Build the Ideal Factory

At the same time, they stay in control of schedules, purchase orders, price adjustments, delivery reliability and inventories. They monitor their margins and generate optimal returns. How do they do it? By creating an ideal factory.


Successful manufacturing companies are those who can respond rapidly to changing customer requirements. The customer is in charge. Now more than ever, it is end-customer demand that dictates how both you and the other links in the demand-driven supply chain need to produce and deliver goods.

That involves a great deal of work. Meeting the needs of demanding customers calls for manufacturing companies to collaborate seamlessly with suppliers. It requires a reliable production process that combines high quality with minimal waste. It also necessitates a focus on service.

The ideal factory

We help manufacturing companies think about challenges such as these using a model we call the Ideal Factory. This ideal factory is based on solid foundations that give you maximum insight into scheduling, purchase orders, price adjustments, delivery reliability and inventories. It has everything you need to seamlessly introduce new products, monitor your company's margins and generate optimal returns. With the right foundations, you can be resilient and manoeuvrable. Moreover, every process adds value for the customer. Changing circumstances and changing customer requirements are no longer a problem. This is how you respond.


Servitization is on the rise. More and more production companies are gradually shifting towards offering some or all of their products on a subscription basis.


Your customers expect customised products in a lot size of one. Are you able to create a unique product or a unique range of products based on customer specifications?

Digital Transformation

New production methods are bringing rapid changes to the manufacturing sector. It's time to get on board. But how?

SAP S/4HANA Cloud Manufacturing

Personalisation, an ageing workforce, the infinite possibilities of innovative technology, and the advent of servitisation – these are the trends that will determine the future of the manufacturing industry.

Ctac iPaaS

The cloud landscape has exploded. Everything is moving towards the cloud: from small solutions supporting a single task to large, integrated ERP systems, and from traditional solutions hosted by a third party to solutions running on a server in a faraway country. But how can you make sure that all those systems talk to each other and exchange data without any problems?

Reference story Soudal

Dream, Reflect, Venture, Act and Persevere: it has been the motto of Vic Swerts, Soudal’s founder and chairman since 1966. The company also strives to follow these inspirational words in the field of IT. “We’re always looking for ways to work smarter and keep up to speed with new technologies. That’s our philosophy.”

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“Are you being Served?” From production to “as a Service” in four steps

Blog - 4 October 2018, Roland van Heesch, 4 min reading time

Manufacturing companies can no longer afford to exclusively focus on just making and selling products. To stay relevant, more and more companies are moving towards ‘servitization’. This means a serious change of gears on all fronts, whether it comes to strategy, processes or systems.

Vlog Michiel Kox: Customer Intimacy in Manufacturing


One consequence of the digital transformation is that customers are becoming more demanding. For manufacturing companies, this means shifting from a strategy based on operational excellence to a strategy that prioritises customer intimacy.

SAP S/4HANA Simulation Game

Event - 14 March 2019 | SAP Brussels Area | Bring your own device

We could simply tell you that SAP S/4HANA is a new ERP system that can bring you speed, success and growth, but we’d prefer that you experience this for yourself as a Finance, IT or Operations manager. And the Business Simulation Game makes that possible.