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A Comparison of Master Data Management Implementation Styles

Published: 16 December 2015

ID: G00276842

Analyst(s): Lyn Robison


Using the right master data management implementation style is vital for MDM success. MDM program managers and architects can determine which of the four implementation styles will best fit their particular requirements by evaluating the characteristics of each of the styles.

Table Of Contents



  • The Four MDM Implementation Styles
  • Tools and Components for the Four MDM Implementation Styles
  • How Do the MDM Implementation Styles Differ From One Another?
  • How Do MDM Components Function Within Each Implementation Style?
    • Development and Governance Tools and Utilities
    • Master Data Definitions
    • Data Quality Processes
    • MDM Services Management and Managed Communications Infrastructure
    • MDM Utility Services


  • Examples for Selecting the Right MDM Implementation Style
    • Use Case 1: Improving the Quality of Analytic Data
    • Use Case 2: Improving the Effectiveness of an Existing ERP System Globally
    • Use Case 3: Linking Customer Data From Disparate Databases and Systems

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