product data management solutions
Efficient management of product data provides a significant return on investment. However, many manufacturers face a Gordian Knot of data stored across multiple legacy systems and formats, making it difficult to implement an effective data management strategy. As data management specialists, Epitomy can provide the sword to cut that knot.
A number of challenges around distribution of data within the business, an over reliance on complex ERP and PLM systems, and varying information quality can make it difficult to distribute, update, and maintain product information across the supply chain. Finding solutions to these challenges can take many man-hours and cause a lot of frustration. Even when a solution is implemented it might be inefficient or costly, potentially exacerbating the problem
What’s needed, then, is a simple solution that can be easily implemented with a minimum investment of time and money. It needs to be able to provide a consistent source of information across the entire organisation, to quickly and efficiently publish updates, import and export from and to multiple applications with ease and apply rules and permissions to ensure correct use of product data.
Our solutions collate your product data into a single central repository with secure online access and multiple import and export options. Robust and scalable data structures, revision controls, business system integration and custom workflow make it easy for you to maintain a single accurate and up-to-date view of product data throughout your business and supply chain.
Implementing our data management solutions provides you with significant benefits in two main areas – reduced operating costs and an increase in revenue and sales volume. By addressing the five key areas of data management functionality we can make your data work harder for you.
The most important function of any product information management system is the provision of a data model that is both extensible and flexible, and yet still provides a structured framework for product data. Support for multiple hierarchies, product relationships, and customisable entities all allow product information to be used in a more strategic manner.
Our solutions support a user-defined heirarchy of groups, models, assemblies and bills of materials. Individual products and components can be extended with custom schemas and linked to related information such as superseding parts, manuals, and health and safety information. No matter what your data looks like, we have s solution for managing it.
With product information stored in one central repository it becomes much easier to apply validation rules and other quality assurance policies. This in turn means that data becomes more accurate and consistent throughout the organisation.
To increase efficiency, effective product information management applications allow for the automated creation, modification and dissemination of data in response to certain triggers. Automation allows users to concentrate on those tasks requiring human input and leave time-consuming and repetitive tasks to automated processes.
Product data needs to be made available to the right person, in the right format, at the right time – both internally and externally. The product information management system has to be able to communicate effectively with other applications used within the company, from desktop publishing software to ERP implementations and ecommerce platforms.
As a strategic asset, it is important for organisations to have insight into how product data is being used. Measurement of appropriate key performance indicators and availability of this information through reports or dashboards allows for informed and timely business decisions, as well as comparisons of performance over time or against industry benchmarks.