Alterra PIM - Functions

  • Store media neutral product information in one place
  • Omni-channel: one datasource for all channels
  • Rationalize data management and translations.
  • Make product data internationally available.
  • Supply data to webshops, websites and apps


Alterra PIM - Functions

  •  Alterra PIM accepts the transfer of product data from legacy systems.
  •  Alterra PIM is the platform for classifying and enhancing product data.
  •  Alterra PIM generates customer-specific media at the push of a button.
  •  Alterra PIM provides a SOAP interface and a REST API to connect to ERP, CRM, CMS and many other systems.
  •  Configurable online workflows
  •  User management with granular assignment of rights down to nano properties
  •  Configuration of the entire application using XML
  •  Additional modules: e-procurement, CMS, Shop, CD-ROM, CRM
  •  SOA support, SOAP interfaces and REST API for all aspects of the software
  •  Plug-ins for connecting OpenSource content management systems such as Typo3 or OpenCMS

Output media

  •  Internet catalogues, product portals (Catalogue creation ) 
  •  DVD/CD-Rom catalogue (Catalogue software ) 
  •  Product catalogues (offset/digital printing)
  •  XML catalogues, BMEcat
  •  Interfaces: XML, CSV, ODBC, MySQL, MS Access, MS Excel, OpenOffice
  •  Export formats: Adobe Indesign, QuarkXpress, PDF, Excel

Interfaces to leading ERP systems:

Alterra::PIM hat standardisierte Schnittstellen zu: SAP, Microsoft Dynamics, Sage, Infor


  •  SAP
  •  MicrosoftDynamics (NAVISON)
  •  ORACLE (Peoplesoft, J.D. Edwards, Siebel CRM)
  •  IBM AS400-based systems
  •  INFOR
  •  SAGE

Interaction of PIM sytem, ERP, webshop and productmanagement.

Alterra PIM supports classification systems

  •  EClass
  •  ETIM
  •  Proficlass

Target groups

  •  Mid-sized businesses (5-150 users only PIM)
  •  Large companies (from 250 users only PIM)
  •  Small specialized companies with complex product data

Sectors / industries

  •  Across all industries
  •  Industry-specific
  •  Industry
  •  Commerce
  •  Construction
  •  Service Providers
  •  Public administration
  •  Utilities (water and energy)
  •  Telecommunications

Types of products

  •  Products with a low degree of complexity
  •  Products with a high degree of complexity
  •  Commodities
  •  Services

System architecture

  •  Web application
  •  SOA support

Server operating system

  •  Linux
  •  Windows
  •  Mac OS
  •  Sun Solaris
  •  HP UX

Client operating system

  •  Windows
  •  Android
  •  Linux
  •  Mac OS / iOS
  •  Sun Solaris
  •  HP UX

Supported browsers

  •  Firefox
  •  Chrome / Chromium
  •  Internet Explorer
  •  Opera
  •  Safari

Supported databases

  •  MySQL
  •  Postgress
  •  Oracle
  •  MS SQL Server
  •  DB2


  •  Programming languages ​​used for servers: PHP, Java
  •  Programming languages ​​used for clients: Javascript, XSL
  •  API for additional programming available

Other system properties

  •  Number of users per system: 500
  •  System supports Unicode / UTF8
  •  System has LDAP support
  •  Integrated encrypted data transmission

Application functions

  •  Maintenance of product properties
  •  Linking of information units
  •  Multilingual maintenance of product properties
  •  Assignment of images
  •  Assignment of texts
  •  Definition of calculating fields
  •  Setting of any attributes
  •  Definition of data types for attributes
  •  Definition of default values for attributes
  •  Definition of units for attributes
  •  Summarizing attributes in groups
  •  Adding list boxes for attributes
  •  Optional and mandatory fields
  •  Definition of relationships between products
  •  Plausibility checks
  •  Simple search function
  •  Advanced search function
  •  Simple "search & replace" function
  •  Advanced "search & replace" function
  •  Classification of products through keywords
  •  Support of multiple classification trees
  •  Product preview configuration
  •  Simple inheritance
  •  Complex inheritance
  •  History function

Product hierarchies

  •  Definition of product trees
  •  Products in product trees can be assigned
  •  Managing multiple product trees
  •  Support of parts BOMs
  •  Definition of attribute groups for product trees


  •  Integration of external classification systems (eClass, ETIM, Senior Class, UNSPC etc.)
  •  Define and maintain own classification systems
  •  Classification of a product according by multiple classifications
  •  Value transfer/acceptance between classification systems
  •  Multilingual classification systems
  •  Multilingual classification of products
  •  Definition of own data types for attributes

Image data and document management

  •  Saving data on file server
  •  Saving data on database system
  •  Classification of image data
  •  Any image data formats are supported
  •  Automated image data conversion
  •  Image cropping
  •  Maintenance of different image versions
  •  Interface for external image databases available
  •  Search for image data, data files
  •  Integrated document management
  •  Assignment of documents to products
  •  Editing of documents
  •  Save versions of documents
  •  Management of versions/variants
  •  Search function for documents

Text data

  •  Unicode support
  •  Formatting
  •  Paragraph style sheets
  •  Character style sheets
  •  Preview for formatting
  •  Zoom feature for easier editing
  •  Colour highlighting of changes
  •  Simultaneous display of multiple languages
  •  Standard dictionaries included
  •  Customer-specific dictionaries possible

Translations (within PIM)

  •  Online translation
  •  Offline translation
  •  Support of automated translations
  •  Automatic conversion to different measurement systems
  •  Interfaces to translation systems
  •  Provision of elements to be translated (untranslated elements)


  •  Status of product data is tracked, can be changed
  •  Status of translations is tracked, can be changed
  •  Status of documents is tracked, can be changed
  •  Status of catalogues is tracked, can be changed
  •  To-do lists with dates are tracked, can be changed

Communication with other applications

  •  Export functions
  •  Export of the product taxonomy stored in the system
  •  Export of product data/hierarchies as XML
  •  Export of product data/hierarchies as a CSV (Excel)
  •  Configuration of individual exports
  •  Individual export can be saved
  •  Output for print and digital catalogues

Export formats

  •  BMECat
  •  xCBL
  •  cXML
  •  CIF
  •  ECOS
  •  OCF
  •  Rosetta
  •  eCX
  •  Datanorm

Connection of external applications (general)

  •  Connection via CSV flat files
  •  Connection via XML import/export
  •  Connection via SOAP interface
  • Connection via REST API
  •  Connection via proprietary native API
  •  Reading and writing by external application possible
  •  Integration in orchestration/workflow control applications possible (SOA)

Connection to ERP systems

  •  SAP
  •  ORACLE (Peoplesoft, JD Edwards)
  •  Infor Global Solutions (amongst others also Baan)
  •  Microsoft Dynamics (Navision, Axapta)
  •  SAGE

Interfaces to translation memory systems (translation software)

  •  Connection via Translation Memory eXchange (TMX)
  •  Connection via .CSV, ODBC, etc.
  •  Connection via SOAP interfaces
  • Connection via REST API

Native connection of translation memory systems (translation software)

  •  across
  •  Ambassador
  •  Catalyst
  •  Déjà Vu
  •  Logoport
  •  MetaTexis
  •  MultiTrans
  •  OmegaT
  •  Open Language Tools
  •  Passolo
  •  SDLX
  •  Trados
  •  Tr-AID
  •  WordFast
  •  XLIFF Translation Editor
  •  XTM (XML Translation Memory)

DTP: printout of product data

  •  Connection and integration of print editions
  •  Formatting of print editions, internal
  •  Formatting of print editions, external
  •  Inherited product information is printed
  •  Rules for automatic product composition
  •  Rules for the composition of information
  •  Print output configuration can be saved

DTP programs

  •  Quark Xpress
  •  Adobe Indesign
  •  Adobe Framemaker 

DTP output management

  •  Definition of templates in the database 
  •  Definition of templates in the DTP program 
  •  Definition of break rules 
  •  Repeating groups 
  •  Growing groups 
  •  Graphical definition of templates 
  • Decentralised creation of templates possible 
  • Preview function for sample record 
  • Style management 
  • Integration of XML format templates 
  • Grid layouts 
  • List layouts with breaks 
  • Assigning templates for left/right side (e.g. in catalogues) 
  • Automatic page generation 
  • Subsequent update of information in the DTP program 
  • Write-back of information from the DTP program 
  • Write-back of processed products as templates 
  • Tables in the DTP program 
  • Cross tabs possible 
  • Change management in the DTP plug-in 

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