MeDaPro - the PIM-System
Product information management PIM: The principle
By means of a Product Information Management PIM you can set up catalogues quickly and easily in the most diverse publication forms. The idea: The data are maintained at only one position the company, and thus is always available in the latest version. No matter whether an electronic catalogue, an Internet shop or the classic paper catalogue is concerned, by means of the central data maintenance you save time and money, and always access the latest data status.
Use available sources of information - old data and merchandise management
Of course, you can use your data available: Various import options - from csv, xls and mdb to electronic catalogues, such as BMEcat - permit easy takeover of the product information already established or complete supplier data.
In addition, you can connect MeDaPro with your merchandise management system. In this way, new articles can be taken over directly with the requested information, without requiring any additional manual effort for the transmission. This is ensured by the MeDaPro ERP connector.
Centrally maintaining & classifying data
Once created, all product information - from article description to operating instructions - can be maintained in MeDaPro. A number of features simplify the work: Passing on article information, creating lists of properties for article groups and a mature rights management permit use in complex company structures as well.
Classification is possible also: MeDaPro offers a convenient classification browser in order to classify articles according ecl@ss, proficl@ss, UNSP/SC and ETIM. Customer-specific classification systems can be integrated in addition. Moreover, the classification mapper permits the allocation of your product data to standard ecl@ss lists of properties.
Catalogues, which are created with MeDaPro, can include customer-specific assortments or the entire delivery range. Create your selection simply by Drag&Drop.
Whilst mapping - linkage of the content from the MeDaPro database with the selected catalogue format - you can flexibly determine the arrangement of the information in your catalogue afterwards. In this way, you cannot only create paper catalogues, but also electronic catalogues, such as BMEcat, or a catalogue for the TradePro Internet shop.
Electronic catalogues in flexible formats
Using the central database in MeDePro, you can create electronic catalogue quickly and easily - whether for direct electronic trade between two business partners or for marketplaces and purchasing portals.
Depending on the requirements of the target platform, electronic catalogues can be set up by MeDaPro in different formats: BMEcat, Excel, Access and various XML and text formats are available in the process.
By means of various import modules, supplier data can be integrated in MeDaPro. Master data retrieved from merchandise management system as well as specific price and article information can supplement and specify these data. The graphic export assistant helps to allocate the information to the selected target format. Thus, the must and can fields are differentiated when creating a BMEcat. The user is guided through the process of catalogue creation from beginning to end.
ITB is the certification partner of BMEnet. On account of this partnership, ITB can check your electronic catalogue in BMEcat format as a service. When the test has been completed, BMEnet (a 100 per cent subsidiary of BME) will issue the certificate.
Standard quality - certification and classification
ITB is certification partner of BME and can officially certify your catalogues. In addition, MeDaPro can create catalogues on the basis of the known ecl@ss, proficl@ss, UNSP/SC and ETIM classifications. Then, the template structure of the chosen classification is filled with your own article data - on condition that the corresponding information is provided.
The aim Marketplace, Internet shop or ERP
And does the electronic catalogue get to your customers ? Depending on format, it can be sent by E-mail or placed in an electronic marketplace. As catalogue for the TradePro Internet shop, your assortment can be provided as your personal shopping environment on the Internet and can be coupled to SAP purchasing systems of your customers.
The graphic import and export interfaces permit an easy configuration for the most diverse target systems. Proposal values facilitate the creation of the catalogue.
All standard export formats are supported, such as xls/xlsx, mdb/accdb, txt, csv or BMEcat (picture).
Price lists & data sheets – published and efficient published with MeDaPro FastPage
Producing paper printouts of your data quickly and on site - that is the core competence of MeDaPro FastPage. From simple price lists and datasheets to complete customer-specific catalogue - with a few clicks only, printable files can be prepared. FastPage is an integral part of MeDaPro basic package and is delivered with it - it is not available separately.
The following objects are created directly from the proven Product-Information-Management system of MeDaPro:
- Customer-specific catalogues
- Offer lists
- Price lists
- Data sheets
- TradePro scan labels
- Picture overviews
The seamless link with MeDaPro permits access to the latest data files which at the point of publication are read out and transferred into the layout.
Designing flexible layouts yourself
Pre-defined basic layouts permit an easy and convenient use - even for laypersons.
Advanced users can set up layouts as requested or can adapt the templates available according to their requests. For this purpose, the selected catalogue is allocated to a layout which is adapted as needed, and with a click it is issued as printable file or is sent automatically to the printer. In the process, it is also possible to automatically include a table of contents and keywords as well as manual intermediate pages.
Depending on the selected type of output, the files can be processed even after setup. For example, after preparation price lists can be read in as rtf file in MS-Word, and can there be included in customer-specific offers.
Publish suitably for your target groups
On account of the intelligent output sorting of MeDaPro FastPage, you can arrange your data as well as the table of contents and keywords according to random criteria and can prepare them ideally for your target groups.
By separating layout and article assortment you can prepare different publications in the same layout quickly and flexibly - each with specific assortment and prices.
- Output to printer
- Output as PDF
- Takeover to Word
- Insertion of customer-specific envelopes
- Automatic preparation of lists of contents and keywords
The translation module integrated in MeDaPro facilitates the translation of individual words up to large data volumes in every random Unicode language.
The coupling with Microsoft Translation Service offers quick translation assistance. In addition, the import and export of translation projects permits the assignment of a translation agency.
- Lazy loading up to several million articles
- Multilingualism including translation manager
- Maintenance possible all over the world
- Classification manager
- Capable of terminal server operation
- Optional link to merchandise management for transfer of master data and invoice information
- Preview of the article group in an editable layout preview
- Clipboard memory for Word
- Configurable export and import filter
- Test import in staging area possible
- Simple, graphic mapping
- Source and requested target language are displayed next to each other conveniently
- Linked article by referencing
Example of Soultion
maintain productdata, create catalogues, reduce costs
Müller GmbH uses a central Product Information Management system. All data are maintained there which shall be available to the customer at a later point. By means of a linkage to the ERP-system, all master data can be passed on to the system instantaneously and need not be maintained twice...
Live platforms provided with catalogue data
Automated paper catalogue publications with MeDaPro Publish
MeDaPro Shop on CD
Interactive order PDF with MeDaPro Shop on CD
Online catalogue for scrolling with MeDaPro FlipCatalog
Offline catalogue app with shopping basket function
Link to ERP / merchandise management system - safe workflow with MeDaPro ERP connector
Online maintenance or integration in ERP as staff info system
Data synchronisation with partners - comparison of information with MeDaPro Sync