We are not just going to put the recipe for brewing Heineken or Amstel into a document management system. Especially if we are not sure that it is properly secured. This is not that difficult with tools such as Documentum, but it was not a great success at first. But why? What was the reason and how should we solve it?
Sharing knowledge in corporate organizations
Let me give you some other examples first. To show why this has become so important now. Recently, for example, I was in a call with a large animal feeder that has branches and factories worldwide. Until recently, many of the branches could be run locally and most decisions were made locally. Only central management flew around the world to steer the branches in the correct global direction. But sustainability is very important within this concern. It may sound logical and like a good commercial move, but I am very impressed how these kinds of large multinationals take part in the responsibility to ensure that the world and we as humans will still be here in 100 years.
The amount of money and resources that are used to investigate exactly what the problems are in the different areas and in different animals that stand in the way of sustainability and then do tests and trials to find out how it can be done is impressive. This gives me a lot of hope for the future. But to implement the same vision throughout the group in all the different locations with their own dynamics and cost structures requires a great deal of international knowledge sharing.
Improve quality data management