What You Need to Know About MDM-Portal Integration

  • by Ameya Pimpalgaonkar, Senior SAP Architect
  • October 25, 2012
Explore the four methods—MDM Business Package, MDM Web Dynpro Configurator, MDM Web Services, and MDM Java API—from which you can choose to integrate SAP NetWeaver Master Data Management (SAP NetWeaver MDM) and SAP NetWeaver Portal. Learn how and when to implement the integration method that best addresses your business structure, and then take that integration to the next level with advanced integration techniques using Business Process Management and Rules Management.
Key Concept
SAP provides the MDM Web Dynpro Configurator (MDM WDC), which is a modeling tool that you can use to create a number of reusable components, such as search, item details, and result sets, for any repository. These components can be reused in multiple Web Dynpro Java applications. Using MDM Web Dynpro Configurator to create reusable objects saves significant time by avoiding the need for user interface (UI) design. MDM WDC generates a UI automatically based on the configuration chosen at the time of project creation.

Data is the driving factor for almost every business; therefore, it is imperative that data is managed, modeled, and syndicated correctly throughout the IT landscape. Business models are changing at tremendous speed and so is the amount of data. Keeping track of a vast inventory of information is a challenge. Because of this, organizations find themselves managing and modeling data that is dispersed and confined into different silos throughout the enterprise. SAP NetWeaver Master Data Management (SAP NetWeaver MDM) is designed precisely for such scenarios and to help organizations to consolidate, harmonize, distribute, and model their business data.

Take the example of industry codes. There are various types of codes such as SIC, ISIC, NEC, NAICS, USSIC, UKSIC, and many more. Classification of codes in the US might be different from those in other countries, which might each have a system of classifying industries.

Now, consider a financial institution that is managing data with varying industry codes across the globe. It becomes difficult to manage data that must be available in different classifications. Not only is this data difficult to manage, but also it is sensitive.

SAP NetWeaver MDM can implement a central master data of industry codes. With SAP NetWeaver MDM’s data consolidation and harmonization capabilities, a global company can create a reference model for linking of all the industry codes in one unified repository. Then, this data can be distributed by SAP NetWeaver MDM’s own syndication mechanism and workflow into different systems across the enterprise.

This brief overview of an end-to-end implementation of MDM-Portal integration is also a practical guide for working on a portal implementation — i.e., SAP NetWeaver Portal Composite Environment (SAP NetWeaver Portal CE) 7.1 or 7.2 or SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.3 with Business Process Management (BPM) and Rules Management (BRM) as the backbone of the project.

Such projects often falter when companies don’t choose the right development approach and end up experimenting, which results in loss of time and resources. In addition, companies often fail to understand the limitations of different development methodologies, and, therefore, deliverables are delayed and of poor quality.

I explore four development approaches and their limitations. People or project team members who are new to integration tools can use it not only a guide, but also as a benchmark for making important technical decisions in their project implementation.

Ameya Pimpalgaonkar

Ameya Pimpalgaonkar is a senior SAP architect. He specializes in SAP Netweaver Portal, SAP BPM, BRM, MDM, and SAP Mobile. His interests include UI and front-end technologies, SAPUI5, Responsive Design, and integration of modern technologies with SAP UI. He has also worked on HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery. Ameya is also a certified usability analyst from HFI, USA.

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