DERWID at the Richmond E-Commerce Forum in Rimini

DERWID at Richmond E-Commerce Forum 2019 in Italy

We are ready to find out all about the latest trends in e-commerce in Italy.
On 18-20 September 2019 at the Richmond E-Commerce Forum at Grand Hotel Rimini we will meet Italian professionals and experts and exchange views about all the topics around electronic commerce.

Through conferences, workshops and pre-arranged meetings, participants will discover the latest technologies and trends. They will talk with e-commerce experts to answer their doubts and needs or find new inspirations, while working in a different environment.

With DERWID you could talk and share experience about 3D visualization in e-commerce and automated data exchange.

Why is it worth talking about this with us?

We are looking forward to meeting you at Richmond E-Commerce Forum 2019!

DERWID is part of the Federation of Industry of Carinthia

DERWID is pleased to announce that it has been included as a new member of the Federation of Austrian Industries. This is an honor for us but also a big opportunity to improve the visibility of our company, to raise the networking and the cooperation with institutions and the other members.
Today DERWID is headquartered in Villach, Austria, with other 3 branches among Italy and Germany. This strategical position is increasingly important for our competitive presence in the Industry 4.0 and our central role in Digitalization.

Federation of Industry

The Federation of Austrian Industries (IV) is the voluntary and independent representation of interests of the Austrian industry and its related sectors. As a recognised political partner, it works on the positive further development of Austria. The IV represents the concerns of its more than 4,400 current members from the manufacturing sector, the banking industry, infrastructure and industry-related services in the provinces, at the federal level and in Europe.
Efficiently and leanly structured, IV is a platform for its members to help shape industrial, economic and socio-political issues.As an interface between companies and politics, it works as a Representation of interests, think tank, network and service partner. As a member of the official European employer social partner BusinessEurope, IV is also the strong voice of Austrian industry at the European level.

Supplier Relationship Management: the secret to creating successful relationships with suppliers

what is Supplier Relationship Management

Maintaining relations with suppliers is an increasingly central issue also for small and medium-sized companies. Let’s find out what Supplier Relationship Management is and why it is so important.

What does Supplier Relationship Management mean?

The topic of Supplier Relationship Management is not new: it was brought to the attention of big companies in the 1980s by P. Kraljič of McKinsey.

Supplier Relationship Management or SRM means managing relationships with suppliers with a strategic approach.

A company classifies and evaluates its suppliers, defining which products or services are priorities for its business; based on this analysis, it plans strategies and actions to better manage procurement and relationships with all of its suppliers.

Why is SRM central and strategic?

Supply chain decisions impact many areas in the company: procurement, quality control, logistics but also project management and financial aspects.

So it is clear, that a precise and punctual supplying process is decisive for the success of a company.

The goal of this approach is to improve the relationship with suppliers. Maintaining relationships based only on savings is counterproductive. Instead, taking care of the relationships with your suppliers as real partners, helps to create value for the company and to prevent any risk.

To better manage these processes, the company must be supported by a software capable of processing all data relating to suppliers.

What does a SRM software do?

A SRM software is a tool to centrally manage collaboration with suppliers.
Within it, it is possible to manage both operational and analytical aspects of relations with your suppliers. From sourcing to quotation requests, from orders to transport management. It is possible to monitor suppliers’ performance in real time, including corrective actions, and don’t get caught unprepared.

Small and medium-sized companies that choose to have a supplier management portal offer their partners a forward-looking and professional business card, as well as a competitive advantage for their company.

As said before, the performance of suppliers, especially strategic ones, impacts the performance of your company. Thanks to SRM software it is possible to manage, monitor and analyze supplier performance in real time and prevent unforeseen circumstances.

Two relevant aspects of this strategic approach, supported by SRM software are:

  • timely communication and traceability of the relationship. If you change the purchasing manager or involve new people, all information is available in a single place.
  • real-time monitoring and evaluation of KPIs. Key information can be shared with strategic suppliers: not only forecasts, but also information on performance. This reduces alignment meetings and phone calls.

The results will also be manifest in

  • optimizing warehouse management and delivery times
  • greater efficiency in production planning
  • the measurability of waste/errors.

Are you interested in a SRM software for your company?
We can help you further with our Supplier Relationship Management portal D/srm.

Contact our consultants.

EDI services: key factor for digital transformation

Benefits of cloud EDI services: key factor for digital transformation

We’ve been using and talking about EDI – Electronic Data Interchange since the 1960s. But does it still make sense to talk about it today?
Luckily, EDI isn’t anymore that slow, rigid and expensive technology, suitable only for big companies, as it was known until 20 years ago. On the contrary. Do you know that EDI can be a flexible and scalable solution, the key factor for digital transformation and process optimization?
Let’s see what EDI services mean today.

What is exactly EDI? A definition

What is exactly EDI?
Electronic Data Interchange, in short EDI, is the automated computer-to-computer exchange of business documents between business partners in a standard electronic format over a secure standardized connection.
(For further info, read our FAQs about EDI.)

Basically, EDI services facilitate electronic commerce and improve business relationships between partners.
How? By the standardized transmission of orders, invoices, delivery notes and the integration with ERP systems. Process optimization and reduced waste and errors are the results of this automation.

What you should expect from your EDI provider

In order to achieve these benefits, regardless of the type of EDI service they are providing, whether it is a classical EDI solution or a modern EDI web service, your EDI provider should offer:

  • data mapping: in order to have a clear picture of data flows, when you exchange different data formats with your partners
  • data translation: so that all the systems involved receive information in an understandable format
  • tools to check and maintain data quality and integrity
  • connectivity management: as many different systems need to be connected, it is essential to manage the communication between the partners.

Problems of traditional EDI solutions

The world today is increasingly fast and liquid, the traditional EDI solutions have started to become outdated.
Instead of optimizing your processes, they could create inefficiencies.

For example classical EDI includes on-premise hardware and point-to-point connections. The main problems of these solutions are:

  • high purchase and maintenance cost (only affordable for big companies)
  • high effort to make changes (new partners, connections, …)
  • slow onboarding of new partners
  • connections difficult to manage.

Benefits of a cloud EDI solution

To overcome those limitations, new alternative and flexible web EDI services have emerged, suitable for any type of company.

Which benefits does a cloud EDI provider offer?

Here is a list of the main advantages:
1) A cost effective EDI service. You don’t need to purchase any EDI software, hardware or software updates or install anything on premise.

2) A scalable solution: you could start small, measure the results and then decide to create more connections. The solution could be quickly re-adapted throughout the years, when you need to onboard new business partners.

3) A flexible and tailored EDI service, that adapts exactly to your needs and procedure. As we mentioned here, this means that the solution:

  • could be integrated with any type of ERP system, without limitation
  • could integrate any type of customer or supplier, regardless of its size
  • could manage any type of data format, protocol and transmission channel.

4) A quicker onboarding process, thanks to a faster and leaner data mapping.

Need more info on how to improve your business processes through an EDI solution? Contact our EDI consultants.

All you need to know about last June variant configuration conferences

Variant configuration event 2019

What’s the most important trend in variant configuration?
Centralized variant configuration management is gaining more and more importance. In order to optimize processes, both in the back-end and front-end activities, a centralized solution is necessary.
Read on for some highlights on variant configuration trends.

How to manage complexity and variants is a hot topic for many manufacturing companies. Last June we attended two leading events on variant configuration in Germany: smart variant CON in Berlin and the 12th conference for variant manufacturing in St. Leon-Rot. During the events we had occasion to better understand the challenges from industry, to find out brand-new trends and also to present to other colleagues and participants our competence and experiences.
In Berlin we discussed in detail about current challenges of variant product configuration and complexity management, while in St. Leon-Rot we focused on variant management in SAP.

What does variant configuration really mean in 2019?

What we took home from this event is that we should imagine a centralized configurator, when thinking about effective variant and product configuration in 2019.
In order to better manage complexity and improve business processes, one centralized configurator should be used both to manage internal order entry or quotation systems and also for e-commerce.

It’s not anymore possible to imagine two different and separate configuration tools, one dedicated to back-end tasks, while the other to front-end activities.
As regards the back-end and modeling configuration trends, we are moving towards a “Configurator Portfolio” thinking. This means that different products/product groups and specific user touchpoints could be handled as a whole portfolio. Even if there are different configurator approaches, all is based on one central technology suite.
On the other hand, when focusing on the final user, companies should focus on the need of flexibility for a configurator always available and free from technology barriers. A multi-touchpoint approach is needed, paying attention to the increasing importance of user experience.

After these enhancing experiences, we are looking forward to solve together with you the challenges of variant configuration.

Do you want to know how 3D interactive configuration can improve processes in your company? Ask our consultants.

Here you can find more information about the past and future editions of smart variant CON  and variant manufacturing conference.

Entrepreneurs and professionals get involved at the Business Forum Opportunity in Venice

DERWID at Business Forum Opportunity 2019 - Venezia

Let’s take some entrepreneurs from North East Italy. Then add the desire to confront and exchange ideas and experiences. Finally, put them together on a day dedicated: this is the ideal combination of ingredients to create valuable relationships and real business.

Where to find all this?

On July 9th, at the Russot Hotel in Venice, Salone d´Impresa organizes the fourth edition of the Business Forum Opportunity. A networking and B2B fair to give space to the exchange of ideas and create new relationships, to get involved and create value for the territory.

Why participate?

In one day you can:

  • match with over 100 entrepreneurs and professionals from North East Italy
  • attend a program of specialized seminars that will look into the services, tools and experiences of local companies
  • explore the stands of over 40 companies in the 6 exhibition areas dedicated to Services & People, Designers, Products, Start Up & IOT 4.0, Finance & Legal, Countries & Markets.

DERWID will participate in this edition of the Business Forum Opportunity.

At 11.00 am we will present a speech on the topic “Digitize daily Business Processes: the secret to Successful Relations with Business Partners“.
How to transform the daily business processes from simple routine activities to strategic factors? How to communicate in a structured way with customers, suppliers or partners and effectively manage all the resulting data?
We’ll talk about this, starting from practical examples, to find the secret of a successful relationship with customers and suppliers.

Come and meet us at our stand in the Start Up & IOT 4.0 area: we will be happy to discuss the challenges of digitizing business processes together.

Save the date!
Business Forum Opportunity
9 July 2019
Russot Hotel, Venice

The participation is free, but registration is required according to the Privacy Law.
If you are a Business Consultant, you could only participate together with an entrepreneur duly registered.

Who is a Salone d’Impresa?
For over 17 years, Salone d’Impresa has involved people, companies and universities in events, cultural and business projects for the development of the organizations in the territory.

12th conference about variant manufacturing in Sankt Leon-Rot

12th Conference for variant manufacturing in Sankt Leon-Rot, Germany

In June there will be another appointment to immerse yourself in the engaging configuration world after Smart Variant CON, this time with a focus on variant management in SAP. On 26th and 27th June we participate to the Conference dedicated to variant manufacturing in Sankt Leon-Rot, Germany.

DERWID is partner of the 12th conference on variant configuration with SAP Konferenz für Variantenfertiger, organized by sybit, in collaboration with SAP and our partner msg treorbis.

The contents in foreground during these two days will be the most recent technologies, the current challenges and opportunities within variant configuration.

Thursday, 27th June DERWID will address the topic of interactive 3D visualization in variant configuration in two separate lectures.
If you are wondering how to simplify the sales and purchase process of your complex products, this is the ideal occasion to find answers and sparks.
You will find us:

  • Thu 27 June at 2 p.m. – Raum W1: our CEO Horst Exenberger will speak about the current situation and future developments of interactive visualization in SAP variant configuration – Interaktive Visualisierung in der SAP Variantenkonfiguration: Gegenwart und Zukunft.
  • Thu 27 June at 2.45 p.m. – Raum W1: you could see real examples of interactive visualization with the 3D configurator from DERWID in the lecture SAP Variantenkonfiguration mit interaktiver Visualisierung in der Praxis: Wie Unternehmen Produkte konfigurieren und visualisieren by Yusuf Şahin, sales consultant in DERWID.

During the conferences:

  • the experts will talk about new developments in S/4HANA, SAP AVC, SAP CPQ, SAP Commerce Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform;
  • there will be the possibility to examine practical examples of successful companies in the manufacturing sector and
  • to deepen the entire life cycle of the digital configuration.

Moments dedicated to discussion and networking that will involve SAP experts, specialists and users will accompany the over 20 conferences during the event.

Last tickets available

There are still some places available to participate in the 12th variant configuration conference with SAP: don’t miss this opportunity!

We are looking forward to meeting you in Sankt Leon-Rot!

Smart Variant CON 2019 – The new challenges of variant configuration in Berlin

DERWID is partner of Smart Variant CON 2019 - the event about the challenges of variant configuration in Berlin

The wait is almost over. In less than two weeks in Berlin Smart Variant CON 2019 will start. We are ready for the now traditional annual event that brings together the leading configuration experts in the German-speaking area.

Organized by we.CONECT, the event for variant and complexity managers is now in its seventh edition. It will take place at TITANIC Chaussee in Berlin on 24th and 25th June 2019.
DERWID is partner of the event.

What is Smart Variant CON? 200 participants, 55 speakers and moderators from the manufacturing industry will meet to discuss about the challenges of product variants, of configuration and complexity management.
How is a working balance between product variety and manufacturability achieved? Where do costly and economically unprofitable variants arise? Participants could find an answer to these and other questions during the busy agenda of conferences and meetings.

There will be many moments dedicated to exchanges, interaction and networking and also opportunities to talk about best practices. Also during this edition we are sure that the luggage you take home will be filled with new ideas, proposals and contacts gathered.

Come and visit us at our stand in the expo area: we are looking forward to talking with you about the challenges of interactive 3D configuration and visualization.

Write us for more information.

Automated exchange of master and order data through EDI

licht & harmonie - automated data exchange through DERWID EDI solution

The collaboration between licht & harmonie and DERWID

Today we present you the success story of our collaboration with licht & harmonie.

Based in Rietberg, Germany, licht & harmonie develops and refines holistic solutions for high-quality glass doors and fittings since 1999.
Partnership, service, innovation and team spirit are values that they live with heart and passion. In particular, nurturing close partnerships with timber merchants and door specialists, with a focus on quality and design for their end customers, allows licht & harmonie to offer professional service and first-class products.

We met when they were searching for an EDI integration solution: they needed to exchange master and order data with their customers in an automated way.
Today, “thanks to the EDI solution from DERWID, numerous customer orders are automated and no longer need to be recorded by our employees.” says Thomas Herbold, CEO of licht & harmonie.

We are glad to help licht & harmonie facilitate the customer processes around their glass doors.

DERWID and msg treobis win the “SAP User Experience Contest 2019”

DERWID and msg treorbis win SAP ux contest 2019 with burger configurator

At the CWG Configuration Workgroup conference in Budapest, DERWID wins the “SAP User Experience Contest 2019” together with msg treorbis GmbH.

The SAP User Experience Contest 2019

DERWID has been working for years with msg treorbis to integrate a product configurator in SAP UI5 Fiori and this year SAP invited the company to participate in the UX Contest 2019.

Every year the CWG Configuration Workgroup conference brings together SAP configuration experts. This year European conference, held in Budapest, ended on Wednesday May, 22nd with the awarding of the prize for “SAP User Experience Contest 2019”.

The challenge was to create an innovative user interface for the SAP product configurator, using and exploiting the new SAP Cloud APIs with microservices for direct integration into a cloud-based SAP VC backend.

DERWID and msg treorbis have brought together energy, creativity and commitment over the past few months and have achieved the goal with the “Burger Konfigurator”.

The SAP VC configuration project of DERWID and msg treorbis

The competing project is a configurable burger with a menu based on a SAP VC configuration model. The application was created based on the organizational rules of project management, which allowed the coordination of different people, professionals and experiences from Austria, Germany and Italy.

“We set the configuration starting from an empty sandwich: the user has the possibility to choose the type of bread and then fill it with different ingredients. The hamburger customization takes place through an intuitive and user-friendly guided tour that also allows you to complete the typical menu with French fries, salad, ice cream and a drink. ” explains Horst Exenberger, DERWID’s CEO.

Moreover, the configuration experience with DERWID Product Configurator and SAP UI5 Fiori allows you to view the burger price in real time after any type of change to the hamburger or menu.

The interactive 3D product configuration and real-time visualization complete the application. This technology also makes user-friendly every complex business: it is possible to present a product to the end customer quickly and immediately.

DERWID and msg treorbis began a positive and fruitful partnership in 2015.
“The excellent achievement reached today winning the 2019 User Experience Contest confirms that our collaboration is leading us in the right direction.” concludes Exenberger.