SAP Master Data Management (MDM)
After integrating both SAP and Non-SAP systems for several years being a PI developer. I had an opportunity to learn SAP MDM and enhance my skill set to a new level so decided to learn MDM as it would go hand in hand with SAP PI which is used to integrate with MDM for different business process scenario use cases. In this blog have tried to emphasize my understanding of SAP MDM from PI perspective and my journey towards learning SAP MDM.
As a PI developer we need to know both sides of B2B or A2A integration systems such as the detail about source and target systems which would be helpful when integrating these systems using SAP PI. For example, when learning MDM from the PI integration perspective we needed to understand the folder structures to which the data is extracted by MDM and folder path to which PI needs to connect to pick up a file then send it to target system. I soon learned that MDM uses tables to store the data but was interested to learn how MDM would store, manage, import and synchronize huge data volumes and maintain harmonization across an ERP, CRM and SCM landscape being an independent server installation.
During the course of learning MDM I discovered and adapted an approach of relating the concepts of MDM to PI functionality which made my understanding process better, easy and fast.
Of the components SAP MDM which I recently mastered and will cover in my future blogs includes.
- MDM Console
- MDM Data Manager
- MDM Import Manager
- MDM Syndicator
MDM Console: In this module we develop the data structure using different table types depending up on the business requirement. This can be considered as developing the source and target data structure in SAP PI
MDM Data Manager: As the name suggest it is used to enter, update or maintain data. This module is used to enter, update or maintain the data into the data structure which is created using MDM console.
MDM Import Manager: This module is used to import data to MDM. From PI developer perspective it can be considered as inbound to MDM from different source system.
MDM Syndicator: This module is used to output the data from MDM to specific Ready folder of MDM which would be dispatched to different target systems. From PI developer perspective it can be considered as outbound from MDM to different target systems.
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