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New Multi-Select Structure Editing

Posted by Convergence Data Team on Oct 23, 2020 12:34:41 PM

We are excited to announce our 10.1 release and promote our new data classification multi-select editing capabilities.  Now DFR users can select multiple categories at once and perform different types of edits – copy/paste or prune/graft.  What this means is users can make significant data model changes when building and iterating your classification structure; that much easier to do.  Along with the categories – all the associated attributes get moved in one single operation.

If you have parts assigned to categories that you want to move – don’t worry – our multi-select prune and graft allows DFR users to select multiple categories and move them along with the attributes and the parts – all in one single operation.  These changes will save our users lots of time and hopefully give them the structure they desire with less effort.

For more details check out the short video or contact us today for a demonstration – info@convergencedata.com

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Topics: Classification, Data Cleansing, convergence data, DFRv10, DFR, categories, classification structure, Category Editing, prune

Top 10 Benefits of using DFR for PLM/PIM

Posted by Convergence Data Team on Oct 19, 2020 3:04:29 PM

Convergence Data is a Software as a Service (SAAS) company.  This means that we use our software every day along with our customers. Doing so keeps us on top of the refinements and enhancements we need to make to make DFR the best classification software it can be.  We have mitigated the challenges other systems like PIM and PLM can have with managing this information.

We have summarized what we think are the top 10 areas in which we provide the maximum benefit in a classification project for your PIM or PLM system deployment.

  1. Classification structure can be imported from different sources - PLM, excel then fine-tuned to global standards while adhering to best practices in DFR.
  2. Classification changes are simplified with DFR's multi-select capabilities - copy and paste multiple categories at once or prune and graft to move parts and categories all in one operation
  3. Convergence provides best practices in classification category development to ensure your structure is optimal for your business mitigating common mistakes based on our 20 years experience
  4. Classification projects are highly collaborative and may involve a lot of people working on structure and classify parts - DFR's workflow and task tracking process lets you know where you are each step of the journey
  5. Bulk data cleansing tools allows users to update values in seconds to adhere to approved lists, description templates, and approved units of measure
  6. DFR allows any type of data to be loaded – even if it’s not correct – then points out the errors and makes it easy to fix.  It’s very forgiving and makes fixing errors easy.
  7. DFR's Validation tools allows a user to select the error type to check or check all errors and run on an entire category – exposes errors and what needs to be fix for every item.
  8. Data Exporting - DFR Policy manager contains all the rules needed to validate exports to insure publishing to other systems is as efficient as possible.  DFR export tool supports exporting item data, classification structure, lists of values, in different formats – CSV, excel, XML and custom formats.
  9. DFR includes analytical tools used to spot trends in the data – e.g. what part characteristics is driving part proliferation for a category; its clustering capabilities can expose duplicate and near duplicate parts for rationalization.  DFR integrates supplier pricing to expose real cost saving opportunities.
  10. Role based security ensures only the right person can make changes to structure or data or approve and/or reject changes.
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Topics: Classification, Data Cleansing, convergence data, Cost Reduction, Cost Savings, Part Standardization, Duplicate Analysis, categories, classification structure, DFR PLM Integration

Benefits vs Excel for Classification Projects

Posted by Convergence Data Team on Sep 17, 2020 11:15:14 AM

We often hear from potential clients about the roadblocks they face trying to use Microsoft Excel for their classification projects. 

This video covers the issues in trying to manage the organization of the data in Excel and then sharing with key product managers to collect feedback.

We demo easier ways to execute many of those Excel-challenged activities using DFR – our classification software and database.

The start of the video provides an overview of DFR. We then get into reviewing the excel shortcomings many companies experience and how DFR helps mitigate them.

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Topics: Classification, Data Cleansing, convergence data, Cost Reduction, Cost Savings, Part Standardization, Duplicate Analysis, categories, classification structure

3 Approaches to Complexity Reduction

Posted by Richard Turner on Dec 1, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Reducing complexity of your direct material supplier parts can help drive significant savings within your company. Similar to our recently published blog which described the importance of conducting internal price benchmarking activities as a prerequisite to competitive benchmarking on a company’s direct material purchases. In both scenarios it’s surprising what you find when you are able to cleanse and enrich your purchase part data,  it can expose a variety of opportunities to reduce direct material spend without having to make major changes to your products. To reduce the complexity, we recommend grouping your direct material spend into these 3 groups:

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Topics: Governance, Classification, Manufacturer Parts, Data Cleansing, Part Cleansing, Part cost, Benchmarking

5 Critical Classification Requirements You Must Know

Posted by Richard Turner on Nov 29, 2018 12:30:00 PM

Taking the right approach to implementing a good classification structure will yield many benefits to your organization. However, if you don’t do the right up-front planning, you may end up with significant rework or your program may just stall or die.  There are some important steps to take early in the planning phases to help insure your program is a success providing critical benefits to your company. CDS will leverage its 15+ years of experience executing challenging classification programs across a variety of industries and companies to help you successfully plan and execute a new classification structure inside your organization.

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Topics: Classification, Data Cleansing

PLM World: Indianapolis May 8-11th 2017

Posted by Alison Luna on Apr 19, 2017 11:12:44 AM

We are excited to be participating in PLM World again this year.  We will be presenting jointly with our customer National Oilwell at the conference – Transforming Part Data for Optimal Teamcenter Effectiveness at National Oilwell. Wednesday May 10, 2017 (10:15 AM - 11:00 AM) in Room 2016. If you can’t make the presentation, visit us at booth 506 during exhibit hall hours Tuesday-Thursday.

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Topics: Classification, PLM World, Teamcenter, Data Cleansing, National Oilwell Varco

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