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Central database improves Group R&D’s innovation management

SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics that offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products and intelligent solutions to many industries, including the home appliance, pharma, electronics, optics, life sciences, automotive and aviation industries. SCHOTT aims to become an important part of everyone’s life with its products. The company believes in innovation and sustained success. Keep reading to find out what SCHOTT's product development operations are doing to achieves this goal.

Facts & figures

  • Implementation of Clarity PPM started in 2016
  • Application areas: IT, R&D, pharma
  • Purpose: Managing more than 100 ongoing R&D projects and 90 ideas
  • Our R&D: 130
  • Active users group-wide: 950
  • Project managers group-wide: 250
  • Reports: 5 JasperReports in R&D

Dr. Bernd Ederer, head of R&D controlling at Schott AG, outlines the starting situation: “Previously, we maintained our project data in Excel spreadsheets – there was no single-source project database. To generate reports, we had to consolidate data from a wide range of sources manually – data that was also subject to many changes. That’s why it became imperative that all players could access the latest project data much more quickly, particularly in an increasingly dynamic market environment.

Today, Schott AG uses Clarity PPM software to synchronize ideas, projects, costs and resources, which enables it to generate customized reports with a few mouse clicks. Management uses these reports to make strategic decisions, for example to prioritize ideas, plan innovation projects and minimize project risks. The software also simplifies project activities on the operating level.

Request the complete Schott Success Story and learn how product development uses Clarity PPM. Dr. Ederer shows the benefits of the software and the entire solution.