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Hi,
Implementing user centric business processes with SAP NetWeaver MDM and Guided Procedures was and is still very popular since it has many advantages in comparison to the standard MDM Workflow tool for certain use cases (like integrating additional services, custom UI’s, cross system workflows etc). With the combination SAP NW MDM and SAP BPM/BRM you can do the same but you will add a lot of new features to your solutions as well like:

  • Code free based Modeling by a Visual Process Modeler with NetWeaver Developer Studio
  • Out of the box substitution, delegation and revoke functionality
  • Easily adaptable MDM Web User Interface consumed by BPM directly (Preview of SAP NetWeaver MDM WD Components, planned to be released at a later point in time)
  • Integrated Business Rules (code free) functionality (no / less logic in Web Dynpro code anymore)
  • Exception handling of broken instances
  • Deadlines and automated escalations
  • Use of standard MDM Web Services in automated BPM activities
  • Out of the box Notes and Attachments handling
  • Enhanced dynamic texts for process titles in Portal UWL
  • Reusable Sub-Processes and embedded Sub-Processes (with upcoming BPM release)
  • Enhanced monitoring capabilities
  • .. a lot more

Since some months I already implemented some “Proof of Designs” and demo scenarios to show these advantages. If you are interested you can view this ScreenCam:

Expanding the Reach of your MDM Solution with SAP BPM/BRM

 

The business benefits are more or less obviously:

  • Higher Master Data Accuracy
  • Lower TCO and implementation effort by out of the box functionalities and Reusable subprocesses
  • Increased flexibility & design collaboration
  • Enable your business users since the tools are mostly code free usable
  • Better Data Governance throughput
  • Better Tracking & Tracing capabilities
  • Faster Rollouts of new versions (No Thick clients, No Excel)

 

The following screenshot shows the designtime in theNetWeaver Developer Studio for BPM Modeling:

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This screenshot is a example of a decision table used in the scenario to determine the correct process flow for the corresponding input parameters:

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Last but not least this screenshot shows you the configuration option of the new MDM Web Dynpro  Components used in the BPM process:

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Please feel free to place comments or suggestions or contact me if you have questions.

 

Regards
Steffen Ulmer 
steffen.ulmer@sap.com

 

BTW: Many thanks to Rene Klumberg and Isam Awad for helping me writing and preparing this blog.

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  1. Arun Prabhu Sivakumar
    Hi Steffen,

    This is really an interesting Blog. After reading this blog I am eager to work in BPM now.

    Looking forward to see more about MDM Standard Webdynpro iviews and integration with BPM scenarios.

    Thanks and best regards,
    Arun prabhu S

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  2. Prasad Nutalapati
    Hello Steffen:
    I was following your work involving MDM and GP (and later BPM) since 2007 or more 🙂
    Your MDM BUPA Creation using GP is a very good PoC project.

    As a Netweaver Developer with Portal, MDM Java and CE(BPM/BRM) background I am very much interested
    in learing more about the ‘new features’ you mentioned
    * Out of the box substitution, delegation and revoke functionality
    * What is news about Preview of SAP NetWeaver MDM WD Components, planned to be released at a later point in time
    * Exception handling of broken instances
    Deadlines and automated escalations
    * Out of the box Notes and Attachments handling
    * Enhanced dynamic texts for process titles in Portal UWL

    Please keep the good stuff coming to SDN.

    Thanks,

    -Prasad Nutalapati

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  3. Boris Todorov
    Hi Steffen, Please let us know how you installed the MDM Business Packages on EhP1 CE 7.1 as it gives an error. The only one that was installed is the Java API SCA file.
    Also, is there a tutorial on Process Composer or any training courses we can attend?
    Thanks,
    Boris
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    1. Steffen Ulmer Post author
      Hi,
      this blog is refering to the new MDM Web Dynpro components. These components will be released with MDM7.1 SP4(Plan is to release them in Q1 or Q2/2010.
      In other word: Not the MDM Business Package which you know are used.

      Steffen

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        1. Steffen Ulmer Post author
          Hi,
          I’m not able this question officially.. since I’m not from Solution Managment. But I can tell you that I have tested it and it works.

          Steffen

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