PIM integration

PIM integration

PIM system is a master system used to manage product information within a single database. Allows unloading, editing, synchronizing data from CRM, CMS, ERP and other systems and uploading information to these systems and sales channels.

Problems likely to occur in the absence of a PIM system

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Data conflicts and mismatches between different sales channels due to lack of a common source of information.
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PIM functions are performed by other elements of information infrastructure. Each change lowers the speed and increases the risk.
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Changing, adding, unloading/uploading data of a single product card, category, or the entire catalogue take a huge amount of time.
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Remarketing services receive corrupted or duplicated data and thus become inefficient. As a result, campaign conversion rate is quite low.

How to solve business problems in a few clicks

The PIM system is assigned to the functions of a master system for information management. Changes to PIM do not cause problems with the online store, CRM and other elements of infrastructure.
One base and a single source of information: it is easy to control its unity.
It is easy to update information on a single position, the whole category, or all positions. It takes much less time to complete and change cards.
A centralized information base provides a more accurate definition of positions for remarketing. Conversion increases.

PIM's connection to other information storages and management systems

PIM's connection to other information storages and management systems

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When you need a PIM system

More than 5000 SKUs
Regular updates
Seasonal goods
Multi-site
Marketplace
The more the SKUs, the harder it is to monitor the filling of product cards.

Solution
Automatic downloading of goods from different sources and bringing them to the same design. It is clear what product information is lacking. There are statistics on incorrect filling and parameters. The ability to edit products and product groups.

More than 5000 SKUs

Product data should be constantly updated for different systems and channels. The volume of work and errors is constantly growing.

Solution
The data is updated in PIM and sent to other systems. You can create a rule for updates with a given period for certain items, as well as for categories, types, groups, and the entire catalogue.

Regular updates

Certain products or categories are only relevant in certain seasons. Every time before the season you need to renew the catalogue.

Solution
The seasonality of goods is governed by the rules.
The catalogue is renewed automatically. A convenient system of sorting and editing by category of season.

Seasonal goods

Different sites, languages and regions need to be taken into account. Different descriptions and data for analytics on each site.

Solution
The PIM system supports multilingualism and the conversion of attributes. The descriptions are different for each language. Every site and app has the right descriptions. A flexible system of rules and categories will allow you to control all options for describing the same products.

Multi-site

Dozens of sources, each with hundreds of parameters, different data structure, descriptions and names of attributes.

Solution
PIM will standardize everything. General rules and a flexible compliance system are set. All sources of product information are processed in one place.

Marketplace

We use Akeneo PIM and Pimcore systems

Any data can be structured, enriched and imported or exported via standardized APIs, for example, blogs and articles for Content-as-a-Service. Since Pimcore is also an MDM, it facilitates control over a wide range of data assets (text, media, static attributes) as well as customer, product, and vendor information. Pimcore is fully equipped to support multiple levels of product hierarchies. Product variant specification is also unrestricted in Pimcore and can have multiple differentiators. Besides that, data modelling configuration can be easily carried out via the Web GUI.
Products can be managed with Akeneo using an Entity–Attribute–Value model. Single level hierarchies are supported for product families in Akeneo instead of multi-level hierarchies. Only a maximum of 2 product differentiators can be selected to create a single product variant. Akeneo does not offer any access for data model configuration in its Web GUI.
Flexibility
Compare Akeneo PIM vs Pimcore
Apart from Product Information Management (PIM) Pimcore integrates Web Content Management (WCM). It can work seamlessly with product as well as master data. It also comes with a built-in Digital Asset Management (DAM), and Integrated Commerce, which allows for easier content commerce in your online shop.
Akeneo only offers a PIM solution for enterprises that want to manage their product information.
Offerings
Pimcore offers a personalization feature in CMS that can automatically personalize portions of content based on user behaviour. Pimcore increases engagement through personalized digital experiences based on behavioural targeting, user profiling and data collection via web analytics and business intelligence.
Since Akeneo is only restricted to product information management, it does not make any promises on personalization for customer's users. It does, however, recommend e-retailers to personalize the experience of their customers with some external tools like recommendation engines (Avail, RichRelevance, Prediggo, etc.) or searchandizing tools (Endeca, Fredhopper, etc.)
Pimcore comes with a "connect anything" architecture. It is capable of integrating any amount, and any type of digital data for enterprises of any size and any industry. Its API driven approach enables incredible connectivity with enterprise systems CRMs, ERPs, ESBs, BIs, or 3rd party applications. Pimcore is integration ready in every situation. When it comes to importing and exporting, file format is never a restriction for Pimcore. Integration endpoint support is present for all kinds of connections.
Akeneo offers an ecosystem of integrators. These are custom connectors for any product information source. It claims that their solution partners can help with business and taxonomic issues to provide seamless integrations between Akeneo and enterprise existing systems. In Akeneo, import and export only supports Excel and CSV file formats. Integration endpoint support does not exist to configure any connections to Java Message Queues, Hotfolders, etc.
Ease of Integration
Pimcore is highly scalable, enterprise-ready web application, apt for highly agile global environments, including huge amounts of data, digital assets and products, hundreds of editors and millions of monthly visitors. Therefore, the scalability offered by Pimcore is boundless. Being open source, data modelling and data ingestion gets full-scale flexibility in Pimcore.
With Akeneo PIM 2.0, released in September 2017, they have upped the ante in scalability, facilitating the managing of complex catalogues with ease. As an open source solution, the ability to develop additional components is there in Akeneo, but a certain level of out of the box support is missing for their data modelling and ingestion requirements.
Scalability
  • Flexible web-based data modelling engine.
  • Enterprise data management to manage business process or gather business intelligence.
  • Customized data integration solutions & delivery.
  • Improved data quality / semantics for better business intelligence (BI) and analytics.
  • Workflow Management to create and alter workflows.
  • Editing and translation of data.
  • Ensuring quality and completeness.
  • Import and export of data.
  • Organizing and classification of products.
Features
Enterprises can easily manage customer data in Pimcore, including connecting to their product data and subsequently using the collected data for marketing automation purposes. Sorting and filtering of data can be effortlessly done in Pimcore.
Akeneo helps build a uniform product experience across multiple channels and regions. This in turn speeds up time to market. It does not, however, is of any help in marketing automation. Since only a single level of product hierarchy is there, the capability to filter list of values by product family does not exist.
Manage customer data
Personalization

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PIM system functionality

Imports and exports of data

Upload and unload data from a variety of sources, create uploading and unloading rules, centralize your work with product providers or content contractors.

Multilingual support, conversion of attributes

Simple tools for translating information from one language to another, automatic rules on currency and units conversion.

Security and data history

You can view the author of each change and back up to any point in the history of your information.

Classification in different sources

Helps you manage numerous sites with intersecting products and set different product descriptions for various sources: your site, Amazon, 1C/SAP/Navision.

Information quality control

The system shows you the completeness of filling in the information (in general and in the context of channels – site, 1C, unloads to Yandex.Market or Amazon) and automatically tells you what to fill in first.

Our portfolio

Snow Queen (Snezhnaya Koroleva) is a major online fashion store operating throughout Russia.
Solution
  • Reworking the "Product Categories" section made updating the product categories on the site during the peak of seasonality quicker.
  • Managing the statuses of product categories (with all changes being sent to Magento directly).
  • Integration of IAIS (Integrated Automated Information System) with PIM to translate numerical and letter designations of articles into clear designations for the online store.
  • The "Product Association" connected single products with the products of other categories. This helped sell several products at once.
  • Implementing the ability to upload and download photo content in bulk.
  • Displaying product statuses relevant to the user's city.
+57,8 %
the number of purchases increased
the profits increased
+67,7 %
the conversion increased
+39,9 %
Results
The Russian company Norgau develops, manufactures and supplies high-quality tools and equipment under its own brand.
Solution
  • Synchronization of data on more than 600,000 SKUs in the PIM system has simplified the work on product categories and groups.
  • Optimizing imports on PIM has helped increase the speed and frequency of product updates on the site.
  • Reworked price offers for product groups, taking into account the complexity of paperwork and project pricing.
Result
Norgau became the first Russian online store developed on Magento 2 and released in production in August 2016, in less than a year after the release of Magento 2.0 (December 2015).

How Do We Ensure High-Quality Development and the Implementation Of Projects On Time?

Code quality audit
Each month, a project undergoes an internal quality audit including documentation availability, code organization (GitFlow compliance), quality of autotests (unit, integration, functional), static analysis data, and results of load tests. Uncut results of the audit are sent to you, and the metrics are always available on the project quality management service apminvest.com.
Project management
We assign a personal project manager for you, and a business analyst is at your service at the time of on-site implementation. We comply with PMBOK, and you always have access to a history of changes, communication, project goals. Your requirements are decomposed into versions (releases), user stories and use cases. The team's motivation is based on your satisfaction with the project, while we monitor the NPS level monthly.
Clear pricing
We technologically excluded the possibility of driving up hours from our business processes. We use work logs limited to 4 hours and mandatory comments about the work done, while you have full access to Jira and reports. The reports are created automatically. Our team takes into account bureaucratic requirements providing high speed and quality of work with documentation. Bills and acts are issued automatically. Any customization for the project is available. We support integrated delivery notes and e-workflow.
Disciplined agile delivery
One sprint — one goal — one functionality. Each feature correlates with the goals (impact mapping). We take into account specific management features of large clients and combine them with flexible delivery techniques. This provides flexibility within the development and bureaucratic rigor on the outside (recording of agreements, transferring a project to technical support, project commissioning processes and other nuances that Agile does not take into account).

Work Stages

Consultation with a technical specialist
Meeting
Top-members of the team is ready to hold a meeting in your office. Our key specialists will arrive in any city or country.
Several commercial offer options
We understand that sometimes you need to sacrifice something for the sake of speed or budget. Therefore, we offer a choice of several solutions for your project.
Development of technical specifications
Project implementation

Costs

1. We work on the «time and materials» basis with a fixed per-hour rate of 3, 000 rubles.

2. We make calculations for each project individually.
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Contacts

Galina Lazareva
Phone number: +7 495 369-20-29 (ext. 129)
Email: g.lazareva@kt-team.de
Telegram: +7 937 236-76-66
WhatsApp: +7 937 236-76-66
Skype: lliuza
Телефон: +7 495 369-20-29 (доб. 129)
Email: g.lazareva@kt-team.de
Telegram, WhatsApp: +7 937 236-76-66
Skype: lliuza
You can discuss with Galina any questions on your project. She will guide you on the scope of work, timing, and cost.
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