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MDM: No Roots, No Fruits

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New York – We’ve just wrapped up our annual MDM & Data Governance Summit here in midtown Manhattan, and based on the case studies and updates it was our best show ever. The professionalism and dedication of many of these attendees are reflected in scars and restarts and dollars spent and lessons learned that are going to give new MDM adopters faster starts and drive vendors to deliver better products.

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Comments (3)
From what I observed, most MDM implementations result in "fruits and vegetables" having no roots.

When you examine the semantics of the data, you begin to discover that there are as many interpretations and meanings as there are people using the data. Force fitting a set of standards and consistency on the data looks inviting but over time the diversity and chaos will return.

In reality MDM is "Messed up Data Management".

Posted by Richard O | Thursday, September 15 2011 at 2:22PM ET
It's hard for 'early adopters' to understand that not everyone even knows where...or even why...to start using a new app or modality, such as MDM. I've been keeping as current as is possible from afar, but as one who trains others to do the latest-greatest...sometimes only days or weeks after I have seen it for the first time...I'll tell you this, don't imagine that this will be an easy transition. Too much relies on a body of knowledge and experience that few have available. Even hiring from outside of an organization is a problem.

Where to find qualified individuals to build up a team from scratch? Defining the usual job requirements can be equally challenging; technical project managers who have never been exposed to data management and architecture may not have the necessary skillset, and how do they flesh out their teams when they don't know who to look for any more than they may know what to do with their project objectives. MDM is unique in requiring almost universal access to an organization's most value resource, their knowledge base...the data to be managed.

Thoughts on this conundrum?

Posted by Debi B | Friday, September 16 2011 at 10:22AM ET
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