Will You Successfully Defend Your Business against Invading Spreadsheets?

When we at Product Data Lake are exhibiting on trade shows (yes, we sadly are that old school, sometimes), we have a computer game called PDL Invaders. The game is built over the legendary computer game called Space Invaders. In our version, you use the PDL spaceship to shoot down invading spreadsheets and emails.

TFM16The purpose of the game is to emphasize one of the main reasons of being for Product Data Lake. We want to replace the use of spreadsheets for exchanging product information in cross company supply chains with our automated cloud service.

Spreadsheets is the most common tool to directly exchange product information between trading partners today. The typical scenario is that a receiver of product information, being a downstream distributor, retailer or large end user, will have a spreadsheet for each product group that is emailed to be filled by each supplier each time a new range of products is to be on-boarded (and potentially each time you need a new piece of information). As a provider of product information, being a manufacturer or upstream distributor, you will receive a different spreadsheet to be filled from each trading partner each time you are to deliver a new range of products (and potentially each time they need a new piece of information).

Customer data portals is a concept a provider of product information may have, plan to have or dream about. The idea is that each downstream trading partner can go to your customer data portal, structured in your way and format, when they need product information from you. Your trading partner will then only have to deal with your customer data portal – and the crowd of other customer data portals in their supplier range. Add to that, that spreadsheets is the “natural” tool to download data from such a portal.

Supplier data portals is a concept a receiver of product information may have, plan to have or dream about. The idea is that each upstream trading partner can go to your supplier data portal, structured in your way and format, when they have to deliver product information to you. Your trading partner will then only have to deal with your supplier data portal – and the heaps of other supplier data portals in their business-to-business customer range. Add to that, that spreadsheets is the “natural” tool to upload data to such a portal.

Product Data Lake is the sound alternative to the above options. Hailstorms of spreadsheets does not work.

Follow us on LinkedIn and get up to date information about when the PDL Invaders game will be close to you. Our company page is here.

 

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