Considerations for master data application services

In a tiered approach to facilitating master data integration, the most critical step is paving a path for applications to seamlessly take advantage of the capabilities master data management (MDM) is intended to provide. Those capabilities include unique identification, access to the unified views of entities, the creation of new entity […]

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Services approach to master data integration

In my last series of posts, we looked at one of the most common issues with master data management (MDM) implementation, namely integrating existing applications with a newly-populated master data repository. We examined some common use cases for master data and speculated about the key performance dimensions relevant to those […]

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Integration planning for master data management

A few years ago, I was presenting a morning course on master data management in which I shared some thoughts about some of the barriers to success in transitioning the use of a developed master data management index and repository into production systems. During the coffee break, an attendee mentioned […]

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SAS Federation Server, data virtualization and the logical data warehouse

Lately, there's been lots of buzz around the logical data warehouse (LDW). In fact, Gartner is hearing LDW mentions as part of data warehouse (DW) inquiries almost 20% of the time and considers it a "megatrend." The definition usually includes some use of data virtualization or data federation capabilities to complement […]

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Everything is "big data" these days – but where is the data management?

When I first began working in the data management industry in 2003, I interviewed a VP of IT for a Fortune 500 manufacturer about their data quality and data integration initiatives. The executive was excited to talk about their rather novel approach to a massive ERP system integration. She mentioned that instead […]

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Data integration: The changing nature of tools and experiences

When I first thought about writing a blog post about data management, picking a topic was an obvious, if daunting, first step. The challenges facing both IT and business are increasing in the era of bigger, more complex and more immediate data. My experience working with organizations across a variety […]

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Planning the MDM journey: SAS DataFlux delivers phased MDM projects

2013 is rapidly approaching and everyone is focused on change, whether it's a shift in your current role, a New Year's resolution or a new business plan. Similarly, organizations are looking at their master data management (MDM) strategy with an eye on the accompanying change management. There is a shift towards a […]

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Data Integration is old news!!

This may be controversial coming from someone that has worked with data his entire career, someone that has been involved with software vendors focused on data integration and access for the last 6 years, and someone that is responsible for product marketing for SAS data management capability, but I’ll say […]

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SAS, Hadoop and big data

The term “big data” is all the rage right now, however the term “big” is relative. At SAS we have been called on to do “big data” projects and more importantly “big analytics” projects for many years now. In fact, we are the pioneers of analytics on “big data.” There is […]

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Would you rather analyze or prepare?

Are you one of those people that love doing analysis? If so, there is nothing quite like analyzing customer patterns, revenue trends, inventory levels, cost optimization, etc. -- especially when you can use that analysis to make changes that will optimize your business. But before you can start the analysis, […]

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