The primary function of the PiLog™ Master Data Ontology Manager is to allow users to create and maintain the client corporate Master Data Dictionary, data requirement statements, and classification structures. Managing the corporate Master Data Dictionary is key for the best practice of master data management. Ontology is the Meta data for the creation of new master data.
Each data requirement can be seen as a data entry form to create master data, containing all the data quality rules (masks, regular expressions, data types) to guarantee quality data. Each data requirement is associated with a class and the properties (fields) that are used to describe the class. For example, the material class "bearing" would be described using the properties, interior diameter, outer diameter, and width. The service class "clean floor" would be described using the property, floor material.
Data requirements can be nested to provide complex data structures. Data quality Meta data (masks, data types, regular expressions) can be pre-defined in the data requirement statements. The Meta data is interpreted and enforced by the Item Entry control functionality of MDRM. Multiple data types are available that cover any data domains (accounts, cost centers, customers, addresses, vendors, materials...).
The Data Requirement Manager is integrated with a Master Data Dictionary that contains the terms and definitions; this is sometimes called a company lexicon or vocabulary. The customer dictionary is managed as a subset of the PiLog Registered Ontology and is integrated with open technical dictionaries that contain terms and definitions collected from international and national standards organizations as well as industry consortia. Master Data Dictionary, contains synonyms and translations.
Dictionary Manager Module comprises of 4 different views of dictionaries that are ISO 22745 & ISO 8000 compliant
Data Requirement Manager Module comprises of 3 different views of data requirements that are ISO 22745 & ISO 8000 compliant
The PiLog™ MDOM includes a classification manager. This is used to create hierarchical classifications for spend analysis or other reporting requirements. These classifications can be mapped to any classification supported by the OTD such as the UNSPSC, CPV, eCl@ss, GPC, FSC, NSC, and industry classifications.
Translation Manager has the capability to automatically translate the terminology & the definitions in non-English languages, user has the ability to review and approve the translations proposed by the machine. The views available in this module show the terms that are fully translated or need translation depending on the organization's languages linked.
Ontology Analysis is the module to analyze the similarities & differences between any two organization dictionaries. It has various compare options to analyze the terminology, data requirements, translations in detail. The reports show the differences and similarities between the ontologies of the organizations.
Dictionary Syndication is the module that allows users to view the status of terms requested to be added to organization ontology. Once the new terminology or data requirements are added to the organization ontology, the same can be downloaded and published to the PiLog-MDRM's Dictionary module for further syndication to the operational master data.