WHAT IS MANAGED IN THE PIM SYSTEM?
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Item number, prices,
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Complementary accessories, follow-up items, spare parts
Who uses a PIM system?
How do you find the right PIM system?
You agree that you need a PIM system? Congratulations. Now it’s really just a matter of finding the right PIM system. But unfortunately, PIM systems are a dime a dozen. Finding the right system for your needs and without wasting time on research can be a challenge. Here we have 5 tips for you to help you quickly spot PIM favorites:
1. OPEN SOURCE VS. COMMERCIAL SOFTWARE
Open source solutions are very lucrative at first glance, as you save on all the acquisition costs. Nevertheless, it is important to remember that open source solutions thrive on voluntary community engagement and demand. Also, warranty and support services are usually not included or system add-ons are associated with additional costs. If these points do not play a role in your product information, you can also include open source applications in the closer examination.
Take a closer look at the reference customers. Perhaps there are companies from the same industry or even from the competition among them. In this case, the PIM system is optimally geared towards your industry and your needs and has already been tried and tested. If references are not available, do not hesitate to ask the PIM provider for them without feeling under any obligation. A well-respected company will be happy to provide you with them.
3. SCOPE OF FUNCTIONS
In addition to the classic range of functions, PIM systems can still vary widely. Use real use cases to become aware of the requirements that your PIM system should meet. It is crucial here that you involve all those who will be working with the PIM system and that all interfaces are taken into account. Ideally, your catalogue of requirements will already be available. You can systematically query the required functions using this catalogue and concentrate on the essential facts instead of being presented with functions which may not offer you much added value.
4. CONSULTING AND ADVICE
A PIM provider should always be able to not only develop a PIM system, but also to provide the customer with professional and competent advice. Therefore, find out whether the PIM provider also offers consulting services. If so, you can be certain that the provider will offer you a solution tailored to your needs. Whether it is based on your catalogue of requirements or whether you discuss this together in workshops. Feel free to profit from the vendor expertise, after all, it’s all about your sales by means of perfect product presentations.