“How can we accelerate our business process and run it easier, smarter and more efficiently?” This is a great and very common question, which is frequently asked by our customers and partners.
In the engineering world, we have all these transactional tools available to us, that allows us to manage individual objects such as material, document, change number etc. and processes such as change requests. The support of separated objects management is beneficial and a tool to consider throughout your business processes, however, the downside with the most of today’s applications is when bringing individual objects and processes together is not always black and white, which is a common reality with today’s transactional tools in the engineering world.
For instance, if you are a BOM engineer or a design engineer, or you happen to be in a role who focuses on objects, these transactional tools should not be a problem, considering that the tools satisfy your needs for your business. As a development manager or a change coordinator in your engineering department, who constantly depends on the need to know the overall status and is responsible for the engineering performance, SAPs PLM Engineering Cockpit will come to your rescue.
PLM Engineering Cockpit for Discrete Industry is an analytical application based on SAP overview template where it provides aggregated information that is grouped by predefined business logic for Engineering Development Managers or Change Coordinators.
The application consists of two parts including global filters and cards. Global filters provide you with several search fields that you can fill in and use a filter to narrow down the aggregated information to the scope which is relevant for you. Cards are containers that display business related information. This information that you can view at a glance, is summarized data which you care most for to satisfy your role in your engineering team.
In this first release of the PLM Engineering Cockpit, the following contents are included:
- Urgent Engineering Changes
This card displays the most urgent Change Records as a list. There is an “expected completion date” for each Change Record where under normal circumstances, should be completed before that date. Thus, the card gives you an urgency list that you may like to react on and it is ordered by “expected completion date” in ascending order. With this, the person responsible has the necessary information to act as a firefighter for your engineering department.
- Change Execution Status
This card displays overall change execution status. By viewing the chart displayed, you get two questions answered:
- How many Change Record Created in the last span of time?
- What is the execution(Lifecycle) status as of now?
On top of that, we need to understand that changes are costs. Not only does change costs money, time and capacity, this card can also enable you to find your bottlenecks in your business. For instance, if you narrow down the scope by using global filters to view the change execution status for separate products whether, in a line or group, this card will inform you of which product is costing you the most (in this case where most changes happened) in the past period of time. This gives you the opportunity to pay more attention to those bottlenecks in the next working cycle.
- Change Execution Progress
This card displays the change execution status. By viewing the chart displayed, you can understand how your department processes changes, as well as foresee potential capacity issues which are calculated accordingly to the trend. For example, the number of “new” and “in process” change records are increasingly overwhelming while “complete” or “canceled” changes are limited. From this scenario, you can already predict for yourself that you may face a very high workload soon if the situation does not change. To avoid fire drills in your department, here is a great starting point to gain the necessary information for fire prevention.
- Quick Links
This card provides you with quick links that you access most frequently. From the Engineering Cockpit, you can open your frequently accessed Fiori Applications directly.
- Upcoming Effective Changes
This card displays upcoming valid changes. By viewing the table displayed, you know which change number is going to be affected, and further check which objects should be changed. With this information, you may need to check further preparations such as stock and routing to ensure that the changes are ready to be valid.
In the forthcoming releases, we plan to include more process and object related content, such as workflow tasks, processing status, and most active objects. Moreover, in the future, more Engineering Cockpit applications are planned for other personas such as the BoM engineer and design engineer who are heavily involved in the engineering process, and it is planned to become the trigger point for end-to-end stories.
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