With smartPLM, you gain consistent digital support throughout the value creation chain Is there a solution to the apparent contradiction between flexibility and efficiency?

CENIT smart PLM | Digital continuity

Surviving in global competition means simultaneously overcoming the creativity of innovative start-ups and the cost structures of low-wage countries in the course of digitalization. If a company wants to be successful in this intensified competition in the long term, it must continuously introduce outstanding products, manufacture them at fair market value and offer them in the right place at the right time.

In many companies, a fragmented infrastructure impedes the transformation of the organization and business processes into a "digital winner". Digital continuity in the overall product creation and service process seems all the more urgent the more intensively companies seek out new business models and value-creation concepts in the age of Industry 4.0 and IoT. As long as there are divided data silos and unintegrated applications within companies, it will not be possible to implement streamlined, rapid and efficient business processes.

Optimal service for highly-customized products require the available product configuration in the current maintenance level at all times - and for all participating company functions. Worldwide, between branches and companies. The "Balkanization" over time of individual company areas with locally optimized infrastructure, without efficient integration into horizontal businesses processes is not sustainable in consideration of the challenges of global competition.

The smartPLM strategy addresses this problem and helps companies on the path to digital transformation in engineering, production and service. smartPLM is a "brownfield" strategy. After all, very few companies can begin with a greenfield strategy with a new infrastructure. It entails the transformation of what is in place into something better - starting over completely is only possible in rare cases.

A significant part of the smartPLM strategy, therefore, is oriented towards the transformation of existing processes, organizational structures and applications, as well as the associated migration of data. Of course, this also means abandoning some "favorite practices". Antiquated customs must be cut out wherever possible - disruptive when necessary, evolutionary when beneficial. This is the only manner in which most companies can force the transformation.

What exactly is smartPLM?

The basis for smartPLM is the consistent recording, management and role or task-based preparation of all information relevant to the product during the entire product life cycle. The following principles apply for the result: Maximum flexibility based on agile methods and processes, as well as high efficiency with digital continuity based on integrated platforms.

Modern business models expand the value-creation horizon of products: This goes beyond sales. Therefore, modern PLM strategies must focus on product development and product creation processes, as well as align with service processes and support operator concepts. In the process, the currently valid configuration of hardware and software components, as well as feedback and aggregated realtime data for the operating status are important. This information provides design and service departments complete insight into the product use by the customer.

Competitiveness in such scenarios required consistent digital processes. The traditional separation of engineering, production and service application prevents this. Nevertheless, many companies will continue to use multiple platforms in the future, because one provider for everything is not foreseeable - and is often not desired.

With smartPLM, we offer the possibility of integrated use of platforms of Dassault Systèmes and SAP. From holistic planning, development and simulation of products with the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform to comprehensive master data and cost management in SAP - or to put it another way: from the innovation process to the service process, the company has a complete portfolio of both leading software manufacturers for business applications at its disposal.

smartPLM integrates these two platforms on the process and data level - combining the best of both worlds. The result: value-creating business processes can be modeled flexibly and across platforms - and, if necessary, can even be adapted dynamically ad hoc. The responsible technical receives their upcoming tasks automatically. Their work results are available to other persons involved in the process in the context of the workflow. And the key to the whole process? Every user completes their tasks from the convenience of their "home application".

How can we implement this for you?

Based on your specific initial situation and goals, we work with you to identify fields of activity and develop a concrete procedural model. We support you from strategic planning to the implementation of your solution - smartPLM over the entire life cycle.


Horst Heckhorn

Horst Heckhorn

Head of SAP Solutions

Industriestraße 52-54
70565 Stuttgart | GERMANY

+49 711 / 7825 3372
Martin Thiel

Martin Thiel

Senior Vice President Global Business Transformation & Marketing

Innovationsring 9
InnovationsCampus Saar G2
66115 Saarbrücken | GERMANY

+49 711 78 25 33 71