Data Exports in Formats such as BMEcat with ETIM/ECLASS/Proficlass, iDoc, GAEB, GOM, ...
Lots of companies benefits from the possibility to manage electronically the product information of their partners and suppliers once in a system. Some firms do their procurement processes electronically. Standards should be used for a common data exchange. All sites have to use one standard languages to understand each other.
Important Aspects of the Data Exchange of Product Data
INCONY support you in the data processing for the e-business per XML, BMEcat, xCBL, GOM, ECLASS, ETIM and UNSPSC. With ANTEROS you can manage your data for different e-business systems, e.g. for market places, procurement systems or for you online catalog. If necessary we advice you and carry the conception, implementation and the integration for you.
1. A Formatting Language
In the formatting language the product data is defined. Two versions are the most common, Text formats and XML formats. Both are presented in greater detail below.
Usually almost all systems have standard imports and exports in CSV text format. CSV is short for comma-separated values, where the products are output as rows in a file and the product data is separated as columns using separators such as a comma, semicolon or TAB. Alternatively, text formats are also in use, which save the separator and instead require fixed field lengths for the individual columns. There are several standard text formats, such as DATANORM for the construction industry or Arge for the HVAC industry, in which the data columns are quasi-standardized. For example, DATANORM has data columns for short texts, long texts, EAN and net prices.
At the end of the 1990s, XML (eXtensible Markup Language) became an established language for data exchange. In contrast to text formats, the semantics of the columns are directly included in the file. For example, a structure element PRODUCT can be defined to exchange article data, which has further sub-elements such as DESCRIPTION_SHORT and DESCRIPTION_LONG. Since the sender of the message sends the data in this structured manner, the recipient can also easily understand the content and programs in particular can work systematically with it. In the meantime, several standard XML formats have been established that define a fixed set of TAGS and thus standardize data exchange based on these structural elements (such as item name, item price). These include, for example, BMEcat, iDoc, GAEB or GOM. Programs can then be adapted to these fixed structures in order to be able to import or export corresponding data structures, e.g. to import article data from a supplier into the procurement system of his customer.
2. A Classification System
Classifications in ANTEROS
In addition to the formatting language, a classification system is also required for the data exchange of product information. A classification system structures the products into product groups, e.g. tools, semi-tools and drills. Various classification systems have already been established for different industries, e.g. ECLASS, Proficlass, ETIM, UN/SPSC, NACE, EDIBATEC.
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