DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. still intends to consolidate some of the nearly 30 different purchasing software systems that it uses globally. But it will be on a much smaller scale than Everest, Ford's failed attempt at a global purchasing system.
Last month the automaker said it had scrapped Everest. Sources said the system had run $200 million over budget.
"As we move forward, I think you'll see much smaller incremental moves built around a consistent architecture. So over time you see the kind of gains that we all want," Ford Chief Information Officer Marv Adams said last week. "There's an awful lot of what we invested in that is still very much useable."
For example, Adams said Ford can access a global parts database across different sources "and get good insight into not only our cost structure but also quality."