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A Comparison of Master Data Management Implementation Styles

Published: 06 November 2017

ID: G00342604

Analyst(s): Lyn Robison


The implementation style is the architectural basis of all MDM systems, whether they are built from components or bought as a platform. Technical professionals in charge of MDM initiatives can use this guidance to select the right implementation style for their MDM solutions.

Table Of Contents


  • Putting MDM in Context
  • Defining the Range of MDM Solutions
  • Comparing the Four MDM Implementation Styles


  • Which Characteristics Define the Four MDM Implementation Styles?
  • What Are the 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 Service Management and MCI
    • MDM Utility Services


  • Examples for Selecting the Right MDM Implementation Style
    • Use Case 1: Improving the Quality of Analytics 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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