Industry Data Model

Building Materials

Building materials consist of raw materials, hardware, manufactured items, components and services used for home and commercial construction, maintenance and improvement by both individuals and companies providing these services.

Some providers of building materials sell only to the trade while others sell to both the trade and individuals, with varying degrees of emphasis. Larger building materials stores or warehouses may carry 35,000 to 40,000 products or more, which makes demand forecasting and inventory management essential to both service and cost management.

Just-in-time inventory management and accurate seasonal product demand forecasting have been identified as critical components of success and building materials organizations actively invest in new technologies such as hand-held devices that can track items and order out-of-stock items or locate them in other stores along with a variety of methods of inventory tracking and automated inventory management.

The ADRM Building Materials data model set consists of Enterprise, Business Area, and Data Warehouse logical data models specifically developed for companies in the building materials industry and addresses business areas which include, among others:

CustomersBusiness Metrics
Marketing & AdvertisingInventory
Bookings / Billings / BacklogsHuman Resources & Payroll
Financial ReportingOrders
ContractsProperty & Equipment

An integrated and comprehensive understanding of the building materials organization's data provides a reliable basis upon which to plan, execute, query, report and analyze each aspect of the business and associated costs and margins.

The ADRM Building Materials data model set has been designed to seamlessly integrate with components from ADRM's Freight & Logistics data model set for those customers interested in also integrating a detailed view of the freight and logistics information related to their building materials business.