In most discussions about enterprise IT that I’ve participated in over the last year or so, the hot topic has been data management - more specifically, whether or not it’s actually possible to effectively manage the various types of data that lie within the information systems of a typical company. I believe it’s technically possible to manage data successfully across the enterprise, but it’s also exceedingly difficult.

First, let’s get a better understanding of enterprise data management (EDM). Many experienced IT people confuse EDM with master data management (MDM). EDM is not MDM. To be sure, MDM is part and parcel of EDM, but EDM is much more broadly focused than MDM.

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