Strategy work is all about making decisions about the future: decisions about where and how to compete in the marketplace. In a recent survey among more than 2,100 decision makers from different industries and regions around the world, the accounting and consulting firm PwC has now taken a closer look at how strategic decision-making processes in large enterprises are evolving in the context of digitization and automation. Some 168 German decision makers from various sectors and business functions also participated in the survey. Here are the key findings from a German perspective at a glance...

At the invitation of SOLYP Informatik GmbH, Tobias Pröttel, Head of Market Intelligence at OSRAM AG, presented the strategy process of the Siemens spin-off at the 2nd SOLYP3 Practice Meeting in Munich. In his incisive talk, he analyzed the success factors of the strategy process with SOLYP3, gave valuable insights into the implementation of the strategic intelligence software, and sparked a lively exchange of ideas between strategists from various industries.

Why do large and medium-sized companies opt for the Strategic Intelligence Software SOLYP3? And what does the use of the strategy platform actually look like in practice? In order to get tangible answers to these questions, strategists from various industries and regions met in Frankfurt last Thursday for the 1st SOLYP3 Best Practice Meeting. The focus of the half-day event was on the best practice example of Sto SE & Co. KGaA, a specialist in thermal insulation, which has successfully been using SOLYP3 for its group-wide strategic planning since 2012.

Last Tuesday, strategy employees from all over the country and different industries came to pre-Christmas Nuremberg once again to participate in this year’s SOLYP3 Key Users Circle. In addition to many familiar faces we were happy to welcome some new ones as well. Following the established event format, two of our customers—JOB AG and BASF—presented their strategic planning and controlling processes and explained how the Strategic Intelligence Software SOLYP3 supports those processes.

Quick and targeted access to strategic core data anytime and anywhere—this enables a tablet app for the strategic intelligence software SOLYP3 which IT students of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg developed during the summer semester 2014 as part of a learning project sponsored by SOLYP Informatik GmbH. The project was part of the AMOS course (Agile Methods & Open Source) taught by Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle and aimed to provide students with the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience in professional, team-based software development. And the result is quite impressive!