SEMA News—April 2013
SEMA Data Co-op Launches Production System; Enables Members to Manage Their Data
The SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) has launched its live production system, and the 300 participating companies are now migrating data into the newly developed Product Information Management System (PIMS). Since the Co-op began its beta test phase in April 2012, 170 suppliers and 130 receivers have joined the program.
“The program launch brings to bear the most thorough and accurate data-management system the industry has seen, enabling suppliers to maintain total control of their data while meeting each receiver’s specific data needs,” said Bob Castle, vice president of e-business and information technology for the SDC.
The SDC’s full-featured solution includes comprehensive data validation tools, unlimited secure storage and an easy-to-use web interface for supplier members to manage their product data. Additionally, data receivers can get exports formatted specifically to their requirements and can manage delivery of data through a versatile scheduling tool.
The SDC encourages all suppliers and receivers to join the Co-op and experience the expert help desk services and state-of-the-art technology. There are no setup fees and no costs to sign up. Membership fees don’t begin until data is flowing.
“It’s been a challenging project to build this technology, but we have a great product that we will continue to enhance with ongoing development,” said Jon Wyly, CEO of the SDC. “We have the best data experts available making it all happen.”
The SEMA Data Co-op is an industry-owned and operated project designed to bring full product data-management capabilities to participating suppliers at the lowest possible cost. Features include a secure, centralized data repository based on industry standards, extensive on-boarding tools, expert live training and technical assistance, and unlimited standard or fully customized data exports. To learn more about the program, visit the SEMA Data Co-op or contact Jim Graven.