MDM & Integration
Do you have a complex IT infrastructure? Multiple ERP systems or instances and Best-of-Breed solutions? Do you have an MDM strategy to pull them all together?
If you’re like most large enterprises, you have a complex IT infrastructure. As companies grow, experience centralization and decentralization of IT and business processes, move to shared services or divisional autonomy, etc. the complexity of IT increases exponentially.
According to a survey by research firm The Tower Group, most companies maintain master data separately in at least 11 or more source systems. In reality, the picture is even more complex, since large companies rarely have just one instance of an enterprise resource planning or customer/supplier relationship management system. It is not unusual for global companies to have 50 or more separate ERP instances, each with a slightly different implementation from the next.
As a result, most companies are pursuing a Master Data Management (MDM) strategy that strives to maintain data integrity and availability across these systems.
A Large Enterprise MDM Strategy
Given the complexity of IT architectures and the resulting MDM strategies, application data integration becomes a fundamental driver of success. Your application solution vendors must understand this and provide configurable, flexible integration frameworks and tools to simplify their inclusion in your MDM strategy, as well as to facilitate integration with external 3rd party data sources. Key application integration design elements include:
- The use of a “Configuration not code” paradigm
- All common transport protocols supported out of the box
- All common format standards supported out of the box
- Rich support for data validation and transformation
- Support for push or pull, on-demand or scheduled transactions
- Standard connectors for common ERP and Best-of-Breed applications
Aravo can help
Aravo has helped many companies across industries integrate supplier MDM with their enterprise MDM strategy.
Aravo in the Enterprise
Using robust integration tools from Dell Boomi, the Aravo integration engine publishes and synchronizes validated vendor information with all relevant internal and external systems.
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"We've now learned that you have to attack data quality at its heart, at the very foundation, and that's what MDM is all about. It's a fundamental shift in how you govern, classify, store, distribute, and use all of your enterprise data."
Andrew White, Research Vice President, Gartner