The first Use Case Workshop in Walldorf for defining Enterprise Services (ES) for the Automotive Industries was conducted by the Solution Management Automotive, DSAG and Enterprise Services Community (ESC).
In September we conducted the first detailed Use Case workshop for the Automotive Industry. The goal of the Workshop was to discuss the current planned scope and define new use cases within the Automotive Industry. The Group was lead by the Solution Manager within the Automotive Industry and a Program Manager from ESC. The participants were invited by DSAG and the Enterprise Services Community team facilitated the Workshop.
The day took off with an overview on the Idea and Concept of the Enterprise Services Community. Then we provided a short overview on eSOA. We were calling this session “eSOA Basics”, to educate and produce a rough common understanding of how SAP sees eSOA and what the overall strategy looks like. The experience in the past has shown external participants have a different understanding of eSOA and what the impacts on their Business can have. After this session the Solution Manager for Automotive presented the current use cases in the area of:
- Vehicle Management & Dealer Business Management: ES around the object Vehicle
- Manufacturing: ES based integration of planning-, production- and return messaging processes
- Engineering: ES Based exchange of objects in the product definition process
The feedback was great and after we collected the input we moved into the more interactive part of the agenda and let the participants take over. Everyone in the room was asked to provide an idea for a scenario he or she has in mind to be enabled by Enterprise Services. The discussion lasted over 4 hours and we collected a set of Scenarios important for the Industry. At the end the group decided that SAP will consolidate the feedback and call for another webex to prioritize the content. After this call the next step will be to kick off the Community Definition Group (CDG) for Automotive Industries to define additional service specifications.
The workshop was based on business process maps which helped to present and collect feedback on the planned Enterprise Services and to collect new scenarios in the Workshop.