Complexity in business is increasing. The globalization of supply and manufacturing adds an immense complexity factor to supply chains and increases the language requirements in many organizations.

Companies across all industries are enhancing their product customization to better suit customers, making the product design and collaboration processes more complex.

Products today are often a combination of mechanical parts, electronics and software, which requires cross-collaboration of several engineering disciplines, as well as information exchange with manufacturing at a very early stage in development.

And big data certainly magnifies the complexity of information management as companies seek simpler ways to interact with and leverage their data. These are just a few examples. So in this environment of accelerating business complexity, what can companies do to continue to grow while simplifying their business processes?

Visualization is one way companies can simplify some of their most complex business processes. Through the integration of new 3D visualization technology, SAP is creating an environment in which employees across an organization — and across multiple organizations — can seamlessly interact with product data and 3D product imagery to gain a faster understanding of the most complicated business problems.

Some of the challenges that companies are facing today can be mastered with 3D visualization:

Challenge #1: Sharing Product Documentation Across the Supply Chain

As the extended supply chain of an enterprise continues to become more global, so too must product documentation. The increasing number of languages spoken across a global enterprise exponentially increases the amount of product documentation required in that organization. Every time a piece of documentation is translated, it introduces the chance for mistakes or misinterpretations. As I mentioned before, not only language adds a level of complexity, but also the product documentation itself becomes more complex and difficult to understand.

To minimize complexity in this process, however, companies can incorporate 3D visual steps and diagrams within the documents to describe certain processes, instead of using text-based descriptions. This reduces the amount of language-specific content that needs to be created and translated for employees or users all over the world, and increases the ease with which the process can be understood.

Challenge #2: Making Complex Designs Easier to Understand and Share

As product manufacturers strive to customize their products for specific customer groups, the design documents behind those products have become more intricate and more complex, moving from 2D CAD to 3D models and fully digital prototypes. And while that’s a benefit for the design process, the massive amount of complicated associated files can impede internal and external collaboration.

With SAP Visual Enterprise solutions, large and complex documents can be viewed and shared in a lighter, more user-friendly format across the enterprise. This capability improves collaboration between departments and dramatically speeds time to market.

Challenge #3: Understanding Big Data

One way to streamline the analysis of big data while increasing its value in the enterprise is by putting it into a visual context instead of viewing it in a static report. For example, imagine selecting areas of a visualized product and being able to access interactive charts of business data associated with that product with a single click. Wouldn´t that make decision making much easier?

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Learn more at SAPPHIRE NOW

At SAPPHIRE NOW, you can find out how SAP 3D Visual Enterprise applications helped Marenco Swisshelicopter Ltd. to successfully launch the first Swiss-made helicopter. Supported by a large and essential financial group and driven by passion, Marenco Swisshelicopter Ltd was founded in 2007 for the direct purpose of developing, building and commercializing a new concept of light turbine helicopter.With this industrial visionary concept, Marenco Swisshelicopter Ltd developed a new generation of helicopter built with a design that concentrates on the key notion of competitive superiority, modularity, advanced ergonomics and choice of materials.
Introducing the only helicopter in the 2.5 metric ton class to combine a full-composite fuselage, an advanced bearing-free rotor system with 5-blades, an electronically governed engine and a glass-cockpit, SKYe SH09 embodies the future of helicopter.

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