Océ embraces complexity
ESI symposium 2017. Managing Complexity, October 3rd 2017
Paul Hilkens: Océ embraces complexity
As hightech systems almost equal complexity, Océ has decided to embrace this complexity as a way to master it. Two approaches stand out: to apply modeling to quantify uncertainty as much as possible and as a way to move towards virtual prototyping. The second aspects is to create as flat an R&D hierarchy as possible to create maximum flexibility and to make the most of each individual's contribution in development.
As with other OEMs such as ASML, Philips Medical or Thermo Fisher/FEI, also for Océ goes that complexity is the very definition of its hightech systems. Complexity is defined by a multitude of known factors and a fair number of known ànd as yet unknown unknown factors. What further contributes to complexity is an end product meant for a fast developing market and a situation with confusing or conflicting facts and observations. Complexity stands for ambiguity and uncertainty. One thing is sure, says Hilkens: “Just like in politics, complexity cannot be solved by simplicity.”