When it comes to framing enterprise data management, it is essential to establish the right data model. The trick lies in keeping enough structure to capture current business processes while retaining enough flexibility to accommodate ever-changing requirements.

Some might argue that EDM hardly needs a data model at all. All you need is to map data items from input sources to downstream system, adding in validation across sources for each item. Why would you bother considering the wider context of data and what it means to the business? Just keep on adding more data sources, more mappings, more end points. It sounds like a nirvana.

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