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Stibo STEP MDM is #3 ranked solution in top Cloud Master Data Management (MDM) Solutions tools. PeerSpot users give Stibo STEP MDM an average rating of 8.0 out of 10. Stibo STEP MDM is most commonly compared to Informatica MDM: Stibo STEP MDM vs Informatica MDM. Stibo STEP MDM is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 67% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 30% of all views.
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What is Stibo STEP MDM?
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.
Stibo STEP MDM Customers
Sears Canada, Best Buy, Oriental Trading
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Portfolio Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Highly customizable and configurable with lots of rich features
Pros and Cons
  • "It's powerful and it's stable."
  • "The initial setup is complex."

What is our primary use case?

Basically, the solution enables us to have master data management for product information or for products. We are a wholesaler with multiple companies within the group, and STEP enables us to manage cross-company products that are used by one or more companies in a very detailed way. It is handling market standards like ETIM. 

The main use-case is to enable us to get data from all possible data sources like vendors and data pools, for instance, to enrich the product information both with assets, as well as attributes. We can now manage the data properly and distribute the product information data that we have to different channels. 

How has it helped my organization?

It enables us to have better (workflow) control and to manage data quality properly.

What is most valuable?

The solution is very feature-rich out of the box. 

It's highly customizable and configurable. 

The way you can build workflows and business rules is very powerful. It enables us to now have a workflow throughout the organization, where people get their approval on changes that have been made on either one specific product or a class of products, or a group of products. 

The business rules are used to improve and manage data quality, and also enable having relations between products. For instance, when they are compatible or when they are sold together heavily, we can use the information for cross-sell and upsell purposes. 

It's powerful and it's stable. 

What needs improvement?

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, then it would be the difficulties that we've had with interfacing with our systems. It took three or four times the amount of time we expected it to.

Although they have done a lot with the user interface, and I must say it's clean and crisp,  it could be more playful or more colorful, or just more appealing.

The initial setup is complex.

The solution is expensive (but worth it).

In the future, we would like to have better asset management manipulation capabilities. If you make up a picture, for instance, if you want to crop it, or you want to manipulate it with better lighting or colors or add watermarks, you should be able to do so. This type of feature is in its infancy.

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For how long have I used the solution?

We decided on STEP somewhere around mid-2020, however, we have only been live with the product since the 1st of March. That's now five days. Obviously, we've got nine months of experience in developing the solution. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is quite stable. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We only implemented the product at one of our companies and we started with the smallest one. We've got about 15 people now working with the product, including the project team. The next go-live we will add another 20 to that. Overall, we are moving to around 100 users. That's something for next year. We are gradually building up to that.

There are some guarantees as to the speed and the performance of the software. Given that it's a SaaS solution, I would expect that it's very scalable as that's what we contracted for - both in terms of storage, as well as performance. Although it's very scalable, it hasn't been used like that yet.

How are customer service and support?

In terms of technical support, up until now, that was handled through our technical consultant from the implementation partner. We didn't get one-to-one help, however, we did log some tickets. They are quite responsive and very knowledgeable. We are quite satisfied with the way they helped us so far.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did previously use a different solution, however, it was not a well known technology. It was a small Dutch supplier. We used it for about 15 or so years.

It did serve its purpose, however, it's very old-fashioned. It was too small to really invest in making the solution any better over time. It doesn't have workflows, for example, and it doesn't have business rules or extensive asset management, for instance. It's very difficult to have rights and roles defined on the level that we wanted to. You either had access and edit rights or you didn't for an entire database, but we want to be able to pinpoint roles and rights to certain attributes even.

We will be interfacing temporarily with the software, as we don't do a big bang for the next phases, however, that's the only solution that we have experience with.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is a complex process, not so much due to the product itself. Obviously, the configuration for multiple companies at the same time creates a challenge. It's well supported within STEP, however, it takes a couple of months to really set it up properly. And certainly, if you look at workflows and business rules, you have to set them up from scratch.

In terms of maintenance, if you look at the maintenance side from a systems' perspective,  then there is no maintenance, as it's a SaaS solution. The only thing that you really have to do is if there's a patch, then you have to authorize the patch itself on the system. That's it. 

Any other maintenance is mainly in changing or building workflows and business rules, or new web UI screens, for instance. If you've got new ideas on workflows, then you also have to build new screens, of course, however, that's part of the workflow. In maintenance, currently, it's 90% or 95% just building new things and not really maintaining the system itself. 

If there's a performance issue, of course, we would log the ticket with the supplier and they would need to change something in the background. That said, that is all part of the deal if you buy a SaaS solution.

What about the implementation team?

At first, we did it with the implementation partner, and we participated with two of our own personnel. Now, we've turned it around and we're going to do it with five of our own staff with one person from the implementation partner, and one person one day per week from the supplier.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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 build it for us and we will pay extra for that. 

It's one fee for everything.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We almost had decided for another product. That was not 100% mature yet. We wanted one that continuously improves. That's very important for us, as we want to be able to keep up  with the market and follow the newest arrangements or newest features. That's why we chose this option. 

What other advice do I have?

We are a customer and end-user.

We have the latest update, which is the cloud version. We were one of the first SaaS solution users of them, however, we didn't install the latest patch yet. The reason that we didn't want to go to the latest is we didn't want to have any trouble going live. We are going to do the latest patch update likely next week.

I would recommend this product to other organizations. 

It's stable and it's a world-class supplier. They've been in business for 150 years or 200 years or so as a company. Obviously not as a software supplier, but as a company. They come from the printing business. They are re-investing a lot of their margin or their profits into the product itself. That shows, and that's why we are very happy with it.

I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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VINICIUS STRACK - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Architect at Olist Digital
Real User
Easy to set up with a good match engine and helpful support services
Pros and Cons
  • "The match engine is very good and the BPM solution is very good as well."
  • "The search feature for searching internal records could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

We are using the PMDM right now to organize our product information management and our digital assets, and so far, so good.

We have a huge catalog to manage and a lot of sources to acquire data. We are using the MDM to be a sensor domain to organize those data. We need to duplicate and we need to match products with different versions and different data and attributes. Right now, we are using Stibo to help us organize those kinds of challenges. Next month, we are going to use Stibo to organize our customer data. Right now, we are using it to organize and centralize our catalog.

What is most valuable?

The match engine is very good and the BPM solution is very good as well. We have a lot of bad data incoming and we need to check this kind of data and we need to place this strange data to data stewards, to organize, to approve. The match engine and the BPM solution are very good and are satisfying us right now.

It's easy to set up.

The scalability is good.

What needs improvement?

The search feature for searching internal records could be improved. Right now, we have some limited options in terms of searching the products inside of the platform.

The way to manage the IPs and the way to manage the authentication is not that easy to set up. It's good in the end of the day. However, they can still improve this setup process.

We'd like to see image as a criterion for matching. This feature will be a groundbreaking solution to help the eCommerce industry match products with different sources.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've used the solution since December 2021. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In terms of stability, integration using APIs is not that stable. We are having some problems with its ability to integrate with the platform through APIs.

That said, through final users it is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution can scale. 

We have 20 to 25 users on the solution currently.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support and the service for implementation are very good. Stibo offers a very good service.

How was the initial setup?

The solution is very straightforward to set up. It's not complex. 

What other advice do I have?

We're a customer and an end-user.

I'm not sure which version of the solution we're using. I don't know the version number off-hand. 

The main challenge is convincing management a solution like this is needed. It's more political than technical, onboarding people to this solution.  

I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
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PIM/QA Developer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Is user friendly, but error management needs improvement
Pros and Cons
  • "It's very user friendly, and we can do everything in one place."
  • "There is scope for improvement with regard to the UI."

What is our primary use case?

We use of all of the features of Stibo STEP MDM from the creation of a product till the publication of that product.

What is most valuable?

It's very user friendly, and we can do everything in one place.

Stibo STEP MDM also provides very good documentation, which gives a good picture of the complete product and helps with training as well.

What needs improvement?

There is scope for improvement with regard to the UI.

Also, some options that are used regularly should be on the front page so that the user does not have to dig deep to find them.

The layout is traditional.

Error management is not that good and needs to be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for around five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's certainly a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable.

We have more than 600 users across all departments, such as sales, strategy, product development, logistics and supply chain, etc.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy, but it does take time to learn the tool.

We have about 50 people on our IT team who perform functions including QA, infrastructure, and development per business requirements for this solution.

What other advice do I have?

It's a complex tool, so it takes time to learn it. It also depends on your organization and how Stibo STEP MDM will be implemented. This will determine how you'll create the key and how you will maintain it context wise and country wise. I would advise that you read the documentation, learn it, understand the feasibility, and then start implementing the tool.

I would rate this tool at seven on a scale from one to ten.

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