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Microsoft MDS vs. Profisee
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"One of the main features I have found useful is the integration with Azure active directory.""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.""It's very easy to use.""Enables non-technical people to directly interact with the BI system."

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"We really like the matching and merging features.""The product is able to utilize the SQL server toolkit and it has tight integration with the SQL server."

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"It would be a better option to have an on-cloud version.""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.""There are occasions when the solution maintains SD and we get duplications of MDS.""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."

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"The way training is laid out in their Profisee University, makes it really, really hard to find what you need fast.""When we updated to version 7.1, there were some workflow issues."

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  • "MDS is a part of the SQL Server enterprise license. I am not aware of any additional costs."
  • "SAP is more expensive than Microsoft."
  • "The solution does require a license and we have enterprise licenses."
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  • "We didn't come across any additional licensing fees."
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    Answers from the Community
    Richard Tibbetts
    InitZero - PeerSpot reviewerInitZero
    Real User

    Hi @Richard Tibbetts,

    There's no short answer to your question. Nearly all existing MDM solutions on the market offer a broad range of patterns to ingest master data from various sources and distribute cleanse and consolidated information, also to the Azure stack. Many vendors offer prebuilt connectors for the most common sources (databases, various file types, storages, business applications including MS Dynamics, Salesforce, etc.), but also support a generic way of ingesting/exposing data via Rest APIs, file drops, etc.

    MS MDS is an extension of the MS SQL server 2016. I don't know Microsoft plans to extend it, but I know that Profisee and CluedIn are very active in promoting their solutions as-built having Azure in mind and being a part of the stack.

    Informatica MDM has three types of offerings these days: on-prem, hosted MDM, and cloud-native option - they differ in the functionality and integration options.

    Obviously, there are many more MDM tools on the market particularly good in various data domains (products, customers/suppliers - so yours, multi-domain, etc).

    I think that you should start your MDM journey by answering which current challenges you try to solve or what new capabilities you need to enable to the organisation. Once these questions are answered and based on your organization's Enterprise Architecture principles, look for the best fitting tool. It may (or may not) be the one that fits the best into the Azure Reference Architecture.

    I hope this helped.

    InitZero - PeerSpot reviewerInitZero
    Real User

    It's probably worth to add the Microsoft promotes using CluedIn as MDM solution on Azure stack. Please have a look at the Microsoft documentation:

    Last week Microsoft and CluedIn had a joined demo seesion. Perhaps you can ask for a link to a recording:

    GaryM - PeerSpot reviewerGaryM
    Real User

    I agree with @InitZero... 

    I would add that there's no future roadmap for MDS and they don't have an Azure solution for it.  Since it's a free product with an SQL license, don't expect Microsoft to invest in it.  

    Even though we are highly dependent upon it currently I'm starting to look towards the future where we need to find a replacement - hopefully, a PaaS solution. It would be great if Microsoft came out with something in Azure but I'm not hopeful at this point.

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The solution does require a license and we have enterprise licenses.
    Top Answer:The version that I work with is on-premises and it required an additional virtual machine on the cloud. It would be a better option to have an on-cloud version.
    Top Answer:We really like the matching and merging features.
    Top Answer:We didn't come across any additional licensing fees.
    Top Answer:When we updated to version 7.1, there were some workflow issues. Initially, we were using an older version, but we were required to dynamically kick-off the workflows from the patients. That's when we… more »
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    Also Known As
    Microsoft Master Data Services, Microsoft MDM, Microsoft SQL Server Master Data Services, MS MDS
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    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:

    • Free-form attributes - include numbers, dates, text, or files.
    • Domain-based attributes - includes values that can be used as attribute values for other entities.

    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:

    • Data Validation: With a proactive monitoring process in Business Rules, users can ensure data validity before the lists are used.

    • Domain Agnostic: Any data type or data schema can be supported by the MDS system.

    • Security: Without risking unauthorized changes, IT teams are empowered to control access at the attribute, entity, and record levels.

    • Web-based UI: There is no need to install software, as the web-based user interface gives access to a vast user base.

    • Versioning: Each model in MDS can be versioned, allowing for users to tab particular versions for subscribing systems.

    • Hierarchy Management: MDS offers functional and versatile management of business hierarchies with various hierarchy types and specialized controls.

    • Transaction Logging: MDS offers a transaction log to keep track of changes, as well as the ability to explain why changes were made.

    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."

    The Profisee Platform is a full featured enterprise master data management solution designed to provide the lowest total cost of ownership of any competitive solution, without sacrificing on functionality across all major components of an MDM platform. The Profisee Platform was designed from the ground up as a multi-domain platform, to model and manage virtually any master data domain or reference data set. With a focus on the business, Profisee provides the first MDM solution that is truly approachable and affordable for business data stewards.

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    Sample Customers
    ETA a.s., Apeejay Surrendra Group, Blue Star Infotech, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation, The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, New Belgium Brewing
    NASDAQ, Rockwell Automation, ITT Industries, EY (Ernst & Young), Domino's, L3 Communications, Anheuser Busch, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Ameriprise Financial, GSO Capital Partners
    Top Industries
    Non Profit25%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft MDS vs. Profisee
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft MDS vs. Profisee and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,327 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft MDS is ranked 2nd in Master Data Management (MDM) Software with 5 reviews while Profisee is ranked 4th in Cloud Master Data Management (MDM) Solutions with 2 reviews. Microsoft MDS is rated 7.6, while Profisee is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft MDS writes "MDS 2016 - Primitive but the price is right". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Profisee writes "Great ability to support workflows, excellent out-of-the-box usability, and very good documentation". Microsoft MDS is most compared with Informatica MDM, SAP Master Data Governance, TIBCO EBX, Boomi AtomSphere Master Data Hub and IBM InfoSphere MDM, whereas Profisee is most compared with Informatica MDM, Semarchy xDM, Reltio Cloud, SAP Master Data Governance and Stibo STEP MDM. See our Microsoft MDS vs. Profisee report.

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