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The future will be dominated by virtual and interactive product configuration. [shutterstock: 796031083, Beros919]

The future will be dominated by virtual and interactive product configuration. [shutterstock: 796031083, Beros919]

Interactive Virtual Reality in the CPQ-Process

Industry 4.0 initiatives support the trend towards customized product variants and the sale of machine and plant systems. Thus, sales become a digitization driver: new, innovative next-generation CPQ (Configure Price Quote) software, the symbiosis of ERP master data and object dependencies with an interactive Virtual Reality configuration and simulation display, is required.

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With 3D variant configuration, sales staff can provide customers with interactive offers for complex products. [shutterstock: 707776618, TierneyMJ]

With 3D variant configuration, sales staff can provide customers with interactive offers for complex products. [shutterstock: 707776618, TierneyMJ]

Special: Visualization for Sales and Services

CAD data is the foundation. Variant configuration means that individual offers to the customer and in addition, good relationship management and pricing are a must. Until an ERP system becomes a satisfactory system for supply and sales however, many adaptations are needed. SAP partner SAE has managed to bridge the gap. Peter M. Faerbinger, E-3 Magazine, spoke with the managing directors Susanne Henkel and Erich Schaarschmidt.

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In some cases, AI is already better than humans. In a lot of other cases, there is still a lot to learn. [shutterstock: 568431658, whiteMocca]

In some cases, AI is already better than humans. In a lot of other cases, there is still a lot to learn. [shutterstock: 568431658, whiteMocca]

The High Art Of Artificial Intelligence

Are we experiencing an unprecedented technological advance through artificial intelligence (AI)? There is a lot out there that suggests this! Still, it will take a long time for machines to truly become equal or superior to humans. Until scientists have developed super-intelligence (strong AI), we humans will continue to co-exist and work well with weak AI.

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With over 25 old ERP systems out of comission, Japanese brewery giant Asahi is achieving lasting reductions in IT operating costs. [shutterstock: 263923439,somsak nitimongkolchai]

With over 25 old ERP systems out of comission, Japanese brewery giant Asahi is achieving lasting reductions in IT operating costs. [shutterstock: 263923439,somsak nitimongkolchai]

New Recipe For Historical Data

Asahi, the Japanese brewery group, is shutting down 25 old systems in Central and Eastern Europe, thereby making a lasting reduction to its running costs for access to legacy data.

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SAP ERP has been at the center of attention for a long time. Sometimes, ECM solutions may however take the lead. [shutterstock: 645446737, Gallks]

SAP ERP has been at the center of attention for a long time. Sometimes, ECM solutions may however take the lead. [shutterstock: 645446737, Gallks]

ECM Or ERP First: Extrovert Or Introvert?

People who always have to take center stage are often frowned upon in society. In the SAP Community, many are wondering if SAP invariably has to take center stage or if other systems like enterprise content management (ECM) can also have a leading role.

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