Big Data is clearly the buzzword du jour in the information management space right now. I read a great article by Jim Ericson a few days ago where he talked about the hype around big data and how vendors, consultants and analysts have glommed on to (my word) the term and its pervasiveness in all topics information management. One of the anecdotes in the article was:
From an editor’s view, there are days […] when it feels like too much to put the words “big data” into one more exploratory headline.
It felt especially so after an opening keynote at a recent event on master data management took exactly 22 minutes to digress for the next 25 minutes to draw dotted lines between MDM and social media and yes, big data.
[…] it would have been more assuring to hear stories of success and evidence that we’re getting MDM to a place where we can sustain and grow it.
This last bit is what this post is about: getting MDM to a place where you can sustain it and grow it.
Today we announced SP2 of the Kalido Information Engine version 9. In fact, when I briefed a well-known industry analyst on our sales message for Kalido MDM, the very first comment was “Thank you for not saying ‘Big Data’!” This release is focused on MDM and includes a number of new key capabilities to expand master data program participation to more people within your enterprise, to better deliver golden copy master data faster and to support both “clean-up” and “stay clean” operationalized MDM.
Where some MDM vendors are just waking up to the model-driven approach and beginning to support more than one domain in a single technology, Kalido has always been based on a generic model that supports every domain. In SP2 a major improvement enables administrators to collaborate with business application users to visually build the MDM model. Using the Kalido Business Information Modeler, models can be built from scratch or imported from existing systems and rapidly refactored to support current MDM requirements. This new capability allows clients to leverage existing artifacts which reduces development costs and enables golden copy master data to be delivered faster to the business applications and application users. And, when business application users want to request a change to the underlying model, that request can be surfaced in Kalido Data Governance Director, as this is an infrastructure issue as opposed to a master data issue.
A second major enhancement is availability of a new model-driven toolkit that allows delivery of direct integration with existing business applications, including an ability to seamlessly call Kalido MDM functions from them, and to generate custom interfaces to facilitate interaction with published master data. With “MDM applets” like this, clients can deploy a mobile application so field employees can easily look up master data when performing various business tasks, which may include proposing changes to master data as well as new master data elements such as new customer records. When new records are proposed, all the validation rules and governance processes are automatically enforced and tracked. Kalido MDM can now more easily hook into operational systems to deliver a sustained, stay-clean environment. Additionally, this capability expands the participation in the master data governance process by allowing for audience-specific interfaces that can appear not only in browsers but also mobile devices such as iPads.
These and other enhancements in Kalido version 9 SP2 result in significantly more robust, model-driven MDM applications that further engage your business data experts across the organization, to deliver the most accurate and consistent master data to your business processes.