Best Practice Report

Melt The Snowflakes

Standardize Data Flows Across Manufacturing Sites To Meet Future Customer Expectations

April 22nd, 2021
With contributors:
Pascal Matzke , Elitsa Kortenska , Diane Lynch


Manufacturers are keen to push standardization efforts across their businesses, melting the individual snowflakes of localized procurement to improve visibility from the center, manage costs, and increase control. Taken to its logical conclusion, this would see all local differences swept aside, replaced by enterprisewide systems and monolithic procurement processes. This report guides tech and business leaders to look past the apparent neatness and efficiency of such an approach to find the real value that appropriate levels of local autonomy can deliver.

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