By Madeleine Neisler

Sapphire Now & ASUG is fast approaching, and we simply cannot wait to go to this phenomenal annual tech event. We will be there with the rest of the PLM Alliance in booth 223. This year, the Sapphire Now and ASUG Annual Conference takes place in Orlando, FL from June 5th through 7th, 2018. With nearly 2,000 sessions, you can definitely expect to see, learn, and do more than ever before.

The event kicks off on Tuesday, June 5th at 9:00 a.m. with the SAP Opening Keynote, Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP SE, on The Purpose-Driven Innovator. After the keynote the SAP, ASUG and exhibitor areas open. The ASUG Keynote, will take place toward the end of the day – composed of multiple dynamic speakers – including Olympic athletes. Day two starts off with the next SAP Keynote, Hasso Plattner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SAP SE and then the SAP, Hasso is always a crowd favorite and this year he’s speaking on The Intelligent Enterprise and SAP Leonardo. ASUG and exhibitor areas will open again following the keynote. The last day starts with SAP Keynotes Jon Bon Jovi, Chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, Jen Morgan, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, President, Americas and Asia Pacific Japan, Global Customer Operations, and Adaire Fox-Martin, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Co-President, Global Customer Operations. The final day is guaranteed to bring excitement throughout, ending with the SAP concert featuring musical guest Justin Timberlake! I would say it’s going to be a very amazing and full event.

Some of the sessions in particular that our readers should check out for PLM, Engineering Control Center, and digital manufacturing – including digital twin, digital thread, and visual enterprise are as follows:


Title of Session


Description of Session



Road Map: Intelligent Product Design, Supporting Digital Twins with Digital PLM for Discrete Manufacturing

Tues, June 5, 2018

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

“Hear the road map and product strategy for SAP S/4HANA Cloud for intelligent product design, supporting a network of digital twins to accelerate product innovation. With requirement-driven embedded systems engineering, integrated design and project collaboration, and machine learning, this solution is a new addition to the digital SAP Product Lifecycle Management (SAP PLM) application. Customer co-innovation is included.” Paige Cox
Global VP, Head of Digital Supply Chain Networks SAP
Simplified SAP PLM and SAP S/4HANA 1610 Using SAP Fiori 2.0 for New-Product Development

Tues, June 5, 2018

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

“SAP S/4HANA 1610 will help Delta Faucet Company eliminate manual processes and legacy system disconnects for new-product development (NPD). SAP Product Lifecycle Management (SAP PLM), SAP Fiori 2.0, and functionality for project and quality management and plant maintenance will be implemented to launch NPD products to market successfully. Processes for product creation, planning, forecasting, and budgeting were migrated.” Sanjaya Una
Practice Director/Solution Architect – SAP PLM/PPM
GyanSys Inc.And

Steven Williams
Business Solutions Manager – PLM Delta Faucet

Orchestrate Development for IoT and Model-Based Systems Engineering

Weds, June 6, 2018

11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

“Streamline product development processes by taking advantage of market initiatives, such as requirements management, collaboration, visualization, and model-based systems engineering practices. Bring innovative products to market faster, at lower cost, and with greater resource use.” Mark Landrosh
Solution Manager SAP
35 Sandvik Sites Into one Global PLM Solution Supported by SAP ECTR!

Weds, June 6, 2018

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

“Join our PLM journey to the future, from start to finalization to secure one global source for digital product data. Present the foundation, our approach and findings. Migration of 35 sites, our 6 months global rollout. See where we are today and our future with introduction of capabilities like VEG, IPS.” Peter Demtschenko
Director of Sales & Strategic Accounts LeverXRichard Nordgren
PLM IT Manager Sandvik Coromant


Joakim Jonasson
IT Process Manager Sandvik Coromant

Develop Smart Products in the Digital Era

Weds, June 6, 2018

1:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

“Accelerate product innovation through instant collaboration and requirement-driven product development across the extended enterprise. Discover how the SAP Product Lifecycle Management application can help you in the creation and lifecycle management of smart products.” Mark Landrosh
Solution Manager SAP
How SAP Product Lifecycle Management Supported a Move to the Variant Configurator

Weds, June 6, 2018

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Organizing your products in the SAP Product Lifecycle Management application (SAP PLM) provides benefits that reach beyond PLM. Hear the story of how SAP PLM positioned The Harris Products Group (Lincoln Electric) for its variant configurator (VC) implementation. The presentation delves into relationships between engineering data used in SAP PLM and that used in VC, as well as best practices and implementation tips.” Jeff Crawford
Director of IT
Lincoln Electric Company(The Harris Products Group)And

Lawrence Matusek
Chief Technology Officer
ELogic Group, LLC

Real-Life User Experience: How to Make Engineers Want SAP PLM

Thurs, June 7, 2018

2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

“Hear from successful customer projects how SAP Engineering Control Center enables engineers through integration of SAP Product Lifecycle Management and authoring tools like MCAD, ECAD, and Microsoft Office. CENIT, CIDEON, DSC, EPLAN, and .riess will also showcase how the control center enables the digital twin and drives enterprise efficiency.”

Christoph Fischer

Strategic Business Partner CIDEON America, Inc.

Demonstration of SAP S/4HANA for Advanced Variant Configuration

Thurs, June 7, 2018

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

“This session provides a demonstration of the new advanced variant configuration engine (AVC) focusing on agility in the cloud. Released in 1708, the 1802 release brings significant improvements. The presenters will demonstrate how the AVC can turn “lot size of one” into a reality. They will also demonstrate the latest advances in machine learning in AVC.” Steve Schneider
Senior Consulting Product Data Analyst Steelcase, Inc.And

Johann Dornbach
Vice President, Digital R&D and Engineering, Configure and Variant Configuration SAP SE


And that’s not all! We encourage you to login and use the agenda builder to find all the sessions that interest you. With a fully end-to-end integrated platform, many topics bleed into the next to ensure your enterprise Runs Simple.

As mentioned, we’ll be in booth 223 this year with the rest of the PLM Alliance. At the booth we’ll be showcasing Where the Digital Twin Begins, showing you how to seamlessly connect both business and design data for the enterprise, effectively support product development, and automate, and digitize manufacturing. Join us in learning about the ever-changing world in the manufacturing industry. We hope that you will join us this year at Sapphire Now and the ASUG Annual Conference.