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JAN 28, 2013 11:39am ET

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Master Data Management in Doctor Who’s Terms

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Henrik Liliendahl Sørensen, as usual, is facilitating excellent discussion around master data management (MDM) concepts via his blog. Two of his recent posts, “Multi-Entity MDM vs. Multi-Domain MDM” and “The Real Estate Domain,” have received great commentary. So, in case you missed them, be sure to read those posts, and join in their comment discussions/debates.

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Comments (1)
If you are obsessed with data you come to realize that data exists in three dimensions: time, space and subjectivity.

When examining the uses of data, you must consider these dimensions but as in scientific experiments, when you are observing you are affecting the subject of your observations. This is why the concept of master data is flawed.

The data never exists as a master copy in all three dimensions. It can be perceived to be if you believe (by creating your own reality) but it can be shown that the data never exists in a singular master representation.

So much time is wasted trying to create master data and just when you think you have a master copy, one of the dimensions shifts. Someone looks at the data at a different time, in a different space or applying another interprtation that results in the creation on yet another instance of the data you think you hav mastered.

Posted by Richard O | Thursday, January 31 2013 at 1:22PM ET
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