Those who already have experience with PIM - and especially with its implementation - know that the most time-consuming and complicated process in a standard implementation is to adapt PIM in such a way that product data can be easily retrieved from various sources. This often requires custom adjustments, analysis of different data structures and adaptation. Akeneo strives to address this problem and offers its users the Akeneo Onboarder solution.
What is the Akeneo Onboarder
Akeneo Onboarder is a template-based environment that allows you to collect product information from vendors to add to the Akeneo PIM Enterprise Edition instance. It is therefore worth noting that this tool is aimed at Akeneo's extended license holders.
The system is designed for retailers and distributors. It provides a cloud-based environment for suppliers to easily and quickly deliver product information directly to you, without having to access your PIM.
An additional advantage is the ability for suppliers to propose products. Once accepted, the products will go into your PIM system.
How does Akeneo Onboarder optimize the process?
Onboarder facilitates and accelerates the process of collecting product information. It comes down to shifting part of the processes to the information providers, who by introducing them to the Onboarder themselves, at the same time bring the data to the form acceptable by PIM. Onboarder collects product information and places it in the structure of PIM catalogues.
The Akeneo team lists the advantages of implementing the Onboarder as advantages:
- Faster TTM (Time to market),
- to increase data quality in PIM,
- Reduction of errors related to data from suppliers,
- a quicker process of obtaining new suppliers,
- shorten the time to review product information from suppliers.
Personally, I'm curious to see if it will be accepted. In fact, usually companies that use PIM are distributors of larger manufacturing companies, and as it happens in business, a smaller one has to fit a larger one: "If a supplier wants to sell products, let him introduce them!"
Of course, we do not always deal with such an environment. Wherever a distributor is "more in the centre" or at least equally, or a supplier has an interest in selling products from that distributor, the Onboarder should adopt and tangibly optimise the process of collecting product data, which - in previously known realities - was time-consuming, uncomfortable and with a good chance of making mistakes.