But it is probably (or actually certainly) too early to talk about the term “six pack” related to these efforts.
We may for example have a look at “a six pack of Carlsberg lager”.
Sometimes you may ask how many different products you are handling in a master data hub. In answering that question we here may come up with a lot of different numbers all being a Perfect Wrong Answer.
The real world isn’t flat. When dealing with product master data we certainly need to see the world in hierarchies as:
- Carlsberg lager as such is a product with some attributes and some relations to the customers liking this product or not.
- The product may be brewed in the original country of origin (Denmark) or at lot of other facilities around the world, thus making it a different product per supplier with respect to some attributes.
- As a customer you buy the product in a certain packaging like a six pack of cans in a given size with a given label.
The bottom level presented here is what in data management terms is identified as a Stock Keeping Unit (SKU).
Oh, and consuming the last “six pack” is probably (or actually certainly) not good for achieving the first mentioned “six pack”.