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MDM Beginners guide


I am interested to learn MDM.

Could you please give more n more beginners info on MDM.



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    Feb 19, 2008 at 09:11 PM

    Hi Stallin,

    To learn MDM if you are a technical guy then you need to have a good idea of Xi,ABAP,JAVA.If you are from functional background then you need to have idea about datamanagement.

    There are many articles available for beginners.Please find the links below for an idea on MDM.

    1.SAP Netweaver MDM Overview

    2.How to handle Data Modeling in MDM

    3.SRM-MDM Catalog

    4.MDM Console

    5.MDM Import manager

    6.MDM Data Manager

    7.MDM Syndicator

    8.SAP MDM Overview PDF

    9.SAP MDM

    10.The Story of MDM5.5


    11.World's fastest and shortest introduction to NetWeaver /people/sap.user72/blog/2005/06/14/worlds-fastest-and-shortest-introduction-to-netweaver-mdm-55

    12.SAP MDM how to Guides: [original link is broken]

    13.MDM elearning:

    14.Global Data synchronization

    15.GDS Article

    16.Packages and Description

    Let me know if you need anything else after going thru these links.



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    Feb 20, 2008 at 03:52 AM
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    Feb 20, 2008 at 05:20 AM


    Master data is the core data of an enterprise that exists independently of specific business transactions and is referenced in business transactions. It builds the foundation for the smooth execution of business processes and well-informed business decisions. Master data represents business objects rather than business transactions and is rarely changed over a long period of time. The following objects are among a company’s most important master data objects:

    ● Product

    ● Customer

    ● Supplier

    ● Employee


    SAP Master Data Management (SAP MDM)enables master data on customers, partners and products to be consolidated and harmonized across the enterprise, making it available to all staff and business partners. A key component of SAP NetWeaver, SAP MDM ensures data integrity across all IT systems.

    The SAP NetWeaver Master Data Management (SAP NetWeaver MDM) component of SAP NetWeaver creates the preconditions for enterprise services and business process management. The functionality represents customers, products, employees, vendors, and user-defined data objects in unified form. With SAP NetWeaver MDM, customers can manage master data and supplemental content, such as texts, PDF documents, high-resolution images, or diagrams in a central business information warehouse.

    SAP Master Data Management (SAP MDM) is a component of SAP's NetWeaver product group and is used as a platform to consolidate, cleanse and synchronise a single version of the truth for master data within a heterogeneous application landscape. It has the ability to distribute internally and externally to SAP and non-SAP applications. SAP MDM is a key enabler of SAP Enterprise Service-Oriented Architecture. Standard system architecture would consist of a single central MDM server connected to client systems through SAP Exchange Infrastructure using XML documents, although connectivity without SAP XI can also be achieved. There are five standard implementation scenarios:

    Content Consolidation - centralised cleansing, de-duplication and consolidation, enabling key mapping and consolidated group reporting in SAP BI. No re-distribution of cleansed data.

    Master Data Harmonisation - as for Content Consolidation, plus re-distribution of cleansed, consolidated master data.

    Central Master Data Management - as for Master Data Harmonisation, but all master data is maintained in the central MDM system. No maintenance of master data occurs in the connected client systems.

    Rich Product Content Management - Catalogue management and publishing. Uses elements of Content Consolidation to centrally store rich content (images, PDF files, video, sound etc.) together with standard content in order to produce product catalogues (web or print). Has standard adapters to export content to DTP packages.

    Global Data Synchronization - provides consistent trade item information exchange with retailers through data hubs (e.g. 1SYNC) Some features (for example, workflow) require custom development out of the box to provide screens for end users to use.

    For documentation u can refer

    You can go through following link:

    This will give u better idea about MDM

    Reward points if helpful



    Edited by: Nisha Lalwani on Feb 20, 2008 6:21 AM

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    Feb 20, 2008 at 06:10 AM

    Hi S,

    As per MDM is Operation(Operation which relates with finding the duplicates and modify and cleasen them and again push them) which relates with Master Data. Just like

    Vendor, Customer are master data object for an organization.

    As per senario purpose

    SAP NetWeaver MDM provides the following six core and business scenarios to help companies maintain their master data:

    Master Data Consolidation – In this scenario, users wield SAP NetWeaver MDM to collect master data from several systems at a central location, detect and clean up duplicate and identical objects, and manage the local object keys for cross-system communication. With this consolidated data, users can access the information they need to perform company-wide analyses and consolidated reporting.

    Master Data Harmonization – This scenario enhances the Master Data Consolidation scenario by forwarding the consolidated master data information to all connected, remote systems, thus depositing unified, high-quality data in heterogeneous system landscapes. With this scenario, you can synchronize globally relevant data across your system landscape. For example, you can assign the same address to all occurrences of a particular customer.

    Central Master Data Management – Whereas the emphasis in the Master Data Harmonization scenario is on local data maintenance, the Central Master Data Management scenario focuses on creation and maintenance of data in the central data repository. It then distributes the newly created data to the connected application systems where it can be complemented with locally relevant information.

    Rich Product Content Management – This scenario is intended for the product information management (PIM) market, as it offers many functions for managing product data and corresponding image files centrally via SAP NetWeaver MDM. It can also be used to prepare for publishing product catalogs, either in electronic Web format or in print.

    Customer Data Integration – The Customer Data Integration scenario lets you harmonize customer master data records across heterogeneous systems.

    Global Data Synchronization – Through the Global Data Synchronization industry scenario, reunified object information is synchronized with global data pools, such as 1Sync, in a standard industrial format, then provided to trading partners.

    For more information you can refer bible of MDM.

    Hope this help.Please Reward.



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    Feb 20, 2008 at 08:53 AM
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