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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

DFR PLM Integration Options

Posted by Convergence Data Team on Aug 19, 2020 3:25:12 PM

There are different options for integrating DFR with your PLM system when supporting the new part creation process. There are different variables to consider when considering the best option including:

  • Do you have more than one PLM system?
  • Does your PLM system support classification data and structure?
  • Do you need to see commercial data (e.g. Pricing) and technical data together?
  • Do you still have legacy parts to classify e.g. new acquistions?
  • Does your classification structure support all your parts?

  • 3 Options for Integration Process 

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Topics: PLM, Integration, DFR PLM Integration

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