Business Intelligence and Master Data

Last month we had in inspiring Business Intelligence Unit meeting. One of the key items of this meeting was a Microsoft Master Data Services (MDS) presentation. During the presentation a firm discussion developed. Main topic of this discussion was, belongs Master Data Management to the Business Intelligence domain?

Microsoft positioned MDS as part of their BI Suite, I think MDM does not belong to the Business Intelligence domain. BI uses MDM as a validated source for its core dimensions.  The main goal of Business Intelligence is to create actionable information. The main goal of MDM is to have a one clear (unified) view of the ‘key’ business Entities, and the organization uses that view everywhere.

MDM and BI overlap, have mutual interests and structures however are different by nature.

I think many organizations lack a common definition and source of their ‘Key business Entities, often leading to confusion of tongues.

Regards Kees


About Kees Beimans

Passionate Business Intelligence consultant. Interested in why, what, when, wherefore in any order. View all posts by Kees Beimans

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