Product Data Lake version 1.3 is Live

Some new capabilities have been included in the Product Data Lake service.

As a manufacturer you can now utilize Product Data Lake even more as a cloud based lightweight Product Information Management (PIM) system. We have added better views of uploaded product information and better means of managing product data within the service. This will be of benefit for manufacturers who already handles product data in ERP and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions and needs a cost-effective solution to share these data with trading partners. Learn more about this option here.

Also, independent providers of hubs of product information within a given industry and/or geography can now self-register as a reservoir inside Product Data Lake and thus ad a modern and generic way of collecting and distributing product information to existing specialized product data pools.

PDL sprintsBut we do not stop there. The next version 1.4 will be live just before our far east development team takes some time off for the Lunar New Year. This version adds new possibilities for pushing product information through Product Data Lake. We already support file drops via FTP domains, traditional interactive upload from network drives and direct data entry. Next option is APIs.

Further versions during the coming months covers deeper integration of popular product information standards such as ETIM, eClass and UNSPSC. Learn more about these standards in the post Five Product Classification Standards.

If you want a presentation of current and future capabilities for pushing product information via Product Data Lake, please make contact below:

Five Product Classification Standards

When working with Product Master Data Management (MDM) and Product Information Management (PIM) one important facet is classification of products. You can use your own internal classification(s), being product grouping and hierarchy management, within your organization and/or you can use one or several external classification standards.

Five External Standards

Some of the external standards I have come across are:

UNSPSC

The United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®), managed by GS1 US™ for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is an open, global, multi-sector standard for classification of products and services. This standard is often used in public tenders and at some marketplaces.

GPC

GS1 has created a separate standard classification named GPC (Global Product Classification) within its network synchronization called the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN).

Commodity Codes / Harmonized System (HS) Codes

Commodity codes, lately being worldwide harmonized and harmonised, represent the key classifier in international trade. They determine customs duties, import and export rules and restrictions as well as documentation requirements. National statistical bureaus may require these codes from businesses doing foreign trade.

eClass

eCl@ss is a cross-industry product data standard for classification and description of products and services emphasizing on being a ISO/IEC compliant industry standard nationally and internationally. The classification guides the eCl@ss standard for product attributes (in eClass called properties) that are needed for a product with a given classification.

ETIM

ETIM develops and manages a worldwide uniform classification for technical products. This classification guides the ETIM standard for product attributes (in ETIM called features) that are needed for a product with a given classification.

pdl-whyThe Competition and The Neutral Hub

If you click on the links to some of these standards you may notice that they are actually competing against each other in the way they represent themselves.

At Product Data Lake we are the neutral hub in the middle of everyone. We cover your internal grouping and tagging to any external standard. Our roadmap includes more close integration to the various external standards embracing both product classification and product attribute requirements in multiple languages where provided. We do that with the aim of letting you exchange product information with your trading partners, who probably do the classification differently from you.