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SAP Info days for Product Lifecycle Management – The next level of PLM

The SAP PLM Info Days 2018 were once again a great success. Attendees from different continents gathered in St. Leon Rot on 8th and 9th May to witness the evolution of the Digital Twin from R&D, Sales, Operations, and Manufacturing’s perspective. At the Info Days, participants had the opportunity to learn from other customers how to benefit and experience the roadmap and vision of SAP PLM.

On day one, the participants gained insights regarding Product Lifecycle Management developments and innovations. SAP S/4HANA revealed its strategy, and everybody had the chance to learn how to utilize the SAP PLM portfolio and experience innovation.

The Keynote of Nils Herzberg (Senior Vice President, Global Head IoT Go-to-Market & Partnerships, SAP SE) highlighted the importance of PLM for the new business models and challenges for companies providing individualized products with lot size one.

Kaeser changed their business model to “Pay for Outcome”. Mr. Grundmann (Head of Production Portable Compressors, Kaeser Kompressoren SE) presented their experiences during this transformation process and consequences for the entire company.

For customers in process industries, Jan Peter Lochschmidt (Director CFC Digital R&D, Unilever) introduced the new opportunities by implementing recipe development as data backbone for a global company with a broad product portfolio.

SAP even offered guided tours across the exhibition ground to provide the participants with deeper insights. After the opening presentations and keynotes, the attendees had the possibility to decide between 4 breakout sessions with highly interesting customer presentation, related to SAP’s PLM Engineering, Product and Portfolio Management, Leonardo, and PLM for the process industry.

Stan Przybylinski (Vice President, CIMdata) gave insights on the meaning of PLM for the current challenges (e.g. industry 4.0, Digital Twin) and future trends. Have a look at his comments about the event on

At the end of the first day, the participants experienced an outdoor event in the Japanese garden, and SAP, as well as customers and partners, had the opportunity to establish contacts and exchange impressions.

On day two, participants had the chance to join several breakout sessions. Developers and product owners gave insights on their current developments in the development marketplace and collected feedback from customers and partners. As usual, for the second day’s participation, there was a Feedback Agreement required. This day was also split into 4 big sessions, where participants went deeper into PLM for Discrete and Process Industries, and SAP S/4HANA for advanced variant configuration with their current releases, roadmap, and available solutions in detail. Enterprise Portfolio and Project Management revealed their direction and there were also very interesting cross topics, for example, the future of Machine Learning.

SAP was pleased to welcome its customers and partners at the PLM Info Days 2018. The growing number of enthusiastic participants in comparison to last year’s event shows that we are heading in the right direction.

Read this blog to get an overview of the most important SAP PLM sessions. Would you like to find more regarding the PLM Infodays 2018? In case of additional questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact us:

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      Author's profile photo Shashank Mehrotra
      Shashank Mehrotra

      Very interesting.

      Any idea if and when this event will take place in 2019?