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Commentary: Data Standards Need Leadership

As a good friend once observed, success in distribution is not so much hitting home runs or triples, but executing singles well and celebrating the occasional double. (The baseball analogy might be a little late but only because the World Series ended too early).
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It would be nice to apply that thought to the area of data standards in distribution, but we can't. There are some isolated sectors where there have been successes, most notably in electronics and electrical product sectors. But most areas in distribution have been striking out or at best getting an infield hit every once in a while. Not surprising really, when you consider how fragmented this industry is at every level.
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For more than 20 years, there have been efforts to connect distributors with ...

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