Correct. ‘Co-innovation,’ as we understand it, requires trust, courage, and motivation. After all, the creative process does not just end by putting together technologies for which one or the other partner has the better competence and expertise, and then the product is finished. It is simply about thinking ahead, maintaining balance from the first step onward, and keeping the actual and much more valuable development goal in mind: to be able to offer shared solutions to shared customers in the future.
Point-by-point cooperation leads to a continuous process that starts with joint development and production, and concludes with consulting, sales, and integration. To accomplish this, we first see who can bring added value to the co-innovation. With HMD, for example, Fujitsu is delivering today the device, the use case, and the process flow that needs to be supported. We designed the solution, developed the application, and integrated the first micro-services, like “Pick-to-Voice”. Additional micro services, for example, from the 5G environment and edge cloud computing can be supplemented by other partners during the project or later on.
We are testing a software solution with Fujitsu from our subsidiary Multimedia Solutions (MMS), which can visualize machine data and thus create a virtual image of an analog factory. An entire plant or, depending on the target group, individual and real manufacturing processes can be visualized. This so-called ‘digital twin’ becomes the basis of a dashboard where every customer receives a needs-based presentation, for example, using algorithms for predictive maintenance. Essentially, an avatar of the factory provides concrete recommendations for necessary process steps up to the integration of suppliers. We want to use this project to show how additional assets from a pure software product can become a real solution.