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?
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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?
As reported in the post Counting MDM Licenses there is movement in the MDM landscape when it comes to the offerings for the various use cases we have been working with the last 15 years and those we will be working with in the future.
Borrowing from the Gartner lingo, we can sketch the MDM use case overview this way:
Party MDM, meaning handling master data about persons and companies interacting with your company. Their role may be as employee, partner, supplier/vendor and customer. With the customer role we can make a distinction between:
MDM of B2C (Business-to-Consumer) customer data, meaning handling master data about persons in their private roles as consumers, citizens, patients, students and more. This may also cover how persons are part of a household.
MDM of B2B (Business-to-Business) customer data, meaning handling master data about organizations with a customer role in your company. This may also cover the hierarchy these organizations form (typically company family trees) and the persons who are your contacts at these organizations.
Product MDM, meaning handling data about product models and their item variants as well as each instance of a product as an asset. This can be divided into:
MDM of buy-side product data covering the procurement and Supply Chain Management (SCM) view of products going into your company from suppliers.
MDM of sell-side product data covering the sales and marketing view of products being sold directly to customers or through partners.
Multidomain MDM being combining product and party master data possibly with other domains as locations, general ledger accounts and specific master data domains in your industry.
Multivector MDM being a special Gartner term meaning use case split into multiple domains (as mentioned above), multiple industries, operational/analytical usage scenarios, organizational structures and implementation styles (registry, consolidation, coexistence, centralized).
Multienterprise MDM being handling master data in collaboration with your business partners as told in this post about Multienterprise MDM.
In the latest Gartner MDM quadrant, the status of the use cases is:
Customer MDM and Product MDM continue to climb the Slope of Enlightenment toward the Plateau of Productivity in Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Information Governance and Master Data Management.
Multidomain MDM solutions are sliding toward the bottom of the Trough of Disillusionment, while Multivector MDM solutions continue their climb toward the Peak of Inflated Expectations in the Hype Cycle.
The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Master Data Management (MDM) Solutions 2018 was published last month.
Some of the numbers in the market that were revealed in the report was the number and distribution of MDM licenses from the included vendors. These covered their top-three master data domains and estimated license counts as well as the number of customers managing multiple domains:
One should of course be aware of the data quality issues related to comparing these numbers, as they in some degree are estimates based on different perceptions at the included vendors. So, let me just highlight these observations:
The overall number of MDM licenses and unique MDM customers (at the included vendors) is not high. Under 10,000 organizations world-wide is running such a solution. The potential new market out there for the salesforce at the MDM vendors is huge.
If you find an existing MDM solution user organization, they probably have a solution from SAP or Informatica – or maybe IBM. To be complete, Oracle has been dropped from the MDM quadrant, they practically do not promote their MDM solutions anymore, but there are still existing solutions operating out there.
The reign of Customer MDM is over. Product MDM is selling and multidomain is becoming the norm. Several MDM vendors are making their way into the quadrant from a Product Information Management (PIM) base as reported in the post The Road from PIM to Multidomain MDM.
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The title of this blog post is also the title of a presentation I will do at the 2019 Data Governance and Information Quality Conference in San Diego, US in June.
There is a little difference between how we can exercise data governance and information quality management when we are handling data about products versus handling the most common data domain being party data (customer, vendor/supplier, employee and other roles).
The title of this blog post is also the title of a webinar I will be presenting on the 28th February 2019. The webinar is hosted by the visionary Multidomain MDM and PIM solution provider Riversand.
Customer experience (CX) and Master Data Management (MDM) must go hand in hand. Both themes involve multiple business units and digital environments within your enterprise and in the wider business ecosystem, where your enterprise operates. Master data is the glue that brings the data you hold about your customers together as well as the glue that combines the data you share about your product offering together.
To be successful within customer experience in the digital era you need classic master data outcomes as a 360-degree view of customers as well as complete and consistent product information. In other words, you need to maintain Golden Records in Multidomain MDM.
You also need to combine your customer data and your product data to get to the right level of personalization. Knowing about your customer, what he/she wants, and their buying behaviour is one side personalization. The other side is being able to match these data with relevant products that is described to a level that can provide reasonable logic against the behavioural data.
Furthermore, you need to be able to make sense of internal and external big data sources and relate those to your prospective and existing customers and the products they have an interest in. This quest stretches the boundaries of traditional MDM towards being a more generic data platform.
When working with data management – and not at least listening to and reading stuff about data management – there is in my experience too little work with the actual data going around out there.
I know this from my own work. Most often presentations, studies and other decision support in the data management realm is based on random anecdotes about the data rather than looking at the data. And don’t get me wrong. I know that data must be seen as information in context, that the processes around data is crucial, that the people working with data is key to achieving better data quality and much more cleverness not about the data as is.
But time and again I always realize that you get the best understanding about the data when getting your hands dirty with working with the data from various organizations. For me that have been when doing a deduplication of party master data, when calibrating a data matching engine for party master data against third party reference data, when grouping and linking product information held by trading partners, when relating other master data to location reference data and all these activities we do in order to raise data quality and get a grip on Master Data Management (MDM) and Product Information Management (PIM).
Well, perhaps it is just me and because I never liked real dirt and gardening.
Even though that Master Data Management (MDM) has been around as a discipline for about 15 years now, there is still a lot of road to be covered for many organizations and for the discipline as a whole.
Some of the topics I find to be the most promising visit points on this journey are cloud deployment of MDM solutions, inclusion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in MDM and multienterprise MDM.
Cloud deployment of MDM has increased slowly but steadily over the recent years. Quite naturally the implementation of MDM in the cloud will follow the general adoption of cloud solutions deployed in each organization as master data is the glue between the data held in each application. Doing MDM in the cloud or not is, as with most things in life, not a simple question with a yes or no answer, as there are different deployment styles as examined in the post MDM, Cloud, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and DaaS.
Inclusion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in the MDM discipline will, in my eyes, be one of the hottest topics in the years to come. MDM is not the easiest IT enabled discipline in which AI and ML can be applied. Handling master data has many manual processes today because it is highly interactive, and the needed day-to-day decisions requires much knowledge input. But we will get there step by step and we must start now as told in the post It is time to apply AI to MDM and PIM.
Multienterprise MDM is emerging as a necessity following the rise of digitalization. Increasingly every organization will be an integrated part of a business ecosystem where collaboration with business partners will be a part of digitalization and thus, we will have a need for working on the same foundation around master data. This theme was pondered in the post Share or be left out of business.