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Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information by Dan Wolfson, Martin Oberhofer, Eberhard Hechler, Paul van Run, Ivan Milman, Allen Dreibelbis

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Chapter 1. Introducing Master Data Management

As companies struggle to become more agile by implementing information systems that support and facilitate changing business requirements, the management of core information, such as information about customers or products, becomes increasingly important. We call this information master data. In many companies, this master data is kept in many overlapping systems and is often of unknown quality. For many organizations, this situation constitutes a dilemma—it becomes increasingly difficult for organizations to implement change. Architectural approaches such as Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) are difficult to implement when an organization does not have a common definition and management of its ...

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