Case Study: Central PIM for Consolidation of group-wide Data Sources
As a subsidiary of BASF, BTC distributes chemical products for numerous industries. The services range from laboratory use and sample formulations to on-site problem solving.
The focus was on developing a central system for managing all product information and metadata and making it available to specialized end-customer portals. The biggest challenge was the connection of numerous data sources.
Customer Key Facts
In addition to the implementation of optimal object class and attribute structures, the consolidation of existing data was the main focus of the project. For this purpose, all relevant data supplying systems were connected via interface (2x SAP/R3, 1x KAFKA Event Bus + 1x DataWarehouse) as well as existing data from Excel lists of the customer were imported. Thus, products, hierarchies, additional attributes as well as related documents from different sources could be linked. Here, the setting for Apache KAFKA is particularly noteworthy. This system is used to distribute structures and meta-information on product-relevant documents throughout the group at BASF level. In a multi-stage process, more than 2.2 million data objects have been created for documents in their language variants and release structures alone.