About This Constellation ShortList™

Master data management (MDM) is both a technology and methodology for linking, centralizing and maintaining enterprise data to a singular point of reference. MDM programs typically include a methodology to support data governance and ensure data quality across the enterprise. This requires a common definition of terms and entities across an organization and a consistent data quality approach for classifying, transforming, augmenting, mastering, securing, delivering and refreshing enterprise data.

MDM in the past addressed entities such as customer, product, supplier and other specific domains. Today, most MDM systems can handle multidomain models across multicloud architectures.

This Q1 2020 update adds Semarchy on the strength of its xDM Intelligent Data Hub data management platform, which supports any use case and domain for MDM while also addressing data discovery, collaborative data governance and data quality measurement. Removed from the list was Oracle and its separate offerings for customer and product MDM.

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • Information integration
  • Data quality
  • Data governance
  • Multidomain (i.e., customer, product, supplier, reference data, sites, location)
  • Multiple deployment models: on-premises, in the cloud, hybrid cloud or multicloud
  • Industry-specific templates and accelerators
  • Self-service business rules
  • Support for data privacy rules and regulations
  • Customer references

The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates more than 15 solutions categorized in this market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research.

  • IBM
  • Informatica
  • Reltio
  • Riversand
  • Stibo Systems

Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList will be updated at least once per year. There could be an update after six months, should the analyst deem it necessary.

Evaluation Services

Constellation clients can work with the analyst and research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this Constellation ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.

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