Master data management can be difficult to deliver. Successful implementations avoid these mistakes

Successful MDM implementations provide value by helping identify opportunities or addressing challenges. There is evidence that MDM implementations have always delivered much more value than expected once the business analysis and requirements are done responsibly by a requirements analyst. As MDM implementations take on more of a business initiative role rather than a technical one, there is a high probablity that the requirements-gathering activities reach the overanalysis or process-perfection mode. This situation should be well identified and addressed by a requirements analyst. One way of achieving this is to present the findings from the requirements-gathering workshops to senior executives to ensure that common understanding is maintained. Also, this will help reach a common consensus about an overall roadmap and establish next-step priorities based on business value and feasibility.

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