A grown and outdated IT landscape as well as immensely growing amounts of data (Big Data) - in particular due to an addition of further meaningful data sources - confront many companies today with great challenges. In industrial practice, especially manufacturing companies with product ranges that are wide in variants have to struggle with inconsistencies and numerous redundancies and thus with an immense complexity caused by the IT system landscape. The consequence: error-free, reliable data preparation is very costly and usually takes too long to make the necessary decisions quickly, correctly and adequately. It is therefore important to create a controllable IT system landscape so that IT contributes to what it is intended for, i.e. resolving complexity instead of generating additional complexity.
With us, as the market leader in Complexity Management, you can design your IT system landscape in the direction of I4.0, and you can also run through this once in our demo factory with different usage scenarios in the areas of production, development and user cycle. The framework of our Industry 4.0 IoP landscape helps you to play out the current possibilities of CRM, ERP, CAD, PDM/PLM and MES systems in your IT strategy, in order to be able to represent a complete digital twin on the product side and to provide "smart data" for short decision paths on the business side. Your benefit consists of
A small medium-sized company, which had grown very quickly from under 100 to approx. 500 employees, had already repositioned itself in terms of organisation and processes and had become considerably more professional. Unfortunately, the newly defined processes - especially development processes and order processing - were still not efficient and were clearly cost intensive, as the supporting IT system landscape had not been adapted at the same time. Much of the work continued to take place via manually prepared, redundant and extremely care-intensive Excel files and e-mail traffic. In a consulting project, we were able to provide the company with significant added value via our IoP framework with regard to the expansion of its IT system landscape, because especially for small producing medium-sized companies this provides a very suitable framework for the expansion of the IT system landscape and for the IT strategy to be aimed at. The company has thus been put in a position to expand its IT landscape step by step and with the right degree of success in the direction of today's "I4.0 standards", thus making its processes significantly more efficient and cost-effective.
In the course of a project to optimize the product complexity of a medium-sized company, it turned out that the company was simultaneously in the process of further expanding its powerful ERP system in a strategic PLM project by additionally integrating necessary PLM functionalities. But especially in today's times, when companies have to act with a lot of flexibility and velocity, when technologies change or, for example, other useful IT systems need to be flanged on, a sluggish and too powerful ERP system with only a few release changes (1-2 per year) is no longer necessarily up-to-date. Target-oriented, more specific and therefore leaner authoring systems, which are connected via a suitable middleware, are usually the better solution. At this point, we were able to help this company with our approach to synchronize system landscapes and save it from a highly cost-intensive overall IT strategy. In addition, we were able to define the necessary use cases and requirements in a small sub-project, which a variant and Complexity Management requires of a new PLM system to be introduced.