By Madeleine Neisler

Another great event has come and gone. SAPPHIRE Now & ASUG Annual Conference 2018 was truly spectacular this year! In this blog we will talk about the general themes and take a closer look at what this exciting event had to offer. We will also recap the sessions we spoke about in our previous blog – including the one that our very own Christoph Fischer presented. Let’s get started!

As mentioned in our previous blog the event ran from June 5-7, 2018. As planned the event kicked 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 were then open. The ASUG Keynote took place toward the end of the day – and was composed of multiple dynamic speakers – including Olympic athletes. Let’s take a closer look at day one though…

Let us first touch on the SAP Opening Keynote, Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP SE, on The Purpose-Driven Innovator. The big announcement for day one was the official launch of SAP C/4HANA – which is essentially SAP’s new CRM (customer relationship management) suite! According to a blog published on ASUG, SAP CEO, Bill McDermott mentioned in his keynote presentation that “SAP was the last to accept the status quo of CRM and is now the first to change it.” He also spoke about legacy CRM and how it does not provide a 360 degree view of the customer – thus SAP is moving towards a world where the whole supply chain is connected to the customer experience. The first one we will mention is Road Map: Intelligent Product Design, Supporting Digital Twins with Digital PLM for Discrete Manufacturing presented by Paige Cox, Global VP, Head of Digital Supply Chain Networks SAP. The session went over the design and product strategy for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, which was created for intelligent product design. It also touched on the concept of supporting a network of digital twins – which in turn helps to enable and accelerate product innovation. A direct quote from the SAPPHIRE Now event page regarding the session…

     “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.”

The other session we want to talk about is Simplified SAP PLM and SAP S/4HANA 1610 Using SAP Fiori 2.0 for New-Product Development presented by Sanjaya Una, Practice Director/Solution Architect – SAP PLM/PPM GyanSys Inc. and Steven Williams, Business Solutions Manager – PLM Delta Faucet. This session touched on SAP PLM as it specifically related to Delta Faucet.

SAP Keynote – Bill McDermott. Image Courtesy of SAPPHIRE Now YouTube

Day two began with the SAP Keynote from SAP Chairman, Hasso Plattner. He touched on SAP Leonardo and several advancements that are being made – including the fact that SAP Leonardo machine learning capacities will now be part of all SAP applications. He also spoke about SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain. Day two also included some exciting sessions. The first one we want to mention is Orchestrate Development for IoT and Model-Based Systems Engineering presented by Mark Landrosh, Solution Manager SAP. This session was all about product development – how to streamline the processes by utilizing marketing initiatives including requirements management, collaboration, visualization and engineering concepts. The next session we want to mention is 35 Sandvik sites into one global PLM solution supported by SAP ECTR! presented by Peter Demtschenko, Director of Sales & Strategic Accounts LeverX, Richard Nordgren, PLM IT Manager Sandvik Coromant and Joakim Jonasson IT Process Manager Sandvik Coromant. This session was all about PLM and how from start to finish it will enable companies to “secure one global source for digital product data.” The third session we want to mention is Develop Smart Products in the Digital Era presented by Mark Landrosh, Solution Manager SAP. The next session was How SAP Product Lifecycle Management Supported a Move to the Variant Configurator presented by Jeff Crawford, Director of IT Lincoln Electric Company (The Harris Products Group) and Lawrence Matusek, Chief Technology Officer ELogic Group, LLC. This was a really great session on how SAP PLM works – how by managing and organizing your products in the SAP PLM application, the benefits it provides goes further than PLM. The last session we will touch on for day two is Digitalize and Connect Intelligent Products and Assets presented by Patrick Crampton-Thomas, VP Solution Mgmt-LoB Supply Chain SAP. This session was all about how to improve business practices and operations, as well as create new business models utilizing digital twins and networks, as well as how to implement SAP PLM all the way from design through the manufacturing process.

SAP Keynote – Hasso Plattner. Image Courtesy of SAPPHIRE Now YouTube

Day three kicked off with the SAP Keynote and was also packed with awesome sessions. Our very own Christoph Fischer presented Real-Life User Experience: How to Make Engineers Want SAP PLM which we will talk about in just a minute. Lastly, the Demonstration of SAP S/4HANA for Advanced Variant Configuration session presented by 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.

To re-cap those particular sessions, and for more details, please take a look at the table below which was included in our previous blog.

 

Title of Session

 

Description of Session

 

Speaker(s)

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

 

Tuesday, 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

 

Tuesday, 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

35 Sandvik sites into one global PLM solution supported by SAP ECTR!

 

Wednesday, 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 LeverX

 

Richard Nordgren

PLM IT Manager

Sandvik Coromant

 

And

 

Joakim Jonasson IT Process Manager Sandvik Coromant

How SAP Product Lifecycle Management Supported a Move to the Variant Configurator

 

Wednesday, 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

 

Thursday, 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.

Develop Smart Products in the

Digital Era

 

Wednesday, 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

Orchestrate Development for IoT and Model-Based Systems Engineering

 

Wednesday, 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

Demonstration of SAP S/4HANA for Advanced Variant Configuration

 

Thursday, 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

Now let us discuss the session that CIDEON America’s own Christoph Fischer presented – Real-Life User Experience: How to Make Engineers Want SAP PLM. The event website gives a great description of what this presentation was all about. “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.” Essentially attendees got the full overview of the PLM Alliance and of SAP PLM.

PLM Alliance at SAPPHIRE Now & ASUG Annual Conference 2018 booth 223

Another highlight was hosted by Patrick Crampton-Thomas, VP Solution Management-LOB Supply Chain:

Title of Session Description of Session Speaker(s)
Digitalize and Connect Intelligent Products and Assets

 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

4:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

“Improve operations and develop new business models using digital twins and networks, and learn about market drivers and opportunities for connected products and assets. Discover how companies are managing the product lifecycle from design through manufacturing to operations using SAP S/4HANA and SAP Leonardo.” Patrick Crampton-Thomas

VP Solution Mgmt-LoB Supply Chain SAPMore information can be found on the SAP PLM Alliance website.

Overall there was a great turnout for the event! We hope you made it, and if not we hope to see you next year. If you were unable to attend SAPPHIRE Now & ASUG Annual conference there are still two more exciting upcoming events. On June 25th the SAP PartnerEdge R&D Customer Roadshow will be held in Newtown Square, PA at the SAP America Headquarters, as well as at SAP Chicago on June 26th. These two days will be packed full of information. Attendees will learn how SAP is allowing users to leverage and utilize the value of the digital twin by using its numerous R&D and engineering solution capacities. SAP customers will be able to hear from one another on their use of PPM and PLM solutions in discrete and process industries – making innovation a big part of their business. We hope you can make it to one or both of these exciting event days!

 

 

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