This presentation will cover the transformation of the business model of imos AG. imos AG started as a CAD/CAM software developer specialising in the furniture and woodworking industries. Today their approach is to cover the whole value chain from point of sale through to production, where web based technology is used to integrate the consumer into the information management. After introducing the specific requirements of the furniture market and the software solutions that imos AG has developed, the presentation will concentrate on the usage of Autodesk technology. The first products imos AG developed were on AutoCAD or AutoCAD OEM. Then imos AG developed their own web based technology. Today Forge is used inside a web based product configuration software. The plan is to integrate Forge into more products. The final part of the presentation will cover two customer examples where Forge technology is used to enable the information flow between consumer experience and production control.
- Understand market-specific software development strategies
- Understand the idea of the transition from AutoCAD products to Forge
- Understand software management strategies
- Understand product definitions strategies
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Prekwinkel (*1962) studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University in Braunschweig. He became head of the Laboratory of Wood and Composite Material Manufacturing where he implemented one of the first computer integrated manufacturing systems for the furniture industry.In 1993 he founded the imos AG. Today, imos AG is one of the leading suppliers of information technology for furniture manufacturers and their supply industries.In 2008 he founded iFurn, an internet based platform to share data from the furniture supply industry. Today imos CAD/CAM, imos NET and iFurn are industry software standards in the furniture industry and are being used by customers in more than 80 countries worldwide.