We performed a comparison between IBM InfoSphere MDM and Microsoft MDS based on real PeerSpot user reviews.
Find out in this report how the two Master Data Management (MDM) Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
"The advantage is that the matching engine is very good, so that's why customers generally prefer it. From the inbuilt data model perspective, IBM MDM is good."
"The backup and restore functionality are the solution's most valuable aspects."
"It has a very good feature called Excel plug-in. You just have to install the plug-in, and then it directly connects to the MDS instance where you can maintain and manage your data and publish it right through Excel. You don't need to go to the front end to make any changes. It has easy integration with SQL Server, and you can use SSIS to do the ETLs. It is a part of the Microsoft stack. It works with most of the Microsoft stuff."
"One of the main features I have found useful is the integration with Azure active directory."
"It's very easy to use."
"Enables non-technical people to directly interact with the BI system."
"The tool is difficult to understand from a customer perspective and for developers."
"The Microsoft license cost could be lower."
"The only drawback is that it does not have the matching, merging, and all true MDM components. For these, you have to use another competent called Data Quality Services (DQS). You need to plug it in and use it along with MDS for true MDM. Both of these are integrated together, but you have to do them separately, whereas, in Profisee, there are a couple of screens where you can configure the matching process, create matching rules, and other things, and everything is in one product, which is not the case with MDS. In order to implement a true MDM, you need MDS, DQS, and SSIS. You have to use MDS to store your golden records, DQS to configure and standardize all your rules and matching percentages, and SSIS to load the data to DQS and MDS. At the same time, you also need Melissa Data to clean up your addresses to validate and standardize the addresses. That's the main component of true MDM. It would be good if they can create a true matching component inside MDS and merge MDS and DQS."
"There are occasions when the solution maintains SD and we get duplications of MDS."
"I do not like using Silverlight and Internet Explorer. The new 2019 version gets rid of that, which is one of the reasons why we are looking to switch."
"It would be a better option to have an on-cloud version."
InfoSphere Master Data Management (MDM) is the most complete, proven and powerful MDM solution with collaborative and operational capabilities. InfoSphere MDM manages master data for single or multiple domains - customers, patients, citizens, suppliers, locations, products, services offerings, accounts and more - for improving application & business process effectiveness
Microsoft Master Data Services (MDS) is an SQL server solution for master data. MDS enables users to organize and manage a business's master set of data into models while also creating rules for updating the data and control over who can edit it. In addition, the master dataset can be shared with other people in your organization through Excel.
In Master Data Services, you create a model, which is the highest level container in the structure of your master data. This model can then be used to group similar data. Within the model, there can be one or more entities that are similar to a table. Those entities contain members that are the data records. For example, your model can include commodities such as style, color, and product if you manage online product data. The color entity may contain members for various colors. Models may also have attributes that contain values that describe entity members and can be defined within the entities.
There are also attributes that contain values that help describe entities within entity members. There are two different types of attributes:
Features of Microsoft MDS
Microsoft MDS offers a variety of features that provide a central management of master data, while accommodating access to editors and other consumers of the information. These features include:
Reviews from Real Users
For those managing large quantities of master data, Microsoft MDS is a solution of choice for a number of reasons. Two of those are its ability to empower everyone to interact with the BI system as well as its integration with Azure active directory.
Satyam S., a senior software developer at a manufacturing company, notes, "Enables non-technical people to directly interact with the BI system."
An individual contributor at a pharma/biotech company writes, "One of the main features I have found useful is the integration with Azure active directory."
IBM InfoSphere MDM is ranked 5th in Master Data Management (MDM) Software with 1 review while Microsoft MDS is ranked 2nd in Master Data Management (MDM) Software with 6 reviews. IBM InfoSphere MDM is rated 8.0, while Microsoft MDS is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of IBM InfoSphere MDM writes "Provides inbuilt data model and good matching engine". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft MDS writes "MDS 2016 - Primitive but the price is right". IBM InfoSphere MDM is most compared with Informatica MDM, SAP Master Data Governance, IBM Master Data Management on Cloud, TIBCO EBX and Informatica PIM, whereas Microsoft MDS is most compared with Informatica MDM, Profisee, SAP Master Data Governance, TIBCO EBX and Boomi AtomSphere Master Data Hub.
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