Future Electronics Inc. has completed a three-month plan to implement software tools from i2 Technologies Inc. that the distributor said allows it to access information on more than 9 million active and obsolete part numbers.
By integrating i2's Web-enabled Discovery Knowledge Manager and Electronics Content Database into its computer system, Future said it is able to offer standardized product information to improve collaboration with OEMs and EMS providers and give customers the tools to make better purchasing and inventory management decisions.
"Our belief in i2's ability to execute was a key differentiator in the selection process and has been confirmed during implementation, " said Brad Hudon, director of IT development at Future, Montreal.
To keep the database current, i2 will provide Future with roughly 40Gbytes of data biweekly through the subscription-based service. Data sheets, application notes, product images, parts notifications, and obsolescence information are available to enhance the online database.
"Future now has access to part information that most companies can't justify collecting and maintaining," said Greg Gordon, senior director of content solutions marketing at i2 in Dallas.
While Future's initial implementation has focused on expediting the customer's quoting process, it has yet to activate features that allow suppliers to log on to the password-protected database to update or add product information, Gordon said.
"The plan is for Future to extend the software down to connect with the order management system," he said. "Now that Future has clean part numbers that can be confirmed by the customer, the next thing is to connect the system to provide buyers with contract pricing and availability."