What advice do you have for others considering Microsoft MDS?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Microsoft MDS, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Microsoft MDS an eight. I'd give it an 8 and not a 10 because it lacks some features, such as machine learning.

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Top 5LeaderboardReseller

If I have to rate this program from one to ten, I will give it an eight. My advice to others would be to use an activity log. They should have a user account and they should keep track of every user that logs on, and the platform should keep track of it.

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Top 5PopularReal User

Note tThere is some level of logging - you can look in the security area and some level of access although limited.  Also you can write your own extensions in the triggers so you could customize the logging yourself.

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Top 10LeaderboardReal User

I am an information security analyst and I research to stay up on the trends and to see what is happing on the market now because we run our Firewalls. I would recommend getting the correct licenses. From the article, they should get to know which licenses, because there are different agents of licensing. Ensure they get the right size servers. Ensure that they have the best technical expertise, to help with the implementation. Microsoft products are quite good. We run innovation Microsoft 2017 and it's pretty impressive. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

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I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

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Real User

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 them. The big advantage of this solution is with regards to a data warehouse. What you can do is cleanse the data and make it consistent throughout the warehouse before it gets into it, so it guarantees consistency. I'd recommend Microsoft MDS. It's the best MDM tool out there. I would rate the solution seven out of ten.

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Top 5PopularReal User

Please see my review on itcentralstation.  I have used this product since beta for most of the last decade.

Bottom line:  Its sweet spot is reference data. Attempting to use it for large scale customer data or products will likely be very problematic.

The tool is integrated into Dynamics AX but there is not clear direction by Microsoft for improving and supporting the product as a stand alone long term. Use it with that knowledge and look for any indication from Microsoft that it will continue to support it or deprecate it. 

I would not recommend using any version prior to 2016.  

Curious people rate it 8 out of 10, but then what are they comparing it against?  No MDM solution?  It's really not going to compare to most MDM tools out there today but then...expect to pay a lot of $$ for other tools and this tool is usually free for most MSFT customers and may work totally fine - just depends on your needs. It has served my shop well for many years.  I've used many MDM tools and used worse as well as expensive like Oracle's tool that they got from Hyperion.  That said, this tool's future is uncertain and it has a LOT of bugs and no significant enhancement for a number of years. And it is very limited in what it does well as well as the volume of data it can handle.  But if it meets your needs then it makes a lot more sense than many overly complicated MDM tools if those are overkill for your situation.

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