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Software AG Presents Process-Driven Master Data Management For Dummies®

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- A new book in Wiley Publishing's well-known series, Process-Driven Master Data Management For Dummies®, Software AG Special Edition, introduces unique process-driven approach to master data management (MDM)
- Written by Software AG executives, the book focuses on three essential pillars of process-driven master data management, as well as best practices for successful MDM implementations
- Interested readers can download the complete e-book for free, courtesy of Software AG

Software AG today announced the publication of Process-Driven Master Data Management For Dummies®, Software AG Special Edition. The book, written by Software AG executives, highlights a unique approach to MDM known as "Process-Driven MDM". Designed by Software AG, "Process-Driven MDM" makes master data management a business priority and unites IT and business managers in realizing the goal of high quality master data in business processes. Process-Driven Master Data Management For Dummies® outlines traditional MDM techniques and shares a better solution for gaining true business value. It also details the three essential pillars of "Process-Driven MDM".

"Businesses today realize the burning need for clean and consistent data. But they struggle to get MDM programs off the ground and to prove the value of MDM. The reason is that they approach MDM from a wholly IT perspective, focused on improving the quality of data," said Jignesh Shah, co-author and Vice President of Business Infrastructure Products & Solutions, Software AG. "In Process-Driven Master Data Management For Dummies®, we describe how MDM is about more than just cleaning up databases, it's about making your business processes-and your overall business-run efficiently. The book debunks technical myths and covers new methodologies that link MDM directly to enhanced efficiency, profitability and increased customer satisfaction."

Software AG's "Process-Driven MDM" approach illustrates why MDM should be owned by business stakeholders and focus on business processes. Take for example a manufacturing company faced with a large number of incorrect product codes in its inventory. Process-Driven MDM looks at the order taking process and how MDM can reduce the number of incorrect orders instead of focusing on a data metric (number of incorrect codes). The objective of Process-Driven MDM is to improve business processes by pinpointing and improving the quality of data used in the process. Process-Driven MDM creates tangible ways to measure MDM ROI and guide MDM investment.

"Process-Driven Master Data Management For Dummies® takes the important step of embracing the fact that effective MDM programs need to address business processes as well as data, said Andy Hayler, CEO of The Information Difference Ltd, a leading independent MDM analyst firm. "It contains much useful advice for those contemplating the MDM journey."

Process-Driven Master Data Management For Dummies® is co-authored by three subject matter experts from Software AG: Jignesh Shah, Vice President of Business Infrastructure Products & Solutions, who is a frequent speaker and also the co-author of SOA Adoption For Dummies®; Mathew Manathara, Vice President of Global MDM Solutions, who heads the MDM Competency Center at Software AG; and Alexander Hoeppe, Solution Owner for Product Lifecycle Management and MDM Software AG Consulting, who helped build the comprehensive process-driven MDM and PLM methodologies.

Complimentary copies of Process-Driven Master Data Management For Dummies®, Software AG Special Edition, are available for download. Published by Wiley Publishing, Inc., the book is available exclusively from Software AG. It is offered in traditional soft cover and convenient e-book formats. Process-Driven Master Data Management For Dummies® is available in English only.

Process-Driven Master Data Management For Dummies® is the fourth in a series of For Dummies books released by Software AG. The others include SOA Adoption For Dummies, BPM Basics For Dummies and Process Intelligence For Dummies.

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Software AG is the global leader in Business Process Excellence. Our 40 years of innovation include the invention of the first high-performance transactional database, Adabas; the first business process analysis platform, ARIS; and the first B2B server and SOA-based integration platform, webMethods.

We offer our customers end-to-end business process management (BPM) solutions delivering low Total-Cost-of-Ownership and high ease of use. Our industry-leading brands, ARIS, webMethods, Adabas, Natural, CentraSite and IDS Scheer Consulting, represent a unique portfolio encompassing: process strategy, design, integration and control; SOA-based integration and data management; process-driven SAP implementation; and strategic process consulting and services.

Software AG had revenues of €1.1 billion in 2010 and has more than 5,400 employees serving 10,000 enterprise and public institution customers across 70 countries. Our comprehensive software and services solutions allow companies to continuously achieve their business results faster. The company is headquartered in Germany and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE 0003304002 / SOW).