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what is the use of workflows in SAP MDM


Can anybody please give some brief description on workflows and in which situations it will be used.

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    Posted on Apr 16, 2007 at 11:42 AM

    hi ravi,

    let me elaborate on the situations where u can use workflow...

    consider the following examples..

    1) Employee Details – Data Entry Verification

    Consider an application that provides the functionality of creating and maintaining employee details upon their recruitment to the organization.

    While the end-user actually performing the data entry could be either an HR clerk or the direct manager, it is most often the case where both have to review the details and to make sure they adhere to the signed contract or company procedures.

    In addition, depending on various attributes, for example, the gross salary, there could be other required approval steps such as a department manager’s approval.

    Notice that despite this being a very simple scenario, it still requires the workflow system to be able to determine value for “logical notions” such as “direct manager” and “department manager”, and also to support conditional steps (based on salary value).

    2) Product Data – Consolidation Verification

    Consider a solution which consolidates product data from various backend systems into a unified repository within MDM.

    Such product data could come from R/3 systems (logistic data), CRM systems (pricing data), planning systems such as SAP APO (forecast data) and also rich marketing content (such as product images).

    While the different types of data may be created independently, it may be the case that syndication of data includes several types of data coupled together. For example, a re-seller who operates an online store and manages inventory requires both marketing data (to present on the web) and logistic data (to prepare the warehouse and reserve shelf space).

    MDM possesses advanced capabilities to automatically match data coming from different systems according to various matching rules (not necessarily according to product unique ID). However, in some cases, especially when the matching “reliability level” determined by MDM is not 100%, it might be a good idea to validate the consolidated set of data through a review & approval process before syndicating it further.

    hope these egs help...



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    Posted on Apr 16, 2007 at 10:59 AM
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