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Former Member
Feb 26, 2014 at 01:37 PM

PDM versus ECC



I would like to understand "field" consequences of our company's idea (not implemented yet) of using the following triangle: ECC (Sap MM and SD) + PDM + SRM.

Today, as the main supplier (trading and logistics) for several customers ouf ours, we manage products catalog directly and manually on our customer's SRM system (Sap) in addition to managing it in our own Sap.

Now we would like to move to a situation where PDM (Sap) system becomes a part of our relation with customers.

What does it would mean for us if the three became available?

Is there any overlap between PDM and ECC? If yes, does it concern master data or features?

What system should become the entry point for material ID and creation: our Sap, PDM or SRM?

Could we manage in a centralized way the material database from one of the system? What type of communication would be involved (ALE, other?) in case of a positive answer to my question?

I need to clarify system and functional architecture of such solution.

Could you share with me your actual experience or book knowledge on this topic?

Maybe you know of any pragmatic documentation (no Sap's marketing material or on-line help, please!) which would help me to better feel the situation.

I am a long-time MM and SD practitioner.