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Africom’s PROTEA Program

After this year’s Gartner MDM Summit conference, Hub Designs sent a small team to a new client in South Africa called Africom.

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Information Management

Hub Designs Clients Named To “25 Top Information Managers”

Each year beginning in 2010, Information Management magazine recognizes the best information managers and “people to watch”.

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Launching Hub Designs Magazine

Out with the Hub Designs Blog, in with the Hub Designs Magazine!

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Think Tank

Announcing the Hub Designs MDM Think Tank

Announcing the formation of the Hub Designs MDM Think Tank, to conduct analyst briefings with MDM vendors in a group format

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A New Look for the Hub Designs Blog

Time for a new look on the Hub Designs Blog

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Thank You To Our Readers

Well, another year has nearly passed, and I’d like to say “thank you” to everyone who has read and supported this blog over the past three and a half years. Only one thing has made this blog possible: you. Whether you came here to learn about master data management (MDM) and data governance, or to […]

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Kalido Virtual User Conference

Hub Designs is pleased to be a sponsor of Kalido’s virtual user conference, Kalido Connect 2010, which is being held on Tuesday, December 7, 2010. Kalido is expecting more than 500 attendees, and will debut its new product, Kalido Data Governance Director, at the conference. Also, Hub Designs is participating in an analyst briefing on […]

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MDM Community – Join the Informatica MDM Tweet Jam on Nov. 11, Noon-1pm Eastern!

You are cordially invited to join the Informatica MDM “Tweet Jam” on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, from noon – 1pm Eastern (9-10 am Pacific, 10-11 am Mountain, and 11-noon Central). What’s that? You don’t know what a Tweet Jam is?  I’m glad you asked (because until recently, I didn’t know either). “Musicians ‘jam’ by getting […]

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Enterprise Data Governance

Hub Designs Becomes Member of MDM Alliance Group

Recently, Hub Designs became a member of the MDM Alliance Group (MAG). MAG is a not-for-profit community, founded by Pierre Bonnet, of users, software vendors, consultants and systems integrators who jointly invest their time and intellectual property in the development of a common best practice and procedure approach for the successful and sustainable implementation of Master Data […]

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Holistic Approach

Master Data Management Best Practice #10 – Use a Balanced, Holistic Approach

This may be the most important best practice of all: use a balanced, holistic approach – addressing people, process, technology and information. Start with the people, politics and culture, and then move on to the data governance and stewardship processes, then the technology. The recent Gartner “Magic Quadrant for MDM of Customer Data” by John […]

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Master Data Management Best Practice #9 – Don’t Underestimate the Complexity

One of my favorite quotes is from Albert Einstein, who said “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” This is very true in master data management (MDM) – where you’ll inevitably come under pressure to oversimplify. It’s not uncommon to have 20-30 source systems (or more) that have to be integrated […]

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Master Data Management Best Practice #8 – Resist the Urge to Customize

Breaking news: As I was writing the article below on MDM Best Practice #8, I realized I should discuss the acquisition of Data Foundations, Inc. by Software AG. I was surprised by how long it took for the announcement to come out, because I first heard about this transaction in June. It seems to be […]

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Data Governance

Master Data Management Best Practice #7 – Create a Data Governance Organization and Processes

If there’s no dedicated data governance function, then no one lives & dies with the accuracy, completeness, timeliness and consistency of the critical information that drives the business. There’s not much point in doing master data management if you’re not going to govern the data. I remember attending an MDM Summit conference a few years […]

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Master Data Management Best Practice #6 – A Long Term Program, Not a Short Term Project

Today, we’re going to resume our series on Master Data Management Best Practices. Here are the earlier articles in the series: Start with the Need, Pain or Problem (Not “The Solution”) Active, Involved Executive Sponsorship Emphasize the Organizational Change Management Aspects The Business Has To Own MDM and Data Governance Use Your Best Project Managers […]

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Project Management 101

Master Data Management Best Practice #5 – Use Your Best Project Managers and People

This one may sound obvious, but as you staff your MDM and data governance initiatives, make sure you use your best project managers and people. Make sure you can’t be derailed by opponents pointing to avoidable project management or organizational issues. You cannot afford to have this type of project fail, so focus on controlling […]

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Business Ownership

Master Data Management Best Practice #4 – The Business Has To Own MDM and Data Governance

As tempting as it is to start and finish with the technology, it doesn’t work. One model that I’ve seen work very well is for the business to lead the data governance initiative, with senior management being involved through a Data Governance Council (which makes policy for enterprise data), with Global Process Owners handling day […]

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Org Change

Master Data Management Best Practice #3 – Emphasize the Organizational Change Management Aspects

Addressing the organizational change aspects of master data management (MDM) and data governance initiatives is critical to their success. Outside perspective can be very helpful here. As I discussed in a recent article, “Org. Change and Data Governance”, organizational change management – as an applied discipline – is used far too rarely on MDM projects. […]

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Executive Sponsor

Master Data Management Best Practice #2 – Active, Involved Executive Sponsorship

MDM and data governance projects need strong executive sponsorship, more so than most projects involving technology. To champion a change (towards managing master data as a true corporate asset) is going to mean significant cultural disruption. In most companies, that type of change is best driven “top down”. Don’t try to start until this is […]

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Gartner Positions Stibo Systems on MDM Magic Quadrant

In yesterday’s article about the inclusion of Orchestra Networks in Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for Master Data Management of Product Data”, I mentioned that Orchestra is not considered a “dedicated PIM vendor”. One company that has historically been a strong player in the Product Information Management (PIM) space is Stibo Systems. Stibo is also developing a […]

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Orchestra Networks Enters Gartner Magic Quadrant

Orchestra Networks, a specialized Master Data Management (MDM) software vendor based in France and the United States, announced yesterday that the company will be included in Gartner Inc.’s “Magic Quadrant for Master Data Management of Product Data”, released on September 27, 2010. Since Orchestra Networks provides a model-driven solution to model and master all types […]

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My Take on Oracle OpenWorld 2010

I’m flying home today from Oracle OpenWorld 2010, which I enjoyed enormously, as usual. Beyond the “old home week” aspect of it – seeing old friends, who for some reason I only seem to see at the Oracle Applications Users Group COLLABORATE conference in the spring or at Oracle OpenWorld in the fall – there […]

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New White Paper: A Real Multidomain MDM Solution or a Wannabe?

I’ve written a new white paper which is now available on the Orchestra Networks web site. Master Data Management (MDM) initiatives are challenging at best but selecting the wrong MDM technology is a difficult mistake from which to recover and can make it impossible to achieve the expected return on investment from your MDM program. […]

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Speaking at Oracle OpenWorld

I’m really looking forward to speaking at the upcoming Oracle OpenWorld conference. I’ve been attending OpenWorld since 2004, and my talk at it last year was a big hit.  David Butler from Oracle, who manages the MDM track at OpenWorld, said I was their “cleanup hitter” last year and that I “hit a home run […]

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Speaking at SAP Virtual Trade Show

Hub Designs is an associate member of SAP’s alliance program, and on September 23rd, Dan Power from Hub Designs will be speaking at an SAP virtual trade show being put on by SearchSAP.com and TechTarget. This free virtual seminar is focused on best practices for maximizing SAP performance. The day long virtual event features expert presentations, […]

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Our MDM Strategy Offerings

Recently, I put together an overview of Hub Designs’ MDM strategy offerings for a potential client. Here’s a recap. Education Based on our popular “Best Practices in MDM and Data Governance” speaking engagements, presented at Oracle OpenWorld and the Oracle Applications Users Group COLLABORATE conference. Our workshops get business & IT professionals up to speed […]

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MDM Community on Ning

Today, Hub Designs committed to sponsoring the MDM Community on Ning. Recently, Ning changed its business model from providing free social networks to charging between $19.95 per year (for educational and non-profit use) to $199.95 per year (for customized Ning Networks), all the way up to $499.95 per year (for high end social networks with […]

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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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Upcoming Hub Designs Webinar

Hub Designs is hosting a complimentary webinar on “Best Practices in MDM and Data Governance with Dan Power” in concert with our friends at eLearning Curve and Information Management magazine. The webinar will be held on Friday, May 21, 2010, at 12:00 pm EDT (9:00 am PDT). Topics will include: helping you better understand master data […]

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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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Hub Designs and Equifax Introduce Oracle Integration Solution

Today, at the Gartner Master Data Management Summit in Las Vegas, Hub Designs and Equifax jointly announced a new product, Hub Designs Equifax Integration for Oracle, bringing the power of Equifax Commercial Information Solutions data to the Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Customer Data Hub platforms. The solution smoothly integrates Equifax data into Release 12 of […]

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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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