Microsoft MDS Review

Provides a secure way to manage master data. The business rules definition interface could be improved.


What is most valuable?

  • Web Service integration
  • Customer Workflow Extensions

How has it helped my organization?

This product provides a robust, flexible, and secure way for my organization and our customers to manage master data without the need to write code. MDS provides excellent integration options and a range of features such as auditing, trace-ability, and change capture.

What needs improvement?

The business rules definition interface could be improved. It is not the most intuitive or easy to use GUI.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have used this for five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No scalability issues. The product performs well and has good options in this regard.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would give technical support a rating of 9/10.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This was the first MDM platform I had used.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was very straightforward. The installation wizard and the configuration manager are simple and intuitive.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

MDS is packaged as part of the Microsoft SQL Server platform and no additional license is required.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Oracle and SAP.

What other advice do I have?

MDS can be setup and used very quickly to establish if it can bring value to your organization. Don't hesitate based on the perception that MDM software is complex to implement.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarGaryM
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Try upgrading to 2016, the business rules interface is dramatically improved.

author avatarChief Data Officer at a tech company with 11-50 employees
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It is a lot better in 2016 Gary, not so much of a black art anymore.