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Aligning MDM & BPM for Master Data Governance, Stewardship, and Enterprise Processes

March 8, 2013

Master Data Management is proven to be an efficient discipline empowered by technology components used to create and maintain a single view of core enterprise entities (like customer, product and reference data), derive and maintain relationships between the master entities, and help transform enterprise business processes from account-centric to customer-centric.  

Historically MDM for the customer domain has lacked collaboration and business process management capabilities. These capabilities have typically existed as monolithic components supporting some specialized functions embedded in MDM data hubs, e.g. predefined data stewardship flows with limited capabilities to significantly customize the process. A lack of functionality enabling easy-to-configure business processes around MDM for a broad range of applications has been a significant impediment on MDM implementations.  

An IBM Redbook, "Aligning MDM and BPM for master data governance, stewardship, and enterprise processes," describes our approach to the IBM MDM solution that leverages BPM technology to support business processes in the context of MDM implementations. The Redbook shows how the use of BPM results in easy-to-configure MDM-empowered applications for a variety of business processes, master data governance and stewardship.

The book begins by introducing MDM and BPM and their value propositions, then presents the idea of an integrated approach where MDM and BPM work together. These two technologies are extremely synergetic, so their joint value is significantly higher than the sum of the values of the two technologies used independently. Several other key concepts of policy management for master data quality are covered, including the role of BPM in administration, enforcement and monitoring. The redbook  focuses on data governance metrics that drive continuous enterprise data quality improvement processes. Solution components such as an Application Toolkit are presented in detail. Component installation and configuration procedures are explained.

You will learn about innovative MDM approaches that leverage BPM capabilities to build MDM empowered applications quickly on top of MDM. I recommend this Redbook for a variety of business and technical personas interested in MDM and the use of BPM on MDM initiatives.

Business sponsors and users will learn at a high level what value MDM and BPM provide together to improve corporate business processes and quality of master data.

Technical program and project managers will benefit from the solution patterns and samples presented in the Redbook.

Architects and developers will benefit from the technical details describing the work with handlers, installation, configuration and deployment procedures.

BPM-focused stakeholders will learn how BPM applications for MDM can greatly increase the value and efficiency of Business Process Management tools.

Download the Redbook and start learning how you can align MDM and BPM  for master data governance, stewardship, and enterprise processes.