The Surprising History of PIM and MDM Software

Today, Master Data Management (MDM) and Product Information Management (PIM) solutions offer the single view of content that’s essential for companies like manufacturers and retailers to master their data and create personalized commerce experiences. Yet, a look back at history reveals a surprisingly cool side of PIM. We’re talking James Bond, cool.  Here’s a look at where it all began.
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John Jones

John Jones

John Jones joined EnterWorks in 1998 as a practice manager for professional services, and was named Executive Director of Product Management in 2004. He became Vice President of Products in 2006. Mr. Jones oversees the entire cycle of product development to ensure delivery of efficient, scalable, and secure enterprise solutions that exceed our customer’s expectations. Mr. Jones has over 20 years experience, having held various positions in information systems engineering and operations management. He earned a BS degree from Randolph-Macon College and a MS/MIS degree from George Washington University. John is currently serving as Vice President, Product Delivery at EnterWorks.

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How Does PIM Stack Up to PCM Syndication Tools?

Product Information Management (PIM) is one of the core capabilities businesses look for in their search for advanced omnichannel commerce tools. Yet there’s much confusion around what separates an enterprise PIM solution with Product Content Management (PCM) and Syndication tools. There’s a myth floating around that PIM software isn’t able to adapt to today’s ecommerce environment in the same way PCM can. Cue the proverbial record scratch. It’s time to take a look at PIM vs. PCM, and clarify what truly separates the two.
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Kerry Young

Kerry Young

Kerry Young joined EnterWorks in 2006 when Ennovative, Inc., the multi-channel publishing software company he co-founded, was acquired by EnterWorks. He directs EnterWorks’ operations and leads EnterWorks’ professional services and consulting organization, ensuring effective customer implementations and ongoing success. Mr. Young brings more than 25 years of technology and business management experience to EnterWorks, having served as CTO for a subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company, and earlier as VP, Information Technology for Marshall Industries, a $1.7 billion industrial electronics distributor. He previously managed information systems for a subsidiary of McDonnell Douglas Corporation. Mr. Young holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and an M.B.A. from California State University Fullerton.

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New Deadline Announced for FDA Food Labeling Requirement: You’ve Got Time, Make It Count

The food and restaurant industry received some unexpected news this week.  The FDA Food Labeling Requirement deadline has shifted. On Monday, the federal mandate requiring all chain restaurants, supermarkets and convenience stores (among other food sellers) to post calorie counts was delayed following a last-minute reprieve from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA announced the new deadline to post calories is May 7, 2018. This means those affected now have a little bit of time to catch up and ensure compliance. As a food seller, what can you do to make it count?
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Rick Chavie

Rick Chavie

Rick Chavie was appointed CEO of EnterWorks in May 2015. He came to EnterWorks after serving as SVP, Global Solution Management with hybris and SAP’s Customer Engagement and Commerce group, where he brought together digital and physical commerce and CRM assets for seamless customer experiences. Mr. Chavie brings industry experience from his leadership roles at retailers such as The Home Depot and C&A. He brings technology experience from his role as the global marketing leader for NCR’s retail and hospitality business, and management consulting expertise from his partner roles at Deloitte and Accenture, where he served clients across retail, branded consumer and wholesale verticals. Chavie is a Harvard MBA, a Fulbright Scholar in International Trade, and a summa cum laude graduate from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He is a noted speaker at industry events, an author on the wholesale industry, and frequently comments on commerce, marketing and customer engagement topics.

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8 Ways InDesign & PIM Publishing Empower Your Sales Force

Printed catalogs and sales collateral are far from dead. In fact, they’re still alive and as valuable as ever. For your sales and marketing teams, they are highly-effective tools that serve many purposes. They inspire purchases, act as a “shopping assistant” to drive cross-channel sales, and help connect clients and customers to your brand. Yet organizations tend to hit a wall in print and digital publishing when the information needed to create materials is inconsistent and scattered throughout various systems. Let’s look at eight ways your marketing and sales teams can utilize a Multichannel PIM Publishing system with Adobe® InDesign to create successful campaigns across clicks, bricks and page flips.

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John Jones

John Jones

John Jones joined EnterWorks in 1998 as a practice manager for professional services, and was named Executive Director of Product Management in 2004. He became Vice President of Products in 2006. Mr. Jones oversees the entire cycle of product development to ensure delivery of efficient, scalable, and secure enterprise solutions that exceed our customer’s expectations. Mr. Jones has over 20 years experience, having held various positions in information systems engineering and operations management. He earned a BS degree from Randolph-Macon College and a MS/MIS degree from George Washington University. John is currently serving as Vice President, Product Delivery at EnterWorks.

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Easter Spending is at $17.3 Billion – Is Your Product Information Ready?

Recent studies reveal some surprising spring and Easter statistics. For example, did you know that 89% of Americans believe the proper way to eat a chocolate bunny is ears first? Now, on a more serious note, sellers across industries should know that Easter spending is projected by the National Retail Federation (NRF) to reach $17.3 billion. In fact, that’s the highest it’s been in the 13 years of the survey. Clearly, a huge opportunity awaits retailers, distributors, and manufacturers who are ready to seize it. So, is your product information ready?
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Rick Chavie

Rick Chavie

Rick Chavie was appointed CEO of EnterWorks in May 2015. He came to EnterWorks after serving as SVP, Global Solution Management with hybris and SAP’s Customer Engagement and Commerce group, where he brought together digital and physical commerce and CRM assets for seamless customer experiences. Mr. Chavie brings industry experience from his leadership roles at retailers such as The Home Depot and C&A. He brings technology experience from his role as the global marketing leader for NCR’s retail and hospitality business, and management consulting expertise from his partner roles at Deloitte and Accenture, where he served clients across retail, branded consumer and wholesale verticals. Chavie is a Harvard MBA, a Fulbright Scholar in International Trade, and a summa cum laude graduate from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He is a noted speaker at industry events, an author on the wholesale industry, and frequently comments on commerce, marketing and customer engagement topics.

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It’s Here! The Supplier Portal Playbook

Today we are concluding our series on Supplier Portal software solutions with two things you don’t want to miss. First, a checklist on how to choose the right Supplier Portal for your business. And second, an opportunity to get your free copy of The Supplier Portal Playbook, presented by EnterWorks and Deborah Weinswig, Managing Director of Fung Global Retail & Technology, Li & Fung.
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Kerry Young

Kerry Young

Kerry Young joined EnterWorks in 2006 when Ennovative, Inc., the multi-channel publishing software company he co-founded, was acquired by EnterWorks. He directs EnterWorks’ operations and leads EnterWorks’ professional services and consulting organization, ensuring effective customer implementations and ongoing success. Mr. Young brings more than 25 years of technology and business management experience to EnterWorks, having served as CTO for a subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company, and earlier as VP, Information Technology for Marshall Industries, a $1.7 billion industrial electronics distributor. He previously managed information systems for a subsidiary of McDonnell Douglas Corporation. Mr. Young holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and an M.B.A. from California State University Fullerton.

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Fueling Food Commerce: Food Distributors Drive Operational Excellence with PIM Software Solutions

Today’s food industry is rapidly evolving as consumers shift their shopping preferences and demands. In this challenging commerce environment, food distributors are pressed to put operational excellence into overdrive. To do so, many distribution leaders are setting their strategic sights on PIM software solutions.

Let’s take a look at how food distributors are using Product Information Management (PIM) and Master Data Management (MDM) to make operations more efficient while delivering enhanced product information and improving the customer experience.
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Kerry Young

Kerry Young

Kerry Young joined EnterWorks in 2006 when Ennovative, Inc., the multi-channel publishing software company he co-founded, was acquired by EnterWorks. He directs EnterWorks’ operations and leads EnterWorks’ professional services and consulting organization, ensuring effective customer implementations and ongoing success. Mr. Young brings more than 25 years of technology and business management experience to EnterWorks, having served as CTO for a subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company, and earlier as VP, Information Technology for Marshall Industries, a $1.7 billion industrial electronics distributor. He previously managed information systems for a subsidiary of McDonnell Douglas Corporation. Mr. Young holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and an M.B.A. from California State University Fullerton.

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Digital Asset Management & PIM: A Match Made in Product Content Heaven

Consumers today want endless product choices, control and personalization. These digitally-empowered shoppers are accelerating the push to omnichannel and driving businesses to deliver differentiated experiences. The task of turning “browsers into buyers” often hinges on making products easier to find and showcasing their best features. Therefore, businesses are turning to Product Information Management (PIM) and Digital Asset Management (DAM) to satisfy the consumer demand for compelling product content.
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Kerry Young

Kerry Young

Kerry Young joined EnterWorks in 2006 when Ennovative, Inc., the multi-channel publishing software company he co-founded, was acquired by EnterWorks. He directs EnterWorks’ operations and leads EnterWorks’ professional services and consulting organization, ensuring effective customer implementations and ongoing success. Mr. Young brings more than 25 years of technology and business management experience to EnterWorks, having served as CTO for a subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company, and earlier as VP, Information Technology for Marshall Industries, a $1.7 billion industrial electronics distributor. He previously managed information systems for a subsidiary of McDonnell Douglas Corporation. Mr. Young holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and an M.B.A. from California State University Fullerton.

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Ensure a Happy Ending to your PIM or MDM Software Story with the Right Solution Integrator

Partnership news announced this week from EnterWorks and Codifyd Inc. tees up a quick yet important word on Solution Integrators – sometimes also known as System Integrators and Software Integrators. As many businesses have discovered (the hard way), integration companies are far from equal. In fact, selecting the right Solution Integrator may hold the key to ensuring a happy ending for your Product Information Management (PIM) or Master Data Management (MDM) implementation.
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Kerry Young

Kerry Young

Kerry Young joined EnterWorks in 2006 when Ennovative, Inc., the multi-channel publishing software company he co-founded, was acquired by EnterWorks. He directs EnterWorks’ operations and leads EnterWorks’ professional services and consulting organization, ensuring effective customer implementations and ongoing success. Mr. Young brings more than 25 years of technology and business management experience to EnterWorks, having served as CTO for a subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company, and earlier as VP, Information Technology for Marshall Industries, a $1.7 billion industrial electronics distributor. He previously managed information systems for a subsidiary of McDonnell Douglas Corporation. Mr. Young holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and an M.B.A. from California State University Fullerton.

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Cooperatives & Member Groups: Product Information Management is for You, Too

Cooperatives, member groups, and industry associations: Did you know Product Information Management (PIM) is tailored for you, too? There are groups and co-ops who are already leveraging PIM and Master Data Management (MDM) solutions to transform the way their members collaborate. Together, they are generating powerful content, sharing digital assets, and benefiting from instant access to consistent, up-to-date product data and descriptions. Could your organization be next?
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Kerry Young

Kerry Young

Kerry Young joined EnterWorks in 2006 when Ennovative, Inc., the multi-channel publishing software company he co-founded, was acquired by EnterWorks. He directs EnterWorks’ operations and leads EnterWorks’ professional services and consulting organization, ensuring effective customer implementations and ongoing success. Mr. Young brings more than 25 years of technology and business management experience to EnterWorks, having served as CTO for a subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company, and earlier as VP, Information Technology for Marshall Industries, a $1.7 billion industrial electronics distributor. He previously managed information systems for a subsidiary of McDonnell Douglas Corporation. Mr. Young holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and an M.B.A. from California State University Fullerton.

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