jCatalog is a Spend Matters provider to watch because of its virtually unmatched strength in managing complex catalogs for equally complex industrial firms. These “smart catalogs” can be for products, services or both – even simultaneously when both are required in many MRO environments at the work order level.
On the product side, such catalog management includes managing product information of suppliers that can be manufacturers or distributors, including jCatalog’s customer Zoro, which is Grainger’s mass-market online marketplace. This product information management (PIM) area is also where jCatalog excels, so companies with both buy-side and sell-side catalog requirements should definitely take a look at jCatalog.
jCatalog also offers a broader source-to-pay application footprint, but it’s very much optimized to industrial environments, where you want category-specific smart forms that can be used to quickly initiate requests, run some quick quote sourcing and then hand off into downstream order and invoice execution for both products and services. It also uses its master data and content skills to support its own lightweight spend analysis product, or to augment spend and supply analyses that you run in a different environment.
Bottom line: If you need a best of breed catalog solution for complex B2B processes, you need to look at jCatalog.