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For enterprises requiring a comprehensive Master Data Management (MDM) solution, the safest way to work towards this goal is by taking a phased approach to implementation. This can be done in a three-step process by starting with a consolidation MDM architecture, growing it into a coexistence architecture, and finally, evolving this system into a transactional hub architecture.
This note covers the following topics:
- Why a big up-front design is not optimal.
- An overview of three MDM architectures.
- How to take a phased approach to MDM.
- Advice on how far the enterprise should go with implementation.
IT managers can use a phased approach to implement a functional solution that delivers value early. By settling for an MDM system that is good enough, IT managers can service business and IT needs without stretching resources.