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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Master Data Services by Jeremy Kashel, Tim Kent, Martyn Bullerwell

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The need for Master Data Management

Unfortunately, no business of any significant size can run on just one piece of software businesses need different software to carry out specific tasks. There is never just one user interface and one database to deal with the different functions that need to be carried out.

Large enterprises will always have more than one of the following list of systems that will require the business master data in some way:

  • Financial / Accounting
  • Sales / e-commerce
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Human Resources (HR)
  • Budgeting and Forecasting
  • Admin systems
  • Data warehouses

The problems, and the need for MDM, arise because all of the above systems need some or all of the business master data. ...

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