Gartner Research

Implementing the Technical Architecture for Master Data Management

Published: 28 September 2017

ID: G00327530

Analyst(s): Lyn Robison


MDM is a technology-enabled business discipline, and to be successful, technical professionals must implement the right MDM architecture and select the right MDM technology. Gartner defines the steps that technical professionals must follow to successfully implement MDM technical architecture.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework: Ensure That Vision, Strategy, Metrics and Governance Are in Place
    • Vision and Strategy
    • Metrics
    • Governance
  • Step 1: Create Your MDM Teams and Organizational Structure
    • Three Groups of People Involved in MDM
    • A Word or Two About Data Governance
    • The Process Part of MDM
  • Step 2: Choose the MDM Implementation Style
    • The Four Implementation Styles
    • Choosing the Right Implementation Style for Your MDM Projects
  • Step 3: Select the Data Domains to Include in Your MDM Effort
    • What Is Master Data?
    • Choosing the Most Impactful Data Domains to Start With
    • Expanding Your MDM Effort to Include More Data Types
  • Step 4: Develop Your Roadmap to MDM Maturity
    • MDM Maturity
    • Building Your Organization's MDM Maturity
  • Step 5: Select Your MDM Technology
    • MDM Technology Form Factors
    • MDM Reference Architecture
    • MDM Technology Considerations
  • Step 6: Execute a Series of Projects to Carry Out Your MDM Initiative
    • Two Camps With Two Different Mindsets, Combined in One
    • The MDM Infrastructure Team Holds It All Together
    • One MDM Project at a Time
    • The Importance of Infrastructure
  • Follow-Up: Expand Your MDM Initiative as Warranted
    • Rapid Iterations, Growth Where Justified
    • Future Directions for MDM

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