Ways to Distribute Master Data

Example of Master Data Distribution

The left-hand side of the above graphic depicts the simplest case:

For example, the materials A, B and C are created centrally; A and B are then distributed to one decentral system, whilst B and C are distributed to another decentral system.

The right-hand side shows a hierarchy of three layers:

For example, the materials A and B are created in one system, whilst C and D are created in a second system. In each case the materials are also distributed to the reference system. They are then distributed from there to the client systems.

In principle, master data can be distributed freely between all R/3 systems. The use of a central R/3 system is not necessary, however it helps to manage the master data distribution more efficiently.