Illustration with bold black letters PIM and an overlay of a red, semi-transparent question mark.

Product information management (PIM) requires a significant investment of time and resources. It requires a lot of preparation—and considerable change management.

To add to the confusion, PIM can mean a lot of different things, from simple data collection and syndication to full-scale organizational change. And it’s a rapidly evolving industry.

Before diving into PIM, your business may want to test the waters. Are your current data practices are holding you back? Can you chart a path forward using a lighter investment approach?

If you think you need PIM but aren’t sure, you’re probably wondering:

  • Is PIM appropriate for my use case?
    Questions of scale, benefits versus cost, and industry fit are common
  • Will PIM support my current systems?
    For example: ERP, CRM, PLM, or DAM
  • How ready is my organization for PIM?
    Accurate expectations for staffing, budget, and timeline

Why you need a PIM readiness assessment

Before you implement PIM software, your business has work to do. Your data must be identified. You need to understand your product data lifecycle, from inception to the shelf. And you need a plan in place for data governance, so the time you invest in your data isn’t wasted.

From there, you’ll select the right PIM platform for your business needs. Then and only then can you begin your PIM implementation. If you skip any steps in this process, you’re wasting time and money.

For many businesses, it makes sense to begin with a smaller consulting engagement to test the waters. Ntara’s PIM readiness assessment is an initial consultation project. It helps you determine if PIM is right for you and helps scope your pre-implementation projects.

Illustration representing what you need to know about a PIM readiness assessment. On the right, a large gray circle with PIM in the center labeled PIM implementation. On the left, four smaller circles that point to PIM. On the top, a black circle with a red outline and a white magnifying glass icon labeled "data identification." Below that, a black circle with a blue outline and four carat arrows pointing right labeled "product data lifecycle." Below that, a black circle with a yellow outline and a white checklist icon labeled "data governance." At the bottom, a black circle with a blue outline. In the center, three white circles with a checkmark on the center one labeled "PIM platform selection."
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What is a PIM readiness assessment?

A PIM readiness assessment is a short, lightweight consulting engagement. This isn’t a detailed, pre-implementation project. It’s directional in nature and helps you understand more about your company’s pathway to PIM.

This project gives your team access to Ntara’s PIM and product data experts. Over a few weeks, we’ll conduct:

  • An overview of your business
    Identify current data goals, processes, systems, and roles/responsibilities
  • A review of existing product documentation and data flows
    Learn what you have, what shape it’s in, and what’s missing
  • Follow-up interviews
    Review our findings and ensure alignment before recommendations

While the approach is standardized to be efficient, we’ll listen closely to your team’s concerns at the beginning. This ensures we target your most important questions about PIM.

At the end of this engagement, we present our PIM readiness findings. Those insights will help you gauge where you are currently, and what you need to do next in your product data and PIM implementation journey.

What you get from a PIM readiness assessment

This project will give you a rapid assessment of your organization’s current state of product data management. It will also give you a vision for the future.

Business requirements document

We collaboratively document what your business needs from PIM

Rapid analysis

Assess strengths, weaknesses, and potential opportunities of your current data practices

Go-forward recommendation

Actionable steps to get from where you are today to where you want to be with PIM

Directional platform recommendations

When applicable, a list of trusted providers for your evaluation

Still unsure exactly what PIM is?

In this article, learn how PIM can help your business standardize product data into a central location.

Still evaluating PIM? We can help with that, too.

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