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Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What advice do you have for others considering Informatica MDM?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Informatica MDM, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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14 Answers
Yauheniya Sazonava - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead Software Engineer at EPAM Systems
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Top 20
24 July 22

Informatica MDM is a typical MDM tool. I've worked with others and they are all more or less the same. It requires more work than some other tools in terms of development and adding additional features. It has lots of features and is rated highly by Gartner. I rate this solution seven out of 10.

Manju Prakash - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Business Analyst at VMware
Real User
Top 20
06 July 22

I would rate Informatica MDM eight out of ten.

Abhijit Misra - PeerSpot reviewer
Director at Accenture
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
16 June 22

My advice to others is they need to first ensure that the functions of the solution are stable and the people who are supposed to implement it should have a good functional understanding. It is important that the team that is working on, in terms of standardization and data quality check, that it is a robust team, a strong team to take care of the solution. If we upload data in the system and then the data is not correct, then it becomes a very difficult job to clean afterward. I rate Informatica MDM an eight out of ten.

Architect at Wipro
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
22 May 22

Informatica MDM stands out as a tool that can give you the flexibility needed for doing channel-specific data quality or business validation. I don't think any tools come near it in terms of its matching capability and the volume it can handle. Unless your budget is a constraint, it's definitely the way to go. I would give Informatica MDM a rating of nine out of ten.

Aniket Bhattacharya - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
02 May 22

One piece of advice that I would like to give to anyone implementing Informatica MDM or any other MDM solution is to be in regular touch with business users during the implementation. Because it's an MDM solution, it's business-driven rather than IT-driven. So, always stay in constant touch with business users or data stewards to best understand the data. Never try to make decisions related to the data on your own. It is always good to be in regular touch with business users and let them make the decisions. Based on their decisions, you do the implementation. Do not make any decisions yourself because the businesses understand their own data best, and they are the best decision-makers when it comes to their own data. I would rate Informatica MDM a nine out of ten.

Per Olav Nymo - PeerSpot reviewer
Director Consulting Expert at CGI Inc
Top 10Leaderboard
16 February 22

Don't underestimate how much work you will have with integration (though this is an issue with every MDM solution, not just Informatica). I would give this solution a score of eight out of ten.

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Senior Architect at Red Hat
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
07 October 21

I rate Informatica MDM nine out of 10. It's one of the best tools in its class. It gets a high rating because of the improvements in the latest version. I was working on a very outdated edition that was seven to 10 years old. There were multiple issues, but they have made a lot of progress, especially in the newer version. For example, they moved away from DB to a different DB-sorted feature.

Enterprise Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
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Top 20Leaderboard
30 July 21

I would advise making sure that you have a very well-defined design before you decide you need an MDM. In our case, after MDM was in place and we turned it on, we realized that there are other processes that we needed to refactor for the purpose of MDM, which extended the rollout. This was not an MDM issue. It was a process issue in the business. That's why you need to make sure that the design is well defined. It helps to have their partners involved as well. We're dealing with Informatica consulting today to help design a Supplier 360 portal. It is hard to find people who are well versed in Informatica. It is hard to pluck one out of the place. You've got to go and poach for them. They're not out there open and looking for jobs. I would rate Informatica MDM an eight out of 10.

Enterprise MDM Architect / Solution Arch at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
09 April 21

It is a pretty good and advanced tool, but at the same pretty complex to set up. To implement Informatica MDM, you should look for very skilled resources with past experience in deploying Informatica MDM, not competitive solutions. Informatica MDM is one of the best in the market in the master data management area. Make sure that you realize the potential of this solution and like with all other MDM projects - plan your roadmap carefully. Start small, enable most important capabilities and then work on enabling additional features. Don't overengineer. Informatica MDM is very flexible in defining the underlying models, setting up workflows, enabling cleansing, etc. Hence a risk of misusing the product or make it too complex and downgrade its performance of usability. If you don't have really skilled resources who have worked with Informatica MDM, there is a good chance that the project will simply fail, or it will take you much longer than expected to deploy and benefit from this product. I would rate Informatica MDM a nine out of ten.

Senior Data Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
22 February 21

I rate this solution a nine out of 10.

MDM Technical Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
11 February 21

I would tell new users that even though you feel it's pricey, there are a lot of options that come by default. They have to understand that they have to choose somebody who understands the product very well. On a scale from one to ten, I would give Informatica MDM an eight.

Enterprise Architect at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
29 September 20

On a scale from one to ten (where one is the worst and ten is the best), if I were to rate Informatica MDM and I had a review site, I would mark it as a seven-and-a-half out of ten possible points. It has not delivered on all it has promised.

AnilKumar21 - PeerSpot reviewer
MDM Specialist at Rabobank
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
27 September 20

Although we're on version 10.3, we're working to move over to 10.4 soon. We're about to upgrade. If you look at the Gartner quadrant, MDM is the top product. There are a few platforms available, however, I don't have good experience with other products in order to compare and to recommend. From my personal point of view, definitely I would recommend MDM. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. We're still testing a few capabilities that the solution provides, however, we aren't using them yet. We do plan to implement them in the future. Since we aren't extensively using the core features, I'm not giving them a higher score. We need to see how things progress.

it_user912336 - PeerSpot reviewer
Master Data Analyst at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
09 August 18

We were looking to market this solution, which is how we ended up using it.

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Richard Tibbetts - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Architect at Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Feb 07, 2022 community, I work as an Information Architect at a Government company with 5000+ employees. I need a solution to manage client data across multiple systems: 4000 users 500,000 records Federal Government regulatory agency How does Microsoft Master Data Services (MDS) compare to Informatica MDM (or even Profisee) for integration with Azure? Which of...
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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.
GaryM - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Architect at World Vision
04 February 22
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.
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Self Employed/Independent at a consultancy
04 April 18
Hi Jon, I can help out. We at best can use a conference call to discuss this if you agree. My contact details are: -; - +31 6 28 570 870 I am lcoated in the Netherlands and the CET timezone. I have over 5 years'of experience and knowledge in detail on iPaaS, API Management, API Gateways and ESBs and are currently advising and implementing it at top 5 global brands and local Dutch market leaders. Cheers, Markus.
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Business Development at Talend
04 April 18
Talend platform can help with this. since integration is key in this aspect, you need to be able to a) connect with ease and without limitation and b) scale your platform as the requirements grows without being limited by costs and excessive systems requirements, and finally C) improving productivity through the reuse of what you've already created. Talend offers a modular approach to their platform, you scale this depending on your requirement so you only pay for what you need. The modules available are form open source to enterprise Data integration, data quality, ESB, MDM, real time big data, metadata manager, API manager RESTLET, self service applications: Data preparation and data stewardship. connectivity is a major point since 900+ connectors are available out of the box and more are available from the open source community, alongside API and JDBC type approach. ease of use: Visual UI that uses a drag and drop approach, Source systems on the left, target systems on the right- from there you practically draw your integration job. Talend admin Console: a single console to govern all talend modules, allows for scheduling, automation, access to shared repository, monitoring and managing deployments etc. developer cooperations, code reusability, impact analysis, governance rules, etc Code Reusability: Talend offers a native code generator, where development can start off in (eg. Java and when required can later be generated in Spark, Mapreduce, or storm or any other code. this element is also available with regards to the repository since you can access code already created( as long as governance rules permit) commercial factor: talend price is based on the number of talend developers: so in your case, you'll only need to think about one or two developer licenses. in fact with less than 25k , you can have an annual subscription of a hybrid talend cloud integration platform, giving access to Data Integration, Data quality, Bigdata with multiple remote and cloud engines included. There is no charge for the amount of data you use, and all connectors and support is out of the box. Infact, if you wanted, you can actually start integrating your systems using the open source tool: Talend Open studio for data integration and when you're ready, you can upgrade and migrate to enterprise without losing any of the work you've done on the open source tool.