Hello Oracle PIM Blog World,
A lot of clients and/or prospective clients have asked me to provide the highest level of activities that occur on an Oracle PIM Data Hub project. Most Oracle PIM project plans are tailored from the below list of activities or traits of the project life.
A lot of client users will change the name of the phases to something close to their internal project methodology. Some will also adjust the activities below to match up or synchronize with the bigger MDM initiative or ERP initiative that is occurring simultaneously.
Either way, the Oracle PIM Data Hub or Product MDM initiative will have the activities below most of the time. In other words, the activities and check points below should occur in every Oracle PIM implementation in some form or fashion.
I will leave the debate of terms up to the people who have the time and/or the money to discuss it.
Business Requirements Phase (consultant arrives on site)–
Oracle Software available to configure and use
All business processes pertaining to PIM are identified and documented
Taxonomy identified for PIM Item Catalog
Availability of facilities determined
Connectivity to instances and e communications established and consistent.
Conference Room Pilot (called by other names)–
Prepare for CRP by:
Scope of PIM functionality determined by CRP test scripts only.
SOP manual created to document non-business process procedures for PIM Administrators
PIM Roles and responsibilities determined by client.
Building knowledge of PIM (eight full weeks)
Configuration of CRP and start GOLD instance (if necessary)
Change control on configuration of the production instance
Deliverables: Test scripts and Configuration documented in Excel
GAPs identified and solution recommendations provided to project group
Any conversion prepared and attempted within instance by team (Oracle WebADI tool)
All conversion requirements identified, approved, and managed by PIM client user.
Interface design complete and development started (closely monitored)
All PIM software is frozen with patching. Service Requests) SRs closed with resolution
Presentation at end of phase prepared and presented by Client user team (approval to move to UAT phase)
User Acceptance Test – (end of CRP activities)
Any GAPs either resolved or (extended functional) design documents written and submitted for approval and tech solutioning
Integration scripts prepared
Full Conversion instance used for UAT phase (no sample or partial data examples)
GAP/Integration/development fully completed and unit tested.
Cutover plan developed and approved by team.
UAT event held and scripts tested, passed, and issues identified. Phase results determine movement to Cutover plan execution.
Cutover- (end of all UAT activities)
Launch of the total sequential and concurrent activities determined to be necessary to take PIM live for client user team.
Consultant no longer has access to instance unless pre-specified
Oracle PIM with all conversion and technical requirements in use by client user on live instance.
After Go-Live Support –
On site or remote support if necessary
There is now a growing list of Oracle PIM consultants/contractors who know the application well enough to configure it. Be aware that most PIM implementations are located in places where the client wants to hedge the functionality and integration to Oracle E-Business Suite. Please look for consultants/contractors who have a deep knowledge that integration to Oracle Inventory, Purchasing, Product Configurator, Bills of Material, Engineering, Service, and Web Store (iStore). Oracle PIM Consultants can usually handle Retail and Distribution industries although you might have to teach/instruct in your own terminology of product structure and information.
Don’t try to learn to implement PIM by going to a one or two week class. You will only learn how to transact in PIM. It takes around eight full weeks for an average team to learn how to use PIM with their company’s product data and design/configure/manage a PIM instance.
I hope this helps.