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Customer Developments in MDM

Hi there,

MDM offers some standard scenarios such as Business Partners, Products etc.

However, sometimes it is necessary to create custom scenarios.

Does MDM allow for custom developed scenarios, providing a framework for workflow, data staging etc ? How easy is it to develop your own master data scenarios in MDM, similar to what we are already used to in the ABAP world...

cheers,

Thorsten.

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  • Posted on Mar 11, 2004 at 10:25 AM

    Hi Thorsten,

    The core scenarios are:

    Content Consolidation: Aimed at gaining accumulated knowledge of identical master data within heterogeneous application systems to enable company-wide evaluations and derive synergies from this knowledge.

    Master Data Harmonization: Goes beyond the Content Consolidation scenario by offering the possibility to match and merge identical data (based on gobally relevant attributes) into one new centrally posted new record. Thus additionally enabling substantial quality improvement within the overall landscape.

    Central Master Data Management: Aimed at centrally managing master data (including all attributes).

    Generally, the master data objects currently in focus are Business Partner and Product.

    And now to your question: This scenario approach provides the rough picture of what Master Data Management is all about. When you come to the process and objects level, there are surely individual requirements that may differ from customer to customer.

    Generally, SAP MDM offers the possibility to enhance the data model and to include additional workflows within the processes. So, as a general statement, I'd say there is room for tailoring the scenarios, processes, and objects to customers needs, but these customer requirements need to be specified and evaluated on an individual basis.

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