The ProductGraph is a graph that aggregates all information and assets about products for use in every step of the product's lifecycle. The ProductGraph includes:
- Design information
- Manufacting information
- Sales information
- Support information
The ProductGraph brings all of the product data together allowing for easy creation, updating and distribution of the information. Our ProductGraph is a platform that allows for many uses in the design, manufacturing, sales and support of products.
Uses of the ProductGraph
ProductGraph - the center of the product lifecycle
Why do we need a ProductGraph?
In the past, product data has been spread out across a variety of systems and tools.
- The product design is stored inside of CAD files.
- The manufacturing files are stored inside of CAM files.
- Photos, product descriptions, product photography, reviews, etc are needed for retail. Each asset is produced through a seperate process. And then these assets need to be distributed to each channel.
- Drawings, instructions, manuals and FAQs are needed for post sales support.
All of these seperate systems and information types led to reduntant and out-of-synch product information. These redundances were an ineffecient use of resources. And product information becoming out-of-synch leads to errors in the product manufacturing, sales and support.
As the manufacutring of products becomes more distributed through digital manufacting and the sales of products becomes multi-channel through online marketplaces and global markets, keeping all of the information about products becomes even more important.