|Written by Mario Herger|
|Wednesday, 02 November 2011 06:00|
Just Imagine, how cool it would be, if you could see that your plant is producing, because smoke appears out of it? Or see that your purchase order arrives tomorrow because the truck is so near at your plant? See live when a new unit was produced and added to your stock. See immediately that a KPI in your plant was exceeded because it flashes red. And never loose your ticket numbers and action items again, because you have a virtual desktop that remembers everything.
That was the idea behind a gamified manufacturing process that Team ERP Gamification chose as demo contribution at the SAP Gamification Cup this summer. Using the Unity3D engine to create a Virtual Reality allowed to improve real world mediation and cognitive perception of the manufucturing process. Clustering the plant, the customers and vendors around you - compare how the popular facebook-game Farmville clusters the farms of the friends in your social network around your own farm - and seeing trucks delivering the raw materials and the final product rings way better with a workforce raised with videogames.
That this type of UI is compelling has been shown by Siemens, who's created a similar simulation named Plantville, and 80+million people playing Farmville cannot be ignored. Do not listen to colleagues who say that a 3D environment is unusable in an enterprise context. There is a clear generation gap in what is considered usable for different age groups in your workforce. investigate in how you can make your processes more visual and increase engagement through thistype of user interface. There are definitely unused gems of visualizing data and processes hidden that ask for being discovered through 3D environments.