Discrete manufacturing used to be simple. You made lots of the same product to an acceptable quality level and you measured manufacturing success in your financials but then things changed. Consumers want more choices more often and you need to bring more innovative products to market faster. Quality has become a key differentiator as well as a critical competitive advantage. To stay ahead of new global competition, you have to use many of the same low-cost sources they do, which demands careful supply chain management.