As we reflect and celebrate on our 15 year anniversary, we are so proud of how far we have come. When we started, we set out to fill in gaps of for the widely known and implemented, webPDM ™ by Gerber Technology. It actually goes even further back then that; we started with Microdynamics “classic PDM”. As E-Spec enters its 15th year, we continue to evolve and redefine our company. It has been a long journey; going from consulting to customization and ERP integration to our sweet spot – enabling Creatives to painlessly manage their content and workflow.
While the first versions of our image integration tools only supported webPDM, they now support additional business systems. With our tools gaining maturity and implementing industry standards, they now allow us to support almost any business system, database or website.
Our tools are integrated and in production with:
- Enovia MatrixOne
- Lectra Fashion PLM
- NGC PLM
- CBX Total Sourcing Management (formerly Core Solutions)
- Innovative Systems Full Circle ERP,
- In-house Mac OS PLM system
- In-house websites
- Internal SQL Server databases
- Gerber YuniquePLM
- Gerber webPDM
- Extensis Portfolio DAM
We have working prototypes with customers/vendors for:
Because our tools implement industry standards, they can easily be integrated into almost any workflow. We use RESTful and SOAP webservices to access the system’s APIs. We use Adobe XMP (standard and custom schemas) for easy integration of metadata. We support SQL-based databases; including, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle and others.
Side note about time and costs: As our tools have matured, the implementation time is now weeks not months. As our feature set is complete (no need for further customization), so the costs have gone down. Our last three implementations of our entire product suite averaged under $600 a user – all in; installation, training and licenses. Each implementation was up and running within the month of installation.
Don’t see your system on our list? Call us. We’ll get you there.
A Case Study:
La Jolla Group LLC reduces catalog creation time by 85% with E-Spec In-Cat!
La Jolla Group, Inc. (“LJG”) is the world’s premier multi-brand apparel licensing company, with a portfolio of prominent brands including O’Neill Clothing USA, Metal Mulisha Clothing and FMF Clothing.
LJG creates and manages product catalogs for their many brands and distributors through the use of Adobe InDesign. This manual process involved several team members looking up styles in PLM and ERP business systems then copying product images and details line by line into the catalog documents. The continuous back and forth process of transcribing these product details between the business system and the InDesign catalogs consumed several man-hours. The manual process of verifying the information and updating as changes occurred in the business systems consumed additional effort and left open the probability for errors. La Jolla’s laborious task of creating a catalog was ultimately taking 2-3 weeks per document.
The implementation E-Spec’s In-Cat! coupled with a digital asset management system provided the solution LJG was seeking. In-Cat!, an InDesign extension that connects directly with the business systems, provides LJG with the ability to browse and select images and the corresponding data then automatically populate a simple InDesign template file. Templates are created and data is mapped from the business systems to locations on the template. Search criteria are designated for browsing, selecting, and filtering the database content. Catalogs are now created “auto-magically” as coined by Andres Kalinowski, Sr. Director of IT.
“We went from a long 2-3 week process of creating catalogs to a short 2-3 days. It was a huge timesaver and productivity increased” says Andres.
Now when the catalog needs to be updated to the most current information, the users simply click a refresh button with their mouse, and the information is current and ready for publishing.
“Now we are going to tackle our Merch Guide using our InCat! Solution.” said Andres.
E-Spec InCat! for Adobe InDesign
Extensis Portfolio Server
Huge Time Savings by reducing catalog creation timeframe from 2-3 weeks to only 2-3 days
Increase in productivity
Helps with Auditing allowing the more accurate catalog to be used as the source
Catalogs can be updated with current information with the single click of a button