Enterprise dimension management is a close cousin to master data management, or meta data management, which is familiar to more technical readers - however, enterprise dimension management is important to business users because it is something they can control, and should control. In the case of business performance management (BPM), it is a critical element - after all, BPM is all about leveraging data residing in multiple source systems. Without enterprise dimension management, you risk relying on data that is out of sync.

Enterprise dimension management focuses on correctly managing the dimensions used to roll up data, analyze it and report it. Simply put, behind the clean-looking reports of many large corporations is a huge mess, which enterprise dimension management aims to fix. The mess has a few causes:

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