Series Takes Closer Look at MDM


Data Stratey Journal's October edition -- which is now available for free viewing online -- is dedicated to Master Data Management (MDM). It includes six articles by a variety of experts on the topic, including a look at MDM governance, comprensive MDM and MDM and Six Sigma.


For now, you can see them all from the home page. In the future, if you start with "Six SIGMA and MDM," you can click on the Next at the end of the page and it links to the next article, which in turn is linked to the next article, and so on through all eight articles from that issue (two of which are not MDM-specific).


What drew me to the series was the article, "'Golden Copy' or Unified View?" by David Loshin, president of Knowledge Integrity.


I've read before how MDM can lead to one version of the truth - or a "golden copy" of your master data. But that seemed a bit hyped to me, so I was curious to see what Loshin had to say.


I like that he began by tackling the expectations this kind of language creates:

"Presumably, the term' golden copy' implies a record that epitomizes the highest quality information, on which any application can depend. The expectation is that the data integration and consolidation features of the MDM program are able to absorb all the various and sundry records from across the enterprise into this perfect data set."

Loshin then engaged in a bit of hype-busting, walking the reader through a typical MDM block comparison. He explained that, while MDM may arrive at the correct data most of the time, there's no guarantee. That's why MDM must include a manual remediation process.


Remember the MADtv skit "Lowered Expectations?" Well, maybe it's time for a bit of that with MDM.


Ultimately, he suggests, it's more helpful to see MDM as producing a unified view of master data:

"Considering the master copy to be 'golden' may lead to missed expectations, but considering that master as a unified view will allow for governance to supplement the data mastering process."

In other integration news:


Learn More about WebSphere. If you are using or are considering IBM's WebSpehere solution, you might want to attend an upcoming ebizQ webinar to learn more about how the SOA runtime platform works. "Get Smart with WebSphere: The SOA Runtime Platform of Choice" begins at 10:30 a.m., ET, on Wednesday, Nov. 5. (You did remember to roll back your clocks this weekend, right?)


eBizQ is also offering a second IBM webinar on Websphere this week, called "The Smart SOA approach to Governing WebSphere MQ Applications with IBM WebSphere Service Registry and Repository." It happens Nov. 6.


XAware Upgrades Support for Eclipse 3.4. XAware is an open source data integration provider -- but that wasn't always the case. This time last year, XAware made headlines by going open source. Things must be going OK, because the company recently announced it's upgrading its product to offer support for Eclipse 3.4, the latest version of the popular open source development environment.


Not Your Father's Testing Protocol. Testing for bugs is very different in a service-oriented architecture, as I've written in the past. ITKO Lisa offers a suite that supports the testing and validation of services. On Thursday, the company will offer a 55-minute presentation describing how companies are modernizing development and test processes for service-based applications. I suspect it will focus primarily on how iTKO Lisa's product can help, which might not be a bad thing, considering how much SOA testing differs from your average application testing process