However, being well connected in the Group is important not only for implementation, but also for identifying topics. This is the reason that Marquart was on the road for months, presenting inoviga in countless meetings together with his first colleague. With success: FUCHS employees now come up regularly with ideas, their own projects and findings. “When a colleague in the USA hears a report about a startup or an app in the car and thinks that this is exciting for FUCHS, then he or she sends me a brief message with the link afterwards.”
The inoviga Managing Director is more reserved when talking about specific projects. He is happy to outline just rough scenarios: “In a world of Facebook and Amazon, users want their questions answered and products delivered with one click.” However, creating a corresponding global online platform for an organization that is strictly subdivided into regional responsibilities, business and product segments, is a major challenge.
Scenario number two toys with the idea of offering a specific function as a service in the future instead of the lubricant product. “For example, if we want to guarantee a certain running time for machines, we need more than just sensors to monitor the condition of the lubricant,” explains Marquart. “The system should also respond automatically, for example to order replacements.” This is a comprehensive integration task that also includes production planning, logistics, warehousing and accounting. What is clear is that a holistic plan such as this to restructure the business is, for the time being, still just a dream of the future. However, since inoviga’s establishment, it has at least been clarified who is responsible for making it reality.