Quite some time has passed since I wrote an SAP Community blog about the question whether to run SAP MDG on SAP S/4HANA or SAP MDG as an add-on to SAP ERP. I already marked the direction then, but I think it’s time to take a fresh look at this now.
When I wrote the blog, I stated (regarding the software versions that were current at the time of writing) that “the functional scope of the SAP ERP-based MDG 9.0 release is comparable with SAP MDG on SAP S/4HANA 1610.”
But the functional gap has widened in the meantime and will increase going forward:
For instance, SAP MDG on S/4HANA 1809 brings along brand-new master data quality management capabilities to collaboratively manage business rules and analyze product data quality for subsequent and seamless remediation, and these come exclusively on the S/4 version. There are architectural reasons for having this only on S/4HANA and, of course, this is in sync with the SAP strategy that puts S/4HANA at the digital core.
Features that come only with the S/4HANA version include, for example:
|Consolidation of master data||
|Central Governance of master data||MDG for Material Data:
MDG for Business Partner, Customer, Supplier:
MDG for Financials:
|Data Quality Management||
For an overview of how MDG on S/4HANA and MDG on ERP have evolved, see the release comparison since MDG on S/4HANA 1610/MDG 8.0.
In a nutshell, it is clear that “in order to be on the competitive edge in the digital age, SAP MDG on SAP S/4HANA is clearly the way to go for new installations” (as pointed out in my earlier blog), but now is also the time to consider the benefits of converting from ERP-based MDG implementations to SAP MDG on S/4HANA.