We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Enables non-technical people to directly interact with the BI system."
"What I like about Microsoft, is that it has a huge database with many users."
"It has a very good feature called Excel plug-in. You just have to install the plug-in, and then it directly connects to the MDS instance where you can maintain and manage your data and publish it right through Excel. You don't need to go to the front end to make any changes. It has easy integration with SQL Server, and you can use SSIS to do the ETLs. It is a part of the Microsoft stack. It works with most of the Microsoft stuff."
"It is very easy to deploy and provision a machine."
"It's very easy to use."
"One of the main features I have found useful is the integration with Azure active directory."
"The most valuable features are the stewardship and the data prep."
"Most of the Microsoft partners, especially digitally, are separate. Personnel are business people, and they do not have technical expertise, so you end up as a company spending a lot of money training your staff and your engineers."
"It would be a better option to have an on-cloud version."
"There are occasions when the solution maintains SD and we get duplications of MDS."
"I do not like using Silverlight and Internet Explorer. The new 2019 version gets rid of that, which is one of the reasons why we are looking to switch."
"The only drawback is that it does not have the matching, merging, and all true MDM components. For these, you have to use another competent called Data Quality Services (DQS). You need to plug it in and use it along with MDS for true MDM. Both of these are integrated together, but you have to do them separately, whereas, in Profisee, there are a couple of screens where you can configure the matching process, create matching rules, and other things, and everything is in one product, which is not the case with MDS. In order to implement a true MDM, you need MDS, DQS, and SSIS. You have to use MDS to store your golden records, DQS to configure and standardize all your rules and matching percentages, and SSIS to load the data to DQS and MDS. At the same time, you also need Melissa Data to clean up your addresses to validate and standardize the addresses. That's the main component of true MDM. It would be good if they can create a true matching component inside MDS and merge MDS and DQS."
"Creating a model and deploying it is a little bit tricky in Talend, compared to other tools."
"MDS is a part of the SQL Server enterprise license. I am not aware of any additional costs."
"With Microsoft, we buy everything though an agreement, so we purchase volume licensing every year."
"The solution does require a license and we have enterprise licenses."
"I would like to see better pricing."
"SAP is more expensive than Microsoft."
"The licensing fees vary depending on the products that you purchase."
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Master Data Services (MDS) is the SQL Server solution for master data management. Master data management (MDM) describes the efforts made by an organization to discover and define non-transactional lists of data, with the goal of compiling maintainable master lists. An MDM project generally includes an evaluation and restructuring of internal business processes along with the implementation of MDM technology. The result of a successful MDM solution is reliable, centralized data that can be analyzed, resulting in better business decisions.
With Talend Open Studio for MDM, you can download a fully-functional MDM solution today and use it for free, for as long as you want. Available under a GPL open source license, Talend Open Studio for MDM delivers the key data integration, data quality, and data governance functionality that you need to get started with MDM in your company.
Microsoft MDS is ranked 2nd in Master Data Management (MDM) Software with 7 reviews while Talend Open Studio for MDM is ranked 12th in Master Data Management (MDM) Software with 1 review. Microsoft MDS is rated 7.6, while Talend Open Studio for MDM is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft MDS writes "MDS 2016 - Primitive but the price is right". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Talend Open Studio for MDM writes "Good stewardship and data prep capabilities with responsive technical support, but the deployment can be tricky". Microsoft MDS is most compared with Informatica MDM, SAP Master Data Governance, Profisee, Reltio Cloud and Stibo Systems Product Master Data Management, whereas Talend Open Studio for MDM is most compared with Talend MDM Platform, TIBCO EBX and Informatica MDM.
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