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Answer: Riversand technology is leader in the MDM space and makes a product called MDMcenter. Gartner and Forrester put these guys in a leader and visionary quadrant topping Informatica, oracle, and sap. They have a product used by many fortune 1000s and multinational companies. I have rolled out MDM solutions for a bunch of customers using different platforms and Riversand's is the best. They have cloud based and on premise solutions. It can scale from small projects to biggest implementations of the planet, different geographies/locations, langauges and near infinite entities. Their licensing can vary based on required modules; but they offer Matching, Deduplication, Searching, Workflow, Modeling, Analytics, Integration, Domain / cross-domain, Governance tools to change / commit / rollback. The applications modeling and framework is flexible so it can handle any domain, product, retail, manufacturing, customer, vendor, finance, investment vehicles, jewelry, oil and gas, person, auto, high tech, oil gas, fast food, grocery, etc. Hands down this is best product in its class. It's top shelf. Given the choice and having used other products, I'd choice Riversand over the other competing products. If you didn't check them out yet, you definitely should.
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Informatica MDM vs. SAP Master Data Governance
July 2022
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"Its data cleansing capabilities are very valuable. The match and merge and the audit trail functionalities are very good.""It has been leading the market with hierarchy management and all the different match concepts and algorithms. They're very robust.""MDM doesn't require a separate IDQ.""The most valuable features of Informatica MDM are it is cloud-enabled and has all the elements that are supposed to have in terms of MDM as a solution. All the features that are there. It is very well-integrated with any of the SAP and non-SAP applications. It is quite user-friendly. The user experience that you receive in Informatica MDM is quite good.""I like the number of options that are presented with Informatica, fuzzy matching, and your screen.""In the latest version, I like the outlay of the business roles creation. I like seeing that visualization as you're building it, as opposed to going through metatables or XML mappings. We liked that piece, and it makes it more intuitive for the business.""It has flexibility in extending the data model.""The Provisioning tool is something that is really handy for everyone. It is my pick as the best feature."

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"SAP Master Data Governance integrates well.""The solution is great at standardizing all of our records.""User-friendly and provides customized reports and personalized data.""Useful for building master data.""The most valuable thing is what it does: data management.""The scalability is very good.""Some of the features that I have found to be beneficial are the search and uploads functions.""This is an all-around good product."

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"The biggest pain point for us is the documentation. Typically, you have to go through knowledge forums and knowledge groups to find out about the syntax issues for interfacing with new products. Typically, you've got to deal with someone who has been through the pain before. Their documents are not really up to date with current innovations happening in the industry. As big as they are, you can't really expect it, but that's our pain point.""Informatica MDM could improve the interdependency with integration. The solution sometimes becomes a bit difficult to change considering a lot of interdependency with the integration. There can be some improvement in the workflows and they can introduce more artificial intelligence.""New machine learning could be added to Informatica MDM because the solution is outdated and is not moving with the current trends. The solution is good, but it definitely needs a lot of improvement and needs to speed up as per the market.""From multiple masters that are there in Informatica MDM, we can improve the financials.""The on-prem solution is harder to learn than the cloud-based versions.""The configuration process is pretty lengthy and challenging and could be made easier to understand.""The advertising makes promises about data analytics that it does not keep.""If I compare it with other MDM solutions in the market, one thing that can definitely be improved is automation to help with the configuration. Currently, when we are creating any staging of base object tables, all the columns have to be configured manually in the Informatica Hub Console. A lot of tables and different kinds of business columns have to be configured manually. There should be an automated process for this, especially in the Dev environment. When people are creating tables and columns from scratch, if there is a backend automated process for that, it would be really helpful. In Stibo, a similar feature is there wherein you can tag attributes to certain objects. It would be helpful if Informatica also provides a similar option. It would reduce the manual effort. It could be that such a feature is already there, but I am not aware of it."

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"Lacks some features that are available in other solutions.""The documentation provided for the MDG extensions by Utopia could be improved.""The UI could improve by being more neat and clean. Sometimes users find it difficult to use it.""The solution lacks some flexibility.""Overall, they just a little bit more flexibility in terms of assigning roles or adding new roles. We have a longer approval process, so we need to break it down into more roles than what is typically available and we need to hard-code it.""The price can be improved.""The implementation could be easier.""The user interface is not user-friendly."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It's pretty high for us. It's more on the higher side, like low to middle high."
  • "It is expensive. That's probably the biggest drawback. The business has heartache paying the license, but that's mainly because they don't realize what value it brings. The key thing about the MDM solution is that it is in the backend, and no one sees what it is actually doing. You don't know it is a problem until it is not there."
  • "Informatica MDM's pricetag should come down. They have to cut some costs."
  • "There is no doubt that it is very expensive, but the brand value comes at a cost. Other MDM solutions in the market that haven't proven themselves like Informatica are also pretty expensive. We need to understand that MDM itself is very expensive to implement. So, Informatica is also pretty expensive. I would rate it a two out of five for being pretty expensive."
  • "It's offers value for money. They're more competitive with respect to pricing and offerings."
  • "Informatica MDM recently changed its pricing model. It's usage-based but I don't have much insight into the current pricing."
  • "Informatica MDM's price could be lower."
  • "I rate the licensing cost of Informatica MDM a five out of ten."
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  • "The cost of the product is not ideal."
  • "The cloud solution is subscription-based, it is paid monthly or quarterly. If the solution is on-premises, it is a one-time fee. As far as I am aware there are no additional costs."
  • "We have an enterprise license. The whole SAP landscape pricing model is based on the number of users, and the number of transactions. The price could be better, there is always room for improvement in the price."
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    Answers from the Community
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    it_user529854 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user529854 (CEO at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees)

    I cannot offer insight into the licensing policy of each vendor as they are very varied and indeed can change deal to deal. Oracle for instance might give you limited database license if you use it specifically for MDM - but will audit you and bill you for full use even if you add one custom table! What it also means is that if are going with the big ones - you can negotiate!!

    I can, however, help you with key MDM requirements as defined by Gartner.

    -Loading/synchronization/business services/integration (which is basically ETL) - but it gives you the ability to implement in different styles - centralized, registry, co-existence, consolidation
    -Information quality, semantic consistency : this is for DQ capability and survivorship
    -data modeling - strength based on metadata management, policy enforcement, dating and versioning
    -Stewardship support (such as 360 degree view, where used, decay analysis, ownership)
    -Governance (a combination of a lot of the above really)
    -multiple use cases (Operational and analytical) - here you can use ERP/PLM/CRM as operational examples and APS and DWH as analytical use cases.
    - multi domain (product, customer, supplier, account, HR, location, person) - Tricky, as many vendors including Oracle claim to be multi domain - but they do not use a single framework to manage multiple domains - that is really not multi domain because the CDO's office still needs to manage multiple frameworks and the cost of ownership is very high.
    - data quality dashboards
    - Task management (Advanced)
    - multi device support

    If you are interested, you can also check us out at : for cheaper alternatives if you are an Oracle eBusiness Suite user. You can also peruse our following whitepapaers: (gives you an insight on why we have eliminated ETL and modeling from MDM) (Talks about an emerging part of MDM called ADM - application data management. We argue why MDM is worthless, if it is not built to make applications that consume master data such as ERP, CRM etc cannot use it instantaneously)

    it_user348246 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user348246 (Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees)

    If you buy InfoSphere MDM Domain Hub Standard Edition you can use following products:
    IBM Process Server Standard v8.5.6
    IBM Process Server Standard for Non-production Environment v8.5.6
    IBM Process Center Standard v8.5.6
    IBM Process Designer v8.5.6
    IBM Content Integrator v8.6
    IBM DB2 Enterprise Server Edition v10.5
    IBM Cognos Business Intelligence V10.2.2.0
    IBM InfoSphere Information Server Enterprise v11.5
    IBM Integration Bus Healthcare Pack v3.0.0.0
    IBM Integration Bus Express Edition v9.0.0.3
    IBM Watson Explorer v10.0
    IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software v9.5
    IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment v8.5.5
    IBM WebSphere Application Server Base v8.5.5
    IBM WebSphere MQ v8.0
    IBM WebSphere Portal Server v8.5
    IBM Installation Manager & IBM Packaging Utility for Rational Software Development Platform v1.8
    IBM Security Directory Server v6.4.0.0

    For IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management Enterprise Edition you can use also:
    IBM InfoSphere Big Match for Hadoop v11.5

    InfoSphere Information Server contains both DataStage (ETL engine) and QualityStage (DQ components which are fully integrated with ETL).

    You could always check which products are provided in license on Software License Portal (

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Informatica Cloud MDM is built on a completely redesigned platform, comparing to the older Informatica MDM platform. Currently, cloud MDM offering includes a few business solutions like Reference 360… more »
    Top Answer:Informatica MDM's most valuable feature is the interconnection between multiple Master Data domains.
    Top Answer:In my role as a solutions architect, I don't get involved in the procurement side. Different clients have different commercial models for buying the license and I'm not privy to that information.
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    Informatica MDM solution delivers the market-leading foundation on which to build that trusted 360-degree view. Companies around the globe rely on Informatica MDM to give business users easy access to the data that drives their strategic decisions about cutting costs, increasing revenues, improving operations, reducing risk, and capitalizing on opportunities. As the industry’s only true end-to-end MDM solution, it incorporates data integration, data quality, data governance, business process management, and master data management on a single vendor-agnostic platform to ensure faster time-to-value.

    Your company wants accurate, complete, and trusted supplier data to master your digital business processes and business models. The SAP® Master Data Governance application simplifies the integration of supplier data residing in both SAP and third-party sources. It supports cleansing, standardization, duplicate detection, and best-record calculation. It then lets you synchronize clean and standardized data across cloud and on-premise applications.

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    Sample Customers
    UPMC, Citrix
    Convergent IS, CHIO Aachen, Dell, Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), City of Boston, Mozzart, Mitsui Knowledge Industry (MKI), AOK Bundesverband, eBay
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Company Size
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise3%
    Large Enterprise84%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise74%
    Small Business8%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise77%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise74%
    Buyer's Guide
    Informatica MDM vs. SAP Master Data Governance
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Informatica MDM vs. SAP Master Data Governance and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,327 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Informatica MDM is ranked 1st in Customer Data Integration with 16 reviews while SAP Master Data Governance is ranked 1st in Master Data Management (MDM) Software with 10 reviews. Informatica MDM is rated 8.0, while SAP Master Data Governance is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Informatica MDM writes "A mature product that comes with a handy Provisioning tool and can be used for data deduplication purposes in any industry". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP Master Data Governance writes "Flexible with good reporting and a very easy to use GUI". Informatica MDM is most compared with TIBCO EBX, Microsoft MDS, Stibo STEP MDM, IBM InfoSphere MDM and Informatica PIM, whereas SAP Master Data Governance is most compared with Microsoft MDS, Stibo STEP MDM, TIBCO EBX, IBM InfoSphere MDM and Informatica PIM. See our Informatica MDM vs. SAP Master Data Governance report.

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