Research & Development

R&D Transformation with SAP

Mobility and manufacturing are in the throes of several disruptive shifts. An increasing number of customers are calling for sustainable, intelligent, customized products and services. At the same time, new digital players are elbowing into the markets. This creates new challenges especially for R&D departments. SAP Product Lifecycle Management (SAP PLM) enables companies to act more dynamically.

Designing the engineering value chain for the future

Research & Development (R&D) is a core sector in many companies – it is where new innovations are originated and existing products and services optimized. And it is here that the future is forged. So the holistic sustainability of all R&D processes, the engineering value chain – also in interaction with various network partners such as customers, suppliers and public bodies, is all the more important.

The main challenge: companies need to change their products and services in ever shorter intervals in order to improve functions and quality and reduce costs. For companies to keep pace with this increased dynamism, they need optimally coordinated corporate processes with consistent data and information flows between all interconnected systems.

SAP PLM offers precisely this integration capability for a wide variety of processes and applications – with a rigorous data model that also includes ERP.

SAP PLM at a glance

With its leading portfolio of cloud and industry-specific solutions, SAP offers the perfect set-up for your company to make a success of its digital transformation. Essentially, SAP PLM is based on SAP S/4HANA and also combines the functions of SAP Leonardo. This produces an intelligent, integrated, fast and visual platform for product innovations. Your benefit: with its integrated compliance, SAP PLM satisfies the requirements of your customers and all regulatory and statutory provisions. The following areas are covered by the special SAP R&D solution:

  • Idea and concept development
  • Portfolio and project management
  • Product cost management
  • Model-based systems engineering
  • Product development (design)
  • Complexity management
  • Job and engineering change management
  • Hand-over-to-Manufacturing
  • Collaboration
  • Compliance management
  • Closed-loop and live engineering

Why MHP is the right partner for your R&D transformation with SAP

We work end-to-end in the SAP environment – from strategy, process consulting and technical implementation to go-live and operation. With our long-standing experience we help you to make the most of the potential offered by SAP Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). And also beyond: for we take into account follow-up processes right from the start. We therefore develop solutions that go further than the classic functions of SAP PLM. At the same time we focus equally on the S/4HANA transformation and on the optimization of your existing process and system landscape.

Our standardized process for PLM selection and benchmarking has proved it worth in many mobility and manufacturing projects. We also offer exclusive complementary solutions for SAP PLM – like our MHP S/4HANA R&D Assessment, the add-in for calculating your machine hourly rates in SAP PLC.

Besides our own PLM expertise, we also maintain a large pool of excellent consulting and implementation partners who unlock further possibilities of scaling projects.

Design your Research & Development for agility and sustainability – with MHP and SAP PLM.

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Michael Kirchgässner

Associated Partner

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eMail: michael.kirchgaessner(at)