Sunday, October 21, 2012

Excel add-in for SQL Server 2012 Master Data Services - Part 1

SQL Server 2008 R2 introduced Master Data Services (MDS) as Master Data Management (MDM) platform for managing enterprise master data centrally in a consistent, clean and up-to-date manner. There were three ways to manage master data in MDS.  First is the Master Data Manager which is a web based user interface.  Second is loading data through a staging process.  Third  is using the MDS WCF services to programmatically manage the master data. These are fine, but there are many users who want to manage data in MS-Excel in bulk rather than managing each record one at a time in the Master Data Manager UI. The SQL Server team heard this requirement and introduced a brand new Excel add-in for MDS server in SQL Server 2012 to manage master data. With this new option, now the questions are, how to get started with this new add-in, how to manage data in bulk with this add-in and how publish it to MDS server?  Check out this tip to learn more.

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