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Based on concrete use cases, we develop a comprehensive IoT strategy together and take your business model to the next level with the transformation of your product portfolio.

Consulting

CHALLENGES FOR DEVICE MANUFACTURERS

Device manufacturers face a multitude of challenges in a world of constant change. In addition to coordinating production risks, the lack of talent and many regulations make it difficult to act. As a device manufacturer, you are in a race with new market participants for the digital future of products and business models.

In this situation, we give you a valuable advantage through the interdisciplinary experience of our design, technology and business consulting teams. We are guided by three goals:

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Alexander W. Jonke Managing Director U-Experten

Based on concrete use cases, we develop a comprehensive IoT strategy for your company. We take your individual situation into account and consider product, technology, organizational and market factors.

For improved decision-making, we translate product ideas into concrete business cases and enable a profitability-oriented view. We compare different business models and test them using prototypes and MVPs.

Is your IoT strategy ready to be implemented? Together we define an operating model for future business models and moderate the change for your specialist departments. If desired, we support you in improving the maturity level of lean/agile development methods.

WHAT IS A SMART PRODUCT TRANSFORMATION?

We offer you a product-driven transformation of your business model, in which we identify the potential of your product portfolio and summarize it in a holistic IoT strategy. We lead your company into the digital age and build on your product portfolio, which we expand with new digital components or services. Such a product-centric transformation offers you the opportunity to change your organization positively and to unleash new innovations in the long term. Typical transformation patterns have emerged from our experience:

IOT READINESS

Networking of devices through integrated interfaces and protocols. From core business to “smart connected device” provider – you make your product (retrofit) smart.

ECOSYSTEMS

Building “smart product” ecosystems. From the product to your own connectivity and control solution. Possible connection and integration into sales and service systems.

BUSINESS MODELS

Implementation of new business models through smart products. Development of data-based business models and achievement of recurring, service-based revenues.

SCALING

Sustainable scaling of your own organization. Your team evolves with the new requirements of the “Smart Product” life cycle and reaches new levels of excellence.

Alexander W. Jonke Managing Director U-Experten

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FOUR STEPS TO YOUR SUCCESS

HOW WE
WORK

vision

01

Design thinking methods tailored to Smart Connected Devices lead to a clear structure and a memorable visualization of ideas, use cases and value propositions.

Journey

02

The assignment of user stories to key characteristics creates clarity. There are requirements for the device (for example, for sensors and interfaces), the cloud and connectivity.

Concept

03

From user-friendliness to system architecture to pricing – the essential ingredients for the success of the product must be checked and made tangible.

products

04

A Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is the first release of a product or service with just enough features to delight early customers and adopters.

WE HAVE ANSWERS

FAQ

The transformation of your product into a smart connected device often enables a significantly better product experience from the customer’s perspective as well as completely new applications and possibilities. Customers increasingly expect their products to function smoothly in their familiar environment and to be able to be integrated and used intuitively. For companies, this means on the one hand the opportunity to better meet new customer needs, on the other hand, completely new business models. It is also worth considering economic integration into cooperative networks and ecosystems.

Human centered design is a people-centered approach to problem solving and is characterized by a strong integration of human perspectives into the problem-solving process. In our consulting practice, we use human centered design to develop a well thought-out smart connected device with a superior user experience based on individual customer needs. The users of your product are at the focus of all considerations and define the later design of the new product with their requirements and wishes, for example on the technological side.

We are always interested in new ideas and innovations. We are happy to support startups in refining their ideas via iterative prototypes and MVPs. For more information about our startup program, please use our contact form.

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