This article was reviewed and updated on May 10th, 2023
A successful PIM implementation project is not a one-size-fits-all approach. It must be tailored to meet each business's unique needs. Learn about PIM implementation best practices to ensure seamless integration and drive business growth.
How do you implement a PIM system?
Managing accurate and consistent product information becomes increasingly tricky. Especially when companies grow their product catalogs and sales channels. Implementing a PIM can help you streamline product data management and improve the customer experience. However, PIM implementation can be a complex process that requires careful planning and execution. This blog post will explore the roadmap for a successful PIM implementation highlighting six critical stages for seamless deployment. You will learn experts’ insights and PIM implementation best practices.
PIM Implementation Stage 1: Pre-implementation Analysis
People involved: Project manager, system architect, product owner
Outcome: A functional timeline for the project and PIM implementation
Pre-implementation analysis allows you to determine the scope of PIM customization so your business requirements will be met. During this stage, you and your tech partner will:
- Design the information architecture.
- Map export attributes for internal systems (like WMS, ERP, etc.) and external marketplaces (like eBay, Amazon, etc.).
- Define functional and non-functional requirements.
- Plan the process of migrating product data from your current systems.
- Determine the roles and permissions of individual users.
- Define the project objectives and the expected outcome of the PIM implementation.
A pre-implementation analysis will help you to assess the project's scope, cost, and duration. As a result of this step, you'll get a functional design of the system that includes the following:
- The range of PIM customization to your business requirements.
- A labor intensity estimation.
- An implementation schedule.
- A list of functional and non-functional requirements.
- Criteria for verifying project assumptions, i.e. key performance indicators (KPIs).
PIM Implementation Stage 2 - Project Organization
People involved: PHP developer, system architect, systems administrator, product owner
Outcome: Project launch
This is the time for your technical partner and their team to set up and test the development environment, assign tasks, and manage the work. This stage ensures all stakeholders know the project's goals, objectives, and the precise implementation timetable. Upon its completion, each team member, regardless of their role, should have a complete set of resources necessary to begin work on the PIM implementation.