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Cross-catalog search -- possible in EBP 4.0 on SRM?

I would like to know more about the SRM solution on catalog management. We have an SRM solution in our company, with an EBP 4.0 component, and we manage a lot of catalogs with requisite, but some others are managed by suppliers (punch-out catalogs).

We prefer not to upload all catalog contents for our "big" suppliers in our requisite, because it would be quite expensive to manage the updates. My question is: Is it possible to integrate all these heterogeneous contents coming from different sources (requisite/different punch-out catalogs) so that a user can search an item, by text description or by category, and find the catalog where the item is managed?

In other words, is cross-catalog search possible? How? Is the catalog authoring tool relevant for this issue?

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Your question on cross-catalog searching is one that is asked by a lot of organizations. As of EBP 4.0, you can perform cross-catalog searches for goods and services. This functionality is only available for those catalogs that support this function.

The key term here is "catalogs that support this function" – you'll find that there are not many that do so currently. Review the latest OCI standards to find the appropriate technical information and review with your suppliers.

Regards,
Sachin Sethi

This was first published in October 2005

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