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Data is really your revenue... Do you treat is as such?

Data strategies - Data mastering in 2008]

Today, we are experiencing a huge battle for the ownership of your enterprise data between huge IT platforms

  • Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence platforms
  • Enterprise Search platforms
  • Service Oriented Architecture/SOA platforms

On top of this, the "new kid on the block" arrives as the much over-hyped MDS platforms..

Definitions

Master data should not contain:

  • Parent-child relationships
  • Degenerate dimensional information
  • Junk
  • Data that is unrelated or weakly related to the business key.
  • multi-part business keys that represent relationships in the business world.

Master data structures should contain:

  • The business key, the whole business key and nothing but the business key.
  • In addition to the business key, all descriptive data about the business key (to provide the business key current context)
  • 1 to 1 relationship with a surrogate generated number to the business key.
  • Load date, create date, last updated date, original record source, updated record source
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