Before we jump on to the MDM bandwagon on a full-scale, we
need to actually take a step back and think.
If you look at the inners of any MDM application, what do we get to
see? We see data extractions, data
integrations, transformations, cleansing, standardisation, and data loading....,
right? Where do we see such stuff? We
see all these in the larger picture of Business Intelligence or Information
Management. So, MDM has to fit in the
overall picture of Information Management or Business Intelligence. All these BI or IM help in Decision Support
for Business Users, right? So, why not look at it from the top down and bottom
up approaches in terms of information requirements at various levels or across
the organisation. You will have information
/ decision making needs at various levels of the organisation like: Top
management, Business Unit level, Analytical level, and Operational level. I added Operational level included here, as
BI / IM is becoming omnipresent in most of the organisations.
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