SAP MDM Components and Modules

SAP MDM Components and Modules
MDM components and modules:
Note: The latest release-specific version of the MDM Component/Module list should always be downloaded from SAP Service Marketplace.
Component Included MDM Modules
MDM CLI Batch Clients MDM Import Manager Batch Client
  MDM Syndicator Batch Client
MDM CLIX MDM CLIX (Command Line Interface)
MDM GUI Clients MDM Console
  MDM Data Manager
  MDM Import Manager
  MDM Syndicator
  MDM Workflow
MDM Server MDM Server
MDM Import Server MDM Import Server
MDM Syndication Server MDM Syndication Server
  MDM Portal Connector
BP MDM Technology Portal Content MDM Technology
BP MDM Application Portal Content MDM Application
MDM Web Services MDM Web Services

Select and Install MDM Components

Select and Install MDM Components

MDM software is typically delivered or downloaded as a complete package of components that span multiple platforms. The latest of these packages is MDM 5.5 SP4 Patch 02. MDM's core components that support Central Master Data Management, Consolidation and Harmonization scenarios are:
  • The Master Data Server (MDS), Import Server (MDIS) and Syndication Server (MDSS). These are proprietory non-J2EE services that can run under Windows or Unix.
  • The MDM Console, Data Manager, Import Manager and Syndicator are Win32 "thick" clients.
  • The MDM "thin" client, consisting of iViews and connectors for SAP Enterprise Portal and SAP Web Application Server.
  • The MDM Java API, made up of the following libraries:
    • The legacy API: MDM4J.jar
    • The new API: mdm-common.jar, mdm-admin.jar, mdm-core.jar, mdm-data.jar, mdm-protocol.jar
  • MDM CLIX, a very useful command line interface to server and repository operations.
Your technical landscape and business scenarios will decide how much more of the extensive MDM menu -- shown in the next section -- will be need to be installed.

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SAP MDM 5.5: A QuickStart Guide

 SAP MDM 5.5: A Quick Start Guide

This crash course is an aid to selecting, installing and operating the core components of SAP Master Data Management (MDM) 5.5. It is intended to supplement SAP guides. MDM is a package of heterogeneous components -- a diverse mix that makes selecting the right combination the first step to a fruitful implementation.

While MDM is firmly positioned as the Master Data solution for SAP NetWeaver, its underlying technology stack is eclectic, and allows quite a bit of site-specific creativity in the software selection and installation process.

The Java API is the focal platform for custom coding on MDM. A section of this guide is dedicated to getting both experienced and novice Java developers started on MDM based custom development.

Finally, a few tips and helper utilities are included for the care and feeding of the MDM ecosystem.

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SAP NetWeaver Master Data Management (SAP NetWeaver MDM) is an enabling foundation for enterprise information management – providing a single version of master data for supplier, product, customer, or user-defined data objects in heterogeneous environments.
Working across disparate systems, SAP NetWeaver MDM ensures cross-system data consistency through interactive distribution. It integrates business processes across the extended value chain, delivering functionality to enable:
  • Master data consolidationConsolidate master data into a centralized repository – after cleansing, normalization, and enrichment with integrated SAP BusinessObjects Data Services software – to improve process efficiency, company-wide analysis, and reporting. Consolidate and create the best version of master data objects with the best data from disparate systems. Associate related rich content such as images, PDFs, video, and audio to augment the data store. 
  • Synchronization and distribution of master data – Enable consistent data maintenance and distribution. Use global attributes to ensure that all systems receive the same master data during distribution – while allowing for additional attributes to be added to the distributed data objects in the target systems to accommodate different regional, divisional, or departmental requirements. Distribution can be controlled, visible, and traceable, with active status management at each distribution step.
  • Centralized management of master data – Supports company-wide data governance by ensuring that central control of master data begins as soon as the data is created. Centrally created master data can subsequently be distributed to client systems as required using interactive distribution.
  • Rich product content – Manage any kind of unstructured content, including Adobe PDFs and images. Single-pass data normalization plus a high-performance parametric search function provide an interactive method of working with rich product information. You can publish restructured and reformatted extracts or incremental updates of your repository content and distribute them in several delimited text and XML formats to different subsidiaries, divisions, or trading partners.
  • Integrated customer data – Build a reliable customer-data repository to efficiently coordinate customer processes across business units and locations. Impact the top line with cross-selling and up-selling support, make better-informed decisions, and improve your customer-facing activities.
  • Managed vendor data – Consolidate and manage vendor data from SAP and non-SAP sources to eliminate administrative miscommunication, reduce supply chain delays, and support global business intelligence initiatives. Identify and match suppliers, removing duplicate suppliers in the same system and finding equivalent suppliers in acquired or merged companies – and incorporate external validation services such as Dun & Bradstreet DUNS numbers.
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