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From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "Master data refers to facts that describe the core of entities, for example, an organization's employees, customers, suppliers, partners, organizations, products, materials, accounts, medical records, locations, and others. Such master data are of high value information that an organization uses repeatedly across many business processes. Enterprise Master Data Management by
"Managing master data faces challenges in that the data is usually scattered throughout the enterprise without consistent view of the master data. Fragmentation occurs as a result of the data being trapped inside enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and other commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) packages. Factors such as mergers and acquisitions, experiments in new markets, decentralized businesses, and legal requirements across geographical boundaries also may contribute to fragmentation and inconsistency in master data.
"Master data may be managed as objects and attributes, and by defining transactions over and access control to the objects and attributes. Data governance procedures may be also defined for functionalities such as conflict resolution, data import and data integration.
"An MDM system or server should ensure consistent master information across transactional and analytical systems, address key issues such as data quality and consistency proactively rather than 'after the fact' in the data warehouse, decouple master information from individual applications, become a central, application independent resource, and simplify ongoing integration tasks and new app development. An MDM system can be implemented with different styles. For instance, in 'consolidation' style implementation, data is periodically replicated to the MDM server. In 'register' style implementation, an MDM server knows where to find the data. In 'transactional hub' style implementation, an MDM server becomes the system of record for master data. Applications should be appropriately architected to use this style of MDM implementation.
"InfoSphere.TM. MDM is an MDM product from
"To date, conventional use of master data management includes managing a single physical and logical MDM system for an entire enterprise, in which the scope of the applications and organizations of MDM is determined in the design stage. However, in many organizations, there may be requirements for multiple and multiple-level (hierarchical) MDM systems."
Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "Federating multiple-level master data management systems may be provided. A system for federating multiple-level master data management systems, in one aspect, may include a first set of master data management nodes having one or more common characteristics. A first group master data management node may be assigned to centrally manage the first set of master data management nodes, the first group master data management node maintaining master data management functionalities at a group level and providing a single logical view of master data to the first set of master data management nodes. Each master data management node in the first set has data access link with the first group master data management node based on implementation style of said each master data management node.
"A method of federating multiple-level master data management systems, in one aspect, may include grouping a first set of master data management nodes according to one or more common characteristics and collecting information associated with the first set of master data management nodes. The method may also include creating a first group master data management node to centrally manage the first set of master data management nodes and master data shared among the first set of master data management nodes. The method may further include establishing rules of visibility for each master data management node in the first set based on the collected information. The method may yet further include establishing data access link type between the first group master data management node and said each master data management node in the first set based on implementation style of said each master data management node.
"A computer readable storage medium storing a program of instructions executable by a machine to perform one or more methods described herein also may be provided.
"Further features as well as the structure and operation of various embodiments are described in detail below with reference to the accompanying drawings. In the drawings, like reference numbers indicate identical or functionally similar elements."
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