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Master Data Management (MDM) Software
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  • "MDS is a part of the SQL Server enterprise license. I am not aware of any additional costs."
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  • "The solution does require a license and we have enterprise licenses."
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    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."

    Reltio Cloud goes beyond MDM by providing a transformational modern data management Platform as a Service (PaaS) that:

    • Supports both structured and unstructured data at any volume and scale.
    • Blends and relates multi-domain master data, reference data, transaction, interaction and social data into a single unified view .
    • Provides Data as a Service (DaaS) so you can access third party provider data sets through a single click.
    • Has granular data change tracking history down to attribute point-in-time level comparison for audit and compliance.
    • Handles complex connections, hierarchies and relationships between multiple domains using graph technology.
    • Forms a foundation to instantly deploy easy-to-use enterprise data-driven applications to front line business users.
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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
    iMiDiA, Slalom, MeritDirect, Cognizant
    Top Industries
    Non Profit25%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Buyer's Guide
    Master Data Management (MDM) Software
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about SAP, Microsoft, TIBCO and others in Master Data Management (MDM) Software. 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 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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