Master Data Governance Quick Start – Jump start your project and gain faster time-to-value
A few months ago, I was running a design workshop with one of customers for their master data governance solution roll out. The company has been using a legacy MDM solution for 15 years and had now decided to move over to SAP MDG. The legacy system was built with a patch work of designs and over the last decade has become inflexible and expensive to maintain. The legacy system was a design from an era when the company just needed a place to dump their master data.
As we went through the design exercise with a room full of business process owners, it became clear that the design discussion was not going to be an easy one. The customer’s architect was trying her best to explain what collaborative data governance meant and how roles and responsibilities will change compared to a ‘’collect in a excel and dump’’ approach they were used to all these years. But the business users were struggling to get a grasp of their future data governance solution. The business owner were trying to push through with a design which was 1-1 with their existing solution.
During the coffee break, the architect remarked, ‘’ I don’t think the discussion is going in the direction we want. We are literally re-designing the to-be MDG system to mirror our legacy system’’ . Later that day she told me, ‘’it would be so useful , if I could have a MDG system in my design workshop with a baseline process, which I can use to show and tell how the new system will look and work’’.
Having heard similar requests from customers over the years, our team brainstormed and put together a list of ‘wishes’ we heard from customers starting their MDG journey….
- … we could have a fully working MDG reference system during our design phase
- … we could accelerate our MDG setup and directly focus on our specific process requirements
- … the MDG system already had business content pre-built, pre-configured and pre-delivered.
- … We could make our MDG deployment faster , cheaper and more standard
The result of our brainstorming was the launch of our MDG Quick Start offering last month.
What is MDG Quick Start ??
The MDG Quick Start aims to speed-up the introduction of SAP Master Data Governance on S/4HANA in the enterprise organization, shortening the configuration time and delivering a preconfigured, ready-to-use MDG system.
The service offering provides a tangible support in the configuration of all standard modules of SAP Master Data Governance solution on S/4HANA, covering Master Data Consolidation, Mass Processing, Data Quality Management and Analytics including Rule Management and machine learning based Rule Mining as well as MDG-Central Governance.
The goal of this offering is not to replace the Activate methodology for the roll-out of the SAP MDG solution but rather to provide an accelerated starting point and to get the customer a fully working system in the shortest possible time fame, from which they can scale out their full implementation project.
How does it help to accelerate your MDG project??
- Fully pre-configured system based on best practices, ready to deploy
- Pre-built business content to accelerate your project
- Option to get the template deployed on your hyper-scaler environment
- Enablement of project team as part of the handover
- Possibility to use the template to kick-start your MDG journey on a temporary SAP infrastructure
What benefits do I get from MDG Quick Start??
- Better design decisions aligned to MDG best practices.
- Faster Time to Value on your MDG investment.
- Reduced Start up time and cost during your MDG Project
- Reduced effort in design, development and test phase of your MDG Project
- Overall shortened project timeline
MDG Quick Start : Scope and Architecture Coverage
What scope does MDG Quick Start cover?
The scope covers all the 4 different MDG solutions viz Governance, Consolidation, Mass Processing and Data Quality Management for all standard domains of MDG including Supplier, Customer, Finance and Material master.
MDG Quick Start provides deployment options for both the ‘Hub’ customers and ‘Co-deploy’ customer installations. The scope of the business content in both options is the same but the deployment approach and timeline are different due to the nature of environments. Green field based HUB deployments are obviously faster since they can be fully delivered as a template, compared to a brownfield based environment where the quick start content has to be more diligently configured, keeping in mind the existing configuration of the system.
What does MDG Quick Start contain?
- Prebuilt business content – including baseline content for all MDG domains and solutions. Additional content per domain including additional rules, validations, business content, workflows, process templates etc.
- User Interface – Fully configured Fiori based interfaces including data processing screens and data analytics Fiori tiles.
- Documentation – Complete documentation for both standard content and additional business content
- Delivery and Handover – Includes several hours of walkthrough of the Quick Start system with the SAP expert including Q&A . Optionally includes data loading and setup for consolidation.
In general the recommendation to all customers is to start their MDG journey leveraging the Quick Start to derive maximum value from their MDG investments.
For more information, on the Quick Start offering and how you can accelerate your MDG implementations, do reach out to your SAP contact. And watch out this space, as we plan to bring out more pre-configured, value adding content in the forthcoming releases of the Quick Start offering.
Do Like, Share and post your comments. Feel free to reach out to me directly, If you have more queries or would like to see additional business content being part of the quick start offering in the future.
Thanks Dilip for this great blog. This sounds quite interesting to any company seeking faster time-to-value.
For SAP Retail and Fashion customers, is there an option to pair this offering with MDG-RFM?
at the moment the offering covers exclusively the "classical" domains of SAP MDG.
As Riccardo mentioned, MDG RFM is not covered, but you can of course pair this with MDG RFM. You can setup the Quick Start template to accelerate the other domains and on top of this include the MDG RFM.
Dilip, this is a great blog and thanks for sharing it. You, Riccardo and the team have done a fantastic job. I really feel this will be a game changer in all MDG implementation, if we can position it when we sell MDG product. I have already reviewed your offering in great detail and this was sorely needed all this time 🙂 If I may add couple of suggestions for your future releases. You should try to expand it to other domains like EAM and RFM that we also support.You can also think of introducing support for cFIN and IS solutions like Oil & Gas, JVA, etc. in future releases.
We are working on content for cFIN customers and for some industry solutions as well. Do reach out if you have specific requirements.
Dear Dilip, thanks for sharing.
Welcome Aklilu. This is definitely the recommended way for customer to setup their baseline landscape.
Dilip, Thanks for sharing the information and quick start will certainly appeal customers better as opposed to adopting full implementation at the beginning of MDG journey itself. Business users will also go through a natural learning and easy adoption this way.
Absolutely Anurag. Its been well received and have several customers adopting it already as their foundation.
Hi Dilip, Thank you for the crisp blog. Is MDG Quick Start part of the standard MDG license or a separate cost involved?
MDG Quick Start is not part of the license but is more of a fixed price service offering. But each customer can buy it only once and use the template to deploy it multiple times in their landscape to prepare the baseline for their entire 3/4 tier landscape.
Hope this clarifies.
Great program Dilip. Let us know if you have any current customers and projects going on and what is the feedback so far?
We do have several customers who have already adopted and are using MDG Quick Start productively. Happy to share customer names.
It's a really interesting solution for Rapid Deployment of MDG.
What about the integration of a new MDG with existing ERP (BS) solution?
Thanks for your comments. Indeed, MDG Quick Start has been very well received by customers and we have received great feedback. There are now many customers who have started their implementation using Quick Start as their foundation.
For your specific question. MDG Quick Start can be integrated to SAP ERP Business Suite as a target system during distribution. Not sure if that is what you meant? MDG Quick Start itself is only available on S/4 HANA, we do not provide a MDG Quick Start for MDG on ECC, as all new customer implementing MDG are implementing it on S/4 HANA.
Hope this clarifies .If your question is not answered by my comment above, please explain your question
Thank you for your quick reply.
Yes I need to know something about the use of MDG set up with MDG Quick Start as source of Master Data for an existing SAP ERP Business Suite.
What are the available/suggested options?
after the initial deployment of the MDG Quick Start, any required connectivity (to SAP ERP or to any other system) can be setup as part of the implementation project. Technically, MDG supports both mediated and direct/point-to-point data distribution through multiple communication channels (IDoc messages, SOA Services, file-based, etc...).
Additionally, MDG natively provides Key and Value mapping capabilities to enable data syndication across an unharmonized enterprise landscape - when the replication is triggered, MDG takes care of the conversion of Master data IDs and customizing values based on the specific target system.
I hope this answers your question.
Very nice Blog on MDG and our company planning to extend existing functionality of MDG to SAP PPM/PS area not sure if ECC version supports it or we need to migrate to S4HANA.
Can you please share your thoughts and provide more info if MDG quick start can accommodate our requirements.
As a general approach, its always our recommendation to migrate to S/4 HANA if its possible at your end from a business and IT perspective. MDG on S/4 HANA is more feature rich and has capabilities which are not available on MDG on ECC.
MDG does not have out of the box data model for PPM objects like Projects, WBS etc. But its always possible to build this using the custom object framework.
What we also support, from the Quick Start perspective is provide additional accelerators. Currently it includes PIR, Routing and SourceList. But we could also look at extending this into the PPM objects.