Master Data Management
and Service-Oriented Architecture: Better Together
By Neela Chaudhari
Many companies are struggling to keep up with constant
shifts in technology and at the same time address rapid changes in the business.
As organizations strive to create greater efficiency and agility with the aid
of new technologies, each new business-led project may further fragment IT
systems and result in information inconsistencies across the organization. Because
data is an essential input for all processes and business objects, these irregularities
can undermine the original business objectives of the technology initiatives.
Combining the use of master data management (MDM) on the
business side and service-oriented architecture (SOA) on the IT side can
counteract the problem of information inconsistency. SOA is a practice that
uses technology to decouple services, transactions, events, and processes to enhance
data availability for business applications across a range of use cases. But
the underlying data is often overlooked or treated as an afterthought when it
comes to business processes, leading to poor data quality characteristics for
your business applications. Without MDM,
the data made available to business applications by an SOA approach might be
less than accurate and more widespread throughout an organization. That can
lead to a situation where lower quality data is consumed by more business
users—ultimately thwarting the objectives of efficiency and agility.
MDM can add value to SOA efforts because it improves the
quality and trustworthiness of the data that is being integrated and consumed.
MDM aids the tricky issue of upstream and downstream systems integration by
ensuring the systems access a data hub containing accurate, consistent master
data. It also assists SOA by providing consistent visibility and a technical
foundation for master data use. MDM delivers the necessary data services to
ensure the quality and timeliness of the enterprise objects the SOA will
To learn more about the importance of MDM to SOA
investments, read an in-depth technical article, MDM
and SOA Be Warned! (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/articles/soa/ind-soa-mdm-2090170.html)
And don't miss the new Oracle MDM resource center (http://www.oracle.com/webapps/dialogue/ns/dlgwelcome.jsp?p_ext=Y&p_dlg_id=11125359&src=7319909&Act=42).
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