Heidelberg’s digital ecosystem – ‘Heidelberg Plus’

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The Heidelberg Plus digital ecosystem Image Heidelberg
The Heidelberg Plus digital ecosystem Image Heidelberg

Heidelberg Plus is taking the digitization of the company’s customer relationships to the next level by incorporating useful value-added services, according to a press release on 13 April 2021. The company combines all elements of the Heidelberg ecosystem in its new ‘Heidelberg Plus’ digital customer portal. ‘Plus’ includes everything from Internet presence with website and eShop to various performance report, monitoring, and service applications in the production sector and access to instructional videos plus white papers covering technical aspects and applications.

Developments in cloud technology, IoT, big data, and AI have created new possibilities that Heidelberg will systematically harness to offer customers further added value. Examples include developing the first AI-based applications to advise them interactively on optimizing their operations, with the company leveraging and supplying its big data expertise. In the future, customers will be able to access the entire digital world at Heidelberg using a single sign-in.

“Digitized customer relationships coupled with attractive added-value services are the key to establishing collaborative business relationships with customers in our digital world. Our aim is for the Heidelberg Plus ecosystem to simplify the way we work with our customers and offer them more added value,” explains Ludwig Allgoewer, head of Sales and Marketing at Heidelberg.

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The new Heidelberg Plus branding for its ecosytem Image Heidelberg

Heidelberg is thus combining existing applications with new services for customers. In the future, a single point of access is all users will need for a complete overview of all information and tools, networked functions, and the entire Heidelberg service portfolio. This will make it quick and easy to obtain information, purchase items (eShop), and monitor operations. Over 1,600 print shops already use Heidelberg Assistant (HDA) to access their production data. To obtain the relevant services, they need to be registered or have purchased specific services (e.g., Maintenance Manager) as a contract customer.

“What is already impressing users more than anything is the option of using mobile devices to monitor machine operation, purchase consumables, or create service tickets. Regular HDA users range from large businesses with sites located in dozens of different countries to SMEs with just one site,” says Allgoewer, summarizing the benefits. “Key elements of the ecosystem such as HDA and the eShop have already developed very encouragingly. By merging these and other existing applications, and also integrating new ones, we will further enhance the benefits for our customers,” he adds.

The company will soon be unveiling the new Heidelberg Plus ecosystem to the public – at the China Print trade show this summer. It will then showcase it at the Print Media Centers in Germany, the United States, Japan, and Brazil in the fall.

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.

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