CATpool-PCM - Product Content Management
CATpool-PCM, the Product Content
Management System, is the central and most important part of CATpool.
This software and its local database are installed locally at all data
vendors and all data consumers where it is used to administrate all product
related data of any type, all the content of product catalogs, data sheets,
price lists, offers and other data-heavy publications for paper, e-paper
CATpool-PCM works stand-alone or as an extension to
ERP systems, enhancing ERP data by all publication related product data,
settings and formatting including multi-language floating texts and pictures
or drawings. Technically, CATpool-PCM is a specialized version of Elestore,
which has been in use by the Philips
group of companies since 2003 to administrate around
1 million SKU (articles) with more than 4 million attributes!
CATpool-PCM stores virtually all types of data
but it puts primary emphasis on:
- Multi-lingual and formatted floating text objects
- Commercial product details (in close co-operation
with your ERP database)
- Technical product details including variable product
- Support for all major product classification systems and especially
- Images with multi-lingual descriptions
(public, private, confidential data etc)
Of course, your CATpool-PCM software stores in
its local database all categories of data:
It is the data vendor's decision to define, which data fields fall into
which of these categories. Therefore, every data vendor (data source)
has full control over who gets access to what category of his data. CATpool
eases data collaboration and data exchange but CATpool also fully protects
your data at the same time.
Close database publishing alliance
CATpool-PCM acts autonomously or as an integral
part of Elepub, the Object Database Publishing system. While CATpool-PCM
administrates all data, Elepub automatically publishes this data to any
type of publication in any format on any media and from one single database
While CATpool-PCM is used
by product managers and office clerks to administrate all product related
data, Elepub automatically publishes this data to any commercial or technical
product publication. Technically, CATpool-PCM
(Elestore) and Elepub are just one single system avoiding all data imports
or conversions. They were designed from the very beginning as one system
but they can also be used separately.
integration of MS Excel, MS Word and PDF files
Excel and Word files are stored in the PCM
database so that the usual chaos in the file system and with several
versions is completely avoided. Also, the MS Excel and MS Word software
is fully integrated into CATpool-PCM.
You continue using your usual application software like MSWord and
MSExcel. All files are now all stored in your own local central
database avoiding the otherwise occurring data chaos of single files.
CATpool and EleFamily offer several products to
publish this data yourself:
- EleExxel is based on MSExcel
- ElePricelist is based on MSWord and MSExcel
also coupled with one another
- EleProductSite includes EleExxel and ElePricelist
and generates entire product websites in HTML.
- Elepub is the most sophisticated tool spezialized
in generating very complex layout for print catalogs.
Simple integration with your existing
systems and databases
CATpool-PCM closely co-operates and communicates with
your existing external databases. This avoids data redundancy and makes
data in ERP and other databases logically accessible to CATpool-PCM without
the need to physically import it. This is how the data flow looks like
from a data consumer's point of view:
CATpool communicates with other
systems via standard software tools like MSAccess,
MSExcel, which are fully integrated into the CATpool
Why reinvent the wheel if these wide-spread software products can
do the job.