The product information management (PIM) landscape is diverse and rapidly changing. Choosing a PIM platform can be difficult for several reasons. It is particularly challenging if you are implementing PIM software for the first time. In addition to deploying a new, business-critical system the following are also true:
- The PIM space is crowded
New PIM platforms pop up every day and consolidations are frequent in this space
- The evaluation process is time consuming
Identifying, contacting, and communicating with vendors takes time
- No context for evaluation criteria
You’re unsure which questions to ask and what makes a good fit
- Several competing priorities
Your other work doesn’t stop so you can select a PIM platform
Get help with PIM platform selection
It is critical to choose a PIM platform that meets your specific business needs. It’s also incredibly difficult to do if you don’t work in PIM every day.
That’s where Ntara can help. We’re different from other software consulting firms because we have more than a dozen years of first-hand PIM experience. We’ve managed 30+ PIM implementations, including global, multi-lingual deployments with billions of datapoints.
We know PIM. And we know the right questions to ask to help your business navigate the PIM space.
What is PIM platform selection?
Our PIM selection process is a standardized, objective evaluation of potential software platforms. It requires a thorough understanding of business goals and PIM requirements.
Ntara approaches this process using qualitative research. We talk to stakeholders throughout your company to identify relevant criteria, technical requirements, and implementation preferences. We then contact platform vendors on your behalf, saving you the time, effort, and headache of fielding inquiries.
We work with you to set up “entrance criteria” for up to five PIM platforms. We select them based on platform cost, development language, partner model, deployment options, and more.
Short-listed vendors score themselves on each requirement, on a scale from “not available” to “best in class.” Then, it’s your turn to grade each vendor on their features. Our technical team rounds out the analysis, doing a deeper technical dive into each requirement. We keep all scores sequestered until they’re completed to avoid bias in the process.
We designed this process to help you get past the marketing hype and determine which platform features align best with your business. It’s one thing to choose a PIM platform that makes the front page of Forrester or Gartner. It’s another to know which platform best suits your unique needs.
What you get from a PIM platform selection
By the end of this project, you’ll have all the data you need to select a PIM platform including:
Business requirements document
What your business needs from PIM software, complete with decision maker signoff
Double-blind vendor scorecard
Three-tier evaluation of each platform’s ability to meet your business requirements
Framework for tracking the time and money your PIM implementation helps save
Findings & recommendations
Roadmap for getting from where you are today to where you want to be with PIM
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