One of the first times-and possibly the first time-I heard about master data management, I was interviewing Karen Leightell, senior product manager for IBM Master Data Management Solution Group. To be honest, I was in over my head, and the questions show it.
Fortunately, MDM was a new space, and I wasn't alone.
But despite my stumbling, Leightell managed to provide a lot of great information about master data management's history and future. She explained that typically, MDM solutions came in one of two types, based on their technology heritage: product information management or customer data integration. IBM's goal, she added, was to combine those into one solution-multi-domain MDM.
That interview was two years ago, and I've often monitored the feeds for news of how close IBM is to its goal.
This month, IBM released its MDM Server V9 and a new version of its MDM Server for PIM (product information management) 6.7, and, according to Andy Hayler, CEO of the Information Difference and an IT-Director.com writer, these releases are proof IBM's on track and making progress with its goal to converge these separate MDM lines into one multi-domain solution:
Overall, this new product release carries IBM further in its journey away from two separately marketed hub technologies and towards a shared, multi-domain view of MDM that addresses use cases where a wide range of MDM processes need to be accessed across a range of domains - increasingly in the same projects. Although the pace of this change can seem frustratingly slow, it does at least offer a clear path for its customers....
When it comes to MDM, research shows multi-domain MDM is exactly what customers-particularly large enterprises - want, Hayler adds. Otherwise, they'll face replacing "existing application silos of data with a new generation of silos, this time of multiple and incompatible hub technologies."
And nobody wants that.
Hayler offers a nice, short assessment of the IBM's new servers.
On a side note, Forbes recently published a Q&A with Informatica's CIO, Tony Young. Even though there's zero discussion of integration, it's fun to read about the travails and thoughts of managing IT in a data-integration company, where almost everybody has an opinion on how IT should be run.