Tutorial: Media Product Master in SAP S/4HANA
To fulfill the specific needs of the media and entertainment industry, specific features are required in the product master. Firstly, most of the products in the media and entertainment industry are hierarchical in nature. An often-used example is a TV series with seasons, each of these seasons consisting of several episodes. But there are a lot of other examples of media product hierarchies, some of them requiring more than 3 hierarchy levels.
In addition, there is the need to store media and custom-specific information in additional attributes that are not available in the standard product master. The set of required attributes varies by the type of media product. A TV series requires different attributes compared to a movie, and a music song or an issue of a book series requires completely different attributes. Therefore, it is important that a customer can easily define the set of required attributes according to the respective business scenario.
An important use case, where the media product hierarchy and the media specific attributes need to be supported, is By Title Financial Accounting and Reporting. In this use case, each financial transaction is assigned to a media product master via account assignment, and in analytics the financial figures are reported by Media Product Master.
To get familiar with the processes involved in setting up Media Product Master in SAP S/4HANA, you can work through the following tutorial. This tutorial is for administrators, consultants, extensibility developers, and key users.
If you are using the Media Product Master in SAP ERP and decided to do a system conversion of your SAP ERP system into an SAP S/4HANA system, you will find the Media Product Master specific conversion documentation in note 2499057. It provides a step-by-step description of the conversion of the Media Product Master in SAP ERP into the product master in SAP S/4HANA.
You have the following authorization roles assigned in the front-end system:
- The SAP_BR_PRODMASTER_SPECIALIST specialist role. This allows access to the Manage Product Master app.
- The SAP_NW_APS_EXT_CFL_APP role. This allows use of the Custom Fields and Logic app. For more information about system requirements, see SAP Note 2283716.
- The SAP_UI_FLEX_KEY_USER role. This allows you to adapt Fiori UI.
The Product Master Hierarchy app is using the Analytic Engine. Therefore specific configuration steps are required to enable the usage of the Analytic Engine in SAP S/4HANA. For more information, see SAP Note 2289865.
Learn how to create the required characteristics and classes, and configure the Product Master hierarchy type.
Learn how to enhance the Product Master by media-specific and custom-specific fields.
Learn how to create a product type for each hierarchy level. Although this is not mandatory, this will help you to search and analyze your Media Product Master records.
If you want to exchange Media Product Master data with external systems, you should first evaluate what kind of interface is the best choice for the required purposes. Next you may need to adopt the required interfaces.
With this tutorial, you have learned how to set up the product master in SAP S/4HANA for the specific needs of the media and entertainment industry.
You have learned how to configure the classification based product hierarchy to allow to create a media product hierarchy like in this example.
And you have learned how to make your specific attributes available in the product master. An example how the object page of the Product Master App could look like is shown below.
There are two webinars which provide an overview and some implementation aspects of the Media Product Master in SAP S/4HANA. If you would like to watch the webinars, you can find details here.