Procus Hierarchy is a central module of Procus family, which enables hierarchical layout to be created for the product information in the database. Like all Procus products the hierarchy management functions on the web, so the structure of the product database can be maintained anywhere, anytime. In web environment it is also possible to achieve significant savings related to maintenance of product hierarchy and security issues can be managed centrally.
The hierarchy or structure of product information ultimately determines how easy it is for the end user to find desired information. The time spent on the design and implementation of the hierarchy is at least as valuable as the time used for processing the product data.
Procus Hierarchy is at its best when there are a lot of products and product information is wanted to be published in a variety of different media. Procus Hierarchy is an important marketing and sales tool when sharing of the rich product data is essential for the development of the company's sales.
Hierarchy has a tree structure, which may contain an arbitrary number of levels. Products are attached to the lowest level of the structure, so the end user finds product information on navigating through the structure. The same product can be connected into many places of the structure without that the product information itself is duplicated.
Procus Hierarchy is designed to be independent of the product information content. Product information may thus contain the desired data format and the text of arbitrary amounts. In the same product database can be built desired number of different hierarchies, depending on the end user needs. For example different customer segments or different market areas may need different hierarchies. Hierarchies are designed from the end user's perspective so that the information needed and requested by the end user can be found as easily and logically as possible.
Creating hierarchies is done with web-forms. Different levels of the structure may also include links to internal or external sources, such as images, web addresses, documents, etc. Different language versions of the structures can be controlled in the same database.
Maintenance of hierarchies
Maintenance of the hierarchies is done directly to product database with web forms. Structures or parts thereof can also be moved or copied to another location. It is also possible to build the system such a way that some of the information is automatically updated from another system.
Because of versatile search and sorting features the maintenance of the hierarchies is effortless.
Management and publishing of product group data
Product group level data management is done with the management tools of the hierarchy. Text, graphics and other linked data can be connected to the product group level. Different product groups as well as the hierarchies of different language regions may include different types of group level information. Then the same product information may be published in different ways for different groups.
The most common ways of publishing are catalogs on paper, price lists, web catalogs and DVDs. Each way of publishing has its special characteristics and requirements, but all have in common, that if the hierarchy is designed properly so the automatic database publishing such as print readya PDF files or dynamic web pages is simple and very inexpensive with Procus products .
With help of Procus Hierarchy a new product group can be built completely ready before release of the actual publication. Likewise a product or product group can be removed from publications without that it will disappear from the product database. Thus, for example the product data of the products which have left sale can still be maintained without the data no longer is published in the website or in the automatically published publications on paper .