Building the Product Matrix System (PMS)
Highly satisfied with the result of the first two projects, the company asked Net Solutions to spearhead the most ambitious element of the operations overhaul—building a new Product Matrix System (PMS). Until that point, the company used a cumbersome spreadsheet-based database, and coordinating with local offices around the world was challenging to say the least. The new PMS would ensure accuracy and efficiency, knowing that any data drawn from the system was up-to-date.
These spreadsheets communicated information from the headquarters to employees in the local offices, who translated the pages into local content. Local offices would then add in their own local content—special insights that other offices might find useful if they could easily access the information.
Based on this information, Net Solutions created a brand new PMS and populated it with data by creating scripts that imported all the data from the headquarters and local offices, enabling a mechanism that flagged headquarter content and local content for easy identification. This allowed the company’s team to review and integrate essential data added by local offices and make it available to every office around the globe.
Net Solutions ensured that the system was multilingual so local offices could add local-langauge translations to the data. That way local teams could access data in their native languages. Plus, the tool allowed information to move “upstream,” from the local offices to the headquarters, where globally relevant data was integrated into the master data. Finally, they allowed administrators to give selected local resellers access to the product database.
Once the web-based PMS was up-and-running, the next logical step was to give sales teams access to the information on-the-go. As such, they extended the PMS by creating an API that talked to a new Android app. They then gathered user feedback and enhanced the app with intelligent sync functionality that stores and updates only locally-relevant data in each sales rep’s preferred language. This allowed them to use the app in remote locations where internet connection was sparse or non-existent.