Master Data Management links: March

It’s been a while since I last pulled together a few MDM related links, and I haven’t done it in March before, so here are a few sites I’ve been keeping an eye on lately. There’s a loose theme this month as well; these are a few of the MDM communities that are out there.

First up is a brand new group on LinkedIn. Created by Henrik at the end of February, this group already has 125 members and has immediately sparked some interesting discussions. (The group may be new but Henrik has been blogging for a while.)

There are plenty of other MDM groups on LinkedIn, and I’m a member of a few others, but so far none have really stood out. I’m hoping Multi-Domain MDM maintains momentum after it’s good start.

The next link is a community I’ve been a member of for a bit longer, in fact it featured in my first MDM links post! Dan was one of the earliest MDM bloggers I discovered, and is still posting on the Hub Designs Blog, so I’m not surprised this community is still going strong.

Blogging provided strong foundations for both these communities, and in some respects you don’t really need a purpose built ‘community’ site. An active blog with plenty of posts and discussions is just as good, and I’ve recently been enjoying this one:

And finally, communities are all about people, and that’s what twitter is good at. Lists make it easy to share people worth following and luckily Dan has one already, which saved me creating one myself!

Are there any other MDM communities you’d recommend?


Big box of blogs

Just a quick post to end the year/decade; not a review of the past, or predictions for the future, but a few weblogs you might be interested in taking a look at after the hangover. I’ve been meaning to sort out a proper blogroll since I gave up using Technorati to keep track of my favourites. It was tricky to come up with a short list and there are plenty of other excellent blogs in my feed reader which didn’t quite make it this time round, some just because they’ve gone quiet. Anyway, without further ado, here’s my blogroll of 2009:

diamond geezer

This isn’t just some amateur blog like the one you’re reading, it’s a London finest blog. Regular features, cutting wit, days out by proxy, the underground and an all round great read.

Alex Bowyer

Canada is probably the only country I’d consider emigrating to* so it’s a fascinating perspective on a country I’ve only visited a couple of times. (* Still pretty unlikely so don’t panic if you live there!) Plus there’s technology and, apparently, life after IBM!


Wonderfully eclectic. Pft.

Hub Solution Designs

A brief detour into work related territory. This is still the most interesting master data management blog I’ve found, confirmed by Dan’s most recent “Hidden Costs of Duplicate Customer Data” post. I guess MDM might be a bit niche, so moving swiftly on…

Staring At Empty Pages

Has certain similarities with diamond geezer with “On highway exit numbering”, “Clumping, and throughput in public transportation” and a “Faulty logic” series, but not from London. A trip to Japan was a bit excessive in comparison to diamond geezer’s local jaunts though!!

Strange Maps

Some brilliant maps. Some… not so good, but still worth a look if you like maps.

Sustainable Suburbia

Probably the most geeky on the list, and it should be familiar to anyone who’s been paying attention to Homecamp. Read this one for arduino, gas monitoring, boiler control and RF electronics, although it’s the Lister engine I really like… just don’t tell Jo!!

That’s all for this year. Hope you have a very happy 2010.