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Consistent master data is the lifeblood of a company. This is a no-brainer given that all business transactions and enterprise analytics depend on the quality of the underlying data. So, taking care of master data has always been important. But in times of economic change and global threats, the negative impact of poor data makes businesses even more vulnerable.

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It's time for master data management

There is hardly any enterprise that has never faced challenges from poor data in its day-to-day business. Hiccups can occur across all lines of business: for example, due to non-compliance, slow group close, broken or slowed sales cycles, or inefficiencies in the supply chain.

Data inconsistencies can occur anywhere, and most of the time one-stop remediation doesn’t do the trick. An appropriate master data management strategy can be the remedy to really tackle the challenge on a sustained basis. Many times, enterprises start to think about leaving the trodden path in handling master data in times of change. For example, to be prepared for one-off events like mergers and acquisitions or divestitures, or when business dynamics make corporate restructuring, process optimization or consolidation of IT landscapes an imperative.

However, this does not start with buying software. Rather, the starting point or precondition is that the CIO and the data stewards in charge are able to assess the prevailing conditions in the enterprise, being aware of the data quality and management processes that are in place. Then, knowing the overall system environment incl. data architecture and application landscape on a local and global scale, they can derive the desired MDM processes and methods from a conceptual perspective. This includes the definition of the organizational set-up, that is, defining which people to put in charge of controlling master data. Based on these fundamentals, a long-term master data strategy, prioritized according to the business criticality of issues, can be laid out. It is only after these conceptual findings that software comes into play.

Take a look at SAP's proven means to tackle the master data challenge

If you also feel that master data management is a business imperative and if you are new to SAP’s strategic master data management solution SAP Master Data Governance (MDG), you can get a first glimpse and go through the overview presentation or watch this MDG intro video:

You may also want to find out what active MDG users say about their use of the software:

Try it out yourself

In addition, you can try SAP Master Data Governance for free and get a real hands-on feeling. Simply access the trial version of SAP Master Data Governance on S/4HANA and test several scenarios and use cases.

For more information on SAP Master Data Governance

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Stay tuned for more blog posts to come this month on SAP Community home and follow MDGUpdates.