SAP Master Data Governance

Mapping different domains in SAP Master Data Governance to SAP S/4HANA processes

This blog post is to help you to map the master data domains in SAP Master Data Governance with the SAP S/4HANA processes.

In the following section, I will outline processes in SAP S/4HANA logically mapped one-to-one with master data domains in SAP Master Data Governance.

Process in SAP S/4HANA


Master data domain in MDG

Lead to Cash

What is Lead to Cash?

Lead to cash is the name given to an end-to-end, top-level business-process that begins with marketing and ends with revenue collection. Stages along the way include sales management, CPQ (configure, price and quote), customer service, project management, order management, and revenue management.

SAP Master Data Governance for Customer

Customer Governance

Source to Pay

What is Source to Pay?

Source-to-pay or S2P is the entire end-to-end process involved in procurement. It spans every process, right from spend management, strategic sourcing and vendor management to purchasing, performance management and accounts payable.

SAP Master Data Governance for Supplier

Supplier Governance

SAP Master Data Governance for Financials

Finance & Accounting Governance

Design to Operate

What is Design to Operate?

Design to Operate is a process that seamlessly connects business processes across the entire product lifecycle to break down silos and provide visibility across design, planning, logistics and operations.

SAP Master Data Governance for Material

Material Governance

Recruit to Retire

What is Recruit to Retire?

Recruit to Retire is a human resources process that includes everything that needs to be done over the course of an employee’s career with a company.

There is no specific domain for HR in SAP Master Data Governance.

What is SAP Master Data Integration?

SAP Master Data Integration is a multi-tenant cloud service for master data integration. It provides a consistent view on master data across a hybrid landscape. This feature provides the functionality for multiple systems to edit the same data.


SAP Master Data Governance in future is going to be SAP Master Data Governance + SAP Master Data Integration.

SAP MDG deployment options supporting business needs and landscapes

The role of MDG as the SAP solution for master data management is the strategic solution for corporate-wide master data management and its key capabilities continue to include consolidation, central governance, and data quality management.

SAP Master Data Governance on SAP S/4HANA is a highly integrated application suite for enterprise master data management.

SAP Master Data Governance, cloud edition does not replace SAP Master Data Governance on S/4HANA. It is an additional deployment option.

Federation of master data governance is a new way of organizing enterprise-wide master data management. This is about setting up corporate-wide master data management in the application landscape in such a way that globally relevant (core) attributes of a master data object, for example a Customer, are governed centrally and shared with all relevant applications across the enterprise while decentral applications govern the attributes that are specific to a business unit or group locally.

SAP MDG Deployments going forward.


The capabilities and the role of MDG do not change, what will change is how MDG is deployed.

SAP Master Data Governance Capabilities

Summary: The SAP MDG domains like Customer, Supplier, Financials and Material can be used to consolidate and govern master data for SAP S/4HANA processes like Lead to Cash, Source to Pay and Design to Operate. SAP MDG is undergoing number of innovations by getting coupled with SAP Master Data Integration to provide the same master data view to different systems. Federated enterprise MDG is a new way to organize enterprise-wide master data management by covering both central and local data governance.

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