Structure & Workflows

Broadly speaking, a PIM setup consists of a product portfolio organized in a manner which makes it easy to enrich and publish product data across channels. A product portfolio is a collection of all product on a solution – a kind of database which can be organized, enriched, and published across various channels.

This section of the PIM documentation is about the tools used to organize the product portfolio:

  • Warehouses
  • Warehouse groups
  • Queries
  • Structure queries

In most PIM setups, products are imported to the portfolio from an external system – e.g. an ERP system like Dynamics NAV or AX – and placed in a group structure which reflects the external source. At other times, they are placed in a single group and then manually moved into a group structure using PIM.

Another important structural aspect to consider is how to model and work with product variants or product families. In many cases, these types of product relationships are defined in the remote system and handled when importing products. But if they are not defined in an easily-transferable way in the source data, or it’s simply more economical to handle the relationships directly in Dynamicweb PIM, the Combine tool allows you to quickly create them from a flat structure.

Finally, this section also covers the workflows tool which is used to structure and standardize the internal processes used when moving a product through the different stages of the product lifecycle – from newly imported to ready for publication.