When companies deploy innovative technologies, amazing things start to happen. Aesculap, Vestas, and MAPAL have discovered the power of enterprise innovation.
Creating new business models
Aesculap AG is a B Braun division that manufactures surgical instruments. For each surgical procedure there is a predefined set of instruments kept in sterile containers. In the past, hospitals kept track of the contents and condition of the sets on paper-based count sheets.
Today Aesculap is providing customers with an iOS mobile app for count sheet management. The app maintains material numbers, descriptions, and quantities, which makes it much easier for hospitals to track their surgical instruments and monitor which products are in use and their condition. It also makes it easier for Aesculap to align its sales consultants more effectively.
This is just one of the apps the company is developing to help doctors, clinics, and medical suppliers while delivering greater value to its customers and creating new business models.
Optimizing project management
At Vestas, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of wind turbines, role-specific apps are helping site managers and construction workers optimize the installation process. Construction workers can use their iPhone or iPad to report on their progress, even when there is no Internet connection.
Once a connection is established, the data is fed to Vestas’ back-end systems, which allow site managers to consolidate the information and show it on large high-resolution screens. Being able to visualize the overall situation at the site makes it easier to check progress versus target and keep projects on track.
Meanwhile, back-office workers can access and drill down into freshly updated progress reports, allowing them to track, visualize, and compare construction projects at different stages of completion.
Uniting suppliers and manufacturers
C-parts, the small, comparatively inexpensive parts and tools that manufacturers use, make up a small part of their budget, but the costs involved in their procurement, storage, setup, and maintenance are disproportionally high. In addition, large volumes of tool-related data are scattered around disparate systems.
MAPAL, a family-owned precision metal-cutting tool supplier, saw an opportunity to address this challenge and created C-com, an open, cloud-based platform that enables the complete life cycle management of C-parts.
To make it easier for technicians to capture data about tool maintenance, MAPAL also created an intuitive app that connects to the back-end ERP system. If a tool needs to be repaired, technicians can take a picture, make notes, and create and send service requests to suppliers right from their iPhone or iPad. If a replacement is needed a purchase requisition pops up and can be forwarded to a supplier by a simple touch.
Strategic partnerships between industry leaders, like SAP and Apple, are revolutionizing the way enterprises leverage technology to drive customer success. Their innovations not only increase collaboration and efficiency, but also drives down cost and simplifies work.
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