Master Data Management

Gain control of the data that fuels your business processes.

Master Data Management (MDM) is a critical component of finance automation, ensuring data consistency, accuracy, and reliability across financial processes. Managing organization-wide requests for master data entries with a centralized request portal and automated approval process ensures that you are working with accurate and timely information.

What is Master Data Management (MDM) in finance?

Master Data in finance refers to the essential data entities that are used as a foundation for financial transactions and reporting. This includes data related to customers, vendors, chart of accounts, cost centers, profit centers, etc. Master Data Management involves the creation, maintenance, governance, and synchronization of this data to ensure its integrity and usability across various financial processes within the SAP environment.

Master data automation

Manual updating of master data is a request-driven process that involves multiple people, many steps, and often less-than-ideal results. Master Data automation simplifies the process of fielding requests for master data changes such as new vendor entries or changes to customer and vendor master data with a documented, automated workflow that offers a single point of entry, approval, and execution. Ensure controlled collection and execution of all master data requests throughout the organization.

Master Data Management (MDM) automation process

Key components of MDM in finance automation:

  1. Data governance: Establishing data governance policies and procedures to define roles, responsibilities, and workflows for managing master data throughout its lifecycle.
  2. Data quality management: Implementing tools and processes for data cleansing, validation, and enrichment to maintain high-quality master data.
  3. Master data harmonization: Standardize master data attributes, values, and formats across different business units and geographies to ensure consistency and uniformity.
  4. Master data integration: Integrating master data management processes with other ERP modules (e.g., for SAP: SAP ERP, SAP S/4HANA) and external systems like Business Spend Management software, to facilitate seamless data exchange and synchronization.
  5. Change Management: Managing changes to master data through controlled processes, approvals, and versioning to prevent unauthorized modifications and maintain data integrity.

By implementing robust MDM practices, organizations can realize significant benefits in terms of efficiency, compliance, and decision-making, driving business success in today’s competitive landscape.

The Master Data Management module in 20 minutes

Process Director for Master Data Maintenance helps users create requests for changes, deletions, or additions to master data.