A digital transformation trailblazer in the High-Tech industry

By Neno
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By Olivier RIBET, VP, High-Tech Industry

Ever since the world discovered the first smartphone in 1992 (remember Simon?) the world has experienced 20 years of technology breakthroughs that have transformed the very nature of communications and exchanges. Mobile devices are proliferating at a dizzying pace enabling billions of people to interact with one other and with data in general. Machines communicate with other machines in the fast-growing age of the Internet of Things (IoT). The Cloud enables people and businesses to access shared resources, data and services on-demand, avoiding upfront IT investments, scaling up and down their information system. This hyper-connectivity is revolutionizing the way we work, play, shop, take the bus, plan a vacation, drive a car, entertain ourselves, eat, …. The implications are simply mind-boggling.

A hyper-connected world creates new opportunities to solve some of man’s biggest challenges:

  • Growing urban populations require solutions to address life quality issues such as traffic management, environmentally-friendly constructions, intelligent mobility solutions, security,
  • Provide connectivity solutions for developing countries to aid in their progress,
  • Bring globally dispersed businesses closer together through efficient networking,
  • Reduce raw material consumption, waste and obsolescence of products.

A society to reach one’s full potential

Swedish telecom giant, Ericsson, calls this the Networked Society where communication technologies create new possibilities and behaviors that empower people to reach their full potential. At the core of the Networked Society is a transformation of the way we interact with the world and the world with us. Information and communication technologies (ICT) developed by Ericsson are a driving force in this hyper-connected age. Consider some interesting facts:

  • 40% of all mobile traffic in the world uses networks supplied by Ericsson,
  • 5 billion mobile subscribers are supported by Ericsson,
  • Ericsson has 39,000 patents (it invented Bluetooth by the way).

Yet as technologies progress so do society’s needs, giving rise to newer technologies. Businesses at every level are feeling the pressure of the digital disruption brought on by 5G, IoT and the Cloud pushing them to implement the necessary transformations in their companies to satisfy the world’s rapidly changing demands.

ICT providers like Ericsson are facing stiff competition to develop and deliver products and services at such an accelerated pace. Moreover, the fact that mobile systems are governed by global standards (developed by Ericsson and the telecom industry together) forces product functionality to meet the standards. Plus, at the core of their innovation process, they need to continuously leverage the potential of their globally-dispersed teams, manage rich product portfolios, drive open innovation on a large scale, while securing Intellectual Property.

Carving the path to the telco industry’s digital transformation

After an extensive period comparing and benchmarking thoroughly major PLM and IT vendors on the market, evaluating their products and the companies themselves from all angles, Ericsson decided to take its industry’s lead with an ambitious and comprehensive digital transformation of its activities – internally and in the way it interacts with its ecosystem. Every company process will be impacted by this transformation – R&D, marketing, purchasing, sales, administration, as well as supplier and partner relationship management.

To drive this transformation, Ericsson is intensifying its partnership with Dassault Systèmes by adopting the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and the Business Operation Excellence industry solution experience as the company’s product data foundation. This will replace its existing mainframe environment and disparate legacy solutions. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform will deliver and manage end-to-end digital continuity across all functions at Ericsson.

“We are talking about a business transformation,” said Joakim Cerwall, PLM sponsor and head of PLCM operations at Ericsson. “What we are trying to do is create an end-to-end digital thread and the choice of Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the PLM side is a reflection of this.”

“We’re dealing with a core process of Ericsson,” Johan Torstensson, Ericsson CIO added. “We can’t bet on new technology that doesn’t work. We looked at many cases where companies are using this platform; references have been essential.”

30 min video, featuring Johan Torstensson outlines the strategic choice for the strong partnership. This breakthrough decision will deliver numerous benefits for both sides:

  • Ericsson reduces its costs as legacy software is more expensive to maintain and upgrade,
  • Ericsson gains in efficiency and data continuity since everyone works with the same tools,
  • Ericsson benefits from a unified, digital environment that enables easy and secure access to hardware, software, and service information from anywhere and at any time improving transparency, traceability, reporting, and collaborative innovation,
  • Dassault Systèmes wins a major service reference in the telco industry that will showcase the power of its 3DEXPERIENCE platform to deliver ambitious and sustainable change.

Big bang

Ericsson’s transformation will be a phased process with an initial milestone slated for July 2017. This is when 25,000 R&D employees will switch from the old system to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Following what Ericsson calls this “big bang”, the company will progressively give access to a large part of its employees -technical and non-technical people – for a total of nearly 60 000 employees worldwide. Ericsson expects to profit primarily from IT savings in the first year with big business savings and improved efficiencies down the line in year two, three and four. This is when the telco giant expects to obtain the most value from its investment thanks to a more streamlined development process.

Dassault Systèmes will take the lead in implementing Ericsson’s transformation, supported by IBM as services integrator. We are proud to accompany Ericsson in this journey and to partner with the company in its digital transformation, which will allow it to leverage the surge in the world’s IoT data traffic and machine-to-machine communications. It’s all about providing the world with more compelling and engaging experiences. With Dassault Systèmes’ technologies, new solutions can be invented to make our cities and devices smarter, manufacturing more efficient and social networking more fluid. It is inspirational to see companies like Ericsson question the old way of doing things by digitally transforming its processes to face the challenges that lie ahead in this age of experience.

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3CON Enhances Automotive Interiors with 3DEXPERIENCE

By Alyssa
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When people are asked what they want most in their automobiles, they first cite safety, fuel efficiency and reliability.  But right behind those factors, they say they look at functional interiors and ergonomics.

The automotive industry moves at a very fast pace, with short, unforgiving lead times. More than ever, innovation is critical. For nearly 20 years, Austria’s 3CON has built a solid reputation as a leading global manufacturer of automotive interior machinery.  3CON strategically established sites in Austria, China and North America in order to cater to local customer requirements, as well as deliver agile after-sales services.  With designers in multiple locations, collaboration was the biggest challenge that prevented 3CON from innovating at the required speed to meet market demands.

To improve multi-site collaboration and accelerate the process of transforming concepts into sturdy, efficient equipment while maintaining quality, 3CON selected Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.  In this new environment, they manage complexity with a library of standardized components that is easily accessible to designers regardless of their location.  This streamlined process enables the ability to customize existing components to meet customer specifications in a cost efficient way.  Designers also use the system to share their vision and exchange ideas with clients early in the sales cycle and use real-time input throughout the entire process. This not only enhances the relationship with the customer, since they know exactly what they will get, but helps reduce design cycle time and costs by eliminating the need for costly changes later in the design process.  Because the system is fast and easy to use, 3CON can rapidly try out new ideas and test more design iterations to increase their innovation capacity.

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Watch the new customer case study video to hear directly from 3CON’s leadership about the successes they’ve had to date, such as cutting design time by 30%, lowering the assembly start-up phase by 50% and reducing the risk of cost overages due to improved project visibility.  They also share their future goals, such as delivering high-end 3D virtual experiences to their sales force and customers and paperless production. Additional information about 3CON’s experience is available in a written study.

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‘My Design’ webinar: how a typical furniture company turns ideas into reality?

By Lauriane
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Do you want to develop innovative and successful products?

Do you need to improve efficiencies and make the right decisions while reducing development time and costs? 

Dassault Systèmes has developed “My Design”, an integrated solution that expands your growth and helps increase your margin, making sure you develop a successful product that your consumers will love.

Click here to discover how a typical furniture company has rapidly developed a new office chair, with an integrated approach, from ideation to market launch. Imagine that all internal and external players can easily collaborate together.

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Marketing and Innovation

What if marketing and innovative departments could keep abreast of market needs by managing the free flow of ideas and providing multimedia dashboards?

With a few clicks, the Marketing Manager can easily consult design trends and blogs and monitor project status, all in real-time. Together with her colleagues, she can perform a detailed review of key trends, challenges and consumer expectations. With this visual information, managers can assign maturity levels bumping them up from proposal status, to concept through to validation.

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Creative Design

What if industrial designers and stylists used powerful and intuitive tools that allowed them to focus on innovation?

With CATIA, industrial designers can create freeform 3D sketches. It’s fast and easy to use allowing the user to explore more design scenarios in a short amount of time. He can transform ideas into a 3D reality while exploring detail design variations directly on 3D objects. Sketching combined with the intuitive act of painting demonstrates the power of realistic 3D modeling. Using subdivision-surface technology, the industrial designer can very quickly sculpt in 3D, while keeping surface curvature continuity under control.

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Decision Review

What if you could improve efficiencies and make the right decisions while reducing development time?

It’s time for important decisions to be made during a design-review session with the product manager, the CEO and the marketing manager. To ‘sell’ his ideas, the industrial designer is now using CATIA to present and promote projects with a high-end visualization and rendering solution.

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Concept Development

What if you could reduce development costs by enabling industrial designers and mechanical engineers to work in the same integrated environment?

Mechanical engineers can quickly design Sheet Metal parts by taking capitalized know-how and manufacturing constraints into account early in the design process. The engineer can intuitively manage the forming process directly in 3D and automatically generate flattened views from the 3D design part.

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Simulation and Validation

What if decision makers could harness accurate information to define the best consumer experience and make the right choices?

Integrating simulation in the design workflow improves quality and reduces the cost linked to physical testing. Now that the product is completely defined, all actors and decision makers can easily experience the final product in context and digital assets are ready to be re-used for marketing purposes.

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Conclusion

“My Design” is an integrated solution based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for Consumer Goods companies. It allows the free flow of ideas through social innovation and provides multimedia dashboards to keep abreast of market needs. With “My Design”, your company can develop innovative products faster and cheaper and deliver products consumers love.

Discover more

Watch ‘My Design’ Webinar: how to turn ideas into reality

Discover My Design Industry Solution Experience

Watch the video and Listen to Tomasz Bardzik, CTO of Nowy Styl Group

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