PIM system differences2022-06-21T18:59:15+01:00

Which PIM system differences should I pay attention to when selecting?

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PIM SYSTEM DIFFERENCES

During your inventory and selection you will have to deal with large numbers of PIM system differences. After all, worldwide there are about 150 different PIM Systems available. More than 80 of these solutions are readily available in Europe. The large number indicates how many individual wishes there are for this one "middleware" solution. Ecommerce Result has been specialized in PIM systems for more than ten years. So we know the relevant PIM system differences. We continuously monitor the developments of existing systems and look closely at new solutions. We have now supervised or analyzed more than 400 implementations. With this practical experience we are able to map out the most important PIM System differences for you. We are talking about critical differences such as quality, functionalities, delivery and implementation models and service. We know the license structure, prices and operational costs of all solutions.

Invest in a (new) PIM system? Benefit from our expertise during your preliminary research and selection. We map out properties and differences for you and advise on the new opportunities that arise with the application of a future proof PIM system is going to use. Because the new generation of Product Information Management software does significantly more than manage and maintain product content.

HOW PIM SYSTEM DIFFERENCES?

What differences are there in PIM Systems and what is important for my company?

Because PIM Systems are the answer to efficient Product Information Management, there has been an international proliferation of PIM systems. Besides ERP systems, PIM systems have become the most important part of an omnichannel Ecommerce/IT architecture. This “middleware” solution has become the heart of departments and teams that are responsible for (online) sales, product management and marketing. But due to the multitude of applications, it is difficult to find a PIM system that exactly matches the expectations of the organization. Because the PIM system differences are countless. We map them specifically for you in order to arrive at the ideal match.

Four main groups of PIM systems:

PIM-only systems

For management, enrichment and distribution of product information. Solutions for simple content to complex data structures.

Marketing PIM systems

Additional options such as DAM (Digital Asset Management), automated marketing processes such as folder or brochure layout in house style.

Ecommerce PIM systems

In addition to marketing functions, these types of systems provide integrated solutions for B2B portals, promotion management, marketplace connections, and more.

Hybrid PIM systems

Hybrid systems combine several specific functions in one solution. Usually the best choice, but difficult to find the right solution.

Four main groups of PIM Systems:

PIM-only Systems

For management, enrichment and distribution of product information. Solutions for simple content to complex data structures.

Marketing PIM Systems

Extra possibilities such as DAM (Digital Asset Management), automated marketing processes such as folder or brochure layout in house style, etc.

Ecommerce PIM

In addition to marketing functions, this type of system offers integrated solutions for B2B portals, promotion management, marketplace links, etc.

Hybrid PIM Systems

Hybrid systems combine several specific functions in one solution. Usually the best choice, but difficult to find the right solution.

MORE DIFFERENCES

In addition to the different types of systems, there are also many differences per type in various areas. During a PIM System analysis we look at the needs of today, but also at the growth of your company in the coming years. Things that are important then:

  • Scalability: can the PIM system grow with my company so that I don't have to invest again in a few years?
  • Investment and TCO (total cost of ownership): Are the operational costs of the PIM System not too high and can I quickly recoup the investment through increased productivity and efficiency?
  • Continued development: does the software supplier continue to develop so that your PIM system grows along with technical developments and remains up-to-date?
  • Technical implementation: does the software vendor have experienced implementation partners for your specific industry or business type?
  • User-friendliness: is the PIM System easy to use so that your employees enjoy working with it?

PIM CATEGORIES

Which PIM category best suits your company, industry and business case?

Basic PIM

  • Smaller organisations looking for a simple solution to publish more product content than is possible from an ERP system

  • For managing product content, digital channels, and non-business critical when offline.

Standard PIM

  • Mid-sized organizations that need product data to serve their internal and external relationships. PIM system is not business-critical, but with offline it is possible to lose revenue.

  • Particularly useful for efficient content syndication and distribution.

Enterprise PIM

  • PIM is central to streamlining processes

  • Both marketing and (online) sales work in the systems

  • PIM is one of the business-critical solutions in the Ecommerce systems.

Corporate Enterprise PIM

  • PIM/DAM system as part of a complex and international IT architecture

  • Marketing and (online) sales often work in other systems

  • The heart of all digital channels, content for websites, apps, POS systems, Print/Folder solutions and MDM/PLM systems. Highly business-critical

PIM CATEGORIES

Which PIM category best fits the mining company, industry and business case?

Basic PIM:

  • Mid-sized organizations that need product data to serve their internal and external relationships. PIM system is not business-critical, but with offline it is possible to lose revenue.

  • For managing product content, digital channels, and non-business critical when offline.

Standard PIM

  • Mid-sized organizations that need product data to serve their internal and external relationships. PIM system is not business-critical, but with offline it is possible to lose revenue.

  • Particularly useful for efficient content syndication and distribution.

Enterprise PIM

  • PIM is central to streamlining processes

  • Both marketing and (online) sales work in the systems

  • PIM is one of the business-critical solutions in the Ecommerce systems.

Corporate Enterprise PIM

  • PIM/DAM system as part of a complex and international IT architecture

  • Marketing and (online) sales often work in other systems

  • The heart of all digital channels, content for websites, apps, POS systems, Print/Folder solutions and MDM/PLM systems. Very business critical.

INDEPENDENT PIM ADVICE

Choosing a PIM system seems easy. Just google, approach the PIM suppliers on the first two pages, and request their demo. However, research shows that more than 80% of the PIM choices do not yield the most optimal results. Many companies pay too much for functionalities that they do not need or for too few functionalities. Systems are often too complex or do not integrate well with existing IT systems. With all the negative consequences that entails.

We know almost all PIM solutions. We know the specific advantages and disadvantages of the different systems and suppliers. Choose the service that suits your needs. From a nudge in the right direction to complete unburdening and guidance. We sign for clear and supplier-independent advice. We always recoup our costs for you. Guaranteed.

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