SAP NetWeaver MDM [EOL] Review

It's helped us to create and maintain product catalogs distributed to both SAP and non-SAP systems. Unfortunately, it's in a maintenance phase with no further development.


Valuable Features

  • Mass Editing
  • Duplicate Check configuration

Improvements to My Organization

We have used this for management of SAP master data with enterprise wide workflows for objects material, such as banks, customers, and vendor. Also, we have used it for the creation and maintenance of product catalogs which are distributed to both SAP and non-SAP systems.

Room for Improvement

It's in a maintenance phase with no further development.

You should consider a move away from SAP MDM

Use of Solution

I've used it since 2008.

Deployment Issues

Not as long as you stay inside the set standards.

Stability Issues

Not as long as you stay inside the set standards.

Scalability Issues

Not as long as you stay inside the set standards.

Customer Service and Technical Support

It is the standard level that we use from SAP. Thorough and slow, but it's very administrative if you follow strictly by the rules. It helps to know a few guys.

Previous Solutions

We did use and implement different solutions, either a custom made office solution (Notes, Sharepoint, Mail) or a Standalone SAP System.

Initial Setup

The setup is straigthforward if you have a clear definition of the target structure and data defintions. If you have various versions of data definitions across the target landscape, the setup and rules defintition (how to transform/interpret data depending on the source-target relationships) becomes very complex. In short, the technology is straightforward, but it does not turn bad data into good data.

Implementation Team

Both, implementation success is largely dependant on the maturity of Master Data Management overall. You will need most support on the conceptual definition of the degree and level of harmonization of data across the enterprise. Technical consulting is required depending on you in-house SAP expertise: you need SAP BW Workflow, ABAP coding and Webdynpro skills, plus a solid SAP Basis.

Other Solutions Considered

We have implemented other MDM products/solutions for SAP master data, e.g. Talend MDM.

Other Advice

Very good Features but extremely complex system and client architecture with a mix of technology (C++, JAVA, Webynpro, ABAP etc.).

Do not start to implement SAP MDM, only look at SAP MDG.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are a partner of SAP for a number of solutions, but we do not have a relationship with them regarding MDM or MDG.
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