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GaryM
Real User
Data Architect at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 02 2018

What is most valuable?

* Ease of use * Excel interface * Simplicity * Price (free for sql server enterprise license) * Hierarchy management... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It enables data stewards to directly interact with data on web site or using Excel without building a custom solution.... more»

What needs improvement?

* * Note below reflects the current 2016 version. Previous versions had significant issues the majority of which were... 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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We didn't have a previous solution. Any augmentation of source system data for reporting was done via spreadsheets. I... 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.... more»
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... 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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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... more»

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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.

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