#3 Episode – ERP for zero (2/2)

Guest: Prof. Dr. Axel Winkelmann, full professor at the University of Würzburg. He is head of the chair Business Management and Business Information. He is an expert in the field of Information Management, ERP-Systems, Data-Management and Business Process Standardization.

In this episode we talk about a topic which is essential and more or less “ERP for zero”: The challenge of capacity and resource allocation within a company and on B2B level. You will hear about an exciting approach of building a B2B-market-place in the field of additive manufacturing (3D-prinitng). As the solutions for matching supply and demand on an inter- and intra-company level are lacking, Prof. Axel Winkelmann and a team of researchers and companies are looking behind the value chain and started to develop a market design

Moreover we talk about eStandards ? this is not a new topic. As we in Franconia would say, “old wine in new tubes”. The problem is that there are a lot of slightly different versions or dialects of standard software products. The issue occurs when companies transact and exchange data. If you are a large company you can more or less force your business partners to use your “dialect”. But if you are small company you do not have much negotiating power and therefore have to accept the specification of bigger companies.

Finally we look behind the scenes of Germany’s largest ERP-Lab. Prof. Dr. Axel Winkelmann tells us the deal behind the ERP-Lab, what the goals are, and how companies could profit from the ERP-Lab.

Check out #3 Episode of the “WUEconomics ? outside the box ? Podcast” for more details and insights.