Digitization in the Construction Industry
INCONY provides you with support concerning all aspects of digitization that relate to your product data. INCONY's ANTEROS software helps you maintain your product data very efficiently and even internationally (PIM, MAM), and you can even use this data to create professional online stores, online catalogs, apps, catalogs, data sheets, labels, and much more.
Challenges of Digitization for Construction Suppliers
Product data is becoming increasingly important in the age of digitization. It is already being called the new company gold.
However, for many retailers and manufacturers in the construction industry, product data is still scattered across several "islands": basic product data such as item number, name and price are usually located in the ERP system, other data may be prepared for BIM or ETIM, and some other data and images are only found in files for catalogs, online stores or apps. In addition, customers and partners are increasingly requesting product data in different languages and formats. If your product data is still maintained in multiple systems, you need a lot of time to keep the data up-to-date throughout. Furthermore, errors can occur more quickly during data maintenance if, for example, you revise the data on one island, e.g. the catalog, and forget about it on the other islands.
ANTEROS Supports You with Digitization
The ANTEROS software helps you to maintain your product data including BIM structures as well as product images, documents and videos centrally in one system and to edit it there efficiently. In addition, ANTEROS modules allow you to improve your online presence with professional online stores, online catalogs and apps, and to automatically output catalogs, data sheets and price lists. ANTEROS offers a variety of export formats and interfaces, e.g. to your ERP, CAD or PLM system, to allow you to use the data maintained in the PIM in other systems.
What Benefits does ANTEROS Offer the Construction Industry?
"In just two years we have developed our PIM system, automated price lists for multiple countries, exported data for Arge and Datanorm and developed our web catalogs using ANTEROS. Tremendous! ANTEROS is very easy to use. INCONY's partnership and customer service really impressed me throughout the process."
How ANTEROS can Help you Specifically
Your products can be centrally maintained in one system with all important product information, technical characteristics and product experiences, and they can even be related to each other. Several classifications can be maintained simultaneously. This allows you to build a category tree for BIM exchange and at the same time also create a data structure that is adapted to your company's needs.
Digitization makes it possible for you to further expand your market internationally. However, in order to do this, you need to provide your product information in the various foreign languages. ANTEROS supports you by collecting all texts in one place, the dictionary. This helps you to immediately identify texts that need to be translated and to translate them efficiently online or via EXCEL.
ANTEROS features a sophisticated print engine that allows you to create labels, data sheets and even extensive catalogs 100% automatically, even including tables of contents and indexes. You can also generate excerpt catalogs, e.g. for new products or specific target groups or markets, at the push of a button. Layout and structure of the documents will be adapted to your requirements.
In order to fill your PIM system with data, product information that has already been created can be imported from other systems and in different formats. The enriched data in the PIM can in turn be exported in formats such as eClass, XML, CSV and Excel or transferred via interfaces to other systems such as ERP, CAD, store systems and many more.
You can continuously control the quality of your product data by creating test reports, showing, for example, which products have not yet been assigned to a category or where a description for the online stores is missing. These reports are compiled in a clear manner in the dashboard, so that you can quickly identify and specifically improve the corresponding weak points in the data.
For already existing online stores you can easily transfer PIM data via an interface with ANTEROS. Furthermore, with ANTEROS you can also set up professional online stores in your company design, which are completely integrated into the PIM structure.
"We can efficiently manage data in ANTEROS for our wide range of products in 24 languages. Our ERP Infor is connected via XML interface and we export data in Arge and BMEcat format for our distributors using standard ANTEROS exports. Our over 1000-page print catalog is generated 100% automatically from ANTEROS, despite its complex layout. INCONY supports us competently and purposefully, contact partners are easily reachable and offer us fantastic support."
PIM for Efficient, Centralized Product Data Maintenance
A PIM system (PIM = Product Information Management) allows you to centralize maintenance of your product-relevant data, as all the data is combined in a single database. Here, the technology-leading ANTEROS software can work together with third-party systems, such as your ERP or CAD system, to integrate the information stored there. Once this product data has been transferred to the PIM, it can be enriched with additional information, such as marketing texts, translations, images and product links, among other things. When you bring your product information all together in one system, it becomes increasingly important for you both internally and externally. As a central database, the PIM serves as a uniform knowledge base for all your employees. Externally, ANTEROS is used for customer/dealer exports, online stores, catalogs and more. All these features can be adapted to the needs of your industry and your company, the integration of BIM data and the simultaneous maintenance of multiple data structures are particularly noteworthy.
Important PIM functionalities of ANTEROS for suppliers of the construction industry are listed below:
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By the way: The ANTEROS software excels with very intuitive handling thanks to thorough usability tests.
For more information about the features and benefits of PIM systems, please read our customer case study, our PIM blog post or make an appointment for a free online demo.
Professional Online Stores, Online Catalogs, Customer Portals and Apps
Digitization has further changed customers' shopping behavior and the order process. Products are increasingly being searched for and ordered via online stores, online portals and apps. As a result, web solutions like these are attractive market channels for many companies to offer products to a wide audience.
With ANTEROS.web you can build professional online stores, information portals or web catalogs and benefit from the following advantages:
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Generate Print Documents and Labels 100% Automatically
The technology-leading print engine from ANTEROS provides you with fully automatic generation of print products of any kind, such as catalogs, price lists, data sheets or labels. It does not matter whether the finished documents are to be printed or displayed digitally. In addition to complete catalogs, excerpt catalogs, e.g. for new products or a customer, can be created at will with just a few clicks. You benefit from the following advantages:
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Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the basis for digitizing the processes of construction. To this end, all relevant building data is digitally recorded, combined and networked as best as possible. This BIM data is then used for optimized planning, execution and management of buildings.
The aim of BIM is to make the construction project transparent and digital along with the many details, such as CAD drawings, installed components and their position in the building.
With the ANTEROS PIM system, you can centrally maintain your product data and also enter BIM-relevant data (such as drawings or certain characteristic data) to the products. From this central database, you can export BIM data for your customers.
How linking PIM and BIM can benefit you is listed below:
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"Even the standard version of ANTEROS allows us to edit and maintain highly complex product data. We are always delighted by the solutions that the INCONY team comes up with for us. This shows that INCONY has a lot of experience with customers from technical industries."
Many Satisfied ANTEROS Customers from the Construction Industry
User Report on the ANTEROS Software
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Workflows for PIM and Print (MC-Bauchemie)
Workfow-controlled product data maintenance and data sheet generation
Data Maintenance with Exports (Oventrop)
Efficiently maintain data in the PIM and use various exports
Price lists generated (TECE)
Maintain data in PIM and create price lists automatically