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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Track: Master Data Management: CDI Track View Track

BEST PRACTICES: AVOIDING THE SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR MONEY PIT

Aaron Zornes, Chief Research Officer, THE MDM INSTITUTE

Systems integrators (SIs) are essential to success of majority of MDM, RDM and Data Governance programs, yet previously incumbent SIs usually are no longer so. In a recent MDM Institute survey of more than 250 such programs, SIs have been seen as essential to the success of the majority of programs, yet previously incumbent SIs are clearly less dominant. Data Governance assistance (assessments, organizational sturcture definition, workflow and UI development, etc.) from SIs will remain especially critical to the success of MDM programs during 2013-14 as organizations deal with a shortage of tools, experience, and tool expertise. Add to this mix the nuances of Big Data, Social, Cloud and real-time information strategies and it is clear that even the consultancies themselves are challenged to keep pace with the changes underway in the MDM ecosystem.

Given the substantial investment businesses undertake with SI partners, the selection of the appropriate partner(s) must be given considerable scrutiny—not only to contain costs, but to insure success of these vital corporate business initiatives. This session provides a balanced view of:

  • Understanding why SIs are essential to the success of your projects while managing internal IT talent brain drain
  • Structuring how an enterprise should evaluate the capabilities of new potential SI partners
  • Orienteering the SI landscape for both the traditional leaders are as well as the new dark horses

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