Integration of both systems is the most complex
One of the most complex integrations from a PIM system is that with ERP. A possible error in product data has a direct impact on the primary process of a trading company. Because ERP is an integrated software system, it works through in many sub-processes. Completeness and the correct delivery of product data is necessary to establish a new product with the correct financial, logistical and commercial characteristics, similar to the design of the ERP.
An export is set up from the PIM system that is picked up, translated and offered to the connector by the Dovetail integration platform.
The following step-by-step plan was followed for integration:
- Coordination of data models PIM and ERP by means of mapping: With specialized mapping software, the translation of the data model from the PIM to the ERP is recorded.
- Ensuring the quality of the data foundation: Before the PIM could be made leading, various checks were made with the Dovetail integration platform to visualize and correct differences in data between the PIM and the ERP.
- Integration through product connector realized: The actual integration has been realized on the product connector of Agresso Wholesale / Unit4 Wholesale. After a first total update, the mutations are now transferred from the PIM to the ERP environment several times a day.
- Control on the exception: Any errors are passed on by e-mail to the responsible data manager. In order to guarantee maximum quality, Dovetail periodically checks whether the data is the same in both systems.
Key benefits at a glance
With Dovetail, Ter Steege has now also integrated the PIM system with the catalog system and several business cases will be rolled out in the future, with the emphasis on providing product data to customers.
The project contributes to the realization of the mission to be distinctive as a wholesaler and remain in a supply chain that is becoming faster and more dynamic due to digitization. In addition to being a wholesaler and a reliable logistics hub for goods, a high-quality and open data hub offers new added value and growth opportunities for emerging channels.