Classifications enable business partners to exchange information about products and their properties electronically. They provide a common language by defining product groups and features that can be used to classify products and describe their technical features.

Important classifications are:

  • eCl@ss
  • ETIM
  • ProfiClass

In most cases, companies are using their own classifications for internal organisation. Products are organized according to the internal (or marketing) criteria and they are defined conforming to the most important characteristics. This is considered a very crucial part since external classifications change frequently and various versions exist (eCl@ss, for example Version 5-9). The internal organization of the product data should, however, remain unaffected by external changes.

If the product data is exchanged in electronic catalogs (exchange formats) with business partners, different partners may need the data according to different versions of a classification (in the event their organization data is tailored to a different version, for example).

Here is where the ecatDESIGNER comes into play...

It allows you to map the product data from your internal classification structure to the structures of the Standard-Classifications. Your product data stays in the preferred organized system, and when you transfer it to the electronic catalogs, the data is transformed according to the requirements of the Standard-Classifications.