Classification describes a systematic process of dividing objects or data into categories or groups based on common characteristics or properties. It is a method that creates a clear and structured organization of information, facilitating finding, comparing and editing data. Products and materials may represent a classification by, for example, product categories, properties, sizes, applications, or other relevant characteristics. This enables companies to create a uniform and unambiguous description of products and to classify them in a clearly defined group structure. Classification improves data consistency, optimizes business processes and increases efficiency along the entire value chain.
D&TS specializes in the classification of technical materials, commercial goods and services, including spare parts, construction parts, standard parts and electronic and mechanical components. Our classification methods adapt to your individual requirements and are based on existing or common standard classifications such as ECLASS, ETIM and UNSPSC.
The decision to use a proprietary classification or an industry standard is central to the data management strategy. Self-classifications are advantageous in companies that offer specific products or services, as they create an individual structure that is better tailored to the company’s requirements. However, self-classifications often “die a slow death” as maintenance is neglected over time. Classification standards such as ECLASS improve interoperability with other companies and systems by speaking a common language within and between regions or countries. Careful consideration of the pros and cons is critical. In individual cases, both approaches can also be used in parallel, with self-classification serving as the basis for a gradual introduction of industry standards.
Product classifications are often neglected; reasons are scarcity of resources, lack of understanding of the importance and complexity, and lack of expertise. This leads to errors and inefficient processes. Companies should take advantage of high-quality classification of data for their business processes and success. We will support you with strategy and implementation. Find out how to get started with your classification project in our MDM Excellence workshops.To the MDM Excellence Workshops
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For professional classification, we recommend thorough data cleansing in advance with our Data Cleansing Service, especially if the data is not yet of the required quality. Our specialized and experienced team will take care of cleansing and optimizing your master data. In addition, we fill or correct empty or incorrect fields in your basic data such as manufacturer, weight, standard designation, size/dimension, etc. with information from our product databases and prepare the data for smooth integration into your systems.
Our classification experts offer a comprehensive service: Analysis and review of your existing classification, optimization of your individual classification as well as the restructuring of a standard classification.
We enable mapping between different classifications and provide versioning of industry standards such as ECLASS BASIC and ECLASS ADVANCED, ETIM and UNSPSC. In addition to class assignment, we help you describe your products by attributes and characteristics according to leading standards such as ECLASS. In addition, we enrich your own feature bars as well as ECLASS features with information/values from our databases to optimally support you in the product description.
A sustainable strategy for the long-term maintenance of your classification is also included in our service.
After the initial data cleansing and classification, the D&TS outsourcing service ensures that the data quality is maintained at a constantly high level. This prevents undesired fluctuations in data quality and ensures a reliable database. This service can be easily accessed via the D&TS ticket system (ClassCOCKPIT Ticket).
With our ClassCOCKPIT IT solutions, you can maintain and provide premium-quality master data throughout your company. Our ClassCOCKPIT SAP enables simple and fast creation of classification structures in SAP. With ClassCOCKPIT Data Cloud, you receive classified product and material masters according to ECLASS at the push of a button. Our ClassCOCKPIT Classification enables manual classification, harmonization and maintenance of your data. You can easily combine the different modules to get exactly the performance that is optimally tailored to your business. With our innovative software solutions, we facilitate the classification of your master data and offer seamless integration into existing systems (ERP, PLM, PIM, etc.).
Our great strength lies in our ability to work together across industries and develop customized solutions for machine plant builders, manufacturing companies, component manufacturers and the trade. In D&TS you have a partner with comprehensive know-how to realize your specific requirements and guarantee your success in these key industries.
Companies not only benefit from strategic recommendations, but also receive practical implementation of their master data strategy with D&TS, which leads to sustainable results.
Our ClassCOCKPIT Knowledge Database offers a constantly growing selection of manufacturer and supplier catalogues according to ECLASS. Access reliable material and product master data to increase your data quality. In addition, we provide current End-Of-Life (EOL) announcements, SAP-compliant product information and various ECLASS versions to optimize your business processes.
Our experienced team supports customers from a wide range of industries with comprehensive know-how in data management and optimization. Regardless of the fact that 95% of companies use SAP, we provide specialized and customized data services for SAP, but also for other ERP systems. D&TS offers first-class IT software solutions for SAP and cooperates with renowned partners such as NTT Data Business Solutions und DSC Software AG. This gives companies access to additional powerful tools to effectively cleanse and optimize their master data.
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