New Master Data Management features in SAP S/4HANA 1809


Master data management (MDM) is a technology-enabled discipline in which business and IT work together to ensure the uniformity, accuracy, stewardship, semantic consistency and accountability of the enterprise’s official shared master data assets. Master data is the consistent and uniform set of identifiers and extended attributes that describes the core entities of the enterprise including customers, prospects, citizens, suppliers, sites, hierarchies and chart of accounts.

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Master Data Management is one of the biggest concerns for every customer moving to SAP S/4HANA Because of that, SAP delivered major changes and improvements to MDM in the SAP S/4HANA 1809 release.

Mass Maintenance

  • Scope and process enhancements in mass maintenance of master data, increased data coverage. Support for:

  • Multiple vendor and customer assignments in mass maintenance of business partner data

  • Classification data in mass maintenance of material, customer, and vendor data

  • The Export Master Data app enables you to export a selection of master data to an Office Open XML file. This file can be used for Mass Maintenance and for Mass Processing of Master Data.

  • Mass Maintenance enables you to update multiple master data records at a time.

  • The function is available for the material master and business partner (including customer and vendor). You can access this function through the Start Mass Maintenance and Manage Mass Maintenance tiles in the SAP Fiori Launchpad.

Central Governance

  • Central governance for internal order master data –continued improvements to data quality

  • Enable central governance for internal order master data including:

  • Initial loading of internal orders

  • Searching statistical internal orders

  • Changing or creating statistical internal orders

  • Replicating internal orders with IDOC and service-oriented architecture (SOA)

  • Enable central governance for internal order master data including:

  • Make initial load of internal orders

  • Search statistical internal orders

  • Change or create statistical internal orders

  • Replicate internal orders with IDOC and service-oriented architecture (SOA)

  • Enhanced SAP Fiori user experience in process analytics –summary dashboard and analytical list pages

  • One-stop information on prevailing process quality in central governance, consolidation, and mass processing

  • Intuitive navigation and drill down for detailed analysis of process-quality issues

  • Summary dashboard and analytical list pages displaying relevant process information at a glance and enabling users to drill down and start completing the processes

Data Quality

  • Managing data quality rules for products

  • Repository to catalog and define data-quality rules for product master data

  • Comprehensive description of rules, including business aspects, ownership, and rule implementations

  • Collaboration and status handling during the life-cycle of rules, from creation to sunset

  • Measuring and analyzing data quality –continuous evaluation

  • Evaluation of product master data using data-quality rules

  • Analysis of incorrect product data

  • Correction of identified issues in product data

  • Definition of data-quality scores as key-performance indicators (KPIs) for master data management

  • Reporting and analysis of data-quality scores

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