16 June 2022

What Does To-Increase’s Data Quality Studio Solution Cost?

Are you moving from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 or another ERP to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance & Supply Chain Management? Do you find yourself struggling with incorrect data entry without any real-time validations in place to flag data quality issues? Are you currently looking at data quality management solutions but finding it difficult to choose from the gamut of options available as they aren’t stand-alone data quality solutions?

Fret not! If your responses are in the affirmative to even one of the questions above, then you have come to the right place.

Our solution, Data Quality Studio for Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations can be used to add rules that allow real-time validation of data to ascertain that users are entering the correct information. Also, when you move ERP systems, you can expect errors in your data, and having a data quality tool helps you fix those issues and maintain accuracy and consistency, which are important data quality dimensions.

Since we have built a stand-alone data quality solution that can be purchased separately or as part of the MDM Suite and understand that the cost can be a determining factor for most customer decisions, we decided to put together this blog that explains the total cost of ownership for Data Quality Studio for D365.

Although the cost would vary based on your business requirements, and level of technical knowledge within your teams, this blog will definitely give you a ballpark of the level of investment needed for licensing, training, implementation, and support (if needed).

Factors that will affect the cost of Data Quality Studio

The deployment method (cloud or on-premise)

While the majority of our customers are already on the cloud or about to migrate to the cloud, our licensing costs shared in this blog are for cloud customers. While we do offer on-premise, the cost of the solution will increase.

The kind of integration in terms of scale and number of rules

Our license is priced at 100 rules valid for 1 year and you can top up in batches of 25 rules once you exhaust the purchase. So, the scale of the organization or number of companies in F& SCM does not affect your cost.

Are there any other factors that impact the cost of the solution?

Our solution is a DIY configuration-based solution, so there are no coding costs involved. However, before you get started, you will need some training sessions which are charged on hourly bases. Additionally, if you think you will need on-demand support, that is another factor you will need to account for.

What is the cost of Data Quality Studio?

What is the cost of our licensing fees?

Data Quality Studio licensing is priced at the number of validation rules. A package of 100 validation rules is priced at €830. You can purchase a top-up package of 25 additional rules at the price of €180 also on a yearly subscription basis.

What training costs can you expect?

Trainings costs €150 per hour for Europe, Australia, and New Zealand and $220 per hour for US and Canada. We usually provide a standard training of three sessions that are 4 hours each for a maximum of 8 participants for most of our data quality customers but this can be customized based on your business requirements.

For each standard training session, our consultants need prep time of 1 hour, and some time for project coordination. These are also chargeable at the same rate. This is because every company requirement varies, and our consultants need to coordinate with the team and address those requirements in the customer session.

After the training, if our customers have any questions, we can assign a few hours for Q&A based on the requirement chargeable at the same cost mentioned above. The customer can raise questions via email or a Teams session to be planned if there are several questions that need additional time from our training consultants.

Are there any implementation costs?

Implementation of a solution can go quickly if you have technically skilled members in your data management team but if you have just functional users managing the solution, you will need some time and assistance to implement the solution. Additionally, if you are prepared with the business rules prior to implementation then setting up will go faster. However, if you decide on business rules as you go that would take longer to set up.

We offer support for implementation for our customers that opt for it. And the cost varies between €220-€230 per hour. For larger projects that can take anywhere from several days to a month, you will also have to factor in project management support for implementation which is chargeable at €230 per hour.

In the implementation sessions, besides data gathering, and helping you set up business rules, we can also assist with setting up data patterns and the email web services. If you have for example 30-40 rules that you need help setting up that could take a full working day. However, if you need assistance with data patterns and email web services, that could take longer.

Are there any costs for support?

We do provide free standard support for all our cloud-based customers. However, some customers prefer swift resolutions in case of critical requests and the availability of a dedicated Service Delivery Manager. In such cases, we offer 4 different packages for support, that you could choose from Enhancement, Fundamental, Essential, and a Premium plan.

Is Data Quality Studio for D365 an investment worth considering for your organization?

Anytime you're considering investing in software it's critical to assess if the investment is worth it for your organization. One thing to consider is the costs of poor data quality greatly outweigh the costs of any solution. For example, according to this report by Gartner, organizations consider the cost of their poor data quality to amount to an average of $15 million per year in losses. And as enterprises invest in more and more applications and their application landscape becomes more complex, the situation will only worsen unless enterprises implement data governance tools such as Data Quality Studio.

While we might not be the best fit for every reader, as our solution is built just for Dynamics 365, we would be a great fit for an organization looking for a stand-alone data quality solution for D365. However, if you are on the lookout for a comprehensive Data Governance suite with application integration, data entry workflow, and master data management to execute your data governance strategy in D365, we recommend downloading our data governance factsheet to better understand our collective offering.

We hope this blog has helped you understand the level of investment needed for a stand-alone data quality solution. If you are interested to learn about the features and benefits of Data Quality Studio, do download our factsheet below.

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Daniel Villegas,
Daniel Villegas,
Partner Alliance Manager

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