MDM project to DataFlux

By : |December 10, 2011 0

USA: DataFlux, a provider of data management solutions, announced that Invacare, a player in the manufacture and distribution of innovative home and long-term care medical products, has selected the DataFlux qMDM Solution to underpin a global product master data management (MDM) project.

The company is taking a phased approach to MDM, initially focusing on the data required to market and sell its products.With more than 830,000 active items in its separate ERP systems, Invacare wants to better understand what is available to sell in various global markets. In some cases, the data on identical products is duplicated in several ERP systems around the world — and classified in unique ways with different terminology. This can lead to confusion and countless hours of redundant analysis.

DataFlux qMDM and material data classification technology will be used to drive the first phase of Invacare’s MDM project. The company will use DataFlux solutions to create a master product data hub by integrating disparate product data from 34 different enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, de-duplicating and standardizing data classifications — and enhancing the data around its product set. With better managed product data, Invacare will also be able to produce accurate reports that will feed into the company’s business information system, which is used by decision makers around the world.

Greg Rossiter, the director of global business information for Invacare who is overseeing the company’s MDM program efforts, said of his decision to use DataFlux qMDM: “We selected DataFlux based on the quality and capabilities of the technology, but the most important advantage we’ve realized thus far is the incredible experience of working with the DataFlux team. The DataFlux support staff has such a strong project management background that our implementation has started seamlessly. After only a few weeks the project had a smooth operating rhythm driving us to the program goal — creating a consolidated global multi-domain MDM repository.”

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