What is Specification Data Management™?
Spec data is the foundation to improving overall supply chain processes

Specification Data Management (SDM) Definition

Specification Data Management (SDM™) software focuses on standardizing specs across a supply chain. Specifications include raw materials, ingredients, formulas, packaging, finished goods, bill of materials (BOMs), quality documents and more.

Specification Data Management Enriches Downstream Systems

SDM is the foundation for supply chain systems. When companies implement SDM, downstream systems become smarter and more accurate. As a cloud-based SaaS platform, it’s easy to pass data to other systems and is an ideal single source of truth.

How does SDM differ from systems like Product Lifecycle Management (PLMs), ERPs (Enterprise Resource Planning), and data visualization tools?

ERPs are financial systems, PLMs are used to build complex products like jet engines, and visualization tools are designed to aggregate data, not structure it. These systems were not built to structure, manage, and share data at the spec level.

SDM enables companies to answer key business questions, such as:

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Learn Why Specification Data Management is the Future of Supply Chain

Specright founder & CEO Matthew Wright defines what Specification Management is, the trends driving it, and how companies are using SDM to drive business outcomes.

This talk was given at PACK EXPOs Innovation Stage in October 2018. PACK EXPO is the premier conference for packaging suppliers and manufacturers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Specification management is the process of building and collecting DNA-level information for products and packaging into a centralized system. When you digitize and link specifications together, you create visibility and traceability across your supply chain. This makes it easy to layer on workflows, approvals, and processes. It’s not enough to simply digitize specifications; they need to be mapped and interconnected to drive intelligence. Specification management also enables you to achieve outcomes ranging from improved supplier collaboration, sustainability, and consolidating SKUs.

Specification Data Management is the foundation for all supply chain operations. When companies implement Specification Data Management, downstream systems become smarter and more accurate. Specification Data Management aids in the collection of specifications from all stakeholders, providing interconnected data that drives automation and intelligence. As a cloud-based SaaS platform, it’s easy to pass and share data with other systems and functions as a single source of truth for the entire supply chain.

Product specifications are any details needed for designing products. There should be enough information provided that a complete product can be built from a company’s product specs. Product specifications are the foundation of all goods providing businesses and hold the data that drives efficiencies, cuts costs, and serves your customers. These can range from product components such as packaging specifications, formula specifications or ingredient specifications all the way to finished product specifications.

The main purpose of product specifications are so the product team can detail exactly what they want the supply chain to produce. Specifications documents function as the communication medium between stakeholders during product development and serve as a contract of the expectations for production.

A specification includes any technical information regarding components of product design and supply chain considerations. For example, a food and beverage product spec sheet would include details on the recipe for the product, where ingredients are sourced from, Food and Drug Administration standards, amongst other information. Specifications should reflect everything that is required to make a product; as such, requirements management is a critical part of specification management. 

A product design specification is anything from ingredients, to recipes, to packaging details, and manufacturing methods. Specifications house all of the crucial data needed to create the final product.

Learn how a spec-first approach is revolutionizing how things are made.

In The Evolution of Products and Packaging, Specright CEO Matthew Wright provides a first-hand account of the trends that ushered in an explosion of SKUs and an increase in supply chain complexity that plagues manufacturers, brands, and retailers still today.

Over the course of Wright’s journey, the answer to this complexity seemed simple: to keep up, the professionals would need to embrace data to make better, smarter, more sustainable products and packaging. You’ll recognize stories of the common pitfalls organizations slip into when it comes to managing their most important data and get a glimpse into the future of how data can drive the answers to some of our most pressing supply chain challenges.