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To PIM or not to PIM - What is that Abbreviation?

Todd Cerny
Principal Technical Support Engineer
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.
  • Product
    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.
  • Product
    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
    Import Workbench.
  • 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).

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Comments ( 3 )
  • Jim Enloe Monday, December 19, 2016

    How about a feature venn diagram? Is it a straight superset? Has PIM concept been retired in 12.2 and only MDM survives?


  • guest Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    I would recommend some release Notes, which provide 'What's New', Documentation Resources and New and Changed Features, plus some other additional information.

    Note 762302.1 - Oracle Product Information Management Release Notes, Release 12.1.1

    Note 1113543.1 - Oracle Product Hub (PIM) Release Notes, Release 12.1.3 Note 1604865.1 - Oracle Product Hub Release Notes for Release 12.2.3

    Note 1910404.1 - Oracle Product Hub Release Notes for Release 12.2.4

    Note 2052681.1 - Oracle Product Hub Release Notes for Release 12.2.5

    Note 2164744.1 - Oracle Product Hub Release Notes for Release 12.2.6


  • Manish Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    We have Oracle Advanced Product Catalog(APC) and we are using R12.2.3. If we upd=grade to R12.2.6 then also i assume the same module is available. pls confirm


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