Intelligent Product Development with SAP Intelligent Product Design (SAP IPD)

Variant diversity – all the way down to lot size 1 – is taking modern product development to ever greater levels of complexity. Multidisciplinary approaches and cross-company collaboration are becoming commonplace strategies for securing and sharpening the competitive edge. That’s why SAP’s Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) solution focuses on providing support for the early stages of the product development process, offering greater transparency, better collaboration and improved efficiency.

MBSE with SAP Intelligent Product Design

With its new solution SAP Intelligent Product Design – IPD for short – SAP offers a solution that seamlessly integrates systems engineering methodologies into the SAP systems landscape and PLM toolchain. Additionally, the new product ensures integration with real live multisystem landscapes. Simultaneous collaboration accelerates product innovation, and demand-oriented product development as well as practicable live insights make innovation usable across the entire enterprise. Implementation of PLM scenarios featuring closed-loop engineering is just one more aspect of these groundbreaking digitalization strategies.

Systems engineering simplifies traceability – From requirement to servicing

Traceability all the way from the initial requirement specs to the business object within the SAP system: That’s one of the stand-out benefits of SAP S/4HANA Cloud for IPD. Moreover, objects modeled in SAP IPD can also be linked to documents, parts lists, materials, etc.

If and when requirements change, the relevant objects can be identified easily. Thanks to the model-based engineering system, any impacts that the re-engineering of certain objects have on the overall system and on other factors are reliably recorded and respected. Analyses can be conducted at any stage of the model.

Intelligent product development with SAP IPD

SAP IPD enables the integration of systems engineering with legacy PLM and SAP systems landscapes

Making structured data available to all downstream processes is an important aspect of the SAP solution. It makes it much easier to create IoT scenarios and design them for end2end control, right from the early stages of product development.

There’s also plenty of potential inherent in the automated reconciliation of target values and actual values, because as systems develop, requirements can now be matched perfectly to their actual uses – with minimum administrative effort.

Another user-side benefit is that the logical modelling structure of SAP IPD also forms the basis for the product structure. The SAP product structure acts as a digital core for the SAP PLM “big picture”, creating an end2end digital thread from requirement to digital twin – at quality levels that would otherwise be very difficult to achieve.

All these features make SAP IPD the ideal solution for integrating systems engineering with the PLM and SAP systems landscapes used by many business enterprises.

Highlights of SAP IPD:

  • Enables implementation of digitalization strategies for closed-loop engineering strategies
  • Model-based systems engineering integrates perfectly with SAP system landscapes and multi-system landscapes
  • Live product cockpit as a dashboard for systems developers
  • Collaboration function for workflow-based cooperation, also across company boundaries
  • Model-based requirements management
  • Test management for verification and validation
  • Real-world requirements definition
  • Enterprise architect for SAP IPD as a tool for model-based systems development using SysML

Collaboration with SAP IPD enables instant collaboration across the enterprise.

  • Creation of workflow-based collaborations within minutes
  • Collaboration in the cloud with specific user roles to assign work items and manage permissions
  • Add any type of file-based data and share and securely store content using the single source of truth principle
  • Use SAP ECTR to add native CAD data to a collaboration and import updated files back into SAP ECTR
  • Include structured data, such as bills of material from the SAP system, in the collaboration or refer to requirements and other elements of your product model
  • Start collaboration from SAP PPM project management
  • Overview over collaboration in the integrated Live Product Cockpit Dashboard

A conscientious and thorough requirements management is key to the success of your products:

  • Develop the right product for your customer.
  • Know which product features are important for success.
  • Avoid expensive detours on the way to your end product.

Model-based requirements management with SAP IPD continues to build on:

  • Enable request-driven change processes with complete traceability - from the requirement to the component.
  • Use structured data from your requirements engineering for downstream processes.
  • Reuse requirements and related components for product innovation and engineering projects.

Products are becoming increasingly complex. Multidisciplinary engineering is becoming the norm and the competitive advantage of successful digitalization strategies is taking shape. Model Based Systems Engineering - or MBSE - comes into focus if you want to meet these challenges. But why?

  • MBSE makes the complexity of today's products and development projects manageable.
  • Solutions from all areas are defined in a common model before being transferred to domain-specific detail engineering in MCAD, ECAD and CASE.
  • MBSE provides a common language for multidisciplinary and multicultural development teams.
  • Generate a common understanding of your engineering project and work in a harmonized team that shares a 'single sourece of truth'.
  • MBSE prevents misunderstandings, misguided developments and thus high costs.

In addition to the fact that SAP IPD with SysML is a very accessible tool for MBSE, the special feature of SAP IPD is its integration into the entire PLM process and SAP system landscape.

SAP IPD Test Management supports you in the verification and validation of your products in the engineering process.

  • Define test cases with structured metadata
  • Organization of the test cases in self-defined groups
  • Use and reuse in multiple test plans for test execution
  • Direct connection of test plans to your requirements in IPD
  • Integration of the corresponding test cases into the line and impact analysis in SAP IPD

  • SAP IPD Requirements Acquisition helps you to exploit the potential of using real user and field data in your requirements engineering process.
  • Collect and consolidate field data from various sources to define and refine requirements in product development.
  • Sources can be

    • Feedback from individuals - e.g. from your sales force or your service department, but of course also from your customers
    • Improvement requests from SAP Asset Intelligence Network (SAP AIN)
    • Algorithms of machine learning, e.g. the analysis of social media feeds or IoT data lakes

  • Optimize your requirements - and thus your products
  • Organization, weighting and consolidation of the gained knowledge


  • Reap the full innovation potential and speed up your intelligent product development: For example, integrated, model-based development of new systems, beginning with requirements engineering and management.
  • Promote transparency: Workflow-based collaboration, structured documentation as well as cross-discipline communication (using SysML as a common systems development language) to build transparency.
  • Digital consistency thanks to integration of the MBSE solution with SAP as well as with additional systems landscapes to enable implementation of closed-loop engineering strategies.

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