What is my highest level PIM Data Hub Methodology?
Beware copy cats!!
1) Install the product (latest version please (start looking at implementing Fusion if in 2013 otherwise 12.1.3 works for 2012 ), standalone or EBS instance integrated?, buy latest version of AIA for middleware (don’t shortcut!), PIPs will still have development effort, hosted or in house (maybe the first phase should be hosted temporarily until you get your hardware requirements in order?)
2) Get legacy product data. Analyze it with PDQ. Provide results back to client to ensure they know any issues. Start conversion planning.
3) Train the users how to configure and design within PIM Data Hub
4) Build scripts based on business requirements
5) Identify the spoke systems
6) Conduct internal to PIM Data Hub CRP
7) Get approval and buy in from CRP and spoke system future design
8) Build functional specs for spokes, conversions, and extensions
9) Get approval of functional specs
10) Get tech specs for functional specs
11) Review, discuss, and approve technical specs
12) Lock down functional and technical specs once they are in synch.
13) Launch development effort and ensure infrastructure is ready for building
14) Unit test frequently (weekly) the development effort as a joint consulting/client effort.
15) Build validation plan for conversion and synch of product data.
That’s all you get for free… 🙂
There are a lot of firms aggressively trying to “start” a Product MDM practice. Some are great at it and some are cheap at it.
When evaluating a firm for your delivery of PIM as a solution, size might not matter…
Experience does count in Product MDM initiative solution delivery.
Early proof is better. My methodologies express two things and my respected competition will tell you the same thing:
One, analyze the legacy data early and often (painful but critical)
Two, get the client to design ability as soon as possible (painful, heavy front end time investment, worth it C-level executive (let your people participate heavy and send the senior ones))..
You get what you pay for. Don’t price MDM experts in the same category as ERP implementors. You will be disappointed.
MDM experts want results as much as you do. But they want your help as well.
Hope this helps,
- The MDM Track at OAUG COLLABORATE 11 (hubdesigns.com)
- Oracle 2011 MDM Strategy and Roadmap (hubdesignsmagazine.com)