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With highly interactive computer networks, multiple users can share tiny bits of common information. These common elements become the basis for a central database from which producers can develop a wide range of management reports. Since these reports are derived from common data, it is easier to make current analysis of company-wide trends. In a business environment where every second of plant or truck idle time is a real cost, these potential efficiencies may help improve operating margins.