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Method for Scrambling Confidential Customer Master Data in an Enterprise Resource Planning System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010698D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jan-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jan-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 5K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for scrambling confidential customer master data in an enterprise resource planning system.

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  Method for Scrambling Confidential Customer Master Data in an Enterprise Resource Planning System

  In an Enterprise Resource Planning system like SAP* R/3, information related to business partners (e.g. customers), materials, products, or other concepts is stored as master data that seldomly changes during system operation. Besides other attributes, customer master data comprises confidential information like address, telephone number, contact information, or order probability. In the ERP software development cycle, it is common practice to use a productive master data set or extracts thereof to populate a development or test system. The copied master data serves as a basis for testing software or business process modifications in a realistic environment. The problem is that every system user with access to the development/test system can also access the copied customer data although there is no business need for these users to know the confidential information.

    A solution is disclosed based upon a custom developed customer master data scrambler. The scrambler can be used to exchange confidential customer master data with fictitious, still human-readable customer data. While confidential information is eliminated in the scrambling process, the overall structure and semantics of the processed data sets are preserved. The resulting "scrambled" data can be used for testing purposes without jeopardizing confidentiality of the original customer data.

    The scrambler solv...