Whether you are a business leader in your organization or a technical officer driving transformation projects, there is a common ground you can stand on, which is agreeing just how hard data management can be today. More eloquently, Bob Eve of TIBCO articulated these challenges as “a challenging arena covering diverse data landscape that spans myriad technologies, multiple disciplines and every business domain,” or “it takes a village” to achieve what we need data to do for us.

As data strategies mature in enterprises, key custodians of data compliance, governance, and management move up and out of their roles as implementers and into planning. But the rate of data disparity is moving a lot faster than it is to acquire the right expertise and knowledge transfer done. These custodians of data management do not always have the right successors in their previous roles. Meanwhile, business owners start to create a ‘playing catch-up’ mentality. They push their technical officers for even more demanding results by putting in more investments to enforce infrastructural requirements for better (actual) returns.

To meet these demands, chief technical officers need to map out a long-term plan on data governance, covering critical areas such as implementing Master Data Management (MDM) solutions. Yet, not all MDM solutions are made equal (and they should not be) as implementations and requirements can vary according to the maturity of the organization’s governance, the use and focus of master data, approaches taken (centralized or decentralized) and more.

Knowing the road ahead is winning half the battle.

In the past decade, the journey of Systemation to help customers realize their digital transformation roadmap, we know it all starts by having seasoned implementation consultants. “Doing more with data” is central to what we do for our customers. By doing so, we ensure our customers are fully empowered to leverage invested technologies and get maximum and sustainable benefits from it.

Having a 100% success rate of implementations for our customers, these are the steps we have identified that, even sounding simple, can work well for the long-term roadmap, as well for quick wins without compromising quality.

  • Define the long-term strategic goals and objectives and your master data management program.

  • Configure your first tactical solution (MVP) with tangible business objectives and value.

  • Add business value with each delivery.

  • Embed the master data management principles into your operational processes.

  • Become a data-driven organization adaptable to change.

Our MDM approach is closely aligned to a best practice agile-based methodology. That approach has proved to be extraordinarily successful, given its perfect alignment with the TIBCO EBX data management platform’s model-driven capabilities.

One of our successes was with Rabobank, where Systemation was the appointed intermediary delivering EBX and training data specialists in using and managing the platform. The customer was able to incorporate a substantial part of the global reference data into their TIBCO EBX platform within just 1.5 years of the project’s inception. More than 20 departments, 50 data teams, and over 200 business users and data stewards work with TIBCO EBX.

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