Product Data Management Initiative


The Product Data Management Initiative (PDMI) Program, currently being developed at DLA, will give DLA employees and military customers online access in one place to product data, blueprints, technical drawings and other technical information required for contract awards, item updates and upgrades. The program, which began last year, is working towards the goal of improving the efficiency of the Technical and Quality business processes by increasing the accuracy and accessibility of product data. PDMI will standardize product data management processes and provide a single enterprise application for management of all product data by using SAP, DLAís enterprise application for logistics and materials management. PDMI will improve business processes by making the most accurate and up-to-date product data readily available across DLA and to its customers.
In the Fall of 2006, DLA will consolidate product data stored in DLAís Joint Engineering Data Management Information Control System (JEDMICS), personal computers, shared drives and even desk drawers into SAPís document management system. DLA will also implement SAPís Collaboration Folders (cFolders) to replace existing bidset applications: Automated Bidset Interface (ABI), Contractors Automated Package Request System (CAPRS), and DSCC Bidset Interface (DBI). Bidset preparation and distribution will now occur within SAP, as cFolders will be created for each solicitation that requires a tech data package. The existing bidset applications will exist for legacy purposes. cFolders will be used for all new solicitations.

Vendors will register for access to the documents through the DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) After registering, vendors will access cFolders to view technical data. Vendors will be able to query cFolders for solicitations based on NSN number, Solicitation number, PR number and other criteria.

Vendors who currently have a BSM DLA DIBBS account will have access to Distribution A documents and will not need to re-register. Vendors will be able to request access to restricted data by downloading the appropriate form from cFolders and faxing to a DLA Point of Contact. A DLA resource will track and approve additional access using the current process for granting and removing access to license agreements.

DLA is in the process of developing guidance materials to deliver to Vendors in the August timeframe. We will continue to post information on the Supplier Information Resource Center website (, when more information is available.






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