Creating and updating specifications can be labor-intensive and time-consuming. In addition, it takes a lot of people working together to get the job done. Even then, employees still make mistakes. Therefore, cross-department collaboration and communication are essential, but suppliers play a critical role, too.
Often, this amounts to the use of multiple static tools, such as Word, Excel, phone calls, and emails that make it nearly impossible to track progress seamlessly and understand status. If you’re managing specifications like this, how do you know if you’ve got the correct version and that someone hasn’t overwritten a critical attribute along the way? This lack of version control can have severe downstream repercussions, such as an expensive rework or, even worse, a devastating recall.
Fortunately, there’s a better way.
With networked Specification Management, companies can:
Centralize specifications on a single platform.
Draft, publish, and update raw material and finished goods specifications.
Streamline and automate internal and external stakeholder collaboration with automated workflows and alerts.
Tap into more than a million supplier-provided documents to auto-populate configurable specification templates.
Choose which suppliers can access shared specifications, allowing them to draft, edit, review read-only sections, add comments, attach documents, negotiate attributes, and approve or decline specifications.
If that sounds complicated, it doesn’t have to be. Check out our latest infographic for a better look at how networked Specification Management can streamline your business processes.