Microsoft acquires ADRM Software, leader in large-scale, industry-specific data models

An example of one of ADRM’s 75 industry vertical schemas

An example of one of ADRM’s 75 industry vertical schemas.

In advancing our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more, Microsoft has been investing in the power of data and artificial intelligence (AI) to continuously innovate, influence and enhance customer experience and partner growth.

Data and AI are the foundation of modern technological innovation, yet businesses today struggle to unlock the full value data has to offer as fragmented data estates hinder digital transformation. Without a comprehensive and integrated view of their data, companies are at a competitive disadvantage, which hinders digital adoption and data-driven innovation.

Today, we are excited to announce the acquisition of ADRM Software, a leading provider of large-scale industry data models, which are used by large companies worldwide as information blueprints. ADRM’s robust industry data models have been built and refined over decades for business-critical analytics.

An industry data model enables organizations to more holistically capture and define business concepts, refine and integrate processes, and build interoperability in their ecosystem. According to Gartner, “Data models are foundational for business. They undergird wide-ranging initiatives and permanent programs, such as data quality, data lineage and data governance.”¹ But companies today are implementing data modeling on a fragmented basis, resulting in a disparate data estate that is incapable of supporting the kinds of digital transformation required today.

Combining comprehensive industry models from ADRM with limitless storage and compute from Azure allows for the creation of the intelligent data lake where data from multiple lines of business can be harmonized together more quickly. Together with Microsoft Azure, these capabilities will be delivered at scale, enabling our customers to accelerate digital progress, and reduce risk in a variety of major initiatives.

We’re excited to welcome the ADRM team to Microsoft, and together look forward to advancing the digital transformation journeys of our partners and customers.

For more information, please see ADRM CEO Kevin Schofield’s LinkedIn post.

¹Gartner, Data Modeling to Support End-to-End Data Architectures, Joe Maguire, Feb. 8, 2019