If you’re knee-deep in the world of SAP and data management, you almost certainly know the pain of dirty data. It’s inaccurate, inconsistent, and a real headache when you’re trying to make data-driven decisions.
Which is why we’ve just published a paper on the automation of SAP master data management. In it, we explore the challenges and opportunities that come with managing master data effectively in SAP environments, and the paper doesn’t just stop at identifying the problem. It digs into the root causes, and identifies what for many organisations will be a new approach – a different way of working that’s much more sustainable than the usual data cleansing routines.
Who is responsible for MDM?
Master data management (MDM) has very often been seen as the domain of IT, mostly because it is complex to do and no one else wanted the responsibility of handling it routinely. But let’s be honest, it’s high time we moved it into the business arena where it really belongs. The data we’re talking about here isn’t just a bunch of numbers – it’s integral to business processes and decision-making. So, it makes sense that, governance aspects aside, it’s the people who use this data who should decide how it’s managed.
This key change in emphasis also connects through to the likes of self-service analytics. This is about empowering the people in business units to create their own data reports and dashboards. It’s not about sidelining IT but making the whole process more efficient and aligned with business goals.
Another key takeaway from the paper is the potential for automated MDM to bring substantial efficiency gains. Automation can handle data entry, validation and even data cleansing with precision and speed that no human can match. This not only reduces the risk of errors but also frees up valuable human resources for more strategic tasks. Efficiency and accuracy – a win-win for any organisation.
Bite-size or big-bang?
When it comes to implementing MDM, the report strongly suggests an incremental approach. Start by understanding your regular business processes and then build your MDM rules around that. It’s not rocket science, but you’d be surprised how often this straightforward approach is overlooked.
Finally, for those who like to see a real example, not just the theories, the report includes a case study on a modern MDM solution called Maextro. It’s built on SAP’s Business Technology Platform and aims to make the complex task of MDM a lot more manageable.
So, if you’re up for a detailed discussion of SAP Master Data Management – one that could lead your organisation to a more efficient and cost-effective future – you can download the full report for free here. Its insights and practical advice could make an SAP or IT administrator’s life a whole lot easier.
Bryan is a technology enthusiast and industry veteran. He has been analysing, explaining and writing about IT and business in a highly engaging manner for around three decades. His experience spans the early days of minicomputers and PC technology, through the emergence of cellular data and smart mobile devices, to the latest developments of the software-defined age in which we all live today. Over his career, Bryan has seen at first-hand how IT changes the world – and how the world changes IT – and he brings that extensive insight to his role as an industry analyst.