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ATLANTA, Georgia and READING, England, March 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Faster data exchange improves service in the automotive aftermarket industry
Stibo Systems, the Strategic Information Management Technology and Solutions Company[TM] today announced that ZF Services, the specialist service division of the automotive supply company ZF, has chosen the STEP PIM/MDM enterprise solution from Stibo Systems to manage product information for its worldwide aftermarket business. Among other things, in the final development stage STEP will supply data to the industry-wide information exchange platforms TecDoc and ACES.
With its technology platform, Stibo Systems has been meeting the needs of customers in the automotive aftermarket industry, such as Europart, Winkler, Napa and Thule, for several years. The latest customer of Stibo Systems, which specializes in master data solutions, is ZF Services. As a business unit of one of the world's leading suppliers of automotive driveline and chassis technology, ZF Services will in the future manage globally all the information relating to products from its Sachs, LemfÃ¶rder, Boge and ZF Parts brands using the Stibo Systems technology platform.
Dieter Stich, head of product management at ZF Services, explains the choice of STEP: "Stibo Systems' existing references in the automotive aftermarket industry convinced us that STEP is a tried-and-tested PIM/MDM solution and that it has the potential to be an important interface for the easy exchange of data in the market."
Manfred Heckt, managing director of Stibo Systems DACH region, describes the particular challenges involved in managing data within the industry: "In the automotive aftermarket sector, the master data is incredibly complex, because OEMs, parts suppliers, distributors and vehicle repairers all exchange information with one another. This means that factors such as country-specific regulations and the development history of the individual products have to be included in the master data management system. If all the information can be made available quickly to all the market players, the speed of the market as a whole can be increased significantly."
You can find more information about ZF Services at http://www.zf.com/services.
About Stibo Systems
Stibo Systems is the worldwide market leader in strategic information management technology and solutions. Stibo Systems' STEP platform boasts a flexible architecture that combines the power of master data management (MDM) with product information management (PIM) to create a single trusted asset called strategic information, enabling organizations to manage their information intelligence on a global scale through an integrated process. Stibo Systems' global customers include GE, Sears, Siemens, Trek and Thule. Stibo Systems is a subsidiary of the privately held Stibo A/S group, originally founded in 1794 with corporate headquarters in Aarhus, Denmark. For more information, visit http://www.stibosystems.com.