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2013-02-07

More transparent procurement processes

DIN SPEC 91292 on dynamic data interchange between product catalogues and ERP systems published

The wide variety of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions on the market allows small and medium size companies (SMEs) to select a software solution that best suits their particular needs. However, many small ERP providers offer specialized solutions that unfortunately do not have standard interfaces to online product catalogue systems.

The new DIN Specification DIN SPEC 91292 "MyOpenProductNavigator - Dynamic data interchange between product catalogues and ERP-systems" specifies a standard for the data interchange between suppliers' product catalogues and their customers' ERP systems. This will help smaller ERP providers expand their product portfolios, and customers will have direct access to electronic product information, making it easier for SMEs to process their orders more efficiently.

The standardized interchange of product information will help avoid data entry and transmission errors, considerably reducing costs. This uniform data interchange standard will also enhance the innovation potential of IT system providers and providers of product catalogue software. The specified "ABC" system for classifying parts will lead to considerable savings, especially for mechanical engineering and plant engineering companies.

DIN SPEC 91292 will ensure more transparent procurement processes because thanks to the "myOpenProductNavigator" data standards there will be no gaps in the value chain as regards product searching, selection, configuration, delivery and ordering.

DIN SPEC 91292 is largely based on PAS 1074 "myOpenFactory: Process and data standard for multi-enterprise order management".

Both documents are available at Beuth's webshop www.beuth.eu.

About DIN SPECs

DIN has introduced a new standards deliverable that is developed in a less formal and more flexible process - the "DIN SPEC", or "DIN Specification". Because they do not require the full consensus of all stakeholders, DIN SPECs can be published within a few months. Reaching the market faster, DIN SPECs provide a head start that can push the knowledge and technology transfer of innovations. DIN SPECs are developed in temporary bodies called "workshops" constituted expressly for this purpose. In these workshops experts from many fields work together, an advantage especially for converging technologies.

For more information on DIN SPECs go to www.spec.din.de.

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