The DIG is a "translator" between business partners, in order to exchange documents, protocols and files automatically and without compatibility issues. We take inspiration from international standards.
Using a classification standard, you can bring your products into a unitary structure and describe them in a standardized fashion. eCl@ss thereby provides you with a structure such as property bars, key words and synonyms which you may attribute to your products in order to simplify searches for the products. Your products are thereby found equally easily everywhere. Since the year 2000, eCl@ass is established in the industry, commerce, artisanry, the food industry, service providers and many more. eCl@ss covers a large portion of traded goods and services thanks to its 40.800 product classes and 16.800 properties. Many branch standards (e.g. from the electronics industry, medicine, structural engineering, paper industry/office supplies) seek interoperability in order to implement the potentials of a branch-covering standard.http://www.eclass.de/eclasscontent/standard/overview.html.de
Leading companies agree on a catalogue standard for electronic processing. The federal union for materials economy, acquisitions and logistics e.V. (BME), Frankfurt a.M., has started an initiative for developing a standard for electronic data transmission for product catalogues, to which several renown companies have contributed with high engagements. The following companies are part of the BMEcat initiators and BMEcat supporters. The version 1.0 of the standard was published under the name "BMEcat" in November 1999 in Frankfurt. The technical developments were performed by the Fraunhofer institute for work economy and organization IAO, Stuttgart and the university of Duisburg-Essen BLI, and Linz. BMEcat became the de facto standard for the exchange of electronic product catalogues with version 1.2, demonstrated at CeBit 2001 in Hannover.https://www.bme.de/en/start/
It is an open and standardized catalogue data interface for exchanging catalogue data sets between SAP eProcurement systems (usually "SAP Enterprise Buyer Professional", EBP in short) and any other catalogues. The SAP user thereby directly accesses the current supplier catalogue data via standard internet protocols. "Punchout" is also a commonly used term for this interface, as the SAP system is exited and leads to an external shop system. The SAP system cart is then completed with the articles located there for the order. The advantage is that the supplier (who usually provides the shop system) is directly booked in SAP upon the buy. OCI was developed by SAP AG.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Catalog_Interface