Siemens And SAP: Integrated Solution For Industry
Nuremberg and Walldorf - A big bang: In a joint press release on July 14, SAP and Siemens announced that they intend to offer an integrated solution for end-to-end product and asset life cycle management. According to the announcement, SAP will offer its customers Siemens Teamcenter as the core for PLM and PDM, while Siemens in turn will offer its customers SAP Intelligent Asset Management and SAP Project and Portfolio Management. Two long-standing, fierce competitors with different application focuses will thus suddenly become providers of the largest industrial software portfolio of all.
Under the new partnership, Siemens and SAP will leverage their industry expertise and combine their complementary software solutions for product lifecycle, supply chain and asset management. According to the press release, "Through this agreement, both SAP and Siemens will be able to complement and integrate their respective offerings in order to offer customers the first truly integrated and enhanced solutions for product lifecycle management (PLM), supply chain, service and asset management. This will enable customers to form a true digital thread integrating all virtual models and simulations of a product or asset with real-time business information, feedback and performance data over the entire lifecycle.
Klaus Helmrich (photo Sendler), member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO of Siemens Digital Industries, is quoted as saying: "Digital transformation will be critical for the manufacturing industries to increase productivity, flexibility and accelerate innovation, so companies must come together in new ways to enable the digital enterprise. This exciting collaboration between two industry leaders is about more than just interoperability and interfaces; it is about creating a truly integrated digital thread that unites product and asset lifecycle management with the business that enables customers to optimize production of products.”
And Thomas Saueressig (SAP photo), member of the Executive Board of SAP SE and responsible for SAP Product Engineering, explains: "Bringing together expertise from SAP and Siemens to offer Industry 4.0-enabled business processes allows enterprises to create a digital thread for the entire product and asset lifecycle. With this end-to-end solution, teams across the business network can efficiently work together to design and deliver innovative products productively, profitably and sustainably".
The companies have announced that they are now working together to develop end-to-end lifecycle applications to help their customers improve their overall business performance through a seamless "digital thread".