When you’re evaluating your infrastructure options, look carefully at where products are manufactured. Sure, today’s products can be shipped anywhere, but not necessarily cheaply or quickly. Manufacturers who produce in your region – or at a minimum, keep the technology stocked with local distributors – are more likely to get products in your hands on time and on budget.
On a related note, check to see if the same product is manufactured in two different locations. If you’re getting multiple shipments, you might not be getting the same product. Sometimes the specifications, materials, and even dimensions of a product may differ from location to location. Truly global solutions will ensure that the technology you select to deploy across your organization is identical from site to site.
While this may seem to be only a concern for those organizations that really are global, close-to-home operations can take a lesson from this as well. Some of our customers, to their eventual regret, have treated base components – like cables or connectors – between manufacturers as interchangeable commodities. This can certainly result in performance differences. More often, it leads to installation and maintenance practices that differ by location, also creating scalability inefficiencies for your organization in the future.