Integrated Plant Management Siemens and SAP Set 18-month Roadmap for Strategic Partnership

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Integration of SAP S/4HANA and Siemens’ Teamcenter software will connect engineering, manufacturing, and business — with less effort for customers.

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Siemens and SAP will be delivering the integration in three phases through the end of 2022, with additional phases planned beyond this time to address new digital threads.
Siemens and SAP will be delivering the integration in three phases through the end of 2022, with additional phases planned beyond this time to address new digital threads.
(Source: Siemens)

In July 2020, SAP and Siemens announced a strategic partnership to deliver a “digital thread” that bridges engineering, manufacturing, and business. Now, the two companies have set out more detail of their three-phase plan for the next 18 months:

  • Phase I (October 2021) focuses on product engineering fundamentals, establishing a framework of core business scenarios on a shared domain model that will underpin end-to-end business processes. This enables enhanced traceability, federation, and linkages across the Siemens and SAP system boundaries.
  • Phase II (Spring 2022) aims to shorten time to market by providing optimized integration between product engineering, extended supply chain, and manufacturing operations, and delivers the foundation for advanced capabilities such as variant rules and schema, project and portfolio management, and integration to manufacturing.
  • Phase III (Fall 2022) will focus on bi-directional traceability and closed loop collaboration between manufacturing engineering and production engineering covering use cases such as cross-system impact analysis, change initiation, and process execution.

Additional phases are planned to follow in 2023.

Silos between engineering and business have existed in enterprises for decades, point out Jan Gilg, president of SAP S/4HANA and Tony Hemmelgarn, president and CEO of Siemens Digital Industries Software. As manufacturers design and deliver smarter products and assets, access to real-time business information across networks is critical to bring new and improved innovations to market faster.

“By teaming up, we are putting our customers on a faster path to bringing together the best of our leading platforms for plant lifecycle management (PLM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP),” Gilg and Hemmelgarn say. “Our goal is to help customers to break down siloes so product design teams, manufacturers, and service managers have the information they need to quickly create and manage customer-centric product and service offerings.”

The integration of SAP S/4HANA and Siemens’ Teamcenter blends engineering, manufacturing, and business. It will allow organizations to accelerate time to market, the companies say, while reducing their total cost of ownership and without worrying about the complexity of integration. The integrated solution will be available to customers of both companies.

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