Global Product & Inventory Management
Harmonizing Warehouses & Production On 5 Continents
RFS is a worldwide leading provider of innovative wireless and broadcast infrastructure products and solutions. Over the years the company acquired several manufacturers and now runs 8 plants and 5 R&D centers on 5 continents with specialized equipment which allows for customized products.
This results in a large range of cable types and product specifications (internally called quality codes) which are stored and maintained in local software with silo-ed data models. This complexity puts strong strains on the entire supply chain from procurement and production to global inventory management and sales. www.rfsworld.com
- 250 % ROIWithin 1 Year
- 20 MONTHSOf Internal Processes Saved
- 12 %Reduced Working Capital
Challenge: Integrating Global Acquisitions
Solution: Globally Link Product & Stock Data
With eccenca Corporate Memory, quality codes from RFS plants were lifted and globally harmonized on metadata level using a common data schema. The raw data stayed in their respective local inventory management system.
In a first step existing data models and raw data were analyzed, and a unified vocabulary for the disparate data was developed.
The raw data was sync-ed with an RDF triple store and enriched with metadata to enable the global exploration of data via a global Quality-Code-Plugin. To reduce efforts for transaction processes an automation and scheduling process was introduced. Harmonized interactive html-datasheets were implemented to enable global search processes across all warehouse stocks and local inventory management systems including the products' highly diverse specifications.