Analyst MDM / PIM / DQM Solution Reports Update Mid 2020

Analyst firms occasionally publish market reports with a generic solution overview for Master Data Management (MDM), Product Information Management (PIM) and Data Quality Management (DQM).

Here is an overview of the latest major reports:

Analyst Rankings

The next expected reports include:

  • Information Difference yearly MDM landscape probably later this month
  • Gartner Data Quality Tool Magic Quadrant scheduled for 31st July

PS: You can check out many of the included solutions on This Disruptive MDM / PIM / DQM List.

PPS: You can get a free ranking that also include the rising stars on the solution market and is based on your context, scope and requirements here.

Party MDM

The Master Data Management (MDM) market has traditionally been divided into Customer MDM and Product MDM – with Vendor/Supplier MDM as a rarer third option.

However, from being an academic notion we see more and more implementations where the MDM solution is build as a Party MDM solution, where the party entity encompass customer, vendor/supplier, other business partners, internal business units and any other party entity that matters to the sell, buy and make side of the enterprise.

Party MDM

The party MDM concept will also encompass the employees (and contractors) in the business units – which can be seen as Human Resource MDM – as well as the contacts at B2B customers, vendors/suppliers and other business partners.

There are many drivers for building this model.

One example is that many enterprises, especially large corporations, has an intersection of customers and vendors/suppliers. This case was examined in the post How Bosch is Aiming for Unified Partner Master Data Management.

Then there is the good old question: “What is a customer?”. In many business scenarios there are more than direct customers that matters in marketing and selling. In manufacturing, including life science, there are B2B2C chains. In these and other industries there are influencers that matters. In life science that is healthcare professionals. In building materials that is for example architects and other construction professionals.

In banking the term counterparty is used to cover both direct customers and other parties that are referred to in the service delivery. In education there are teachers and students. In public administration there are citizens.

Practically all organizations have more parties than customers and vendors/suppliers involved in the operating model and therefore their descriptions must sooner or later be handled as master data in a unified Party MDM model. This will underpin the digital transformation that is on the agenda in every organization these days.

Business Case, ROI and TCO for Your MDM / PIM / DQM Solution

Any implementation of a Master Data Management (MDM), Product Information Management (PIM) and/or Data Quality Management (DQM) solution will need a business case to tell if the intended solution has a positive business outcome.

Prior to the solution selection you will typically have:

  • Identified the vision and mission for the intended solution
  • Nailed the pain points the solution is going to solve
  • Framed the scope in terms of the organizational coverage and the data domain coverage
  • Gathered the high-level requirements for a possible solution
  • Estimated the financial results achieved if the solution removes the pain points within the scope and adhering to the requirements

Business Case ROI TCO MDM PIM DQM [2]The solution selection (utilizing the Select Your Solution service on this site) will then inform you about the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of the best fit solution(s).

From here you can, put very simple, calculate the Return of Investment (ROI) by withdrawing the TCO from the estimated financial results.

You can check out more inspiration about ROI and other business case considerations on The Resource List.

Longlist, Shortlist and/or PoC

This site has an interactive service to help you jumpstart in your tool selection for a solution for Master Data Management (MDM), Product Information Management (PIM) and/or Data Quality Management (DQM) as described in the post The Free Bespoke MDM / PIM / DQM Solution Ranking Service.

Select Your Solution

The result of this interactive online service is a selection of the 7 best fit solutions for your MDM / PIM / DQM implementation and possibly also a few solutions that could complement your choice as a best-of-breed supplement for special features as for example data matching and product data syndication.

With the 7 best fit solutions the thought succeeding process could be one of the below 3 options:

Long Path:

Long pathYour organization, possibly assisted by a consultancy firm, makes a deeper evaluation of the longlist with the 7 best solutions typically by issuing a written Request for Proposal (RFP) to all or the most promising solutions in the selection. The response will give you a detailed understanding of the capabilities offered and a price indication including license price and model, required consultancy costs and internal resources needed.

Based on this you will make a shortlist of the typically 3 solutions with the best fit capability and total cost of ownership (TCO) ratio. You will invite the providers for a demo and engage in answering specific concerns. From there your organization can award the best fit solution provider with a contract and you can commence the implementation possibly assisted by an implementation partner.

Short Path:

Short pathYour organization, possibly assisted by a consultancy firm, can issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the providers of the shortlisted solutions. Based on the response, including indications for total cost of ownership (TCO), you will invite perhaps two providers for a thorough demo and engage in answering specific concerns. From there your organization can award the best fit solution provider with a contract and you can commence the implementation possibly assisted by an implementation partner.

One Step to PoC:

One Step to PoCYour organization will invite the best fit solution provider for a Proof of Concept (PoC) possibly with the assistance of a consultancy firm. If the result is successful and the total cost of ownership (TCO) match your business case, you can commence the implementation based on a contract with the solution provider and possibly also with an implementation partner.

Select Your Solution:

You can access the free selection model here.

Popular Entries on The Resource List

This site has a list of white papers, ebooks, reports and webinars from solution and service providers.

The aim is to give inspiration for organizations having the quest to implement or upgrade their Master Data Management (MDM), Product Information Management (PIM) and/or Data Quality Management (DQM) capability.

The list has now been online in a month and it is time to look at which entries that until now have been the most popular in terms of click through. These are:

ROI of MDM, PIM and DQM

Exploring The ROI of PIM and MDMHave you ever wondered how to effectively evaluate the return on investment (ROI) of a Product Information Management (PIM) and Master Data Management (MDM) implementation? Then, take a look at some real-life examples. Download the Enterworks ebook on Exploring The ROI of PIM and MDM.

MDM, PIM and DQM market overview

The State of Product Information Management 2020Get an overview of why PIM solutions are implemented in more and more organizations, which capabilities a 2020 PIM solution needs to cover, where the market is heading and who the PIM vendors in the market are and how this affect your purchase of PIM. Download the Dynamicweb PIM white paper The State of Product Information Management 2020. 

MDM, PIM and DQM implementation

virtual-conference-webcast-revConferences cancelled? Stuck working from home? Bring the conferences to you with an virtual MDM conference. Don’t miss this must see 6 week live webcast series and hear what other companies are doing in the world of MDM along with best practices and workshops by industry experts.. Register for this Enterworks webcast series at the Everything Master Data Management (MDM) Virtual Conference.

Extended MDM

Intelligent Data Hub - Taking MDM to the Next LevelMDM solutions have been instrumental in solving core data quality issues in a traditional way, focusing primarily on simple master data entities such as customer or product. Organizations now face new challenges with broader and deeper data requirements to succeed in their digital transformation. Help your organization through a successful digital transformation while taking your MDM initiative to the next level. Download the Semarchy white paper Intelligent Data Hub – Taking MDM to the Next Level.

Data Quality

4 Keys to Unlocking Data Quality with MDMBusinesses today face a rapidly growing mountain of content and data. Mastering this content can unlock a whole new level of Business Intelligence for your organization and impact a range of data analytics. It’s also crucial for operational excellence and digital transformation. Download the 1WorldSync and Enterworks ebook on 4 Keys to Unlocking Data Quality with MDM.

Next To Come

More resources from solution and service vendors are on the way. Additionally, there will also be a Case Story List with success stories from various industries. Stay tuned.

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