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11:30 - 12:15 Aaron Zornes


ANALYST UPDATE - Field Reports for 'Top 20' MDM & DG Consultancies (How to Avoid the Consultancy ‘Money Pit’)


Aaron Zornes
Chief Research Officer, The MDM Institute


Session Description

Consultancies (usually) provide excellent value in helping enterprises develop strong master data foundations for their digital transformation strategies. Given the substantial investment that enterprises undertake with consultancies as implementation 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 MDM, RDM and Data Governance initiatives. Implementation partners (a.k.a. external or managed service providers) such as systems integrators and specialist consultancies are more important than ever – not just because of the services:software ratio for such projects (universally ascribed as approaching 4:1) but precisely because of an ongoing shortage of experienced MDM, RDM and Data Governance professionals.

In an MDM Institute survey of more than 1,700 such programs, systems integrators (SIs) have been seen as essential to the success of the majority of such projects, yet previously incumbent SIs are becoming less dominant. Expert assistance from SIs will remain especially critical and problematic to the success of these programs during 2017-18 as organizations deal with a shortage of MDM/RDM/MDG experience, and tool expertise.

This session will also provide up-to-date Field Reports on the top 20 global and regional specialists in the MDM and Data Governance market. To further assist organizations, it also includes findings from a year-long readiness assessment of more than 135 leading consultancies to provide a balanced view of:

• Understanding why SIs are essential to the success of your MDM, RDM & Data Governance projects

• Structuring how an enterprise should evaluate the capabilities of "new" potential SI partners

• Orienteering the SI landscape for both the traditional leaders as well as the new "young Turks"
o Global consultancies – Accenture, Capgemini, CGI, Cognizant, Deloitte, et al
o Regional/best-of-breed specialists – Datasource, InfoVerity, LumenData, et al


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