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We performed a comparison between Microsoft MDS and Stibo STEP MDM 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.
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"It's very easy to use.""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.""Enables non-technical people to directly interact with the BI system.""The backup and restore functionality are the solution's most valuable aspects.""One of the main features I have found useful is the integration with Azure active directory."

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"It's powerful and it's stable.""It's very user friendly, and we can do everything in one place.""The match engine is very good and the BPM solution is very good as well."

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"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.""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.""The Microsoft license cost could be lower.""It would be a better option to have an on-cloud version."

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"There is scope for improvement with regard to the UI.""The initial setup is complex.""The search feature for searching internal records could be improved."

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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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    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:It's powerful and it's stable.
    Top Answer:We pay a license fee per month and we get a number of users for that, and a number of interfaces and channels. We do have one specific plugin that we are currently designing, and they're going to… more »
    Top Answer:I don't know if it's specific to the product, however, we have been struggling with the interfacing. It's very difficult to link that directly to the product. That said, if you would say one thing… 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."

    STEP is a Multidomain Master Data Management platform that integrates multiple disparate systems in your company by streamlining the process of aggregating and consolidating information around your products, customers, suppliers, employees, assets, location and reference data from multiple sources and formats, connecting that information to derive actionable insights, and publishing that information to backend systems and/or to online and offline channels.
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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
    Sears Canada, Best Buy, Oriental Trading
    Top Industries
    Non Profit25%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft MDS vs. Stibo STEP MDM
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft MDS vs. Stibo STEP MDM and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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    Microsoft MDS is ranked 2nd in Master Data Management (MDM) Software with 6 reviews while Stibo STEP MDM is ranked 3rd in Cloud Master Data Management (MDM) Solutions with 3 reviews. Microsoft MDS is rated 7.6, while Stibo STEP MDM 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 Stibo STEP MDM writes "Highly customizable and configurable with lots of rich features". Microsoft MDS is most compared with Informatica MDM, Profisee, SAP Master Data Governance, TIBCO EBX and Talend Open Studio for MDM, whereas Stibo STEP MDM is most compared with Informatica MDM, SAP Master Data Governance, Informatica PIM, TIBCO EBX and Profisee. See our Microsoft MDS vs. Stibo STEP MDM report.

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