Ingersoll-Rand Tackles Product Information Management

Deploying PIM solution from Riversand Technologies to automate, centralize parts management process, drive standardization

Deploying PIM solution from Riversand Technologies to automate, centralize parts management process, drive standardization

Houston — May 25, 2005 — Global manufacturer Ingersoll-Rand has chosen a product information management solution from Riversand Technologies to automate and centralize its parts management process, as well as to drive parts standardization across the enterprise.

Ingersoll-Rand will be taking advantage of the Riversand Product Center (formerly Content Center) technology. Riversand said its Product Information Management (PIM) solution allows effective management of new product data introduction, centralized classification, discovery of functional equivalents and rationalization of parts standards across business units.

The solution addresses the demands of engineering and sourcing, such as managing multiple taxonomies, setting up workflow to maintain creation of attributes and categories, and the creation of parts in a staging area before releasing to production, according to the solution provider.

"Riversand's PIM technology will help Ingersoll-Rand meet some near-term operational excellence goals by saving significant dollars on parts reuse," said George Ashley, director of engineering technology for Ingersoll-Rand. "The solution also gives us the power and flexibility to meet additional classification challenges such as [Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes], UCCnet synchronization and other emerging global standards."

"Enterprises can realize significant operational benefits by creating a global parts master and providing centralized access to all the stakeholders requiring product information," said Sashi Narahari, president and CEO of Riversand. Narahari added that Riversand is focused on delivering an easy-to-deploy PIM solution that is scalable for large enterprises. "This is a significant milestone in the Enterprise PIM vision that we began three and a half years ago," he concluded.


Additional Articles of Interest

For a look at how Canadian company McCain Foods is overcoming data synchronization challenges in its supply and demand chain, see the article "Building a 'Trusted Source'" in the April/May 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

For more information on the challenges of enterprise performance management in the age of real-time data, read "The Reality of Real-time Performance Management," the Net Best Thing column in the October/November 2003 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

For a look at the challenges of expanding performance management to encompass the extended supply chain, read "Taking Performance Management Outside the Four Walls" in the April/May 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.



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