Product Information Management

What is special about B2B Product Information Management (PIM)?

B2B PIM helps managing industrial products: equipment, electronic components, medical devises, construction materials. B2C PIM is for consumer/FMCG goods:  food, clothes, consumer electronics. So, what is unique about B2B PIM, is that possible to use general purpose PIM solutions to manage industrial goods? B2B PIM deals with uncommon product categories, Read more…

By Kate Koltunova, ago
Actualog new features and functions

PIM for global sourcing: features and functions

Is it possible to share the same product repository and classifier both for buyers and for sellers from different countries and different industries? What features should Product Information Management (PIM) systems have to do so? Today there are only a few good examples: GS1 and IceCat in FMCG. Some experts could mention UN SPSC, which was initially developed for statistical needs. However, its application in procurement is doubtful. Clearly, firms have unique requirements to their classifier structures and to the product information. Information that is necessary for one company might be redundant for another. Both abundance of unnecessary details and lack of vital information might reduce process effectiveness. (more…)

By Kate Koltunova, ago
Analytics

Waiting for the Semantic Web: Product Information Management Perspective

"People want to be a part of something that is the future"

Marc Benioff, Behind the Cloud

Anyone who has just discovered the concept of Semantic Web wonders why, despite the apparent simplicity and usefulness of the concept, its deployment takes such a long time and still does not produce any noticeable effects on business. Why a framework that allows data to be shared and reused across application, enterprise, and community boundaries remains only a concept rather than a dominating standard? (more…)

By Kate Koltunova, ago
Presentations

One minute video: Actualog Origins

After three years of design and development a simple idea is turned into the working solution. We had the idea to creat the first Social Product Information Management (Social PIM) SaaS solution that brings together expertise of buyers, suppliers and distributors using international and local product classification and identification standards. Actualog Read more…

By Kate Koltunova, ago
Analytics

Why manufacturers do not reveal all the details about their products?

Sometimes we are confronted with the fact that manufacturers don’t open  all the details about their product to the clients, don’t provide any product specifications that reflect products properties and characteristics at open access. Typically, the reasons for such secrecy is: manufacturer beleives that customers don’t need product information (before they buy Read more…

By Kate Koltunova, ago
Analytics

Actualog: Powered by Windows Azure – опыт использования платформы

О компании ACTUALOG – это универсальная B2B платформа для обмена информацией о продуктах и продуктовых каталогах между производителями, поставщиками и потребителями. Система предоставляет возможность организовать всю имеющуюся информацию с помощью универсального классификатора, который создается общими усилиями с привлечением сообщества экспертов. Для удобного доступа различных групп компаний к большим объемам информации предусмотрена фильтрация по отраслевым сообществам. Это позволяет пользователям видеть только интересующие их разделы классификатора и до минимума сокращает необходимость сложной навигации по всеобъемлющему классификатору. Инновационный пользовательский интерфейс позволяет эффективно взаимодействовать потребителям, поставщикам и сообществу экспертов используя, в том числе, и такой современный способ коллективной работы как социальные сети. Одной из важнейших функций системы является поддержка многоязычности, которая позволяет не только локализовать интерфейс пользователей из разных стран, но и хранить информацию о компаниях, продуктах и категориях на различных языках, предоставляет возможность создавать мультиязычные каталоги продукции. С помощью относительно небольшого начального объема инвестиций   команде разработчиков удалось создать продукт с высокой степенью готовности к промышленной эксплуатации. (more…)

By Kate Koltunova, ago
Presentations

Actualog Social PIM introduction

Technology advances in connectivity and devices have changed the way we access and consume information. Companies are faced with a unique challenge of aggregating content from thousands of suppliers using disparate formats and processes into one user-friendly catalogue. Then the challenge of providing customers with rich product information that is Read more…

By Kate Koltunova, ago
Presentations

Why data quality is important to reduce costs? Learn how Actualog supports cost saving in procurement.

Today many businesses are launching cost reduction initiatives. Procurement optimizations has a significant cost-saving potential. Procurement consolidation, contract management, category management and other initiatives need special tools. It is required to ensure purchased products data quality too conduct spend analysts and support the consolidation. Actualog  supports cost-saving initiatives in global Read more…

By Kate Koltunova, ago