Master Data Management
About Master Data Management
Master Data Management Starts with MRO Data Cleansing
Our solutions incorporate the latest technologies for data collection, warehousing, and management. We start with clean data, including controlled data maintenance for all description changes and new parts, to ensure information integrity. Data cleansing is the cornerstone of effective data management.
As a result of master data cleansing, our clients have experienced:
- 5-8% uptime improvements
- 20-30% reduced inventory
- 8-15% reduced parts prices
Data Collection Process
During implementation, SDI will cleanse and catalog your master data. We facilitate this by performing a comprehensive “crib crawl” – a physical inventory of all materials in your storeroom areas. The collected information is uploaded to SDI corporate, where each part is assigned a unique SKU identification number. We then normalize, enrich, and catalog the data in the system.
For any unidentified materials, SDI resources will research the part to determine the manufacturer and detailed description information. Once identified, the material is added to the catalog with a unique stocking location and put away.
This full storeroom inventory crawl enables us to build a complete master dataset of your materials catalog and locations, ensuring data integrity from the start.
ZEUS Purpose-Built Data Warehouse to Complement Data Cleansing
Since data stored across multiple systems is often difficult to consolidate, we cleanse and standardize your MRO data.
We then have two options:
- We can create a data warehouse to store the cleansed data for your reporting and analysis needs
- We can provide the cleansed data in a format for you to upload into your own system
If you choose to use our master data management software, it will become your custom product catalog. Our proprietary ZEUS system integrates data across inventories into a single platform, allowing us to track and optimize your supply program performance.
Effective spend management enabled by automation and catalog management allows more efficient handling of high-volume, low-value transactions. We start with clean, standardized data, including controlled data maintenance for all product description changes and new parts additions, to ensure information integrity.
SDI goes beyond just data collection and cleansing. We normalize, enhance, and standardize your catalog data, identifying critical spares and uncovering further optimization opportunities – such as recommended truck stock, item standardization, and OEM commercialization.
Field technicians can access a single hosted catalog – built specifically for your unique business needs – containing FM parts, MRO, PPE, and essential materials. Technicians can view the catalog from their truck, home, job site, or anywhere. The catalog can be configured to include customer-specific OEM suppliers and everything from general maintenance materials, PPE, HVAC and plumbing to electrical.
As a result of our data normalization and taking your inventory requirements into account, SDI creates a personalized plan to address spending by category, supplier, and manufacturer. SDI sourcing plans are aligned to support your unique objectives.
Your program will include projected savings by category, which sets up a framework for negotiating on your behalf.
We’ll also include specific steps to improve the pricing and productivity of existing suppliers within your supply chain.
Relying solely on purchasing cards provides limited data and insights. While you can see total spend with each supplier, you lack visibility into details like specific locations, assets, parts, and pricing fluctuations. Our pricing management solutions enable robust spend analytics – tracking expenditures by store, asset, part, and pricing trends. This granular visibility empowers you to leverage your spending power more strategically across facilities management categories and proactively meet demand.
Seamless Integration with your System
Simplicity Drives Adoption
Our mobile maintenance technicians don’t have time to search through multiple online catalogs or wait for transactions to flow through outdated technology. Techs need the speed and reliability to search based on what’s right in front of them. That’s why ZEUS’s user-friendly mobile app includes:
- Accurate pictures, updated regularly by our master data management specialists
- APIs and robotic process automation
Attributes and detailed descriptions to improve confidence in purchasing
- Fast answers from knowledgeable service personnel
- Parts information to assist in decision-making
Real-time inventory visibility and accuracy
- Frictionless direct purchasing with third-party suppliers
When a maintenance work order is raised, technicians experience first-hand how the supply chain impacts downtime on critical assets. Having the right FM parts and supplies to maintain and repair revenue-generating assets and facilities can mean the difference in product sales, possible health or safety issues, and an impact on the in-store customer experience. IPM’s Catalog Management, Inventory Sourcing, and Pricing Management works harder for you, leveraging data-driven insights and deep breadth of FM and MRO category expertise. To learn more, contact us today.