Siemens and SAP partner in digital transformation drive

By Sean Galea-Pace
Siemens and SAP SE has announced a new partnership in a bid to scale the next stage of their digital transformation journeys amidst Industry 4.0...

Through the collaboration, SAP and Siemens will bring together their complimentary software solutions for product lifecycle, supply chain and asset management to enable customers to deliver new innovation and collaborative business models that will accelerate industry transformation globally.

The partnership will enable customers to form a true digital thread encompassing all virtual models and simulations of a product or asset with real-time business information, feedback and performance data over the entire lifecycle. 

“Digital transformation will be critical for the manufacturing industries to increase productivity, flexibility and accelerate innovation, so companies must come together in new ways to enable the digital enterprise,” said Klaus Helmrich, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO of Siemens Digital Industries. “This exciting collaboration between two industry leaders is about more than just interoperability and interfaces; it is about creating a truly integrated digital thread that unites product and asset lifecycle management with the business that enables customers to optimise production of products.”

Silos between engineering and business have existed in enterprises for decades. This partnership will help customers to break down these siloes so manufacturers, product design teams and service managers have the information needed to quickly create and manage customer-centric product and service offerings.

“As manufacturers design and deliver smarter products and assets, access to real-time business information across networks is critical to bring new and improved innovations to market faster,” said Thomas Saueressig, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE and responsible for SAP Product Engineering. “Bringing together expertise from SAP and Siemens to offer Industry 4.0-enabled business processes allows enterprises to create a digital thread for the entire product and asset lifecycle. With this end-to-end solution, teams across the business network can efficiently work together to design and deliver innovative products productively, profitably and sustainably.”

With the future in mind, both SAP and Siemens are able to offer new solutions that combine their technologies in order to help companies quicken time to market by leveraging Industry 4.0-enabled data using intelligent assets and products. This will also provide organisations the benefit of incorporating customer insights into product development through a comprehensive solution, from product design to service and asset management. In an initial step in the partnership, SAP will offer Siemens Teamcentre software as the core foundation for product lifecycle collaboration and data management and Siemens will provide SAP Intelligent Asset Management and SAP Portfolio and Project Management software to maximise the business value for manufacturers and operators across networks.


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