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Seven Steps to Data Quality, by Kuppusamy Bhaskar

A great article on data quality by our friend Kuppusamy Bhaskar

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Data Profiling For All The Right Reasons, Part 5

The Hub Designs Blog welcomes the final installment of this great series by Rob DuMoulin, an information architect with more than 26 years of IT experience, specializing in master data management, database administration and design, and business intelligence. Part 5: The Profiling Payoff This is the final part of a five-part series, describing how data […]

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Data Profiling For All The Right Reasons, Part 4

The Hub Designs Blog welcomes Part 4 of this series by Rob DuMoulin, an information architect with more than 26 years of IT experience, specializing in master data management, database administration and design, and business intelligence. Part 4: Profiling Relationships and Patterns This is part four of a five-part series describing how data profiling assists […]

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Data Profiling For All The Right Reasons, Part 3

The Hub Designs Blog welcomes Part 3 of this series by Rob DuMoulin, an information architect with more than 26 years of IT experience, specializing in master data management, database administration and design, and business intelligence. Part 3: Attribute-Level Analyses This is part three of a five-part series on data profiling. In Part One, we […]

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Data Profiling For All The Right Reasons, Part 2

The Hub Designs Blog welcomes Part 2 of this series by Rob DuMoulin, an information architect with more than 26 years of IT experience, specializing in master data management, database administration and design, and business intelligence. Part 2: Profiling the Basics This discussion is the second of a five-part series on data profiling. In Part […]

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Data Profiling For All The Right Reasons, Part 1

The Hub Designs Blog welcomes a guest post by Rob DuMoulin, an information architect with more than 26 years of IT experience, specializing in master data management, database administration and design, and business intelligence. Part 1: The Psychology of Data Profiling Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung founded the Analytical School of Psychology. His word association […]

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Modeling the MDM Blueprint – Part 5

In this series, we’ve discussed developing the MDM blueprint by creating the Common Information (Part 2), Canonical (Part 3), and Operating (Part 4) models in our work streams. We’ve introduced the Operating Model into the mix to communicate with the business how the solution will be adopted and used to realize the expected benefits. And hopefully we’ve set […]

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Modeling the MDM Blueprint – Part 4

In Part 2 and Part 3 of this series, we discussed the Common Information and Canonical Models. Because MDM is a business project, we need to establish of a common set of models that can be referenced independently of the technical infrastructure or patterns we plan on using. Now it is time to introduce the Operating […]

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Building MDM-Powered Solutions with Initiate Composer

Earlier this week, I saw a demo of Initiate’s new Composer product, and was impressed. Composer, announced in March and scheduled for release in June, will be available to all existing Initiate customers. Initiate Composer is a framework for building MDM-powered solutions on top of the company’s MDM hub, which is called Initiate Master Data […]

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Why I Enjoy MDM So Much

I was reading a very good article on a blog called Presentation Zen called The Importance of Starting from Why. The article describes a TED talk by a leadership expert and author named Simon Sinek.  In his talk, which I encourage you to watch yourself, he talks about the importance of understanding the “Why” of […]

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Recent eLearning Curve Webinar

Hub Designs recently hosted a 30 minute webinar on “Best Practices in MDM and Data Governance with Dan Power”, in concert with our friends at eLearning Curve and Information Management magazine. To download the replay of the webinar (with audio), please go to http://bit.ly/hub-designs-webinar.  To download just the slides, please go to http://bit.ly/mdm-best-practices and click […]

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When Data Governance Turns Bureaucratic

How Data Governance Police Can Constrain the Value of Your Multidomain Master Data Management Initiative (this appeared as a guest post on Informatica’s blog on Friday, April 30 2010) I published a white paper last year, entitled “When Data Governance Turns Bureaucratic,” that looked at how reactive data governance was preventing organizations from realizing the […]

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Oracle’s MDM Strategy and Roadmap

At the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) COLLABORATE 2010 conference this week, I attended a session by Pascal Laik, Oracle’s VP of Master Data Management Strategy. He started out by talking about several Oracle MDM customers, their success stories and their return on investment, across drivers like growth, efficiency, improved IT agility, and compliance. Pascal […]

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Our Booth at the Gartner MDM Summit

Hub Designs was a Silver sponsor at the Gartner MDM Summit 2010. Here’s the new, 3-minute video we produced to describe what Hub Designs does as an consulting firm focused specifically on MDM: Great New White Paper and Other Collateral Available at Our Booth At the event, we announced with Equifax a new product that integrates […]

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Kalido MDM and AB InBev

The Gartner MDM Summit in Las Vegas wraps up today, and this morning I caught a session by Kalido’s President and CEO Bill Hewitt and Jonathan Starkey, the Director of Business Intelligence at AB InBev North America. AB InBev purchased Anheuser Busch in 2008 to become the largest brewer in the world, with over 116,000 […]

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Evolving from Product MDM to Multidomain MDM

I’m attending the Gartner MDM Summit in Las Vegas, and this morning I caught a great session by Andrew White on the evolution from master data management (MDM) of product data to “multidomain MDM”. Andrew started by talking by talking about the strong intersection of product MDM with enterprise resource planning (ERP), workflow, product configuration, […]

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Informatica Analyst Briefing

Arvind Parthasarathi, Ken Hoang and Ravi Shankar from Informatica were kind enough recently to give me a detailed briefing on Informatica’s master data management (MDM) strategy after its acquisition of Siperian. First, there’s no doubt this was a game-changing move, for both Siperian and for Informatica. With over 4,000 Informatica installed base customers to leverage, […]

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Answering Questions from LinkedIn

I got a good question via LinkedIn the other day, so I thought I’d answer it here: Dear Dan, I am a database architect but I am new to MDM and data governance, and I’m very interested in this area. Can you please suggest where to start? I’ve found some information on the web (sometimes […]

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AMB Releases Community Edition

Hub Designs has been a partner of AMB, a provider of information governance, quality and discovery software, since November 2008. Now AMB is launching an open source version of its Information Governance Suite, called the Community Edition. AMB delivers tools to facilitate real time governance, and is now extending its reach as one of the first […]

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Is It Taxonomy Season Already?

Like death and taxes, every Master Data Management (MDM) project goes through a taxonomy definition exercise.  During this time, Data Architects realize whether their payment of time thus far will yield a refund (of time) or require them to spend nights and weekends in jail (at the office).  Let this article serve as your free […]

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Data Profiling For All The Right Reasons, Part 5

The Hub Designs Blog welcomes the final installment of this great series by Rob DuMoulin, an information architect with more than 26 years of IT experience, specializing in master data management, database administration and design, and business intelligence. Part 5: The Profiling Payoff This is the final part of a five-part series, describing how data […]

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Initiate Systems Acquired By IBM

Today, IBM announced that it is acquiring Initiate Systems. This was widely rumored last week, but the announcement of Informatica’s acquisition of Siperian took my mind off this temporarily. On the face of it, it makes all the sense in the world. IBM knows a good product when it sees it, and Initiate has been […]

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Siperian Acquired By Informatica

Siperian, one of the last best-of-breed providers of master data management (MDM) technology, is being acquired by Informatica. The two firms were already working together closely, having an alliance and OEM relationship through Informatica’s acquisitions in 2008 of Identity Systems (for entity resolution and matching) and in 2009 of Address Doctor (for customer address cleansing). […]

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Data Profiling For All The Right Reasons, Part 4

The Hub Designs Blog welcomes Part 4 of this series by Rob DuMoulin, an information architect with more than 26 years of IT experience, specializing in master data management, database administration and design, and business intelligence. Part 4: Profiling Relationships and Patterns This is part four of a five-part series describing how data profiling assists […]

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Data Profiling For All The Right Reasons, Part 3

The Hub Designs Blog welcomes Part 3 of this series by Rob DuMoulin, an information architect with more than 26 years of IT experience, specializing in master data management, database administration and design, and business intelligence. Part 3: Attribute-Level Analyses This is part three of a five-part series on data profiling. In Part One, we […]

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Data Profiling For All The Right Reasons, Part 2

The Hub Designs Blog welcomes Part 2 of this series by Rob DuMoulin, an information architect with more than 26 years of IT experience, specializing in master data management, database administration and design, and business intelligence. Part 2: Profiling the Basics This discussion is the second of a five-part series on data profiling. In Part […]

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Data Profiling For All The Right Reasons, Part 1

The Hub Designs Blog welcomes another guest post by Rob DuMoulin, an information architect with more than 26 years of IT experience, specializing in master data management, database administration and design, and business intelligence. Part 1: The Psychology of Data Profiling Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung founded the Analytical School of Psychology. His word association […]

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2009 Year in Review

As we’re about to enter 2010, it’s a good time to reflect on what happened in 2009 and what it all means. “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times…” So Dickens begins “A Tale of Two Cities”, but it’s also a good description of the past year. The first half […]

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Hidden Costs of Duplicate Customer Data

A client asked me last week about what rate of duplicate data was “normal” in customer master data. My initial answer was that, among companies that don’t have any formal master data management, data governance or data quality initiatives in place, duplication rates of 10%-30% (or more) are not uncommon. When I was at D&B, […]

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Oracle OpenWorld Presentation

I had a great time at the Oracle OpenWorld conference this year. Oracle did a great job organizing the MDM track. There were a lot of great presentations, and a good balance of speakers between Oracle people, outside consultants and experts, and end users with success stories to share. David Butler, Senior Director of MDM […]

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MDM Track at the OAUG Conference

The Oracle Applications Users Group conference, COLLABORATE 10, is being held April 18-22, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. But the Master Data Management (MDM) track of COLLABORATE 10 needs YOUR help! This is your final invitation to share your MDM and Data Governance success story, knowledge and expertise by presenting at the conference. The MDM […]

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Silver Creek Systems

Another strong session at Oracle OpenWorld this afternoon. Alison Schofield, the Product Strategy Director at Oracle for PIM Data Hub, lead off the session by talkking about the business challenges in improving the data quality of product information, calling it the “greatest threat to your PIM initiative.” Items are formatted inconsistently, misclassified, with overloaded description […]

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Aaron Zornes Data Governance Session at Oracle OpenWorld

I’ve always enjoyed the depth and quality of Aaron Zornes’ analysis on master data management. I’ve been attending the MDM Summit conferences that he organizes in the U.S. with SourceMedia since 2006, and I’ve spoken at quite a few of his events. Today I had the pleasure of hearing him speak on enterprise data governance. Here […]

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