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Executive Management:
Christian Klein

Branch offices:
An overview of SAP’s branch offices worlwide is available here


Founded in 1972 and headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, SAP is a leading provider of business software. The company’s more than 54,000 employees now serve over 176,000 customers all over the world.

Contact person:
Petra Koepfer-Behncke, Vice President Engineering S/4HANA Product Lifecycle Management

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Strategy / Vision for PLM

SAP Product Lifecycle Management supports all product-related processes, from the initial idea to production and service. With SAP PLM, you can optimize the processes and systems involved in developing innovative products that meet all the applicable laws and standards and quickly bringing them to market. Implementing such processes will also help you identify and exploit market opportunities and competitive advantages in your company’s networks. In addition, SAP PLM gives you the ability to realize end-to-end data management and process flows in engineering, manufacturing, supply chains, service, sales, and market.

Our Markets

Automotive, plant engineering and construction, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, high-tech and other electronics, consumer products, aerospace, mechanical engineering, mill products, oil and gas, utilities, and many other industries

Our Customers

The more than 8,000 SAP PLM customers around the world include Aesculap, Boehringer, BASF, BMW, ERCO, HELLA, Henkel, HILTI, Kongsberg Automotive, LEGO, Rieter, Schüco, SCA, Sidel, Siltronic, Vattenfall, and Volvo. The SAP PLM Reference Library is also available for your perusal here

Our Offering

SAP Product Lifecycle Management Scope
SAP PLM aids companies in bringing innovative products to market more quickly. The application supports administration across multiple areas and companies, as well as tracking and management of all the information on your products and related projects throughout their entire lifecycles. SAP PLM’s functional scope covers product data management, global collaboration in product development, product structure management and variant configuration, synchronization between development and production, change management, product visualization, portfolio and project management, and embedded quality and product compliance.
Product Data Management
SAP PLM manages all of the data on products throughout their entire lifecycles. This includes development and planning, administration of technical documents, parts management, and product- and process structure management. The application also contains functions for extensive product master- and structure management, optimal recipe and specification management, proactive service and maintenance management, and graphical visualization and publishing. SAP PLM provides an environment in which you can administer specifications, bills of materials and operations, and resource data across entire product lifecycles.
Collaboration in Product Development
When collaborating globally in product development, companies often have concerns about unauthorized access to their intellectual property. A truly comprehensive application for product lifecycle management has to enable secure, direct access to product data while providing opportunities to work together on a separate collaboration platform. This is why SAP PLM supports a wide variety of collaborative forms. Its highly granular authorization concept gives you direct access to your centralized SAP PLM installation, which makes it possible to monitor and involve internal and external developers as needed for specific projects.
Product Structure Management and Variant Configuration

To quickly build up and effectively utilize bills of materials and product variant structures, a certain amount of flexibility is required. This is another feature of SAP PLM’s product structure management functionality, which makes it possible to assemble configurable product structures independently of the downstream logistics chain in question. In the process, intuitive user interfaces make it easy to display and use your knowledge of the interrelationships in play. This enables you to configure different product specifications and visualize them directly in the corresponding CAD or DMU application at an early stage of development.

Data Handover from Engineering to Manufacturing
Synchronization at the interface between product development and production is key in any manufacturer’s value chain. Luckily, SAP PLM’s product structure synchronization component serves as an intelligent guide in the process of issuing engineering bills of materials to those responsible in manufacturing. The component also provides optimal support for comparing changes between the two types of lists and synchronizing them while taking the product’s level of maturity into consideration.
Comprehensive Change Management

Comprehensive and flexible change management is impossible without sound collaboration. SAP PLM sets an ideal stage for exactly that, offering a variety of ways to manage and control change processes. An add-on for engineering change management makes this possible in virtually every important area – from change requests and approvals to execution, scheduling, and notification of completion – with flexible process control and integrated functionality for ad hoc workflows or context-based analysis (Business Context Viewer).

Enabling the Visual Enterprise
Thanks to the incorporation of cutting-edge visualization technologies into SAP Business Suite, users can now take advantage of animated views of products and company resources. Employees gain direct access to reliable and contextual visual information, such as on design collaborations, tutorials, and current service processes and manuals. This kind of information supports faster decision-making. For employees in manufacturing and service, it also simplifies the development, assembly, and maintenance of complex products and resources, which leads to increased customer satisfaction.
SAP Portfolio and Project Management

SAP Portfolio and Project Management puts your company in a position to link your ideas and strategies with the necessary project data, workflows, and business processes, thus facilitating smooth, end-to-end administration of your projects and portfolios. You gain better control of projects, processes, products, and services across their entire duration while remaining constantly innovative. Meanwhile, SAP Enterprise Project Connection – another component of SAP PLM – makes it possible to share context-based information among project and portfolio management applications. Optimized synchronization ensures that the corresponding project data is always complete, correct, and up-to-date.

Embedded Quality and Compliance

The quality and product compliance solution embedded in SAP PLM covers the definition, tracking, and reporting of all product-related information and activities required to ensure that products meet the applicable legal specifications.