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November 14, 2012

Positioning of SAP's EIM components gets clearer at SAPPHIRENOW Madrid 2012

In spite of adding multiple components by SAP in its Enterprise Information Management (EIM) portfolio, the positioning of various components started getting clearer. Well, is it becuase just that we now started accepting to see the ambiguity around the tools or it is really clearer. I feel, the second, it is clearer now.

Now EIP has SAP MDM, MDG, Information Steward, Business Objects (DS DI & DQ together) and now youngest baby MDM DS (Data services) on HANA.  

For the first time today I heard from SAP person heading micro forum discussion at SAPPHIRE NOW MADRID 2012 that MDM DS is going to be successor for SAP MDM in around 5 years from now. It made sense as we all know by this time SAP MDM by this time has been limited to consolidation scenario at least from SAP's product positioning point of view. What MDM DS is promising is the consolidation, running quality checks, de duplication etc. much faster and promising to handle 10's of millions of records even 100 Million.

What I still feel we are going to miss is the ability to build end to end business process (MDM) solutions using the flexibility of SAP MDM along with its associated technologies of CE/Webdynpro.

I hope SAP will provide the API/Web services and application development environment for builing end to end solutions not just MDM implementations.

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November 8, 2012

MDM for end to end Product datamanagement and enrichment

Most of the MDM implementations focus on maintaining certain pieces of information that is of good quality and governed. While most of the MDM programs success to meet these requirements by means of using various technologies they often fail to address the end to end business process needs and business continuity if MDM implementation is not looked at holistically from end to end business process point of view.

 

A recent SAP MDM based Product Master solution, focuses on the

·         Product data initiation from an R&D system

·         Enrichment for packaging, commercial information, safety information, labels and trade names by different departments

·         Distribution to around 15 operational systems in the logical model that is suitable for those areas

 

Thus MDM is no longer doing data maintenance, but it is enabling the product development process. Various SAP and non-SAP technologies used in the process: SAP MDM, SAP CE, PI, Custom Data Base, ABAP/ECC, SAP BI.

 

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