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MDM and synchronization of configuration data needed for master data

Hi there,

As we all know, successful master data distribution requires configuration that is the same in all systems. For example, I cannot distribute company code or plant related master data, if the company codes and plants are not configured in the recipient system.

I have several question regarding this:

1. How to identify exactly which configuration is required. For example: Business partners need Countries, regions, address versions etc. Material needs Material types, material groups etc. Does MDM provide this list per master data object ?

2. How to align the configuration across the system landscape. I know that Solution Manager provides some functionality, but not all. For example, Solution Manager cannot synchronize Plant addresses (yet). Also, is MDM integrated with Solution Manager ?

3. How to update non-SAP system with this configuration. Sometimes non-SAP systems need to receive master data, which can be achieved by using XI. But, how do we make sure that these non-SAP systems also receive the required configuration ?

Looking forward to anyone's reply to this !

regards,

Thorsten.

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  • Posted on Mar 10, 2004 at 09:16 AM

    Hi Thorsten,

    Please be informed as follows:

    1. The configuration and validation needed on MDM depends on the object a customer implements. Only once the scope of the data segments and attributes on MDM has been defined, you can tell what configuration is needed exactly. Therefore, there is no predefined list of configuration objects delivered by SAP.

    2. Part of MDM delivery are ~250 synchronization objects which enable a MDM customer to use the Solution Manager for synchronizing data from an SAR R/3 with MDM.

    3. Please note, that SAP MDM does not act as a master system for configuration. SAP MDM handles master data and as such needs the complete configuration information like any client system (SAP or non-SAP). But it is within the not scope of an MDM project to centralize the maintenance of configuration in MDM - this has to be handled by the SAP Solution Manager.

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