The below figure shows the cross border data flows on this planet. There are inter-regional data flows and there are flows between the worldwide regions:
Now, a small part of this data will be product data exchanged between trading partners participating in global business ecosystems. While I have no data on if product data are distributed by the same proportions as data in general, it will be a qualified guess, that the picture will look somewhat the same.
Exchanging product data across borders has some challenges:
- Language is an issue. Product data will eventually have to be translated into the language of the end buyer, if this is not the language in which the product data originally are provided. The definitions (metadata) of product data will also be subject to translation. Even the language of the transmission tools would not be in English all over.
- Regulations around product data are different from country to country.
- The cultural content of the optimal data describing a product in structured data elements and related digital assets are different between countries and regions.
At Product Data Lake, we are, from the center of the largest green bubble, looking for ambassadors around the world who are able to link the in-house product information management solutions at trading partners.
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