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.

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.

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.

Why integrate graphic configuration in your e-commerce?

Why integrate 3D graphic product configuration in your e-commerce

Constantly improving customers’ purchasing experience is a must for every business, especially online. Integrate interactive 3D product configuration in your e-commerce is a key action towards this aim. Moreover, it enhances also the sales experience of the producers and retailers. Let’s discover how.

Integrate 3D configuration in your e-commerce: the benefits

Why should there be an interactive 3D configurator in your e-commerce site?
In this way you can offer your customers a personalized, immersive and, above all, engaging shopping experience.
The customer will be able to create and view HIS product, with unique features, in real time directly online. He will have the information he is looking for on available models and prices when he wants it and, thanks to 3D viewing, even from home or on the road it will be as if he were in the store.

Giving the opportunity to your potential buyers to experiment and play with all the variants of your product directly online is an advantage for you, manufacturer or retailer, because:

  • If after the visit to the site the customer decides to finalize the purchase later in the store, there will be a considerable saving of time for the seller: the customer will in fact have clearer preferences about style or precise characteristics.
  • You can collect data on favorite products and understand which ones perform best and make strategic decisions based on these statistics. You could also test new combinations and options, making them available online to all retailers, and start production only after collecting real preference data.

An online graphic configurator is not only suitable for B2C e-commerce. Even in B2B e-commerce, directly visualize products with many variants often makes the difference in the sales process.

Integrate graphic configuration in your e-commerce with DERWID

DERWID offers an online configuration suite that can be integrated with any e-commerce and ERP (e.g. Magento, SAP, Infor …): the configuration takes place live online.
The result for the customer: a 3D image in high definition in real time.
The result for the manufacturer or retailer: data and technical documents necessary for delivery and production.

The configurator is suitable for every device and browser. There are no limitations: it works on iPad as on Android, on Chrome as on Microsoft Edge, etc.
Finally, it adapts to the characteristics of any sector: from furniture to clothing, from container to boating, without limits to the imagination.

Find out how to integrate online configuration in your e-commerce!
Ask about your project or idea to our consultants.

What does e-commerce in 2019 mean?

In the last years B2C and B2B e-commerce continues to gain importance.
To better understand the relevance of e-commerce for companies today, let’s take a picture of its current value and of the behavior of the digital shoppers.

E-commerce keeps growing

The value of e-commerce and online purchasing keeps on growing worldwide. In 2018 the only B2C e-commerce market has grown by 25% over the previous year, reaching the value of 2500 billion euros.

Considering the Europe area, in the last years online product selling has increased by 22% every year. A study from 2017 shows that 1 European out of 4 with Internet access purchased online at least once a week, more than 60% once a month and 6% buy products or services on the Internet everyday.

What are people buying online?
Not only books, consumer electronics, travels and music, but also car parts, beauty and toys, up to fast-moving consumer goods.

How do digital shoppers behave?

There are some particularly relevant trends to consider for those who deal with or approach e-commerce:

  • Buyers use the internet at all stages of the purchasing process, both in the information search and in the post-purchase assistance phase.
  • 10 years ago people preferred to look for information on the internet and then buy in the store. Today they also get information in the store, but then they buy online.
  • E-commerce is for everyone, all age groups are involved. Online purchase is no longer oriented only by the price factor, but also by other experiential aspects such as saving time and comfort.

And the advantages for sellers?

Time savings is a decisive factor also for manufacturers and retailers who invest in online commerce: it is possible to save in terms of productivity and efficiency, for example, when customers present themselves in the store with more precise ideas after making a first online search.

Among the motivations that push companies to sell through the Internet there are in particular:

  • overcoming geographical barriers: selling through e-commerce becomes a business accelerator even for those who work far from large centers,
  • profiling possibilities: thanks to the data collected from site visits and online purchases, making strategic decisions becomes simpler.

Omnichannel strategy

To conclude this overview on the importance of electronic commerce today, it is increasingly necessary for companies to focus on a strategy to integrate traditional and online commerce, with an omnichannel view.
Thanks to a deeper integration between these different channels, consumers will have a better, but above all personalized, shopping experience. While producers and retailers will have the opportunity to learn more about their customers and consequently increase their profits.

On 29th-30th May at the Netcomm Forum 2019 in Milan you will learn more about interactive and emotional 3D configuration for your e-commerce: meet us at stand M7.

Variant configuration in SAP: Book available in December

Buch Variantenmanagement mit SAP - SAP Variant Configuration

Starting from December, 21st 2018 the new practical handbook in German about Variant Configuration in SAP will be available. There you will find over 700 pages with practical examples and solutions.

The book “Variantenkonfiguration mit SAP – Das Praxishandbuch” – written by Uwe Blumöhr, Michael Neuhaus, Marin Ukalovic and published by Rheinwerk Publishing– explains the processes, integrations and practical uses of variant configuration with SAP. It goes beyond the basics of product modeling, analyzing with practical examples the crucial aspects of modeling, pricing and variant projects.

DERWID shared the experience and knowledge about 3D visualization in SAP with the authors of the book.
In a dedicated chapter is described the state-of-the-art centralized solution for interactive, realtime visualization in SAP Variant Configuration. Here are some highlights.

The advantages of 3D visualization in SAP

It was possible to clearly identify the advantages of the integration of 3D visualization in SAP.
The 3D visualization supports the offer and order processes. In fact, the dynamic and graphical presentation of a variant product creates a significant added value.
Furthermore, there is an increase in the productivity of a SAP VC user. Mainly because data maintenance, also 3D data, is centralized to reduce double work.
This all leads to an improved user experience and maintenance speed and therefore greater efficiency.

An outlook to future trends

Thanks to the open architecture of such solutions, there are some interesting developments imaginable for the near future.
First of all, the integration with external object libraries, that could improve the visualization experience for some sectors.
Then, also applications within virtual reality – to be used in the B2C sector but also in B2B for technical services – are already in the process of becoming standards. And finally, imagine a far more interactive user experience with augmented reality.

Do you want to discover all the benefits with variant configuration in SAP? Order the SAP VC book here: it will be available from December, 21st.

Do you need further information about 3D visualization in SAP for your company? Our consultants are at your disposal to answer all your questions.

A look back: variant configuration conferences – DERWID presents innovative solutions

variant configuration conferences

In June, during two conferences, DERWID informed about current approaches and innovative developments around the topic graphical product configuration and visualization of variant and complex products.

Smart Variant CON 2017

On 19th and 20th June in Titanic-Chaussee Hotel in Berlin took place the – yet very important – meeting organized by we-conect on the topic variant configuration and complexity management.

Also this year DERWID participated to the conference as Business Partner. Within the moderation of an icebreaker session and with an info stand, DERWID presented current trends around visualization and graphical configuration of variants. In particular, the graphical visualization integrated in SAP Fiori UI5 had a real positive feedback.

The combination of practical lectures and interactive elements characterized the conference and gave access to more than 250 participants to an overview on the latest trends and opportunities of variant configuration, such as the integrated 3D visualization technologies of DERWID.

We are looking forward to the exchanges and networking of next year, when Berlin will be again for two days the center of the variant-community.

Sybit Infotag Variantenkonfiguration

Meanwhile, SAP users and partners met on 29th June in St. Leon-Rot, on invitation of Sybit GmbH and SAP, for the 10th Infotag Variantenkonfiguration – an information day about variant configuration. DERWID presented within a lecture the current and future solutions for the visualization of variants integrated to SAP ERP applications.

DERWID’s solution landscape adapts perfectly to the strategy of Walldorf: to offer through partner solutions user-friendly and innovative customer systems in the field of 3D visualization. It adapts specially considering SAP cloud solutions and the focus on deep integration, easy handling and efficient maintenance.

Together with the partner MSG.treorbis DERWID informed about the latest 3D integrated visualization for the SAP Fiori UI5 web based user interface.

We would like to thank Sybit, MSG.treorbis and SAP for a successful, informative and special event around the topic variant configuration.

For more impressions about the 10th Infotag Variantenkonfiguration, you could watch Sybit video in German.

Do you want more information about our solutions for the visualization and graphical configuration of variants? Contact us.

Smart Variant Con 2017

DERWID is partner of Smart Variant CON 2017

Smart Variant CON 2017
19/20.06.2017
Titanic Chaussee / Berlin

On Monday, 19th June 2017 Smart Variant CON 2017 begins: it is the biggest platform for variant and complexity management in the German speaking area.

For the third time, DERWID is partner of Smart Variant CON this year.

During the two-day congress many successful projects about variance management and solutions for an efficient configuration will be presented, while practical methods for the calculation and reduction of complexity will be discussed.

On the evening of 18th June DERWID moderates an icebreaker session about “Der Vorteil des Visuellen – Variantenkonfiguration und Saleskonzepte mit moderner 3D Visualisierung” ‒ The advantages of visual – Variant configuration and sales approaches with modern 3D visualization.

More information about Smart Variant CON 2017 and the complete agenda here: https://smart-variant.de/de/.