SAP Product Lifecycle Management

For closed-loop PLM

Product Lifecycle Management describes the management of an end2end product lifecycle across all its phases. The product lifecycle is understood to begin with the very first product idea. It then continues through engineering, validation, manufacturing, marketing, sales and after-sales service and on to recycling.

In all these phases, product-related data must be managed efficiently and consistently. This is where PLM comes in: It acts as a functional and administrative backbone for all the data and entities involved in product development.

SAP Product Lifecycle Management (SAP PLM) is better suited to this task than virtually any other solution, because SAP maintains a particularly strong focus on end2end coherence of data and therefore on seamless replicability of products.

For this reason, SAP PLM is also predestined for gathering and analyzing data generated during product use and reusing it in future product iterations. This makes it possible to implement a “Closed-loop PLM” form of digitalization strategy as a consistent evolution of the SAP PLM concept.


  • Seamless management of the product lifecycle
  • Traceability of product data, releases and changes through to logistics processes and service
  • Total cost transparency throughout the product engineering process
  • Avoidance of data redundancies
  • End2end change management from requirements to end-of-life
  • Seamless integration of authoring systems with PLM processes
  • User-friendly applications with wide functional coverage
  • Modern, high-performing and high-availability IT infrastructure

Core functionalities of SAP Product Lifecycle Management

SolutionsSAP Business Network Asset Collaboration

The SAP Business Network Asset Collaboration is the innovative network and collaboration platform for increasing product, asset, and machine performance throughout the lifecycle.

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SolutionsSAP ECTR

The SAP Engineering Control Center (SAP ECTR) is a strategic integration platform of author systems that links engineering with all other business processes. As successor solution to SAP’s discontinued CAD Desktop, SAP ECTR assures easy updating and…

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SolutionsSAP EPD

With the new SAP Enterprise Product Development solution - SAP EPD for short - SAP offers a solution that seamlessly integrates the methods of systems engineering into the SAP system landscape and PLM toolchain.

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SolutionsSAP MDG

SAP's solution, SAP Master Data Governance, offers you the complete possibility to manage your entire master data processes. SAP’s Master Data Governance (MDG) solution offers you support in cross-board generation and management of consistent master…

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SolutionsSAP PSM

SAP’s Product Structure Management (SAP PSM) makes it very easy to functionally organize products and display them in SAP. In this way, functional structures can be optimally oriented on the functional structure determined by requirements management…

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More core functionalities

SAP Portfolio and Project Management (SAP PPM)

SAP Portfolio and Project Management supports your business in strategic and operative project and portfolio management. It provides assistance in planning, monitoring and administration of all project activities across your entire enterprise.

SAP Project Management (SAP PS)

SAP PS is the management tool for demanding projects. Thanks to its integration with the SAP ERP system, you have full access to all logistical processes within your business and benefit from the unique controlling functions available in SAP. This makes it easy to generate and calculate sophisticated client projects and book them directly into your asset accounting system.

SAP Document Management (SAP DMS/ SAP DVS)

SAP Document Management permits easy handling of product and business documents in SAP. SAP DMS is fully integrated with all other SAP processes.


For decades, SAP has provided tools for efficient management of bills of material for virtually any business process - no matter whether it concerns early-phase CAD structures mapped by way of document BOMs, engineering BOMs (EBOMs), manufacturing BOMs (MBOMs) or service BOMs. And of course, all this can be done with or without variants, with access to a wide range of options and, if required, fully integrated with SAP change management.

SAP Guided Structure Synchronization (SAP GSS / SAP PSS)

To keep product structures of different BOMs synchronized during change processes, SAP GSS provides the means for automatic or partially automatic BOM reconciliation.

SAP Material Master

The SAP Material Master is the core element of many SAP processes. Its view concept for virtually any organizational unit makes it powerful and flexible at the same time, allowing you to access all relevant product data of any given component and giving you full control of all relevant processes.

SAP Product Lifecycle Costing (SAP PLC)

SAP Product Lifecycle Costing is SAP’s highly flexible solution for providing the required degree of cost transparency, right from the early stages of product development.

SAP Variant Configuration (SAP LO-VC)

SAP Variant Configuration is a means for comprehensive mapping and efficient order processing of variant-rich products.

SAP Classification

High-quality structural organization of data in PLM systems can be achieved with the aid of SAP classification. This makes it easier to locate data and tag it with additional, specific attributes.


With the solutions contained in SAP PLM 7, SAP has once again extended the boundaries of product lifecycle management. Via the web interface, users can access solutions which have been optimized for special requirements.

SAP 3D Visual Enterprise

SAP 3D Visual Enterprise provides a means for generating neutral-format 3D data from native 3D data and link them with data from logistics, service, warehousing, project planning and other divisions - in real time.

SAP Visual Manufacturing Planner

The Visual Manufacturing Planner assists you in generating and managing manufacturing structures (MBOMs) and work schedules. Based on engineering BOMs, (EBOMs) or CAD structures, the structures needed for logistics processes can be generated via a visually guided planning process.

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