How Digitalization works – and how it doesn't

by Michael Wilp on 02/18/2020

When someone tells us that we’re living in the digitalization age, we tend to dismiss the idea with a tired wave of the hand. Not only is this nothing new, it’s practically the norm. It’s a topic that has become ubiquitous – everywhere you go, people are talking and writing about it. But what does “digitalization” actually mean, and what does it entail?

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Digitization

Optimally preparing ERP projects in sevens steps

by Claudia Claßen on 12/11/2019

ERP projects are often complex – regardless of whether they involve replacing an old system or an initial implementation. Those who understand the importance of the preparatory phase – i.e. the stage prior to software selection and implementation – increase their chances of project success. But what should you pay particular attention to during preparation? We have compiled the most important points.

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ERP,
Digitization

The best way to get started in digitalization

by Tim Bennemann on 12/05/2019

Ever since the word “digitalization” became popularized in the media, more and more companies have been taking an interest in the subject. First off, it’s important that we start with the definition. What does this term actually mean? Many companies believe that introducing a new IT system already counts as a digitalization initiative. While a modern IT infrastructure certainly is crucial to data security and process optimization, we think digitalization is a bit more than that. For most sectors, digitalization signifies fundamentally transforming the business processes with an eye towards developing a service-oriented economy. So we’re shifting focus from the physical product itself to the services based on that product.

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Digitization

Reducing Production and Warehouse Costs with Optimum Batch Sizes

by Michael Hering on 12/02/2019

How much should you produce of a particular product in one batch? How high can the stock level be? Does it make sense to increase the machinery capacity? Challenging questions like these can only be answered reliably with intelligent data utilization. Traditional models for batch size optimization (such as the formulas developed by Harris and Andler) produce initial indications, but they cannot provide comprehensive optimization taking into account all relevant articles, costs, and restrictions. The processes are simply too complex.

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Data & Analytics,
Industry 4.0 & IoT,
ERP,
Digitization

How to align innovations in the market

by Saskia Burns on 11/20/2019

Who hasn’t seen this happen? A product comes out that’s so technically complex that it burns right through the biggest budgets. So the market rejects it. An entrepreneur starts with a good idea... that, unfortunately, no one was waiting for. In an in-house competition of ideas, the entries are judged by Management but not by any potential buyers. The companies end up with countless innovations and not the faintest notion of what their target groups are.

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Digitization

How to overcome resistance during projects

by Patrick Jörg on 11/13/2019

Companies undergo a process of constant change – whether it is adapting to new framework conditions or gaining new competitive advantages. During these adjustments, many of the associated change processes reach their limits or even provoke active resistance from employees. One thing is certain: It is better to prevent resistance than to have to react to it.

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Digitization

From web to service: will you have to re-invent yourselves?

by Andreas Eichhorn on 10/21/2019

Digitalization is a real challenge, but it also opens up brand new possibilities. What looms on the horizon of the digital transformation process is digital integration. This means brand new possibilities for companies. In this blog, we’ll tell you what’s involved and how your business stands to benefit.

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Digitization

Digital roadmap: The journey is the destination

by Andreas Eichhorn on 10/10/2019

We start with the DigiCheck. And what comes next? First, our consultants figure out which of your business processes are currently well-supported by software solutions and which are not. The next step is to identify the “pain points” (processes that need improvement) and determine the target processes (the solutions that are needed). Based on a priority list, the project is broken down into individual, manageable stages. And so your digital roadmap begins to take shape.

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Digitization

Digital strategy in 3 steps?

by Maik Donner on 09/26/2019

There’s no doubt about it – going digital means almost unlimited development potential. What business wouldn't want a piece of that pie? But before you go running to the “digital buffet,” ask yourself this: What do we actually want to digitize, and what actions will produce the advantages we’re looking for? This initial question is the introduction to digital consulting – and our dialog with you.

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Digitization

Automated services for better product quality

by Michael Rißmann on 09/24/2019

At a time when products are becoming more and more similar, service quality and extra services are the surest way to offer unique selling points. Digital technologies and mobile solutions help make service processes more efficient, offer customers a real added value and let you really stand out from your competition.

Categories:
Industry 4.0 & IoT,
Digitization