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Is MDG a PIM?

Dear experts,

I was wondering about relationship of MDG and PIM (Product information system). Is it correct to understand MDG as SAP implementation of a PIM? E.g. MDG-S for a 'supplier PIM' MDG-M as PIM for materials? Or is it something different? I would be interested in your view on this.

Many thanks and take care

Matthias

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  • Posted on Mar 24, 2020 at 10:34 AM

    Hi Matthias,

    SAP MDG is a solution that ensures (cross-domain) master data consistency across the enterprise (beyond system boundaries incl. hybrid landscapes). As such, it is not a PIM or PCM solution focussed on cross-media publishing. SAP MDG can be used for example, to sychronize and enrich product master data towards product catalogue and ecommerce solutions. For example, it integrates with SAP Product Content Hub (formerly known as Hybris PCM).

    Best,

    Markus

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  • Posted on Mar 26, 2020 at 06:56 AM

    Hi Markus,

    thanks for the response.
    - Do PIMs not offer these kind of consistency?

    - Can MDG not publish Master Data cross-media?

    Many thanks,

    Matthias

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  • Posted on Mar 27, 2020 at 02:17 PM

    Hi Matthias,
    While PIMs may have checks and validations for data accuracy, they are not necessarily designed to ensure cross-system master data consistency, which is the main goal of master data management/governance. MDG can replicate data to SAP and non-SAP systems, and as such, can feed SAP Content Hub which is SAP's PCM solution for rich product content and catalogue publishing. By contrast with SAP NetWeaver MDM, SAP MDG has not been not designed for rich product content management.

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