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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:
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."
goes beyond MDM by providing a transformational (PaaS) that:
Microsoft MDS is ranked 2nd in Master Data Management (MDM) Software with 5 reviews while Reltio Cloud is ranked 8th in Cloud Master Data Management (MDM) Solutions. Microsoft MDS is rated 7.6, while Reltio Cloud is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft MDS writes "MDS 2016 - Primitive but the price is right". On the other hand, Microsoft MDS is most compared with Informatica MDM, Profisee, SAP Master Data Governance and TIBCO EBX, whereas Reltio Cloud is most compared with Informatica MDM, Profisee, SAP Master Data Governance, TIBCO EBX and TIBCO Cloud MDM.
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