the analyst firm Gartner.

MDM Truths

Now, let us have a look into how the individual solution providers are ranked in either the same way or differently by these major analyst firms spiced with my humble take on where this will be going. In the cause of brevity, I will focus on vendors positioned by Forrester as an MDM /PIM leader or strong performer or by Gartner as an MDM leader, visionary or challenger.

Informatica is an MDM leader both with Forrester and Gartner. When it comes to PIM Forrester has Informatica a little behind the leaders and back in the days when Gartner had specific customer MDM and product MDM quadrants, Informatica did better in customer MDM versus product MDM. Informatica has strengthened their grip on customer MDM with the recent AllSight acquisition. Will be interesting to see what moves Informatica will take to catching up on the product MDM / PIM battle ground and thus consolidating their multidomain MDM leadership.

Orchestra Networks who was recently acquired by Tibco is a leader in the eyes of Gartner but a bit less prominent positioned as a strong performer in the eyes of Forrester. The question asked on the market is if Tibco, against how earlier acquisitions turned out, will be able uphold Orchestra’s position as examined in the post Tibco, Orchestra and Netrics.

Reltio is a leader in the Forrester wave but still a niche player in the Gartner quadrant. This may say more about Forrester versus Gartner than about Reltio. Forrester seems to focus more on where the market is going while Gartner emphasizes on where the market has gone.

Riversand is a strong MDM and PIM performer at Forrester and a visionary in the Gartner quadrant. Perhaps Gartner sees a bit more on the vision side and Forrester a bit more on the offering side, but all in all the two analyst firms seems to be in agreement about Riversand. I think Riversand is on a good track.

SAP is a strong performer in the Forrester wave and a strong challenger according to Gartner. A lot of SAP ECC clients have and will choose the SAP MDG offering based on IT landscape simplification considerations. The Forrester PIM wave has SAP trailing the other solutions, which corresponds with my impression, which is that the SAP Hybris offering is struggling with really being a PIM solution.

Semarchy just made a high jump into the Gartner MDM quadrant challenger zone and according to Forrester they have the strongest MDM strategy possible. No doubt about that Semarchy is going in the fast track.

Profisee just moved up from niche player to challenger in the latest Gartner MDM quadrant. However, they were not included in the Forrester MDM wave. In my eyes, Profisee belongs among the major MDM solution providers.

Stibo Sytems is a challenger in the Gartner MDM quadrant. Forrester has Stibo Systems as a PIM leader but less prominent as an MDM contender. Stibo Systems has been on the same track as Riversand going from being a PIM vendor to become a multidomain MDM vendor. Perhaps because they are self-funded, versus Riversand being funded from outside, their tracks seem different.

IBM hangs on as a challenger in the Gartner MDM quadrant. Forrester only have IBM as a contender both for MDM and PIM. Nevertheless, large companies, not at least in the financial sector, will continue to rely on IBM also when it comes to MDM.

EnterWorks is a PIM leader and also an MDM leader according to Forrester. According to Gartner they are still a niche player in MDM. Recently EnterWorks joined forces with WinShuttle as told in the post The Recent Coupling on the MDM Market. It is not unlikely, that the Forrester view and the Gartner view will be aligned in the future.

Pitney Bowes is a strong performer in the latest Forrester wave sliding a bit from being a leader two years ago. They are not included in the Gartner quadrant. Pitney Bowes need to promote themselves as an MDM vendor and come up with new stuff to remain a major player on the MDM market.

Magnitude Software, who’s MDM solution was formerly known as Kalido, has moved up from contender to be a strong performer in the Forrester Wave. They are not included in the Gartner quadrant. Will be exciting to see if Magnitude Software can reignite the momentum Kalido had back in the first MDM years. Agility Multichannel is a part of Magnitude Software and a strong PIM performer at Forrester – and in my eyes too.

Contentserv is a PIM leader on the Forrester wave. Contentserv is also an MDM niche player on the Gartner quadrant. inRiver and Salsify are strong PIM performers on the Forrester wave but not big enough (and perhaps not MDM focussed enough) to be on the Gartner MDM quadrant.

PS: You can learn more about many of solutions mentioned here – and some more – on The Disruptive Master Data Management Solutions List.

Forrester vs Gartner on MDM/PIM

Both Forrester and Gartner have recently published reports with rankings of the vendors on the Master Data Management (MDM) and Product Information Management (PIM) market.

Below is an overview of who is in (and who is out) in these reports:

Forrester vs Gartner

Forrester MDM Wave 2019Forrester’s Master Data Management report (the Wave) came out this week as reported in the post Toward the Third Generation of MDM. This report focusses on MDM capabilities. The included vendors follow in some extent the same vendors recognized by Gartner with Profisee as a surprising omission. Instead Forrester has included Pitney Bowes, Backoffice Associates and Magnitude Software (the solution formerly known as Kalido).

2018-Forrester-PIM-WaveLast June Forrester published their Product Information Management Wave as told in the post There is no PIM quadrant, but there is a PIM wave. This report included some PIM vendors not included by Gartner. These were Agility Multichannel (part of Magnitude Software), inRiver and Salsify.

MDM MQ 2018The Gartner report (the Magic Quadrant) came out in December as mentioned in the post Movements in the Gartner MDM Magic Quadrant 2018. Gartner began some years ago only publishing a multidomain MDM view instead of their previous separate customer MDM and product MDM quadrants. Gartner has, opposite to Forrester, included Ataccama and Via Medici.

PS: If you want to know about some more interesting vendors on the MDM/PIM market, you can have a look at The Disruptive Master Data Management Solutions List.

Toward the Third Generation of MDM

The Forrester Wave™: Master Data Management, Q1 2019 is out. The subtitle of the report is “Toward the Third Generation of Master Data Management.”

This resonates very well with my view as for example expressed is the post Three Stages of MDM Maturity.

The Forrester Report has this saying on that theme: “The internet of things has led to systems of automation and systems of design, which introduce new MDM usage scenarios to support co-design and the exchange of information on customers, products, and assets within ecosystems”.

Else, the report of course ranks the best selling MDM solutions as seen below:

Forrester MDM Wave 2019

You can get a free copy of the report from Riversand here or from Reltio here.

The Disruptive Movement on the MDM/PIM Market

Back in December when the latest Gartner Magic MDM Quadrant came out a post here on the blog asked the question: Who Will Make the Next Disruption on the MDM Market? Since then a couple of things has taken place on the market as reported in post The Recent Coupling on the MDM Market.

As part of following the market and working with the Master Data Share concept (and firm) I manage a list of Master Data Management (MDM) and Product Information Management (PIM) solutions called The Disruptive Master Data Management Solutions List.

Some of the listed solutions here, Enterworks and AllSight, has been affected by the recent M&A activity on the market as Enterworks is being merged with WinShuttle and AllSight has become a part of Informatica.

Will be exciting to see if anything more will happen on the market in terms of disruptiveness. More M&As? More disruptive announcements from current players? New or hidden disruptive players?

Disruptive MDM M and A

The Recent Coupling on the MDM Market

When it has been about mergers and acquisitions on the Master Data Management (MDM) solution market, there have until recently not been so much going around since 2012. Rather we have seen people leaving the established vendors and formed or joined new companies.

But, three months ago Tibco was coupled with Orchestra.

Then on Valentine’s day 2019 Symphony Technology Group Acquired PIM and MDM Provider EnterWorks with the aim of coupling their offerings with the ones from WinShuttle. WinShuttle has been more a data management generalist company with focus on ERP data – not at least in SAP. This merger ties into the trend of extending MDM platforms to other kinds of data than traditional master data. It will also make an alternative to SAPs own MDM and data governance offering called MDG.

Fourteen days later there was a new coupling as reported in the post MDM Market News: Informatica acquires AllSight. This must also be seen as a step in the trend of providing an extended MDM platform with Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities. Also, Informatica is here going against the new MDM solution provider Reltio, who has been successful in promoting their big data extended MDM platform.

Both Enterworks and AllSight (and Reltio too) are listed on The Disruptive Master Data Management List.

MDM Coupling

 

MDM Market News: Informatica acquires AllSight

As reported in the news Informatica acquires AI-enabled customer insights startup AllSight to expand its intelligent data platform and help enterprises improve their customer experiences.

A while ago the interest at Informatica to pursue this path of Master Data Management (MDM) was examined here on the blog in the post Multi-Domain MDM 360 and an Intelligent Data Lake.

AllSight is listed on the Disruptive Master Data Management Solutions List.

In my eyes MDM vendors must embrace this kind of solutions in order to deliver an extended MDM platform to underpin customer experience efforts. Such a platform will not only handle traditional master data, but also reference data, big data (as data lakes) either directly or by linking to the data in there as well as linking to transactions.

Traditional Master Data Management will, supplemented with Reference Data Management (RDM), enable the handling of:

  • Customer, supplier and product identity
  • Customer, supplier and product hierarchies
  • Customer, supplier and product locations

Additionally, the data lake concept can be used for:

Extended MDM Platforms

The Informatica take over of AllSight comes timely for me, as I will join Informatica and speak about the latest and hottest trends in Master Data Management at the morning seminars in Copenhagen 8 April 2019 and Stockholm 9 April 2019.

Where is ADM in your MDM Roadmap?

The three-letter acronym ADM stands, in a data management context, for Application Data Management.

Well, besides from that ADM is part of the word roADMap I see more and more signs of that the line between master data and other application data is blurring and Application Data Management will be part of the MDM roadmaps around.

The difference – and the intersection – between Master Data Management (MDM) and Application Data Management was examined here on the blog some time ago in the post called MDM vs ADM.

The pros and cons of seeing master data as something separate from any other data was also discussed in the post Master Data or Shared Data or Critical Data or What?

As also put forward then, I think it is useful to look at the data within the whole Enterprise Information Management (EIM) theme in lens of what is specific to your enterprise and what you have in common with other enterprises. Master data will typically be the data you share – or could share – with other enterprises, not at least your business partners.

In what degree do you find it useful to separate master data and other data in a MDM and/or ADM roadmap?

ADM MDM