In this “summer series” of posts dedicated to Master Data Management for Product Data, we’ve gone across what we identified as the five most frequent use cases of MDM for product data. Then, we looked at the key capabilities that are needed in MDM platform to address each of these use cases. In this last post of the series, we address the key capabilites needed for MDM for Anything, which is about dealing with the things that you are producing and/or the things that you using to produce them, for things that don’t fit to the four other facets of product master data described in this series.
MDM for anything refers to all the master data about product and things that are very specific to an industry, a use case, an enterprise… As this is specific, you would have to define on a case by case basis what is needed from your MDM solution, in terms of modeling, data quality, data accessibility, data stewardship, master data services... In any case, the flexibility of the solutions will key. By flexibility, I mean that the MDM solution should allow designing very specific data models, to connect easily to any source of data and eventually to applications in real time.
The ability to adapt to any MDM implementation style, from very distributed to centralized, and from “after the fact” batch models to highly transactional, should be important too. According to Gartner, this corresponds to a new software category called multivector MDM software, defined as “the application of multidomain MDM across multiple industries, use case, organizational structures and implementation styles”.
This post concludes our summer series on Master Data Management for Product Data. We hope you enjoyed reading it! For your convenience, I am including here links to all posts of the series:
Introduction: The Five Facets of Product Data.
Use case and business benefits
Capabilities needed from an MDM solution
In addition, you can look at this presentation on MDM and Talend MDM for Product Data: http://www.slideshare.net/jmfranco/talend-mdm-for-product-data.