January 25, 2010, 8:45 PM —
Master data is information used across multiple applications, such as lists of products and customers. MDM tools work to make master data consistent and accurate.
Talend's offering is derived from its acquisition last year of technology from Amalto. The suite incorporates Talend's own tools for data integration and data quality, which are also open source.
"Amalto's strength is its use of open standards for integration and use of an open XML database," said Ray Wang, a partner with analyst firm Altimeter Group, via e-mail.
But the technology "did not offer very much depth or breadth compared to packaged operational MDM offerings on the market today," Forrester Research analyst Rob Karel said in an e-mail. "They focused on smaller data sets (tens of thousands of items vs. millions or tens of millions, etc), and [were] less capable in real-time vs. batch."
"The acquired technology was more comparable in the market to model management, governance-centric MDM offerings from vendors like Orchestra Networks, Kalido, or Oracle's Hyperion DRM as opposed to operational MDM hubs," he added. "The technology also lacked any significant data quality or matching capabilities, so I expect Talend has worked to bridge these gaps as best they can with their own [data quality] capabilities."
In addition, Amalto didn't have many relationships with professional services companies, Wang said: "Part of the MDM experience also requires strong partnerships with other parts of the ecosystem including data quality partnerships, data cleansing partnerships, etc."
A Community Edition of Talend's MDM suite is available under the GPL open-source license.
It omits some features, such as data standardization, data cleansing, roles-based security and remote management, which are part of an Enterprise Edition that is available via subscription. Pricing starts at US$50,000 per year for "typical projects," according to a spokeswoman for the company.
That represents a significant cost savings over proprietary products, but it's hard to make apples-to-apples comparisons, according to Wang. "A full MDM suite would have more features, but this is close," he said.
MDM products are usually priced using factors such as the total number of records, number of connection points, or types of data, Wang added.