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MDM Business Scenarios at a Glance

To provide you with comprehensive information about the SAP NetWeaver MDM based Global Data Synchronization and Procurement Catalog Management business scenarios from a single source of access, we have created specific topic pages within the MDM space. From the Enterprise Master Data Management you can now easily navigate to the:

and find all necessary information at one source.

But first, let’s quickly wrap up what Global Data Synchronization (GDS) and Procurement Catalog Management (SRM-MDM Catalog) with SAP NetWeaver MDM are all about.

Global Data Synchronization

It enables organizations in the consumer products sector to transport, enhance, and communicate product information from either an SAP source (such as the SAP® ERP application) or a non-SAP source to the 1SYNC data pool and GS1 global registry® according to Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN)® standards. This way, companies can streamline communication with their trading partners by exchanging standardised and synchronised data.


SAP GDS helps companies to avoid unnecessary costs in the supply chain by:

  • Decreasing retail out-of-stock situations
  • Reducing price-settlement claims
  • Achieving efficient promotion planning
  • Allowing efficient replenishment processes between supplier and customer


In particular, SAP GDS features:

  • A user-friendly graphical console that allows users to create and manage trade-item data that conform to the GS1 standard for communication of supply chain data
  • A sophisticated publication mechanism ensuring that manufacturers and trading partners exchange the information needed and that systems are synchronized
  • Built-in conduits to 1SYNC as a highly effective means for a company to exchange product information
  • Role and task based concept to tailor the user access to specific attribute values such as target market or brand, distribute action via workflow, and automate the publication process
  • Reporting capabilities to analyze improvements in collaborative processes in comparison with key figures from GDS activities.

For a complete overview of SAP NetWeaver MDM, Global Data Synchronization (as of GDS release 2.0), watch the SAP for Global Data Synchronization presentation, or listen to what Colgate-Palmolive says about SAP NetWeaver MDM based Global Data Synchronization.


Procurement Catalog Management (SRM-MDM Catalog)

Procurement Catalog Management based on SAP NetWeaver Master Data Management allows employees to create, cleanse and manage their own centralized supplier catalog facilitating a smooth flow in the procurement process. The overall process flow is shown in the following illustration:


To summarize, procurement catalog management with the SAP NetWeaver MDM based SRM-MDM Catalog:

  • Bundles the functions needed for effective and efficient catalog content management in one application
  • Provides pre-configured content adapted to support procurement processes
  • Is available in two flavors as product and service catalog

For a complete overview, see the Enterprise Master Data Management overview presentation.

If you are interested in ongoing information about Global Data Synchronization, and/or Procurement Catalog Management (SRM-MDM Catalog), include the new pages to your favourites.

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  • This is a very nice blog created by you.
    We have a similar scenario where we need to integrate SRM-MDM using XI 7.0,where R/3 will be passing idocs for updating goods catalog, services catalog and the contract catalog.
    MATMAS MATMAS03 – for materials
    SRVMAS SRVMAS01 – For Services
    BLAORD BLAORD03 – for contracts
    Can u please tell how to do th integration in XI also,if there is an pre-defined mapping template available for the scenario and what should be the input message for MDM ?
    • Currently we support upload of Contracts/ info records and MSS service hierarchy structures from ERP using MeCCM which internally using CatalogUpdateNotification_OUT message to send the content to XI. XI converts this XML to MDM required XML schema and then send the final XML to MDM ports using FTP. In your case I would see only contracts scenario in the standard which works with MeCCM report. Else you would need to custom this whole solution. This would involve following steps

      1)Model a XML schema for MDM that would hold the data to import and define the Import Maps using import manager (default import maps also exist for ERP and SRM they can be references in case you can re use them).
      2)Create ports on MDM to receive the files from XI and assign the Import maps to these ports.
      3)Route the IDOCS from R/3 system to XI.
      4)Create the XI content which would involve reading the incoming IDOC , creating interfaces which would work on the IDOC and map the content to the MDM understandable XML schema and then finally route this XML using FTP to the ports created on the MDM.

      Please let me know if you would require more information.