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MDG questions

Oct 26, 2016 at 10:29 AM

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Hi,

I have looked at MDG the last couple of days and I have some questions on how it works.

1. Do we need a separate SAP instance or can we run it in our normal system. Is there different landscape alternatives? We would like to be able to load the data in MDG and then test activate it in a quality system before we activate it in production.

2. My plan is to start with a POC for materials. Then continue with EQ, FL MP, task lists, maintenance plans and BOMs then material is working. How good are MDG of handling several objects in one change request? We have structures with up to 3000 FL and 100 EQ and a lot of other masterdata objects. Does anyone of you guys handling these amounts of data in one change?

3. How complex is it to change the standard workflows that SAP deliver in MDG Material?

4. How complex is it to set up a new masterdata object? E.g. to set up the object, add Z fields if that's applicable and set up the UI. How much is config and how much as ABAP?

5. Tried to call Utopia to get some answers about their EAM solution but it was impossible to get in contact with them and I DID NOT get a good first impression. Tried to select 0 for reception but was routed to 10 and no answer. Tried 12 for Marketing and got routed to Lisa but it was not possible to leave a message because here voice mail was full. 13 for Product ended up at extension 17 that was not existing. First I thought it was a joke. Has anyone here got in hold of them?

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Ingo Rothley
Nov 02, 2016 at 07:17 PM
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Hi Kristoffer,

kindly reach out to me at ingo.rothley@sap.com so that I can connect you with Utopia directly. They can also share their plans with you wrt mass and tree-like maintenance of larger numbers of objects in one CR. As a rule of thumb we typically recommend to not put more than several hundred / less than 1000 objects in one CR - there is a simple reason - the slowest one / the one with the inconsistent data will keep up all others from further processing ... and of course it has some performance impact as well.

Best regards,

Ingo Rothley

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Markus Ganser
Oct 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM
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Hi Kristoffer,

you may take the chance and join the Utopia-run Webinar on MDG for EAM today. See more details here.

Generally SAP MDG can be run as a separate hub or co-deployed on an ECC system, see MDG landscape recommendations.

SAP MDG offers the possibility of mass processing (as of release 9.0) or multiple-records processing e.g. for materials, but you can't mix master data from different domains into one change request.

Info on setting up custom master data, along with other how-to information can be found here. You may also check the complete extensibility site for MDG which is a rich source for how-to and best practice info when it comes to setting up MDG.

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Hi Markus

Link you provided for MDG landscape recommendations is not working and also if you please point me to the recorded Utopia-run Webinar on MDG would be helpful

Thanks
Amar

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Hi Amar,

Here's the link to register for the Utopia Webinar recording

For the MDG landsacpe recommendations, see the featured ad on the MDG community site

It links to the requested info.

Best,

Markus

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Kristoffer Pehrson Oct 26, 2016 at 12:25 PM
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Thank you Markus for the helpful information!

I will try to attend the webinar but i'm not sure that I can make it. Do you know if it will be recorded in any way?

I will look into the landscape recommendations, is HANA really necessary or can we use enterprise search? Is it possible to start without HANA and upgrade the system to HANA later?

Not handling different objects in one change request feels like a huge flaw in the solution and It will be much harder to convince my customer that MDG is the right solution. I can understand that it's not now possible when you look at the material master data object because there you have one object and different departments that are responsible for different data. But in EAM and QM you have a lot of different objects that has to be in place for the system solution to work. For example we have up to 4000 FL, 100 EQ, 50 measuring points, several maintenance plans, 3000 task lists and other related master data objects. These objects needs to be created in a specific order and several departments are involved in the process. In this case it would be really useful to be able to create a change request and handle this change request in a workflow through the organization. Now we still need to keep track of this in excel or similar system even after implementing MDG.

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Markus Ganser
Oct 26, 2016 at 02:24 PM
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Hi Kristoffer,

MDG for EAM supports multi-object processing, meaning that you can put multiple FLs or EQs in one change request. This works in general for object types in one data model and depends on change request configuration. See also the domain-specific MDG presentations (incl. MDG for EAM).

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