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Posted by Rob Karel on January 26, 2007
by Rob Karel.
I’m fortunate enough to be tracking two exciting, but vague and ill-defined markets that are becoming increasingly critical to large enterprises around the globe: master data management (MDM) and metadata management. Ask ten information management professionals what MDM and metadata means to them and you’ll likely receive 20 distinct answers. MDM usually involves some business-focused statement about achieving a single trusted view of a customer, product, or some other critical data, while IT typically looks at metadata to reduce complexity, and increase productivity, reuse, and collaboration, by having a single version of truth about their company’s “data about data.” To me, it seems there should be more synergies and collaboration between these currently siloed and disparate enterprise initiatives.
I believe in a close alignment for a number of reasons:
In the short term, my recommendation for information management professionals who are about to scope an MDM or metadata strategy is to consider scoping both together. I expect software vendors and system integrators specializing in data management to increasingly offer methodologies, best practices, and tools to encourage this alignment of priorities, as well.