The heterogeneous (and proprietory) nature of MDM's components and modules makes training and prototyping the first priority for an IT shop that has just embarked on a MDM implementation.
DBAs, System Administrators and Basis professionals should look very closely at MDM for opportunities to implement best practices learned on other application suites.
Solution Architects, Developers and Data Modelers should attempt to apply and scale their existing SDLC discipline for design, development, documentation and production-support, to MDM.
A QuickStart Guide to SAP MDM 5.5
Part 1: Select and Install MDM Components
Part 2: MDM Components and Modules
Part 3: MDM architecture: How components fit into the MDM eco-system
Part 4: The OS/DB Product Availability Matrix for MDM 5.5 SP4
Part 5: MDM for the Java Developer
Part 6: Tips and Tools for the MDM Administrator
Part 7: Migrating MDM Configuration