Master Data Management (MDM) is a discipline of processes and technology that provides a consistent and reliable foundation for data entities describing parties, places, and things that are shared across different systems and business processes within an organization.
MDM improves the quality of an organization’s data by ensuring uniformity, accuracy, and integrity across the organization on the identifiers of those entities.
Per Gartner, “MDM Services Providers play a significant role in helping businesses implement and manage MDM strategies. By partnering with MDM Services Providers, organizations can optimize their data assets, improve decision-making processes, enhance customer experiences, and achieve better overall operational efficiency.”
D3Clarity partners with most of the leading MDM vendors to ensure the right solution, tailored to your unique business problem and data applicability, is implemented.
Master Data Management (MDM) addresses the proliferation of inconsistent, duplicate, and fragmented data across an organization. In many companies, data is siloed within different departments and systems, leading to disparities in information and making it difficult to obtain a single, reliable view of critical entities such as customers, products, or suppliers. This fragmented data landscape hampers decision-making processes, slows business operations, and can lead to errors or miscommunications. MDM tackles this challenge by establishing a centralized repository and data governance framework that enforces data quality standards, eliminates duplicates, and ensures data consistency, enabling organizations to trust their data assets and make more informed strategic decisions.
Once you have selected an MDM platform, you’ll need an MDM implementation partner to implement the selected platform in a manner that works for your organization. Master data management is different from most technical projects because it depends on finding and knowing your master data rather than just the technical aspects of the project. Master data management, to be successful, requires users to significantly change the way that they approach their jobs and in the way that they deal with critical data. These aspects are often overlooked and poorly understood, leading to solutions that fail to live up to expectations.
People often lose sight of the data and focus on the technology however, in an MDM project, we find our customers want Mastered data and the act of mastering needs to be as simple as possible.
To implement a successful MDM solution in a sustainable, repeatable, scalable, and supportable manner, D3Clarity uses an agile, use case focused approach. The objective is delivering rapid, measurable, business results in a predictable time frame or failing fast on use cases that lack required supporting data sets or quality within those data sets. This approach enables clients to validate ROI quickly and continually re-validate the business case for further solution expansion (i.e., integration expansion). Applying an agile approach has proven to be highly successful and is a direct result of our look-back analyses of MDM and data quality deployments that have gone right and wrong over the last 20 years. These learnings contribute to shorter implementation times and much higher adoption rates. The result achieves business benefits in tangible, measurable ways as quickly as possible and as thoroughly as required.
A typical D3Clarity MDM implementation plan consists of the following scope elements, although delivery style and scope can be customized to meet other preferred methods and/or schedules:
1. Solution Management and Project Kickoff
Within an agile methodology, requirements and solution development will occur through an iterative process and collaborative effort. The detailed tasks per sprint will be identified during each sprint planning meeting. D3Clarity’s Solution Manager, in partnership with your project manager, shall develop and maintain an agile storyboard for tracking requirements, action items, risks and issues, development process, and feedback requests.
2. Discovery Workshops
Every implementation begins with a Discovery phase included in the overall project. The discovery workshops aim to define and understand the MDM requirements within your framework to make key decisions for the initial configuration, finalize requirements and overall project impact. The goal is not to have every detailed requirement outlined, as additional requirement clarification activities will occur during each sprint cycle. This discovery methodology accelerates the overall adoption of the solution and quickly identifies gaps to address sooner rather than later as part of a management of change process.
During each sprint, data is profiled, modeled, match rules and business validations are applied and tested. At the completion of each sprint, client feedback is provided, and the sprint cycle would repeat either for that same data source and/or a new integration source, depending on the feedback.
As modeling matures, the data source moves into a workflow and user interface development cycle through additional sprints.
The sprint cycle continues for a set number of iterations based on the initial number of phases/sources identified.
Your subject matter experts participate collaboratively throughout the project lifecycle.
Installation is included in scope (either on-prem or within a cloud environment).
4. Knowledge Transfer
The client team is engaged during the entire engagement to ensure that the team has sufficient knowledge and capability to continue to grow and use the solution after implementation.
After the accepted testing cycles have been completed, the final approved solution functionality is deployed to the production environment, and a maintenance approach is put in place with the team that is responsible for support.
Several hyper-care activities are accomplished throughout the project lifecycle and immediately after deployment (i.e., post go-live support for break fixes, runbooks, and deliverables).
I’ve been working with D3Clarity since 2017. They've helped us migrate over our very first application from Azure to AWS and have been with us since. They have a very knowledgeable & professional staff that have helped us in our digital migration from our on-prem data centers to the AWS cloud.
D3Clarity provided us with invaluable insights, visualizations, topography maps and tools to help us make better decisions with our cloud infrastructure.
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D3Clarity’s experience with multiple MDM vendors, helped make the implementation a success.
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