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"Digitization in the aftermarket"

Excerpt: Automotive and Aftermarket Product data is a very complex subject. Vehicle data formats such as TecDoc need to be managed, and competition between the OEM and IAM markets is gaining in importance. Information on driving access applications and competition references requires transparency. The special requirements of the industry represent a major challenge, which can be managed wonderfully with a PIM system.

Product data plays an important role in all areas of digitization. Product information is a particular challenge in the automotive industry because it is often scattered across many parts of the company. Some are stored in the ERP system, others are prepared for TecDoc or managed in separate databases for special industries. In addition, there are media assets, catalog files, data sheets, or webshops as output channels. Different languages and formats make maintenance much more difficult. In this article, we have already reported on the potential of product data in the automotive market, but the changes in the market are continuous.

Automotive market is constantly changing

The automotive market is on the move and is constantly changing. There are always new cars and models, which also means more and more relationships between spare parts and vehicles or engines. Competition between OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and IAM (Independent Aftermarket) is also constantly increasing. The free repair market is organised around the world via third-party providers or service organisations, and the online business is also extremely dynamic in this segment.

The constant updating of the data makes it difficult for all parties involved to have an overview. 

When information is changed in one place, it must not be forgotten in other places. It is conceivable that these processes are error-prone.

A product data strategy is a way out of chaos and a product information management (PIM) is the right tool to structure processes.

Making simple simple, complex possible

Due to the complexity of the automotive market, the demand for information has increased, the data should be permanently available in high quality. Interfaces and output channels are becoming increasingly important, and the number of vehicle models and different parts is constantly increasing.

With a high-performance PIM system, data consolidation and ordering is child’s play. 

prodexa PIM meets all the requirements of the automotive and supplier industries and provides a scalable, high-performance standard system. So there is a solution to the increasing challenges of the automotive aftermarket.

And that’s what prodexa PIM offers:

  • prodexa Cloud helps companies maintain, validate and execute complete product information. 
  • Intuitive and widget-based dashboards ensure thorough quality control
  • Managing global vehicle data formats such as TecDoc, PIES, ACES, or Fraga is easy 
  • Automatic validation rules check product information, adapting if necessary is child’s play 
  • Navigate the parts or vehicle tree using classification cockpits that can be used to display group-specific information. They display categories, products, attributes and media, either by product group or by the structure of the vehicle tree
  • Interface-based data from the PIM can be exported in any composition and format for customers or partners. Formats such as TecDoc, XML, CSV, or EXCEL are supported.
  • A gap analysis that provides information on the current market situation
  • Compatibilities with vehicles are easy to maintain

        

These are just a few options that are useful for the automotive industry. Find out more about the special requirements of the industry, please download our Automotive Whitepaper.

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