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October 2011, Vol. 7

Microsoft retooling SQL Server Master Data Services after 'vexing' debut

Master Data Services (MDS), released with SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition, is Microsoft’s offering for companies grappling with mounting stacks of all-important master data. The aim, as with all master data management (MDM) products, is to ensure the accuracy of information critical for strategic business decisions. But with users saying the interface is clunky and performance poor, whether MDS is meeting the challenge is up for debate. Master data can provide companies with valuable information, including details about products, customers, processes or any other component essential to doing business. MDM systems capture and organize that data in an effort to synchronize analytical and operational systems, enforce compliance requirements and establish business processes that are auditable and repeatable. According to Kirk Haselden, product manager at Microsoft, the goal of MDS is to provide organizations a way to consolidate domains of master data so downstream business intelligence (BI), analytical and line-of-business ...

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