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The economic life is getting more and more turbulent, individualized and complex. Today, we are facing different challenges than a few years ago. Our resources on the planet are still shrinking and our population is growing – that´s not big news. But we are changing, too. We, the consumers and business equally.  We are in the middle of a social revolution, living in a more and more connected world. Even kids communicate via WhatsApp  and Facebook, consumers get together in forums to discuss the benefits of certain products, companies interact with their customers via Social Media.

This leads to the fact that business models are changing from delivering products to delivering performance.

Time-to-market becomes more and more important for companies to stay competitive, but also, they have to comply with ever-changing global regulations and fulfill individual customer needs.

Consumer-driven, Sustainable Innovation becomes a success factor. SAP software can help you to synchronize your product portfolio strategy with design creativity and to analyze the financial impact of your product portfolio.  Faster time to value can be achieved through integrated, efficient development and manufacturing processes with seamless information exchange across the value chain.

Reducing risk is another important topic for manufacturers. You should embed product compliance already in the early stages of product development to help ensure your products comply with ever-changing regulations such as REACH and RoHS. Product compliance software can help you ensure marketability while reducing compliance costs and lowering your risk of wasted inventory and supply-chain disruption.

SAP developed a strategy that provides the power of an integrated solution offering across R&D, Manufacturing, Operations, Asset Management and Sustainability to achieve the highest business performance.  We call it “Idea to Performance”. This means supporting integrated processes around Sustainable Innovation, Responsive Manufacturing and Operational Excellence.

Idea to Performance enables all manufacturers to develop, produce, operate and maintain innovative products with high value to their customers.

Idea to Performance is designed for a broad range of industries to enable:

  • Smarter decisions driven by the real-time availability of data through HANA
  • Faster execution of integrated processes
  • Simpler user experiences with 3D Visualization, social media and mobile technology.

Sounds too visionary, too complex for your company? There are a lot of companies out there that are already following (or should I say building?) the path of creating exceptional customer value through sustainable innovation processes. At SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando, some of them shared their stories with the audience.

It is interesting to see that manufacturers from different industries are facing quite similar challenges in their daily business, but different ways to manage them. In a panel discussion at SAPPHIRE, Mosaic, Varian, Kennametal discussed how they minimize operational risk through faster innovation cycles, smarter use of production capacity, increased operational integrity, and revenue growth from aftermarket services. Watch the video.

Waters Corporation is using 3D visualization technology from SAP to use 3D visual data from the confines of engineering, and integrate it with business information from SAP software enterprise-wide. Waters has enabled smarter design collaboration with customers and established animated 3D instructions for assembly and service processes, making them simpler to follow and faster to complete.  Watch the video.

Varian Medical is a manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, and brachytherapy. The company was able to reduce cost and operational risk through efficient product safety and stewardship that simplifies regulatory compliance and reduces environmental impact.  Varian Medical Systems is accelerating innovation cycles through lean, paperless design and manufacturing processes for compliance-sensitive products. Watch the video.

Colgate uses SAP Product lifecycle Management (SAP PLM) to innovate for growth and improve operational efficiency through faster, smarter new-product development and manufacturing. Hear how optimized product lifecycle management, manufacturing, and compliance processes at Colgate-Palmolive are increasing speed to market, improving quality, and boosting productivity in operations. Watch the video.

If you like to hear more customers introducing their Research and Development projects, visit the SAPPHIRE NOW homepage.

Stay tuned!

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