I really enjoyed Evan Levy’s session at the MDM Summit on “Best Practices for MDM Delivery: Lessons from the Trenches”.
I heard some great quotes today:
- “Measure data quality levels and continually publish them”
- “Knowing that data is bad is very different from knowing how to correct it”
- “MDM is all about comparing a source system record to the hub’s golden record and asking ‘is it better?'”
- “Do a few things and do them fast.”
- “We’re probably 2-3 years aways from the hubs being really mature and supporting applications smoothly. There’s usually a big impact on how the company has deployed service-oriented architecture.”
- “Do batch first, but don’t forget to design for real-time transactional use too. Get the data problems out of the way first.”
- “A lot of shops profile data during the design phase and never look at it again. Continue to profile during development, and profile the data after it’s loaded. Even profile your data as a production activity.”
Evan’s session was interesting, with a wealth of examples from his years of real-world MDM experience.