Defining flex master data on a realm

Objectives

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Explain the differences between Flex Master Data and Enumerations.
  • Identify where Flex Master Data templates are defined.

Flex Master Data vs Enumerations

When there is a need to create a field with a list of values to select from, there are two options in the SAP Ariba environment.

  • Enumeration - Static list of values, where data comes from the Enumeration file
  • Flex Master Data also known as FMD - Dynamic, filterable list of values, where data comes from a CSV file

Flex Master Data on the SAP Ariba Application

Flex Master Data structures are managed in CustomizationManage Flex Master Data Template. This is where the Flex Master Data name and structure can be defined.

The placing of a Flex Master Data type field into a SAP Ariba object is done in Customization ManagerField Configuration. For example, a Flex Master Data type field can be created in the ReqLineItem Class.

Further details about Flex Master Data management will follow in Unit 5.

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