The 9 biggest BI challenges in postmodern ERP era

A recent Gartner report, 2018 Strategic Roadmap for Postmodern ERP, describes how today’s organizations tend to focus on monolithic, vendor-first Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) strategies that do not support their digital business initiatives. The report further recommends a postmodern ERP strategy that includes the integration of differentiated and innovative capabilities that are beyond the core strengths of the common ERP platforms. Read more

Wide or Deep? MDM vs. PIM

Some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from our customers are:

  • Why do I need another MDM application?
  • What are the differences between MDM and PIM?
  • Do I really need an MDM and a PIM solution?

In many ways, these questions are based upon a faulty assumption, namely that product data management (PIM) and Master Data Management (MDM) are the same thing. While are closely related, but they are most certainly not the same – at least if you subscribe to our definitions of PIM and MDM.  In our view MDM has several goals: Read more

Connecting, Collecting and Understanding Data

I read with interest a Gartner report, Modern Data Management Requires a Balance Between Collecting Data and Connecting to Data, that made the case for a bi-modal approach to connecting and collecting data. The case being made is that being able to react “at the edges” of broader data infrastructure (making decisions based on real time data displayed on a tablet, for example) requires direct connection of processes and devices, while collection of data for operations and management insight requires a central collection point and rigorous validation of data accuracy and quality. However, ALL data requires a series of integration processes that describe, organize and integrate the information. That first step, the description, includes the location, trustworthiness and meaning of the data in question. Read more

How balancing the collection of and connection to data can help modernize data management

From Gartner’s ‘Modern Data Management Requires a Balance Between Collecting Data and Connecting to Data:Data and analytics leaders need to take an aggressive approach that creates an appropriate balance between data collection and data connection.

As the value of data as a core asset to digital business is now widely accepted, the most immediate reaction is attempting to collect it as if that was the key to delivering business value. The very popular data lake trend, for example, puts the collection process at the center. But collecting data doesn’t necessarily deliver business value, and collecting data may not even be possible.

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