1. What is MDM?
SAP Master Data Management (SAP MDM) enables information integrity across the business network, in a heterogeneous IT landscape.
SAP MDM helps to define the business network environment based on generic and industry-specific business elements and related attributes – called master data.
Master data, for example, cover business partner information, product masters, product structures, or technical asset information.
2. Advantages / Benefits of MDM
SAP MDM: Helps companies leverage already committed IT investments since it complements and integrates into their existing IT landscape.
Reduces overall data maintenance costs by preventing multiple processing in different systems. Accelerates process execution by providing
sophisticated data distribution mechanisms to connected applications. Ensures information consistency and accuracy,
and therefore reduces error-processing costs that arise from inconsistent master data. Improves corporate decision-making processes in strategic sales and purchasing by providing up-to-date information to all people.
3. What is Parametric Import?
Parametric Import is a new and radically more efficient approach to importing and transforming data that is conceptually similar to parametric search.
Parametric import lists the complete set of distinct values for each field in the source data.
4. MDM’s key capabilities
SAP NetWeaver MDM is used to aggregate master data from across the entire system landscape (including SAP and non-SAP systems) into a
Centralized repository of consolidated information. High information quality is ensured by syndicating harmonized master data that is
globally relevant to the subscribed applications. A company’s quality standards are supported by ensuring the central control of master data,
including maintenance and storage.
5. IT Scenarios and Business Scenarios
Master Data Consolidation
Master Data Harmonization
Central Master Data Management
Rich Product Content Management
Customer Data Integration
Global Data Synchronization
6. Unique features of MDM
Data Extraction. It extracts master data on a logical object level from a client system.
Data Transformation. It transforms structure and content values during import and syndication of master data.
Data Cleansing. Normalize and standardize information functions.
Data Enrichment. Complementary data functions to achieve complete and meaningful master data. For example, making use of 3rd party services.
De-Duplication: Match and merge objects to eliminate ambiguous and redundant data.
Key Mapping: Provide cross-system identification to ensure enterprise-wide data quality.
Data Validation: Ensure compliance according to defined criteria.
Data Modeling: Provide the environment for creating and extending data models for object repositories.
Data Distribution: Distribute centrally consolidated master data on object level to client systems with delta handling.
Publishing: Enable multi-channel publishing. For example, it publishes product data in printed catalogs or Web catalogs.
7. Is there any possibility to export and import the role and user definitions?
There is no export/import functionality for roles and users. The only way to manage these in an automated way would be to write a program that
Uses the Java or ABAP APIs. Both APIs expose functionality to create, update and delete roles and users.
8. List the Console features?
Creation of fields, tables, repositories, users, roles, ports, XML schema etc, Mounting of MDM server,
loading and unloading of repositories, statuses of server and repositories, table types, data types, etc.
9. List the Data Manager features.
Modes, Search feature, Data manipulation, data merge, data de-duplication etc.
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10. What are the uses of Import Manager?
Types of data files that can be imported, field mapping, value mapping, validations, workflow etc.
11. Is Sap MDM An Extension Of My Sap PLM?
No. SAP MDM can be used in conjunction with mySAP solutions including mySAP PLM or non-SAP solutions.
12. Is Sap MDM an Xapp?
No. SAP MDM is a building block of the SAP NetWeaver platform. SAP MDM can be licensed and used stand-alone in heterogeneous environments as well as in conjunction with other mySAP.com solutions or xApps in the future.
13. How will SAP MDM be implemented ?
Implementation services will be provided by SAP’s Global Professional Services Organization as well as together with selected system integrators.
14. Will this solution replace the existing master data distribution techniques between mySAP CRM and SAP R/3 (SAP BC, CRM middleware) or SAP R/3 and mySAP SCM (CIF interface) ?
Those interfaces including ALE will continue to be used in parallel to process operational data. It is not planned to replace those interfaces with SAP MDM.
15. Will it is possible to use SAP MDM only with SAP Exchange Infrastructure or can a company also use other EAI tools?
The use of the SAP Exchange Infrastructure is the foundation for SAP MDM. SAP solutions are powered by the SAP NetWeaver platform with a high emphasis on interoperability to NET and J2EE/Java.
16. For which 3rd party products will SAP provide the adaptors ?
In the first phase, the adaptors to 3rd party products will be provided on a project basis. SAP plans to make selected adaptors to 3rd party systems a part of the standard solution in the future.
17. Will the solution provide the adaptors to all SAP solutions?
SAP MDM will provide adaptors for mySAP CRM, mySAP SRM, and SAP R/3 in the first phase. My SAP SCM will be supported via SAP R/3 in the first phase. In the next phase, a direct adaptor will also provide for mySAP SCM.
18. What objects will be supported by SAP MDM? What services will be offered?
The initial release of SAP MDM will support the following master data objects: business partner, product master, product structures, document links, technical assets and change masters. Services provided depend on the type of objects and will include maintenance of objects, search for objects, workflow, mass changes, change notifications, duplicate checking, and notifications for object creation and discontinuation.
19. What is Master Data consolidation?
In Master Data Consolidation 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.
20. What is Master Data Harmonization scenario ?
In Master Data Harmonization 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.