Crash Course

Part 1: Select and Install MDM Components

MDM software is typically delivered or downloaded as a complete package of components that span multiple platforms. The latest of these packages is MDM 5.5 SP4 Patch 02.

MDM's core components that support Central Master Data Management, Consolidation and Harmonization scenarios are:

  • The Master Data Server (MDS), Import Server (MDIS) and Syndication Server (MDSS). These are proprietory non-J2EE services that can run under Windows or Unix.
  • The MDM Console, Data Manager, Import Manager and Syndicator are Win32 "thick" clients.
  • The MDM "thin" client, consisting of iViews and connectors for SAP Enterprise Portal and SAP Web Application Server.
  • The MDM Java API, made up of the following libraries:
    • The legacy API: MDM4J.jar
    • The new API: mdm-common.jar, mdm-admin.jar, mdm-core.jar, mdm-data.jar, mdm-protocol.jar
  • MDM CLIX, a very useful command line interface to server and repository operations.

Your technical landscape and business scenarios will decide how much more of the extensive MDM menu -- shown in the next section -- will be need to be installed.

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A QuickStart Guide to SAP MDM 5.5

 Part 1: Select and Install MDM Components
 Part 2: MDM Components and Modules
 Part 3: MDM architecture: How components fit into the MDM eco-system
 Part 4: The OS/DB Product Availability Matrix for MDM 5.5 SP4
 Part 5: MDM for the Java Developer
 Part 6: Tips and Tools for the MDM Administrator
 Part 7: Migrating MDM Configuration

This was first published in November 2006

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