As Steven Covey noted in 7 Habits of Highly effective people you should begin with the end in mind. When starting a direct materials data cleansing project, you need to ask yourself, what is the goal of improving the direct materials data? Cost savings? Sourcing efficiency? Improved insight through reporting and analysis? To answer these questions and achieve success, engineering and procurement need to work together to obtain the answers. First you need to know what are the overall company goals? From there all the following questions can be answered.Read More
You have heard it a million times before, garbage in garbage out, but how do you prevent bad data from going into your key systems like Teamcenter? The answer is actually easier than you would expect, pre-planning, organizing classification models, and some up front data cleaning in a staging environment is the key. Whether you are migrating several systems to one existing system or doing a new migration you should have a staging system (figure 1) where you consolidate classification structures, harvest and enrich data then normalize and validate the data.Read More
Duplicate parts are the software bugs of the data world, hard to identify without specific tools and processes in place. If these “bugs” are not found in implementation they can be ultimately time consuming and costly down the road. For these reasons it is crucial to get ahead of the issue as soon as possible, optimally during a data migration project or switch to a new platform. For example, an SAP ERP data migration involving cleansing and classifying purchased parts from multiple legacy systems from US and International locations would be the perfect time to detect, isolate and deal with duplicate parts. The best case would be to have lead time of 6 to 12 months prior to the actual cutover to clearly find these duplicates and to give enough time to formulate the best plan to deal with these duplicates. Some may want to remove duplicate parts all together, while others may want to look for ways to consolidate and rationalize this data to help mitigate duplicate inventory, still others may want to associate them for purchaser’s reference for ordering and price comparisons. Regardless of final goal for your company you first need to identify them through these steps.Read More
It may seem like a scary proposition to send your data outside your organization to be improved. Who do you send it too, what do you provide them, how much is it going to cost, how do you know if the data is correct, how can you make it successful. At Convergence Data we have learned to bridge this gap between outsourced data cleansing operations and US based companies – to make it a successful experience. There are some basic practices to follow that we have learned we can share.Read More
I had the opportunity to participate in PTC’s LiveWorx annual conference in Boston this past week at the Boston convention center located in the up and coming Seaport district (June 6-8). It was an exciting event highlighted by PTC’s rebranding – new logo, green color scheme and focus on IoT (Internet of Things). IoT was clearly the theme of the conference for PTC, including its partners and customers. Even as a novice in IoT I can see why PTC is focusing on this evolving technology –The Gartner Group says that by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices.Read More
PLM World: Orlando, Florida May 16 - 19th 2016
We are excited to be presenting a case study at PLM World about effectively migrating data to Teamcenter classification. I hope to see you there! The Convergence Data Services (CDS) Team will be available in the solutions center for any follow up questions near booth 321 throughout the conference. If you are unable to attend PLM World this year and would like to see the presentation, please contact CDS and we can arrange a meeting to review this case study with you.