Ahhh, go back to a simpler time...you arrived for your first day at a real job after graduating with your degree in Manufacturing Operations. One of the EBS Products you worked with was the Advanced Product Catalog (APC). You really liked the product and things couldn't have been better. You enjoyed your job and became an APC dynamo. One day you heard some analysts and consultants talking about PLM when referring to APC. You thought, what?!?! The Product is called APC. You know what PLM is in the industry, but Oracles EBS Product is APC. Oh well, you moved on. As they do, upgrades happened, and you started hearing the term PIM. Again...What?!?! Then later you hear a Sales Rep referring to MDM. You thought it was PIM? Then when logging a Service Request with Oracle Support, you saw a Product called Hub. You also noticed when running the Apps Check
, that a large portion of database tables, triggers, indexes, API's and profile options begin with EGO. Even many of the file names begin with EGO. HELP!!! Somebody clear this up! Well have no fear, the Inventory Blog Team will again shed some light.
Here's the Product names, abbreviations, and the descriptions:
- Advanced Product Catalog (APC) - Original name for application in R11i
and still used to refer to the application within diagnostics in R12. Many of the objects across later product versions retained the abbreviate EGO from the Advanced Product Catalog.
Lifecycle Management (PLM) - 2nd Name for APC in R11i and R12 (Term is
still present and license includes Document Management features that
are not available in PIM.)
- Product Information Management (PIM) -
3rd Name for APC/PLM in R12.1 representing a shift focused on Product
Management where Agile is used for lifecycle management features. PIM
still includes a subset of PLM features focused on item management,
change orders and extensible attributes.
Information Management Data Hub (PIMDH) - (Also Product Data Hub) This
is a license mechanism to gain the right to install PIMDL on a non
E-Business Suite instance.
- Product Information Management Data
Librarian (PIMDL) - Product Information Management Data Librarian is not
a separate application but a responsibility in the E-Business Suite
Oracle Applications. It gives a slightly different menu and feature set
than standard Development Manager responsibility such as inclusion of
- Master Data Management (MDM) – Master Data Management. When Oracle integrated Product Data Quality into their PIM system it became a MDM system. A MDM system has processes for collecting, aggregating, matching, consolidating, quality-assuring, persisting and distributing such data throughout an organization to ensure consistency and control in the ongoing maintenance and application use of this information.
The Inventory Blog team will keep you updated on any new Products and acronym's, but in the mean time, here's some additional information on...APC/PIM/PLM Inventory Product Terminology Review (FAQ) (Doc ID 1151914.1).