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Pros
"It has flexibility in extending the data model.""In the latest version, I like the outlay of the business roles creation. I like seeing that visualization as you're building it, as opposed to going through metatables or XML mappings. We liked that piece, and it makes it more intuitive for the business.""We've used the solution for quite some time, so in our organization, the product is pretty mature.""MDM doesn't require a separate IDQ.""I like the number of options that are presented with Informatica, fuzzy matching, and your screen.""Its data cleansing capabilities are very valuable. The match and merge and the audit trail functionalities are very good.""New tools are coming out that will enable you to achieve 90 percent of use cases with the out-of-the-box configuration, but I would like to keep Informatica tight here. Otherwise, you need a Java user edit course and other things to do multiple things that you cannot configure out of the box. They have to go through those use cases to do something if those can also be configured rather than coded.""The data quality component is very good."

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"It's very easy to use.""Enables non-technical people to directly interact with the BI system.""One of the main features I have found useful is the integration with Azure active directory.""It has a very good feature called Excel plug-in. You just have to install the plug-in, and then it directly connects to the MDS instance where you can maintain and manage your data and publish it right through Excel. You don't need to go to the front end to make any changes. It has easy integration with SQL Server, and you can use SSIS to do the ETLs. It is a part of the Microsoft stack. It works with most of the Microsoft stuff."

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Cons
"We promote our code changes from a lower to a higher environment, which is highly complex when working with a multi-domain MDM like Informatica. This is the biggest obstacle for Informatica MDM, and I think they should change it because that's very time consuming.""Their support should be improved. We have had some trouble with their support from time to time. Its scalability should also be improved. I would also like to have a bit more modern and friendly UI for the end-users. There should definitely be a simplified way to configure and set it up.""The biggest pain point for us is the documentation. Typically, you have to go through knowledge forums and knowledge groups to find out about the syntax issues for interfacing with new products. Typically, you've got to deal with someone who has been through the pain before. Their documents are not really up to date with current innovations happening in the industry. As big as they are, you can't really expect it, but that's our pain point.""The advertising makes promises about data analytics that it does not keep.""The integration could be a bit better. The process is something new.""They have too many diversified products. If you don't know Informatica, it's very confusing and feels very idiotic.""Pre-sales technical support is much better than post-sales technical support.""The solution doesn't directly connect to any of the analytical tools."

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"There are occasions when the solution maintains SD and we get duplications of MDS.""I do not like using Silverlight and Internet Explorer. The new 2019 version gets rid of that, which is one of the reasons why we are looking to switch.""It would be a better option to have an on-cloud version.""The only drawback is that it does not have the matching, merging, and all true MDM components. For these, you have to use another competent called Data Quality Services (DQS). You need to plug it in and use it along with MDS for true MDM. Both of these are integrated together, but you have to do them separately, whereas, in Profisee, there are a couple of screens where you can configure the matching process, create matching rules, and other things, and everything is in one product, which is not the case with MDS. In order to implement a true MDM, you need MDS, DQS, and SSIS. You have to use MDS to store your golden records, DQS to configure and standardize all your rules and matching percentages, and SSIS to load the data to DQS and MDS. At the same time, you also need Melissa Data to clean up your addresses to validate and standardize the addresses. That's the main component of true MDM. It would be good if they can create a true matching component inside MDS and merge MDS and DQS."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It's pretty high for us. It's more on the higher side, like low to middle high."
  • "It is expensive. That's probably the biggest drawback. The business has heartache paying the license, but that's mainly because they don't realize what value it brings. The key thing about the MDM solution is that it is in the backend, and no one sees what it is actually doing. You don't know it is a problem until it is not there."
  • "Informatica MDM's pricetag should come down. They have to cut some costs."
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  • "MDS is a part of the SQL Server enterprise license. I am not aware of any additional costs."
  • "SAP is more expensive than Microsoft."
  • "The solution does require a license and we have enterprise licenses."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    Informatica Cloud MDM is built on a completely redesigned platform, comparing to the older Informatica MDM platform. Currently, cloud MDM offering includes a few business solutions like Reference 360… more »
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    New tools are coming out that will enable you to achieve 90 percent of use cases with the out-of-the-box configuration, but I would like to keep Informatica tight here. Otherwise, you need a Java user… more »
    Top Answer: 
    Informatica MDM's pricetag should come down. They have to cut some costs.
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    The solution does require a license and we have enterprise licenses.
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    The version that I work with is on-premises and it required an additional virtual machine on the cloud. It would be a better option to have an on-cloud version.
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    Also Known As
    Siperian, Customer 360
    Microsoft Master Data Services, Microsoft MDM, Microsoft SQL Server Master Data Services, MS MDS
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    Overview

    Informatica MDM solution delivers the market-leading foundation on which to build that trusted 360-degree view. Companies around the globe rely on Informatica MDM to give business users easy access to the data that drives their strategic decisions about cutting costs, increasing revenues, improving operations, reducing risk, and capitalizing on opportunities. As the industry’s only true end-to-end MDM solution, it incorporates data integration, data quality, data governance, business process management, and master data management on a single vendor-agnostic platform to ensure faster time-to-value.

    Master Data Services (MDS) is the SQL Server solution for master data management. Master data management (MDM) describes the efforts made by an organization to discover and define non-transactional lists of data, with the goal of compiling maintainable master lists. An MDM project generally includes an evaluation and restructuring of internal business processes along with the implementation of MDM technology. The result of a successful MDM solution is reliable, centralized data that can be analyzed, resulting in better business decisions.

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    Sample Customers
    UPMC, Citrix
    ETA a.s., Apeejay Surrendra Group, Blue Star Infotech, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation, The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, New Belgium Brewing
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    Manufacturing Company13%
    Energy/Utilities Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company13%
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    Computer Software Company33%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
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    Non Profit14%
    Retailer14%
    Government14%
    University14%
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    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government5%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise4%
    Large Enterprise79%
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    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise84%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Informatica MDM is ranked 1st in Master Data Management (MDM) Software with 7 reviews while Microsoft MDS is ranked 2nd in Master Data Management (MDM) Software with 5 reviews. Informatica MDM is rated 8.2, while Microsoft MDS is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Informatica MDM writes "Helps in visualizing what we're trying to accomplish and has excellent stability and support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft MDS writes "MDS 2016 - Primitive but the price is right". Informatica MDM is most compared with IBM InfoSphere MDM, SAP Master Data Governance, Informatica PIM, TIBCO EBX and Stibo STEP MDM, whereas Microsoft MDS is most compared with SAP Master Data Governance, Profisee, Boomi AtomSphere Master Data Hub, IBM InfoSphere MDM and TIBCO EBX. See our Informatica MDM vs. Microsoft MDS report.

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