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  • Microsoft Master Data Management website is now live

    Just thought I'd share the newly minted MDM website here:

    There are some whitepapers, case studies, links and other resources there. Over time we'll add to the content. We'll continue the whitepaper series, add more information about the product and programs as it becomes available.

    We've also published the product roadmap available here in pdf format:

    Here are some highlights of the roadmap.

    The codename for the next version of the MDM product is Bulldog.

    Technology Preview

    The Stratature +EDM product will be released as a Technology Preview in February, 2008 to a select

    group of customers. The preview release will have nearly identical functionality to the Stratature

    release. This is an opportunity for interested customers and partners to have access to the +EDM


    By the way, while we intend to ultimately ship Bulldog with the next wave of Office, we are not completely aligned with Office processes at this time. Folks should NOT attempt to derive office shipping, technical preview or CTP dates from the Bulldog dates. Bulldog simply isn't aligned that way.


    A formal TAP program will commence in the first half of 2008. The TAP will enable customers and

    partners to work with Microsoft to provide input into the product, while solving real business problems

    with MDM. For more information on TAP contact


    Bulldog will use Community Technology Previews for early visibility into the product. The first CTP

    release should be available Q3, 2008.


    General availability for Bulldog is currently planned to coincide with the next release of Office.


    We're excited to be moving from the planning stages to the execution phase. After all, building software is the fun part of working at Microsoft!


  • Roger Wolter's insider view

    I was about to write a post to clarify some of the disinformation that's been going around about the Stratature acquisition and our roadmap. It's an interesting place to be right now, where Roger and I are. There are analysts out there writing things we've told them and also writing things that have no basis in what we've told them. What's not so clear is which is which. Some have been making estimates of product availability timelines and strategy predictions. From our point of view, the folks that are building the product, it's a bit ironic to hear some of these predictions when we're still working through the timelines ourselves.

    So, as I started to blog about this, I happened to head over to Roger's blog and noticed his latest gem.

    I really couldn't have said it better.


  • Compliments from Donald

    Donald Farmer from SQL Server talks a bit about MDM at Microsoft. Especially appreciated, is the last note.

    Thanks Donald, that means a lot to me.


  • Chatting with Colin White

    Colin was gracious enough to let me take some of his time at the recent TDWI in Boston to chat a bit about our master data management strategy. It was great to hear that Colin had similar ideas, and it wasn't entirely a surprise given the great whitepaper/case study that he wrote with Claudia Imhoff was highly influential in the thinking around Microsoft's MDM strategy.

    His blog today was a relatively positive commentary on our first steps.

    Thanks Colin!


  • Microsoft completes Stratature acquisition

    It's been quite a while since I've been in the blogging scene. Since writing the SSIS book, I've been very busy on a new project building a strategy for MDM at Microsoft. After 14 months of studying, thinking, discussing, presenting, reviewing, approving, socializing, powerpointing....... 

    It gives me great pleasure to announce that Microsoft has successfully acquired Stratature.

    It's been a long road, but all the effort has paid off and we were able to close the deal to acquire Stratature yesterday.  

    Here's the 411:

    • Microsoft is acquiring Stratature, a private company based in Alpharetta, GA., a provider of Master Data Management (MDM) products. This acquisition will help accelerate Microsoft’s delivery of technology in the MDM market.
    • Stratature’s technology and product portfolio will become a core part of Microsoft’s product offering, and will significantly enhance the value delivered to customers to manage their important business hierarchies.
    • MDM capabilities will be delivered through Microsoft Office system applications and servers on top of an infrastructure provided from SQL Server. Over time, these capabilities will become an integral part of the Microsoft Office Business Platform, benefiting our customer’s investments in our PerformancePoint, Dynamics, Project Server, and SharePoint lines of products.
    • Stratature’s existing customers will continue to receive the same level of support they received from Stratature prior to the acquisition. Microsoft and Stratature will work together to ensure all customer and partner agreements are satisfied.
    • Future equivalent and additional functionality will be provided through Microsoft branded products.

    Here's what some analysts and industry observers had to say:,130061733,339278352,00.htm

     While we believe that this is a very positive step in the right direction, we also recognize that it's just a first step. Stratature provides an analytical solution that is similar to, but different than transactional MDM. As we move forward developing and releasing the product, look here for regular updates and insights into our progress. If you have further questions and would like to speak to someone at Microsoft to get further insight into our MDM roadmap, please send email to

    For today, we take a deep breath and congratulate Ian Ahern and the entire Stratature team for the fantastic work they have done in building a world class MDM product. We look forward to further building on their solid product successes.

    I'm excited to have completed this acquisition, but I'm perhaps even more excited about the caliber of the team that we're pulling together to deliver the vision. More on this later, but if you look around the net a bit, possibly search on MDM and my name, I bet you could figure out who else is already along for the ride...  

    Watch this space for more breaking news and discussion about Microsoft's Master Data Management story.

    By the way, if you're at TechEd in Orlando, be sure to check out Bill Baker's talk in the morning. He'll be talking a bit obout this. Might even be a demo.


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