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“Data unification with SAP NetWeaver is an IT practice that helps deliver a single version of the truth – a common definition of customers, products, suppliers, or employees – to share throughout the enterprise and out to trading partners. Organizations can use this practice to streamline their supply chain, enable global data synchronization, calculate global spend analysis, and improve analytical accuracy. The data unification practice is made possible by a platform capable of delivering clean, accurate, consolidated, and synchronized data to all users. The platform is able to propagate synchronized data to subscribing systems throughout the entire enterprise, as well as outside the organization to trading partners. This synchronized data also drives better business intelligence by improving the data that is analyzed.”

This is how the SAP Service Marketplace puts it. Sounds great – but even more interesting is the question how this is all put into practice. You can find an answer to that, for example by visiting TechEd 2006 and staying on track – particularly on conference track Data Unification.

For an overview of the Data Unification track according to the different locations, see:

Generally, this track is organized according to the IT scenarios it contains. It provides the following overview lectures and scenario-based sessions according to individual IT scenarios (and variants):

  • Data Unification Overview :
Update on Data Unification (DU105)
This lecture provides the latest update on data unification, focusing on SAP NetWeaver MDM as an enabling foundation for enterprise services and business process management. The session further highlights the benefits of SAP NetWeaver MDM and shows how it enables the management of master data. In addition, the session outlines an outlook on upcoming releases of SAP NetWeaver MDM. (Beginners)
Introduction to Information Quality Management (DU102)
This lecture outlines the fundamentals and capabilities of information quality management (IQM). Get to know what is behind IQM, how it supports quality measures for business information and completes the offering in the area of Data Unification. In addition, this session provides an outlook on further developments in the area of IQM. (Beginners)
Adaptive Product Catalogs Powered by SAP NetWeaver Master Data Management (DU101)
In this lecture, you can learn how SAP NetWeaver Master Data Management (SAP NetWeaver MDM) can be used to successfully manage various kinds of product catalogs. You’ll see how efficient multi-channel publishing can be realized using this technology. In addition, SAP NetWeaver MDM-based catalog solutions for the mySAP Business Suite are introduced. (Beginners).

  • IT Scenario Master-Data Management:
Composing Matching Strategies for Master Data Consolidation (DU250)
The SAP NetWeaver MDM matching functionality provided in the SAP NetWeaver MDM Data Manager supports interactive, strategy-based matching that allows identification of duplicates within an SAP NetWeaver MDM repository. In this session, you will learn how easy it is to define matching rules, to compose matching strategies, and to run these matching strategies as an essential part of the de-duplication process. (Intermediate)
Customer Data Integration with SAP NetWeaver Master Data Management (DU150)
This session outlines how SAP NetWeaver MDM is an enabling foundation for enterprise services and business process management. Learn how SAP NetWeaver MDM provides a single version of the truth for customer master data and related services. In addition, there is hands-on practice regarding how SAP NetWeaver MDM consolidates customer master data from disparate systems as well as synchronization of the cleansed master data. (Beginners)
Creating Master Data Centrally by Applying SAP NetWeaver MDM (DU350)
This session demonstrates how to utilize the SAP NetWeaver MDM Java API and the SAP Composite Application Framework to build tailored SAP NetWeaver MDM applications. It shows how the central data management scenario, using guided procedures to create business partners, is easily implemented in a short timeframe using SAP NetWeaver as a platform. (Advanced)
Update on SAP NetWeaver Master Data Management APIs (DU251)
This session provides a brief introduction to the SAP NetWeaver MDM APIs for Java and COM. It also provides developers who wish to build applications that interface with SAP NetWeaver MDM repositories with an introduction to ABAP.
In the workshop, you’ll learn how to access SAP NetWeaver MDM from your own Java coding in order to develop tailored master data solutions. (Intermediate)
Utilizing SAP NetWeaver Master Data Management Web Services (DU252)
In this session, you will learn how companies can benefit from SAP NetWeaver Master Data Management (SAP NetWeaver MDM) by utilizing and integrating SAP NetWeaver MDM Web services. The SAP NetWeaver MDM Web services are explained, so that you get a clear understanding of how you can take advantage of them. From an example, you will learn how to deploy and utilize the Web services provided by SAP NetWeaver MDM. (Intermediate)

  • IT Scenario Enterprise Data Warehousing

Since this IT scenario is based on the IT Practice “Business Information Management” and is only referenced by Data Unification, the session descriptions will be provided separately. See this Business Information Management Track at SAP TechEd ’06.

Please note that additional sessions in this area will be offered by SAP customers, or for an ASUG audience only.

I hope this gives you an overview of what you can expect TechEd 2006 to offer you with regard to Data Unification.

Check it out.

Markus

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