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Mentor Graphics Base Case

By Doug Bartholomew  |  Posted 2006-09-08 Print this article Print

Incorrect or obsolete data can slay a business. Mentor Graphics, a maker of electronic design automation systems, fought back by deploying a master data management system to automatically update changes in its operations.

Mentor Graphics Base Case

Headquarters: 8005 S.W. Boeckman Rd., Wilsonville, OR 97070

Phone: (503) 685-7000

Business: Electronic design automation for developing electronic


Team Leader, Analytical Applications Quality: Jan-Willem Beldman

Annual revenue: $755 million.

Challenge: Implement and automate a process for updating,

synchronizing and verifying master data used in business systems

across the enterprise.


  • Shorten the time needed to make a master data change, from up to one day in 2003 to less than fi ve minutes today.
  • Cut the number of steps needed to distribute a master data change among systems, from fi ve in 2003 to one today.
  • Reduce the number of information-technology staffers assigned to updating master data, from four in 2003 to one today.

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    Doug Bartholomew is a career journalist who has covered information technology for more than 15 years. A former senior editor at IndustryWeek and InformationWeek, his freelance features have appeared in New York magazine and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. He has a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University.
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