Thursday Aug 07, 2014

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 consume.

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)
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Sunday Apr 06, 2014

MDM and SOA: Be Warned! part of Industrial SOA series

Introduction "You will waste your investment in SOA unless you have enterprise information that SOA can exploit." – Gartner

This quote from Gartner, Inc. describes the relationship between service-oriented architecture (SOA) and master data management (MDM) very vividly. An essential principle behind SOA is the reuse of components and the flexibility of using these components to support new functionalities or processes. MDM provides universal components (or services) for consistent data maintenance and distribution. Here the architecture concepts and principles of SOA run into MDM.

This article begins by giving a brief motive for using MDM and a conceptualization. It will then go on to present typical variants for possible MDM architecture concepts, and illustrate the interplay of MDM and SOA with reference to the architecture pattern.

Motive
Increasing pressure from competition means that business models and underlying business processes have to be adapted in ever shorter cycles. At the same time, globalization and the digital networking of companies are making interaction with external business partners even more complex. Securely exchanging high-quality data is crucial for increasing efficiency in processes. This is where the central issue, the quality of information, and therefore its security in transactions, evaluations, and reports, all stem from. Once a company is no longer in a position to provide a consistent and consolidated view of its central business objects, implementing a company-wide policy for master data management becomes a good idea.

Unfortunately, in many companies today it is common for IT systems to be unable to keep up with fast changes in organization, business, and even technology. As a result, on the companies' side, a vast, ever-growing web of IT systems with known integration problems comes into being. This heterogeneity accounts for a variety of challenges when using master data that include differences in:

  • imgdata structures and formats in master data
  • specifications and understanding of the master data values in the participating organizational units
  • validations and plausibilities (data quality)
  • processes and responsibilities concerning data sovereignty (data governance)
  • business processes with partially conflicting functionalities in the application systems
  • organizational units that have different systems for master data maintenance

Read the complete article here. Share your comments and feedback on the Industrial SOA series by using the hashtag #industrialSOA. Read the full article at the Service Technology Magazine or Oracle Technology Network. Missed an article of the Industrial SOA series visit the overview at OTN.

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