Our new interface IDP enables flexible updates of TecDoc data in real-time

The automotive aftermarket is a highly competitive and fast-moving market. To be successful under these conditions, parts manufacturers must be first to market and make sure that the most up-to-date and accurate product data is available. With Instant Data Processing (IDP), we are revolutionising the handling of product data. This new interface makes it possible to update TecDoc data in real time, thus increasing flexibility and shortening the time to market for data suppliers and receivers. IDP will be available early in 2021.

Up to now, TecAlliance data suppliers have been bound by a strict schedule to update the TecDoc Catalogue Database. Besides that, they have had to deliver the full data set even for a single minor change, which made the updating process complicated and time-consuming. Processing data was only possible with the our Data Management Tools (DMM or CCU), forcing data suppliers using other product management systems to export data from that system to our tool for every update.

Worldwide updates within seconds

With IDP, we have developed an API interface that makes the transfer process to the TecDoc database faster and more flexible. Parts manufacturers can update their catalogue data within seconds and at any time. For minor changes, they only need to send the net changes.

The IDP feature is included in the data management tools DMM and CCU. It is also available as a stand-alone API interface for users with third-party PIM systems, eliminating time-consuming and error-prone export and import processes.

Within seconds, all data transferred via IDP will be integrated and published in the TecDoc Catalogue and made available worldwide via WebService, Data Packages and Web Shops.

IDP also offers new ways for TecDoc data receivers to benefit from the acceleration. When IDP is integrated in their processes, all data updates can be received at the same time as on the TecDoc platform. The data receivers always have control over the data so that they can decide when they want to publish updates in their own production environments.

The revolution begins

Alexander Hartling, Senior Manager Application Management and Data Intelligence, ZF Aftermarket

Alexander Hartling, Senior Manager Application Management and Data Intelligence, ZF Aftermarket

Our IDP interface enables all players in the international automotive aftermarket to always work with the latest and most accurate data. Instant Data Processing helps users to save time in data management, to shorten the time to market and to focus on their core business of selling parts.

When we presented the new interface at a Business Development Group meeting in October 2020, IDP met with great enthusiasm from the participating parts manufacturers. Alexander Hartling, Senior Manager Application Management & Data Intelligence at ZF Aftermarket said, “TecAlliance shows again that they are on the right track! In a very difficult time, TecAlliance has developed a highly innovative product to revolutionise the aftermarket.” Also Stefan Blum, Head of Product Data Management at Continental Aftermarket & Services, was very positive about the new interface and commented, “This is a very good initiative that Continental is happy to support.”

The first pilot projects to test the interface have already started. The IDP interface will be available early in 2021 for all our customers worldwide.