Q: Without being more specific than saying that an industrial company with 120,000 articles, 2,000 customers, 50 finished products value range $300,000 - 750,000 - What is your experience of time needed to clean the master data and get it on "track?" Your experience of the time needed and comments on that would be much appreciated.

Majid Abai's Response: Here is when I invoke my favorite phrase in information management: It Depends. You do not specify whether you'd like to clean all master data or some. So, for this discussion, we'll assume all. First, we need to define clean. "Clean" is a relative term that depends on your organization's tolerance for information hygiene. You'll need to internally agree on the level of acceptable quality for each subject area. In addition, you have not specified the number of repositories and applications associated with each of the master data types. As the number of applications and source systems that contribute to each master data increases, so does the complexity of the problem. Another parameter that would influence the result of the problem is the organizational tolerance for change (both on the IT and business sides) as well as the budgetary, manpower and time constraints. So, it all depends.

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