Ravi Shankar

Why MDM and Data Quality is Such a Big Deal for Big Data

Big Data is the confluence of three major technology trends hitting the industry right now: Big Transaction Data (describing the enormous growing volumes of transactional data within the enterprise), Big Interaction Data (describing new types of data such as Social Media data that are...

Gartner BI Summit Shows Strong Demand For MDM In APAC

Master data management is a hot topic in Asia Pacific. That was shown by the keen interest in MDM during Gartner's BI Summit in Sydney, Australia, in end-February, and in a recent survey that Gartner conducted of the APAC community. In that survey, master data...

Seven Ways To Reduce IT Costs With MDM

We often hear from our Informatica MDM customers about the main benefits they've realized from master data management (MDM)—smarter, faster decision-making and greater productivity though timely and reliable data. What's less widely recognized is that MDM is proving to be a powerful cost-saving engine,...

Informatica TweetJam: This Time It’s About MDM

Master Data Management (MDM) is certainly abuzz! In its recently released Magic Quadrants for MDM, Gartner projects a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 18% for the next three years. Numbers aside, where is MDM heading? Multidomain? Complex Relationship/ Hierarchy Management? Business adoption of...

The View From Over There: MDM Making Inroads With International Decision Makers

In late April I was in London to give the MDM keynote at Informatica World, and was surprised to be greeted by a standing-room-only crowd of at least 200 people. When I asked how many of those in attendance were actively engaged in or...

Do The Math: Platform Approach Adds Up As The Superior Alternative to Multidomain MDM

A couple of weeks back I posted on the shortcomings of the application approach to multidomain MDM, so this week let’s take a look at the many reasons why the platform approach is the superior alternative for effective multidomain MDM. The primary technological difference...

Why The “Upside-Down” Approach Doesn’t Work For Multidomain MDM

OK, where were we… Oh right! Sorry for the interruption in blogging. We've all been busy getting acclimated to our new surroundings in Redwood Shores and getting to know our new colleagues in the Informatica family. The process has been really smooth and we're...

Top 3 Trends in 2009 that Transformed the MDM Market

With the New Year dawning I wanted to look back at some industry trends from the past twelve months, and then look at ahead at what we’re likely to see in 2010. So, this week: recap. Next week: predictions. “Multidomain MDM” Goes MainstreamFrom its inception...

Leading Research Firm’s Take on Multidomain MDM in Its 2010 Predictions

Just this week, leading research firm Gartner, Inc. published its 2010 predictions for MDM. There is one prediction related to multidomain MDM that I found particularly interesting. It mentions that the number of companies shopping for multidomain MDM solutions has increased. Now, why is...

Top Five Reasons Not To Master Your Data in SAP ERP

Over the past two years, the demand for Master Data Management (MDM) has remained strong, despite the economic downturn. This isn't surprising, since an effective MDM implementation is one of the few IT initiatives companies can pursue to realize near-immediate business process improvements...

Is Your Multidomain MDM Really Multidomain?

The current hot topic in the MDM space is multidomain master data management. And rightly so, as multidomain MDM has the potential to drive far more value for companies than limited single-domain MDM initiatives (aka CDI, PIM) that focus on a specific class of...

Siperian Wraps Up The Best Ever User Conference!

Now that we’re back in the office from last week’s Siperian’s 5th user conference, it’s apparent that the event was quite a success. The two days went quick, which says to me that we got the format, presentations and atmosphere right. There was a...

The Flawed Vision of Customer Data Integration – How to Get It Right the...

The early pioneers of Customer Data Integration (CDI) had a primary goal – to create the most reliable customer data for the company by bringing together and resolving inconsistent, and oftentimes incomplete, customer data which was at the time siloed in disparate applications across...

Seven Critical Questions to Ensure Master Data Governance Success

Typically, in large organizations data governance and its practice germinates either from a top-down approach led by a key executive– say a Chief Financial Officer, or from a bottom-up approach driven by business unit stakeholders who understand the importance of data ownership and data...

Seven Ways to Reduce IT Costs with Master Data Management

Information Technology managers are facing a dilemma given the current economic climate – despite budget cuts, companies do not expect reductions in the service levels provided by IT to the business. Under such circumstances, how do you maintain or improve service levels, and...

The Right and Wrong Approaches to Enterprise Master Data Management Journeys

There are two kinds of organizations: those which have implemented a master data management (MDM) solution and those which haven't but undoubtedly will in the near future. Despite where each organization may be in their MDM effort, what each have in common are...

Getting Off on the Right Foot: Avoiding Common Master Data Management False Starts

Companies wishing to start a master data management (MDM) project may be unsure where and how to begin. After all, MDM is a journey and success or failure at the first step either defines or dooms the further evolution of the project. ...

How To Write an RFP for Master Data Management: 10 Common Mistakes To Avoid

Critical master data management (MDM) functionality can be easily overlooked when request for proposals (RFP) are narrowly focused on a single business data type—such as customer (Customer Data Integration) or product (Product Information Management) — or on near-term requirements within a single business function....

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