Want to get product data via GS1? Now you can find out the fastest and most convenient way to integrate this into your SAP system. The MDI GDS tool for SAP ECC and S/4HANA is the solution.
Master data Management with the Westernacher MDI GDS Tool for SAP ECC and S/4HANA
Central care of your master data – how it works.
The Westernacher MDI GDS tool is fully integrated into SAP and provides all essential functions to import product data from GS1 and centrally maintain it in SAP and with SAP modules. MDI GDS is a solution proven in real life.
This is familiar: A tool with the look and feel of SAP
The Westernacher MDI GDS Tool will already seem familiar to you. It shows you a cockpit with the usual look and feel of SAP and supports you in all essential steps to compare, extend and create article versions in the material master.
A detailed look: This is how the Westernacher MDI GDS Tool works.
The MDI GDS tool preferably uses the HANA database to store master data. Different formats such as Excel, XML or Clipboard can be used for exchange. The display is in the form of tables, as well as in masks. All product information from GS1 can be verified through the user interface.
The middleware component Mediator, developed by Westernacher, handles communication across system boundaries. All common technical transmission paths such as WebServices, FTP, Http (s), Email, SQL or hard drives are supported. Data in various formats such as XML, CSV, Excel, TXT, tables, BASE64 and various image types can be imported, converted, stored and processed.
To develop business rules to check, enrich, map, or pass data to a workflow, the SAP BRF + Framework is integrated. The BFR + interface allows data structures to verbally formulate their technical relationships and processes. They are then converted to ABAP and integrated into SAP processes. However, many rules can also be implemented directly in the MDI GDS Tool with less effort.
At each step, you see what’s going on: the staging areas.
You want to recognize changes to master data immediately? You can see that in the staging areas with one click. All differences between master and staging are visually marked. The acceptance of changes can be done either manually or automatically.
All changes in the MDI are logged and can be evaluated in the cockpit. Role definitions allow read and write permissions to be stored in every menu, table and field.
Numerous pre-selection procedures, as well as filter and sort options, support the selection of the objects to be processed as well as the determination of duplicates.
Import and update easily: This is how the GDS component works.
The GDS component included in the Westernacher MDI GDS Tool takes care of the takeover and further processing of product master data from GS1. After the import, business rules are applied that convert the product from GS1 terminology to SAP MM. Now a comparison and the transfer of changed data in the GDS can be done.
For the integration into SAP MM, both the creation of an article and the update can be customized separately. All views are taken into account. Underlying reference articles can be defined. When updating an article, you can fine-tune which fields in SAP are newly created, overwritten or unaffected. This allows further article maintenance in SAP.
Product updates from GS1 are only conditionally relevant for SAP articles. The GDS visually supports the fast recognition of differences in all data fields. This hugely simplifies the update process. The export of products from the GDS master area can be done in different formats. The reporting component supports selection and export.
It is also easy to use Excel data.
A special feature of the GDS tool is the alternative import of product data from Excel. This is necessary because not all producers or distributors of products are members of GS1.
In a nutshell: The most important functions of the Westernacher MDI GDS tool+ at a glance
- GDS is integrated in SAP and preferably uses the SAP HANA DB
- Data collection from GS1 can be done via PI or MDI middleware
- Import from GS1 is automatic
- Data is transformed, new data added and workflows are created using existing or newly defined business rules
- Existing articles are migrated from MM
- The transfer of existing data always takes place in the staging area
- The Delta View visually shows all differences between staging and master
- Creating and updating an MM article is extensively customizable
- All views of an MM article can be taken into account when creating it
- Hierarchical relationships – for example, the logistics units – can be visualized
- Articles with assigned components are also created
- New article attributes not belonging to GS1 can be defined, integrated and then maintained manually
360-degree view of your business.
All business processes in a company are interconnected – isolated views or stand-alone solutions are a no-go. In contrast, our approach is to see the whole picture and to shape this with you. We also call this the ‘end-to-end’ approach.
For our many years of expertise in the use of SAP products, we have been recognized by SAP as a Gold Partner.
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