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GaryM
Real User
Data Architect at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 28 2019

What is most valuable?

* Ease of use * Excel interface * Simplicity * Soft delete support * Sophistication of business rules * Price (FREE for sql server enterprise license) * Hierarchy… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It enables data stewards to directly interact with data on a web site or Excel without building a custom solution. This includes data stewards getting notification emails… more»

What needs improvement?

* Largest shortcoming: Business rules cannot be used to prevent bad data from getting entered. Rules can only apply to data already saved. And even then it requires the… more»

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

None as our in-house staff did the setup. There is no day to day maintenance needed.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We didn't have a previous solution. Any augmentation of source system data for reporting was done via spreadsheets. I find this product far superior to a previously used… more»

What other advice do I have?

* It's sweet spot is reference data. Attempting to use it for large scale customer data or products may be problematic. * The tool is integrated into Dynamics AX but there… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No as this was the only no-cost option with level of sophistication we needed.
Real User
Data Architect at a government with 10,001+ employees
Aug 06 2019

What is most valuable?

The dynamic data masking, the row-level security, and the data quality business rules are the most valuable features of the solution.

How has it helped my organization?

We have been able to have one true copy of data with Master Data Services. It's improved our organization by removing redundancies. It has reduced the duplication across a number of different databases.

What needs improvement?

The solution could be better integrated into Microsoft's other products. One of the key features that it doesn't have is a data modeling feature. Everyone uses Microsoft, but not for modeling. They use IBM, SAP PowerDesigner, etc. It would… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Every installation that I previously worked on had some form of Microsoft MDS.

What other advice do I have?

We use the private cloud version of the solution. The beauty with Master Data Services is that it's centralized in one place and the problem with other solutions is that most of them have been created in house. There is an overlap between… more»
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Consultant
Decision Consultant at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
Oct 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the administration console. You can import data from Excel.

What needs improvement?

In the next version, I would like to see integration with Azure. The duplication feature is not so good. The merge function should be improved to include better automation. For example, if two people… more»

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

The pricing of this solution is good.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not use another solution prior to this one.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options before choosing this solution.
Joe Keating
Real User
Chief Data Officer at a tech company with 11-50 employees
Nov 01 2017

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… more»

What needs improvement?

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

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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

This was the first MDM platform I had used.

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Oracle and SAP.

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Microsoft MDS Questions

What is Microsoft MDS?

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.

Also known as
Microsoft Master Data Services, Microsoft MDM, Microsoft SQL Server Master Data Services
Microsoft MDS customers

ETA a.s., Apeejay Surrendra Group, Blue Star Infotech, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation, The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, New Belgium Brewing

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