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Manufacturing companies are under a huge pressure when it comes to bringing products to market. Innovation cycles are constantly compressing.

Also, products are becoming more and more complex. They are often a combination of mechanics, electronics and software. More and more products are being developed for the Internet of Things: they include sensor technology and are able to communicate to each other, experts call them “Connected Products”.

Now, let’s put the customer into this context. We already know that they expect new things quickly. But they, we, also expect things to be exactly how we want them: from configured cars to customized running shoes. Customers want to live in a world tailor made for them. And here is the other tricky part, they are fickle. Their preferences are subject to change -rapidly.

These 3 trends – shorter innovation lifecycles, increased product complexity and individual customer demand – make the life of R&D and engineering experts more complicated and challenging than in the past.
They still have the same goal: to bring successful products to market as soon as possible. But they have to deal with more requirements, more stakeholders and partners.

Our goal is to make the life of product developers and engineers as simple as possible – by giving them the right tools to manage and share product date, manage R&D projects and to collaborate with their teams.

 

Do you want to learn more how SAP software can help you drive efficient R&D and innovation processes, develop connected products, manage projects and ensure product safety and compliance? Then you should attend SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando, or join the event online.


SAPPHIRE NOW delivers content designed for the interests and needs of  IT and non-IT leaders who are looking to deliver better outcome. Discover the full range of end-to-end solutions SAP offers for each line of business, or functional area, in your organization. With a broad range of presentations, demos, networking, and discussion opportunities available, you’ll find the information and experts who can help every area of your business to run simpler. Session formats range from technology demonstrations, customer and partner presentations, and one-on-one interactions with SAP software engineers to discuss specific topics. Whatever sessions you choose to attend, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet and network with peers and experts across the campus.

Here are the top sessions for R&D:


  • Theatre presentation LB20730: Meet New Business Objectives with Holistic Product Lifecycle Management
    Satisfy growing compliance-related requirements and make better business decisions based on real-time facts. Hear from Donna van Weeren, how Colgate Palmolive manages its recipe development process and product innovation portfolio with product lifecycle, portfolio, and project management software from SAP that uses the power of the SAP HANA platform.
    Wednesday, 04:00 PM-04:20 PM, Theater 5 
  • Discussion LB 20722: Simplify the Sharing of Complex Product Information with 3D Visualization
    This discussion explains how you can share complex product engineering data with business stakeholders by converting 3D computer-aided design files into a lightweight, portable format that everyone can access. Hear how SAP 3D Visual Enterprise applications helped Marenco Swisshelicopter Ltd. to successfully launch the first Swiss-made helicopter.
    Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Lines of Business Microforum 3
  • Demo Session LB20731: Manage Innovation Projects More Effectively for Faster Completion
    Discover how you can bring innovation projects to successful completion faster by making it easier for teams to plan, manage, and collaborate on projects. Find out how the SAP Innovation Management and SAP Portfolio and Project Management applications help you maximize efficiency in R&D for faster time to market.
    Tuesday, 01:30 p.m. – 01:50 p.m.,  Lines of Business Demo Theater
  • Demo Session IN20973: Simplify Projects by Visualizing Business and Engineering BIM Data
    Explore how construction and real estate firms can collaborate more profitably. Deliver complex projects from commercial buildings to engineering, procurement, and construction services by integrating enterprise, engineering, building information modeling (BIM), and CAD data into one visual interface using the SAP 3D Visual Enterprise applications.
    Tuesday, 02:00 p.m. – 02:20 p.m. Industries Demo Theater 2
  • Discussion LB20723: Facilitate Product Design for the Internet of Things
    This discussion explores how holistic and collaborative design strategies promote success in desiging products for the Internet of Things. Find out why thinking in a bigger context is essential for designing connected products and how data from smart products can positively influence your R&D process.
    Tuesday, 03:00 p.m. – 03:45 p.m., Lines of Business Microforum 3
  • Discussion LB20726 Promote Project Success with Best Practices
    This discussion reveals best practices for managing projects and portfolios successfully. Learn how you can facilitate decision making during the project-selection process with the SAP HANA platform and SAP Fiori apps. See how you can simplify access to project information by rapidly deploying the SAP Portfolio and Project Management application
    Wednesday, 02:00 p.m. – 02:45 p.m., Lines of Business Microforum 3
  • IN20751: See the Future of Product Innovation and Collaborative Product Development
    This discussion covers R&D and engineering topics for discrete manufacturers, including ways to reduce engineering costs, optimize handover to production, and speed time to market. Share insights with your peers on designing high-quality, safe, and compliant products and on collaborating across multiple internal and external stakeholders.
    Thursday, 2:00 p.m. – 02:45 p.m., Industries Microforum 1

These are just a few examples, there is much more to explore at SAPPHIRENOW. And, the event is co-located with the ASUG Annual Conference, which also offers a wide variety of sessions for R&D and Engineering.

Would you like to find out more what you can expect from SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG? Then stay tuned. Also, join us on Twitter @SCMatSAP to get the latest news.

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