Introducing SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition - R&D Engineering

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  • Describe SAP S/4HANA cloud, public edition - R&D Engineering

Overview SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition for R&D Engineering

Transform your Research and Development

The market is experiencing a disruptive shift in customer demand for new, extensive, smart, and personalized products. The journey of a new product initiates in the Research and Development (R&D) department, where the maximum difference can be made to improvement of features and reduction of cost. A successful R&D department brings new formulations and designs to life with speed and accuracy based on inputs from market, customer, and technology. R&D integrates deeply with the downstream departments to manufacture, sell, and service products with higher quality and lower cost while continuously iterating formulations and designs to create more profitable, desirable, and reliable products.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition provide the following:

  • Fully integrated, enterprise-wide scope for core business processes to deliver digital transformation through the Cloud
  • Combined business process and analytics in real time that are smarter, faster, and simpler
  • Effortless scalability that is easily managed and fully secure
  • The ability to manage multiple geographies, divisions, subsidiaries, and ledgers with global and country-specific content
  • The opportunity to drive operational efficiencies and comply with regulations
  • Personalized, role-based user experience with SAP Fiori

R&D Capabilities

SAP solution for R&D Engineering makes the following possible:

  • Increase of revenue from new products by enabling variants, and personalized, smart products.
  • Running of design and development processes on live insights into customer needs and market opportunities. Manage flexible, high-performing, and ease-of- use configuration, formulation, and classification for product individualization.
  • Achieving faster time to market by real-time project management, informed product decisions, and streamlined compliance.
  • Analyzing of live performance of the project portfolio with predictive insights at any stage of the innovation process. Re-use of design/recipe, integrated development environment, seamless handover to manufacturing, and embedded compliance enable faster launch of new products.
  • Reducing R&D expense by informed product decisions, integration of formulation and design tools, and efficient supplier collaboration.
  • Improving profitability by having insights on the cost of new products early on and across the lifecycle.
  • Calculation of costs and other dimensions for new products in the early stage of the product lifecycle to quickly identify cost drivers and easily simulate and compare alternatives leading to improved margins and reducing topline cost early on.
  • Improvement of profitability for customer projects (such as, Engineer-To-Order).
  • Outlining detailed control and forecast project costs, including issue and change management.
  • Reduced compliance costs and recalls through embedded compliance in the R&D processes.

Portfolio and Project Management

Enterprise Portfolio and Project Management in SAP S/4HANA Cloud is a cross-industry project management solution, such as, for capital, R&D, IT, or internal projects addressing simple (internal order-like) projects up to highly complex hierarchical project structures.

Enterprise Portfolio and Project Management enables you to manage Enterprise Projects throughout the entire lifecycle from project initiation, planning and execution to tracking and closure. You use enterprise projects in Enterprise Portfolio and Project Management to manage cross-industry projects, such as:

  • Investment projects

  • Overhead projects, for example, administrative projects or research and development projects

  • Projects with revenue, for example, engineer-to-order projects

  • Statistical projects

An enterprise project can be structured by a "work breakdown structure" (WBS) that is a hierarchical model which splits up the enterprise project into smaller portions represented by WBS elements.

Project Financials Control enables you to manage project progress and costs effectively within specified budget.

You are able to:

  • Define work breakdown structures and maintain simple to highly complex hierarchical projects.

  • Plan costs and budgets efficiently to track actual versus planned costs.

  • Monitor the progress and financial performance of projects.

  • Assign accounts of documents in financials and procurement to capture actual costs.

  • Settle project costs to cost centers, G/L accounts, or asset accounting.

  • Identify deviations and at-risk activities or issues.

Project Logistics Control enables you to optimize project efficiency and deliver high quality projects on time and within scope.

You are able to:

  • Improve project planning activities

  • Prevent business disruptions by understanding all logistics-related execution aspects of a project.

Project Management enables you to monitor enterprise projects and to steer them through your company’s organization.

Within Project Management you are able to:

  • Get an overview of costs, overall status, project type, and the project priority of all the enterprise projects
  • Perform certain actions, such as, navigate to monitor project progress and view costs associated with projects.
  • Display the upcoming and overdue milestones
  • Display detailed status information about the active enterprise projects

Product Development

Product Development covers the following:

  • Design, develop, cost, and introduce products faster to the market, satisfy consumers, and meet regulatory and quality requirements.
  • Companies can gain better insight into their product development processes, help ensure project budgets and product costs are on target, and improve the allocation of project resources.

High involvement customers require customized products with their specified requirements at similar cost and lead time as for off-the-shelf products. SAP has successfully digitized the variant configuration engine (for discrete industries) and recipe development (for process industries) and integrated both solutions in SAP S/4HANA Cloud public edition.

SAP S/4HANA as the digital core provides R&D leadership a holistic view across the complex new product introduction process from idea generation, concept development, and informed decision-making to select strategically relevant and feasible topics. A transparent stage-gate process enables continuous improvement in new product success.

Compliance Management

Product Compliance enables customers to manage chemical compliance for their products, to classify products according to dangerous goods regulations, and to create safety data sheets and labels according to chemical regulations and requirements. Additionally, the customers can track and record the quantities of regulated substances in their company that are purchased, imported, produced, sold, or exported.

The following sections provide information about the functionality provided by the different components of Product Compliance:

  • Foundation for Product Compliance: In this section, you can find information on functions that are used by all components of Product Compliance.

  • Product Marketability and Chemical Compliance: In this section, you can find information on how Product Compliance supports you in ensuring product marketability and brand protection, and in reducing compliance costs. Product marketability data is integrated into other business processes, where the information can be used, for example, for product compliance checks.

  • Dangerous Goods Management: In this section, you can find information on how Product Compliance supports you in classifying products according to dangerous goods regulations. Dangerous goods data is integrated into other business processes, where the information can be used, for example, for transport permission checks.

  • Safety Data Sheet and Label Management: In this section, you can find information on how Product Compliance supports you in organizing the required information about the safety data sheets and labels of products.

Product Compliance also supports further processes like managing hazard label data and tracking and recording the quantities of regulated substances.

R&D Engineering: Product Development

Process Flow: Product Development for Discrete and Process Industries

In the upcoming video you will get an impression of the product development process for discrete and process industries.

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