// SAP EPD (Enterprise Product Development)

SAP Enterprise Product Development

Intelligent product development

The complexity of modern product developments is increasing at an ever-increasing speed due to the variety of variants - up to lot size 1. Multi-disciplinarity and cross-company cooperation are becoming common principles that can secure and expand competitive advantage. This is why the Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) solution from SAP focuses on supporting the early product development process, thus ensuring greater transparency, better collaboration and higher efficiency.

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. In addition, the integration into real live multisystem landscapes is ensured. This accelerates product innovation through simultaneous collaboration, and makes requirement-oriented product development and realizable live insights usable throughout the entire company. The implementation of PLM scenarios with closed-loop engineering is part of innovative digitization strategies.

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// SAP EPD (Enterprise Product Development)

SYSTEMS ENGINEERING SIMPLIFIES TRACEABILITY

Traceability from the requirement to the business object in the SAP system is a major advantage of SAP EPD. It is possible to link the objects modeled in SAP EPD with documents, parts lists, materials, etc. If requirements change, the corresponding objects can be easily identified. Through model-based development, the effects of the reengineering of the objects concerned on the overall system and other factors are recorded and taken into account. The analysis is possible from any starting point in the model.

INTEGRATION INTO EXISTING PLM AND SAP SYSTEM LANDSCAPES

The provision of structured data for all downstream processes is an important part of the SAP solution. This makes it much easier to set up IoT scenarios and make them consistent at an early stage of product development. The automated comparison of target and actual values holds great potential, since requirements in the evolution of systems can be better and better adapted to actual use - with minimal administrative effort.
The adoption of the logical structure modeled in SAP EPD as the basis for the product structure is a further advantage for users. The function of the SAP product structure as a "Digital Core" in the SAP PLM "Big Picture" creates a continuous "Digital Thread" from the requirement to the digital twin, which previously could only be achieved in this quality with a significantly higher effort.
SAP Enterprise Product Development is therefore a solution for integrating systems engineering into the PLM and SAP system landscape of many companies.

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Benefits

  • 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.

Highlights

  • Enables the implementation of digitization strategies according to the closed-lood engineering approach
  • Model based systems engineering, which can be perfectly integrated into the SAP system landscape and multi-system landscapes
  • Live Product Cockpit as dashboard for the system developer
  • Collaboration function for workflow-based collaboration, especially across company boundaries
  • Model-based requirements management
  • Test management for verification and validation
  • Requirements capture from the practice
  • Requirements Management and Systems Engineering for SAP EPD as a tool for model-based system development with SysML

Intelligent product development with SAP Enterprise Product Developement

Use Cases

Collabration in SAP EPD

SAP EPD Collaboration enables instant collaboration across the entire company.

  • Creation of workflow-based collaborations within minutes
  • Collaborate in the cloud with specific user roles to assign work items and manage permissions
  • Add any type of file-based data, as well as share and securely store content according to the single-source-of-truth principle
  • Use SAP ECTR to add native CAD data to Collaboration and re-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 of collaboration from within SAP PPM Project Management
  • Overview of collaboration in the integrated Live Product Cockpit Dashboard

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Model-based requirements management with SAP EPD

A conscientious and thorough requirements management is a 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 EPD builds on this:

  • 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 associated components for product innovation and engineering Projects.

Model Based Systems Engineering

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

  • MBSE makes the complexity of today's products and development projects manageable.
  • Definition of solutions from all areas in a common model before the transfer 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 sharing a single source of truth.
  • MBSE prevents misunderstandings, misdevelopments and therefore high costs.

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

Test Management with SAP EPD

SAP EPD Test Management supports you in verifying and validating your products in the engineering process.

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

Requirements capture with SAP EPD

  • SAP EPD Requirements Acquisition helps you exploit the potential of using real user and field data in your requirements engineering process.
  • Collect and consolidate field data from a variety of 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 AIN
    • Algorithms of machine learning, e.g. the analysis of social media feeds or IoT data lakes

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

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Why we are the right partner

For over 30 years, we have been combining SAP PLM expertise and the experience from numerous customer projects in the CENIT SAP Solutions and Coristo Team. Through this long-standing expertise in the SAP environment and the use of their software and integration solutions, we offer you as a customer sustainable competence both in the implementation and in consulting for the use of SAP software as well as in operational support for a long-term and sustainable availability of the software solutions used.

OUR PROCEDURE MODEL

By integrating the earliest phases of product development into existing PLM systems, a further gap on the way to an end-to-end digitized value chain is closed - based on uniform and consistent data.

In our role as SAP partner for a successful digital transformation, we support you from strategic planning to the operation of the solution at your company and also stand by your side with our expertise as a service partner for the future mapping of new business processes.

Questions? We will be happy to advise you!

We have aroused your curiosity and you want to start planning your personal digitization strategy together with us? Write to us and we will arrange a first meeting with you!

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