I am in the process of looking for best practices in the area of SAP enterprise-wide master data management and control processes. The company I am working with has some data integrity issues that appear to be caused by the lack of a good master data- maintenance strategy. They basically have no change control process for master data. What are some best practices and their advantages, disadvantages and issues regarding centralized creation and change, decentralized creation and change and decentralized creation and change with centralized controls?


Sid Adelman’s Answer: Unless there is some overriding reason for decentralization and unless the environments are very different, do as much as possible centrally. Decentralized activity usually results in miscommunication, a "we/they" attitude and the casual observance of standards – and you can probably guess the end results.

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