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Hi -

We are on R/3 4.6C version. Is master data (such as material) client dependent or client independent?

Thanks,

Kalven

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    Posted on Aug 23, 2005 at 09:34 PM

    Not being sure I understand your question I'll comment on different clients' points of view of the same data in MDM.

    In MDM5.5 there is a repository which in general doesn't care who those clients are that request and/or update it (content manager, API, import manager or syndicator). You may think about it as a RDBMS knows nothing about clients connecting to it. I'm not considering different permission levels and security issues here.

    MDM behaves almost the same but it has a great feature I don't find an analogy in the RDBMS world - key mapping. The notion of the key mapping is about assigning a unique distinct key for every record per client system (or agency in SP1). Client systems describe depersonalized user profile for import manager and syndication. So you don't use client systems to connect through the client or the API but you do use it for importing and syndication. Beside the ability to assign its own record key for every client system the syndicator traces who and when did last time syndication and based on this data calculates records eligible for "delta" syndication.

    Hope this helps:-)

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    Posted on Aug 24, 2005 at 06:37 AM

    If I understand the question right, I don't think Kalven is asking about how master data is done at different customers.

    He is coming from a traditional SAP Stand point. My view is that Material Master will be different in different clients of the SAP system i.e., it is client dependent. Its just the ABAP code that will be client independent.

    You should be seeing different data in each of the clients that you have. But again, it again depends how the system is confugured.

    Regards,

    Ravi

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