Tag Archives: Product Data Management
Jul 12, 2010 by Rich Murnane
The shopping trip started like any journey to large electronics store. My wife, Mother-In-Law and I hoped to pick up a particular kid’s movie for my daughter and didn’t think it would be a big deal. We searched the kid’s DVD section and found similar items, but not the one we were hoping to find. After spending a few minutes we found a sales associate and asked for help. The person went to the nearest terminal, searched for the title, and, sure enough, the inventory system told him there was “only one left” in the store. With this information, the associate came back to the same area we were originally searching, dug around behind all the other titles for about five minutes – no luck. Upon his surrender he mentioned that the DVD was probably in the store “somewhere” and that it would eventually “make it’s way” back to the appropriate shelf position.
Oct 22, 2008 by David Loshin
After a few years worth of bandying about the term “master data management,” I felt that it would be worthwhile collecting my thoughts about the processes necessary to assess, justify, and plan for instituting a master data management program within an organization. These thoughts are now collected in my book titled “Master Data Management,” which was published in mid-September.
Feb 29, 2008 by David Loshin
In one recent post I noodled on the concept of master data synchrony, and promised to follow up on some dimensions of synchronization that may drive application requirements that feed the decision regarding the underlying MDM architecture. The proposed dimensions are:
Jul 05, 2006 by David Loshin
Having spent a lot of time both programming and using data cleansing and identity resolution software, I am always intrigued by the kinds of variance that appear in semi-strucured text for named objects, such as people or products. Lately I have been considering some issues regarding one specific aspect of identity resolution: uniqueness of representation.
Jun 19, 2006 by David Loshin
There’s an old joke about the biblical first man, Adam, giving names to animals in the Garden of Eden. When he gets to the hippopotamus, God asks him, “What shall we name this animal?” Adam answers, “Hippopotamus.” God questions this choice – “Why do you want to call this animal a hippopotamus?” Adam’s answer: “Because it looks more like a hippopotamus than any other animal.”
Mar 03, 2006 by David Loshin
Master data management (MDM) might be seen as a disruptive technology in the integration space, in that it is an attempt to replace less accommodating approaches to sharing a single source of enterprise information. A naïve view of MDM might indicate significant drawbacks – challenges in application integration or change management, for example – to the point that a senior manager with some degree of trepidation for his own welfare might not just hesitate, but also actively lobby against deploying an MDM solution.