Fairfax, VA and Chicago January 15, 2003 Integration software provider webMethods and Transora, a provider of data synchronization services for the CPG industry, announced a new solution for process manufacturers to load and maintain item information in the Transora Data Catalogue (TDC).
The companies said that while inaccurate information costs the consumer goods industry over $40 billion, obstacles associated with aggregating, loading and maintaining accurate item information has slowed manufacturer adoption of data synchronization services.
In response, webMethods and Transora co-developed the solution for manufacturers to extract item data from multiple internal systems and transport it to Transora, while also managing complex workflow and messaging. Once data is loaded into the TDC, Transora's data synchronization services helps manufacturers normalize data, register items with the UCCnet GLOBALregistry and synchronize data with country or retailer data pools, retailers, distributors and other third-party service providers.
Through the on-ramp solution, companies can also extract product-related information directly from various enterprise applications and propagate it to the TDC using standards such as EDIINT. Additionally, the providers said the solution can extend the benefits of item synchronization to include integration with enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications.
"Georgia-Pacific has already used the webMethods integration platform to support its overall drive toward operational efficiency," said James Dallas, chief information officer, Georgia-Pacific Corp. "Now, with the industry's push toward automation of cross enterprise business processes, like data synchronization, the connection to the Transora Data Catalogue is viewed as highly strategic for Georgia-Pacific; it has enabled us to meet the growing data requirements of key trading partners like Wal-Mart, Ahold and SUPERVALU and maintain our competitive advantage."