Just two months after our last release, our latest offering of SAP Intelligent Asset Management 1908 includes many great new enhancements, both to asset central foundation and to SAP Asset Intelligence Network, SAP Asset Strategy and Performance Management, and SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service.
With this release we have transitioned our UX to the highly anticipated Fiori 3.0 design. As well as the attractive and modern “SAP Quartz Light” theme and other UI related enhancements, we’ve also moved to the standard SAP Fiori Launchpad. As a result, our users can expect an improved overall user experience from the very first click and also a higher level of consistency with the other SAP products, such as the S/4 HANA solution.
On the new launchpad, you’ll notice the ‘What’s New’ interactive help which assists existing users in getting acquainted with the newest innovations coming with each of our releases. The ‘What’s New’ interactive help highlights the tiles of the new applications and provides a short description of what’s behind them and how they can be of value to the business users.
There are several functional improvements in the 1908 release. You can now share indicator values between companies. Therefore, if you choose to share indicators as part of a shared equipment, the recipient also gains access to the chart with the time series data of the corresponding indicators.
And while we’re on the subject of indicators, we’ve also introduced what we call global indicators. That means we’ve shipped a list of predefined indicators commonly used by all our customers for asset reliability and maintainability analysis. This drives standardization within and across industries and is particularly important for network use cases where information needs to be shared between multiple parties.
Sharing is key to any network. In SAP Asset Intelligence Network we have continued to invest in this area and bring you automatic sharing of equipment objects. By defining sharing rules – or patterns – you can simplify and automate the whole sharing process. The latter can be now standardized, requiring less manual work and promotes consistency across multiple equipment objects. Of course, we still have the fine granular permission and sharing definitions via the standard network authorization groups, should you require them for more elaborate scenarios.
The new super-fast equipment search application delivers a high performance text-based search across equipment header data and – very importantly – its attributes. This allows users to quickly find equipment records based on complex criteria involving multiple combinations of attribute values.
When creating a baseline, in addition to the equipment data, we now also store a snapshot of the information inherited from the model. The model information is available on the baseline overview page and we have enhanced our APIs correspondingly.
As you may recall, in SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service’s failure mode analytics we extract text from the notifications and match it to failure modes. The catch was that this only worked for English texts. Now with the help of Google Translate web service we can translate the Plant Maintenance notifications into German or English and feed them into the Failure Mode Analytics machine learning engine. The top keyword matches for each failure mode can be visualized in German or English.
Those of you who use Asset Strategy and Performance Management will also benefit from the automatic update of several global indicators such as risk, criticality, relative risk, and risk priority number (RPN) as per the risk assessment scores. The Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) UI has been refreshed to deliver improved usability and user productivity. Its four column layout provides a simultaneous overview of the functions, functional failures, failure modes and effects. Users can update these on that very same screen without having to jump between different applications.
For a complete overview of all new features of 1908 visit the SAP Intelligent Asset Management page on the SAP Help Portal. There’s also the new SAP Digital Supply Chain Resource Center for finding onboarding information.