Introduction to Microsoft’s Master Data Services (MDS)


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Master Data Services is bundled with SQL Server 2012 to help resolve many of the Master Data Management issues that companies are faced with when integrating data. In this session, James will show an overview of Master Data Services 2012, including the out of the box Web UI, the highly developed Excel Add-in, and how to get started with loading MDS with your data.

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  • Companies struggle with consolidating the same set of data from multiple systems to accurately report on critical business information.  For example, having customer lists in multiple systems that often have the same customer in more than one list, sometimes with a different spelling.  Master Data Services is bundled with SQL Server 2012 to help resolve many of the Master Data Management issues that companies are faced with when integrating data.  In this session, James will show an overview of Master Data Services 2012, including the out of the box Web UI, the highly developed Excel Add-in, and how to get started with loading MDS with your data.
  • Operational Data Management – Central data records management and consumption sourced by other operational systems.  For example, propagating a correct customer master to many internal systems all from different vendors.  The main purpose of Operational Data Management is pushing data out from MDS.Data Warehouse / Data Marts Management, or Analytical Management – Enable business users to manage the dimensions and hierarchies of DW / Data Marts (BI scenarios) for use in generating reports.  For example, building a customer dimension in the data warehouse that uses as its source many customer lists from multiple internal sources (i.e. ERP, CRM, etc).  All these separate systems usually can’t import a master list.  So they use their own lists and updates are fed into MDS.  The main purpose of Data Warehouse / Data Marts Management is pulling data into MDS.Data Solutions – Provides storage and management of the objects and metadata used as the application knowledge (Object mappings, Reference Data / managed object files, Metadata management / data dictionary).  For example, managing a table containing information on mapping objects between different systems that is used by an ETL process to make transformation decisions.
  • SSIS package to stage data into MDSMDS Web UIMDS Add-in for ExcelMaster Data Maestro
  • Introduction to Microsoft’s Master Data Services (MDS)

    1. 1. James Serra – Data Warehouse/BI/MDM
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    3. 3. Agenda Do you need Master Data Management (MDM)? Why Master Data Management? MDM Scenarios & MDM Hub Architecture Styles Why Microsoft Data Services (MDS)? MDS Benefits and Key Features MDS UI and MDS Add-in for Excel Why Profisee Master Data Maestro? Demo QA
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    5. 5. •• Set of data objects that are at the center of business activities (Customers, Products, Cost Centers, Locations, Assets, Tasks …). Dimension data, NOT transactional data• Single source for enterprise master and reference data• Business-centric versus IT-centric• Includes business process, people, AND data
    6. 6. • IT/business partner provides data stewardship and data governance• Reduces or eliminates duplicate data entry and maintenance• Improves compliance, reporting, profitability, decision making and data quality• Expand data management to data stewards responsible for the data
    7. 7. People Things Places AbstractCustomers Products Locations Accounts Vendors Business Units Stores WarrantiesSales People Bill of Materials Wells TimeEmployees Parts Power Lines Metrics Partners Storage Bins Geo Areas Securities Patients Equipment Warehouses Contracts
    8. 8. Human typographical errors; incomplete information; spreadsheet data management Mergers and consolidation; ERP implementations, consolidation or migration Data Quality New purposes for old data; retire old applications such as mainframe applications Single point of data maintenance; BI reporting Tracking spends by customer Compliance State and federal mandates Different types of customer accounts Accurate view of data by implementing MDM and DQImprove Efficiency Single point of data maintenance Cross sell and upsellRetain Customers Single view of customer spend, channels, cross sell and upsell Merging chart of accounts; consolidate financial reporting M&A Single view of product Single view of customers Bill-to and ship-to addresses and contactsImprove Decisions Pricing levels based on spend Relationships between buying customers (parent) Cross reference of same customers across multiple systems Cross Reference Survivorship of best consolidated data across multiple systems Single view of anything that has attributes that can be matched Golden Records Cleanup of source systems with business rules and golden records pushed back
    9. 9. Golden Record Matching
    10. 10. MDM ScenariosOperational Data Data Warehouse Data SolutionsManagement Management (Analytical) Central data records Enable business users to Provides storage and management and manage the dimensions management of the consumption sourced by and hierarchies of DW / objects and metadata other operational systems Data Marts used as the application knowledge • Object mappings Example: Business users • Reference Data A company has adopted 6 new utilize a data warehouse for • Metadata management systems from a merger. The reporting, but complain company needs the ability to about the accuracy of the Example: Table A houses propagate the correct dimensions and lack of mapping data between two customer information to each agility for updates. systems, and is also utilized system in a consistent fashion. MDS provides a platform for MDS empowers the by ETL processes for data central schema, integration business users to manage transformation decisions. points and validation for dimensions themselves MDS enables business Internal IT to develop a while IT can govern the users to manage the object custom solution changes mapping
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    12. 12. •• Part of SQL Server 2008 R2 (Enterprise+) and SQL Server 2012 (BI+)• Fraction of the cost of competing MDM products from Oracle, SAP, Informatica and other niche vendors• Superior hierarchy management with full audit of changes• Strong business rules managed by business people• Single security model• SOA and web services layer, work flow, and versioning• Short implementation times with big business impact
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    15. 15. ••••• SSIS package that calls MDS stored procedures:
    16. 16. ► The model is the most fundamental object in a MDS solution► Models are the containers that encapsulate all other MDS objects (i.e. entities, hierarchies, collections, and business rules) Creating/Updating Models Creating/Updating Attributes Creating/Updating Entities
    17. 17. Business UsersTechnical Users
    18. 18. • Utilizing the Web or Excel Add-in with MDS allows business and technical users the ability to utilize whichever environment they feel most comfortable with• The Excel Add-in for MDS allows users all the same abilities with MDS that the Web UI offers• Users can update and view MDS data, as well as modify or create MDS objects such as Models or Entities• A major benefit of the Excel Add-in is the ability to quickly bulk load data into MDS• The Excel Add-in provides users the ability to use Data Quality Services to clean data before it moves into MDS
    19. 19. Validation Authoring business rules Modeling to ensure data correctnessEntities, Attributes, Hierarchies MDS Excel Add-In Web UI Data MatchingRole-based Security and Master Data Stewardship (DQS Integrated)Transaction Annotation Versioning Enabling Integration & Sharing Loading batched Registering to Consuming data Workflow / data through changes through through Subscription Notifications Staging Tables APIs Views External Excel DWH (CRM, ..)
    20. 20. • Process by which you manage the quality, consistency, usability, security, and availability of the organization’s data• If bad data in source: − − − Data Stewards Data Owner Data User Statuses Statuses Statuses ▪ New ▪ New ▪ New ▪ In Review ▪ In Review ▪ In Review ▪ Confirmed ▪ Confirmed ▪ Confirmed ▪ Reject ▪ Rejected ▪ Rejected ▪ Pending Data ▪ Pending Data Owner Steward Approval Review
    21. 21. Why Profisee Master Data Maestro?• Original developers of MDS as Stratature• Took over Microsoft roadmap of MDS••••••••••
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    23. 23. Master Data ServicesJames
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