Enterprise architects and CTOs are concerned about the ongoing vendor consolidation in the nascent customer data integration (CDI) and master data management (MDM) market. These fellow travelers on the journey to corporate data governance asked, "What are the key differentiators of a next-generation CDI solution in 2006 and 2007?"

In mid-2005 we identified 12 milestones to be addressed by our research team. This column will discuss the first six milestones, with my next column discussing the remaining six.

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