Product Lifecycle Management Lesson Overview • In this lesson you will receive an overview of mySAP Product Lifecycle Management.
Lesson Objectives • After completing this lesson, you will be able to: • Outline the tasks associated with processes supporting sales order management, production, procurement, and product lifecycle management • Explain how mySAP ERP and mySAP PLM support the key processes in product lifecycle management
Business Example • As a fast growing global company, IDES must respond quickly to market and customer demands within a heterogeneous corporate system landscape. • Intracompany mapping allows management to track changes within process departments.
Product Lifecycle Management • Product Lifecycle Management, or PLM, has become a catchphrase. • It is nevertheless a useful term to indicate that the concept of areas and single systems needs to be replaced by that of processes.
Nowadays, the life cycle of a product - from product development, procurement, and production through to service - is characterized by strong intracompany divisions and a heterogeneous system landscape. • Processes end artificially at system and departmental limits.
A good example of this is the change process in construction. • Traditional product data management systems merely map the change process in the construction department. • During production processes, there is no support that enables construction changes to be introduced.
The aim of mySAP PLM is to support the entire product life cycle. • Starting in product development, the product data that is amassed is used for all subsequent processes. • This enables other areas, such as mySAP Supply Chain Management, to benefit from the data.
According to this principle, an integrated product development process goes far beyond the current methods used in product development. • The development of mySAP Business Suite enables customers and vendors to be equally involved in the extended process chains of product development. • The name Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) does justice to this approach.
mySAP PLM supports your company in product development, the maintenance of assets, and service processing for your products. • For your company to be successful, it has to offer the right products at the right time and at the right prices. • mySAP PLM enables you to do just this.
The right products are those that meet your customers' needs. • To find out what these needs are, you need to engage in a discussion process with your customers right from the start of development. • During this process, both partners need to have access to the same documents.
The product has to reach the market or be handed over to the customer at the right time. • Delays increase costs and decrease your competitive ability. • However, it is not only delays that lead to increased costs; changes made to products once they have been developed are also expensive.
Early discussion with customers and the involvement of vendors and development partners at an early state can help keep down the cost of changes. • Costs can often be reduced for service processing through preventative maintenance. • When running assets, processing services, and developing products, the early involvement of customers and subcontractors reduces your costs and increases profitability.
mySAP PLM brings together a number of benefits that help your company keep ahead of the competition. • You can reduce costs through measures such as effective cost control in projects or by minimizing the maintenance costs of a piece of equipment. • PLM also enables you to increase productivity; for example, by pooling information and sharing it with your partners and customers.
You can also achieve higher productivity by quickly introducing new products to the market. • One competitive advantage that should not be underestimated is the significance of customer satisfaction; involving your customers early on in the development process enables you to tailor your products to the needs of both customers and the marketplace.
Finally, mySAP PLM has the advantage of being an integrated solution: product development, quality management, asset management, maintenance, and service management are all integrated and the life cycle is mapped in its entirety.
mySAP Product Lifecycle Management offers all the functionality you need for integrated product and asset management. • Features and functions include:
Program and Project Management • Provides advanced capabilities to plan, manage, and control the complete product development process.
Life-Cycle Data Management • Provides an environment for managing specifications, bills of materials, routing and resource data, project structures, and related technical documentation throughout the product life cycle.
Life-Cycle Collaboration • Supports collaborative engineering and project management, employing XML-based Web standards to communicate information such as project plans, documents, and product structures across virtual development teams.
Quality Management • Provides integrated quality management for all industries throughout the entire product life cycle.
Enterprise Asset Management • Manages physical assets and equipment, covering all components of an enterprise asset management system.
Environment, Health and Safety • Provides a solution for environment, health, and safety issues by enhancing business processes to comply with government regulations.
mySAP PLM is a complete solution. • It covers the entire life cycle from the point of view of both product providers and asset managers. • mySAP PLM is aimed at providers of complete solutions who develop a product for a specific customer, manufacture and deliver this product to the customer, and then provide service activities for the customer once the product is live.
Products that would benefit from service offers would be, for example, construction machinery, turbines, or even a water treatment plant. • For example, you produce a bulldozer, modify it to meet the customer's requirements (so that it can be used in Alaska instead of California), and deliver it to the customer. • You then draw up a maintenance contract with the customer to carry out regular inspections of the bulldozer.
Program and Project Management • Successful project management means planning, controlling, and executing the essential project elements in accordance with the aims of the project. • In this respect, professional project management is one of the most important factors in determining the competitiveness of a company.
Successful project management relies on determining all processes necessary for the project and the ability to represent these in the form of a structure and process. • The Project System makes available basic data, standard structures, and templates that assist in the creation of plans for different projects. • A well structured project and clearly defined project aims form the basis for successful planning, monitoring, and control of the project.
Depending on the project type and the aim of project monitoring, the project is structured in the project system either by using the project structure plan (PSP) and/or operations that can be linked to a network plan through relationships.
The project structure plan represents the organizational structure of the project and describes it from the point of view of phases, functions, or the product. • The tasks to be completed are arranged hierarchically in a project structure plan that divides the project into manageable sections. • The individual elements of the project structure plans are called PSP elements. • These can contain further subdivisions, depending on the project phase.
The planning of the actual process takes place in network planning. • The network plan describes the project flow. • The fundamental elements that make up the network plan are operations and relationships.
The network plans and associated operations form the basis for planning, analyzing and monitoring deadlines, costs, and resources, and for the workforce, capacities, materials, aids, and services needed for the different tasks in project execution.
Project time monitoring takes place in the Project System using the options available under scheduling and schedule planning. • The Project Planning Board provides a graphical interface for planning and controlling projects efficiently.
You can use the project planning board to create, edit, and analyze data for your project (primarily regarding schedules). • The combination of tabular data and graphical representation means that you have a comprehensive overview of the project at all times.
The project planning board can be used to: • . Plan, check, and change schedules • . Plan, schedule, and check resources • . Determine and assign work • . Compare capacities • . Calculate costs
The central element of the project planning board is the Gantt chart. • This consists of a tabular and graphical area and shows both the hierarchical structure of the project and the corresponding scheduling situation. • You carry out work on the project in the Gantt chart.
In addition to the PSP elements and operations, you can display or hide additional views such as the capacity overview or cost overview. • Successful project management is based to a large extent on the close monitoring of all project processes.
Costs, resources, and schedules have to be monitored closely so that you can identify any deviation from the project plan at an early stage. • It is only possible to make exact statements about the project progress, current status, and further development if all parameters are represented along with their significance and are compared to the activities that have already taken place.
The Project System enables effective planning, execution, and monitoring of the project progress. • The program and project management key functional area of mySAP PLM offers reports for this.
cProjects • In today's world, companies need powerful solutions that allow them to employ sophisticated project management methods that drive speed and quality. • They also need easy-to-use and easy-to-implement tools that allow employees to work together to innovate, share knowledge, and track progress.
What they don't need, however; is the traditional stand-alone project management .point solution - which tends to lead to islands of information and extensive integration efforts. • In short, companies need a different approach: one that lets them manage projects more effectively today, without limiting their options for tomorrow.
To help companies address those challenges, SAP offers SAP Collaborative Project Management. • With SAP Collaborative Project Management, you can handle the entire range of project activities, from concept and planning through execution and the closing of a project, covering all project types, from development to service projects. • Additionally, it enables companies to comply with industry standards by implementing project methodologies such as advanced product quality planning (APQP).
Collaborative Project Management, realized by cProjects, includes the management of templates, teams, phases, quality gates/milestones, tasks, scheduling, interactive Gantt chart, checklists, documents, object links, confirmation approval and digital signature, and a control plan.
In addition, it supports multi-project management, the integration of Microsoft Project (export and import), the creation of project snapshots and simulation versions, the assignment of substitutes for tasks, and many more. • cProjects uses cFolders to offer tightly integrated scenarios to jointly work on documents and tasks with external partners.
Life-Cycle Data Management • Life-Cycle Data Management is process engineering and logistics data within a company and across company boundaries. • The management and changing of product and project data dictates the most important day-to-day tasks. • Every day, designers, work schedulers, and project managers need a sound basis for making decisions.