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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. 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.

This is only possible when all Lines of Business within a company are aligned and have access to the same, up-to-date product related data.

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.

This means supporting integrated processes around Sustainable Innovation, Responsive Manufacturing and Operational Excellence, and After Market Services.We call this Idea to Performance. This approach 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 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 integrated processes. At SAPPHIRE Orlando, some of them shared their stories with the audience.

Take Harley Davidson, for example. Besides creating great motorbikes, they were able to speed innovation cycle rates and respond to changing demand with flexible and efficient manufacturing. During their keynote presentation following SAP’s Kerstin Geiger, they explain how to help ensure the operational integrity of plant operations and enhance margins and customer satisfaction through aftermarket services. Watch the video.

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.

Colgate uses SAP Product lifecycle Management (SAP PLM), SAP Sustainability and SAP Manufacturing solutions 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.

Learn how real-time key performance indicators and visibility into shop floor operations is improving operational insight for TreeHouse Foods Inc. Find out how the company is also integrating manufacturing data with enterprise data to connect the shop floor with the rest of the business. Watch the video.

Goldcorp is one of the world's fastest growing senior gold producers, with operations and development projects located in safe jurisdictions. The company. drives operational excellence by improving asset performance and operational safety through simpler business processes and smarter performance management. Get highlights on benefits that personalized screens can bring to the user experience. Watch the video.

The fast-growing manufacturer Pelican Products Inc. uses a closed-loop incident management system to foster a proactive safety culture, preventing losses to people, production, and the environment. Hear how simpler ways of reporting and analyzing incidents combined with fast corrective action can reduce operational risks and improve safety. 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.

Also, in a video recorded on the SAPPHIRE show floor, SAP’s Kerstin Geiger discusses the Revolution and Renaissance of manufacturing making products for this connected world led by the Manufacturing 4.0 Industry initiative. Also, Scott Bolick explains how Idea to Performance leverages SAP’s five key technology Markets.  Watch the Video

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