Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Event Report: CDI-MDM Summit, SF, CA

I recently moderated a track with a colleague of mine (Rob Karel) at the CDI-MDM conference this March 26h and 27th at the San Francisco Marriott. Though master data management penetration in the enterprise still hovers in the high single digits, its obvious the energy, activity, and investment around MDM continues to grow. Some quick observations at the event:

  • Hierarchy management and data governance remained the most sought after topics
  • Vendors seemed to outnumber clients (We found this later not to be the case)
  • Clients who were there remained at the technical level
  • Projects were beginning to require a higher level of executive sponsorship
  • Effective change management was beginning to become a critical success factor in all sizes of projects
  • Customer projects (given the bias of the event) dominated discussions though other entity types such as products and location became ancillary requirements.

In general, this event was a great chance to catch up with others pursuing the development of MDM tools and solutions. And as always it was great to see my familiar faces from Siperian, Initiate, DataFlux, Purisma, IBM, Oracle, VisionWare and, i2 at the event.

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