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Life After COVID-19. What's Next?

I don’t know about you, but I have learned more about viruses and pathogens than I would ever want to know. This is a crisis so terrible that it has killed thousands of people, wrecked economies, and changed how people live today and in the future. We have moved into survival mode trying to learn how to deal with the uncertainty of this pandemic. How life has changed. When will it go back to normal? What will normal look like 3 months, 6 months and a year from now? These are all valid questions and concerns people need to get answered. They will be answered but only after time has passed and we see the results of the war against this invisible enemy. Many things are changing now and many more will change in the future.

SAP is uniquely positioned to help drive these changes as most companies run SAP to support their logistics and supply chain needs. SAP customers distribute 82% of the world’s medical devices, 78% of the world’s food and 77% of the world’s transaction revenue touches an SAP system.

Companies and government agencies throughout the world are looking today to identify “critical products” such as medicines, pharma ingredients, products, parts, etc. that are deemed too important to not be manufactured in home countries. Government agencies that are not very good at product development will become key members of the collaboration processes as they will have the visibility to what critical products and parts will be. Governments will force industries in these areas to design and manufacture a high percentage of these products at home. Supply chains will shorten and change to become more local and efficient. The need for speed and flexibility in new product development will require immediate input and collaboration from customers, engineering, manufacturing, testing, regulatory, and delivery & implementation teams. Fast sharing of critical and accurate will be required to ensure the right information gets to the right people at the right time. SAP has the systems in place today to make these needed changes.

One example of this is SAP’s Intelligent Product Design (IPD) solution. This is a platform that can be used to quickly share and collaborate with accurate information that can be shared across all of the members of the value chain; bringing them together in a single intuitive environment where immediate collaboration on data and objects can be done. The ability to provide visual data enhances the collaboration process to bring ideas and what if scenarios to life. Processes can be quickly created, modified and tested. The processes can then be modeled leveraging 3D visuals for assembly and maintenance use. Sharing and collaborating on both SAP and non-SAP data is and will be more important over time as data resides in many different strategic systems that will never go away.

Join LeverX and SAP today as we begin to prepare for the changes that will be coming in your organization tomorrow.

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