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Learn how to streamline your Product Lifecycle with SAP Solutions on openSAP

The openSAP platform has given learners the opportunity to learn from our leading experts in this field of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) on how they can streamline their product’s lifecycle using software. The course named: Research and Development (R&D) and Discrete Industries outlines how integrated R&D processes is achieved across all lines of business with consistent product data.

In today’s marketplace, customer demands are increasing and so are the complexity of products. A complex product consists of multiple functionalities across different engineering disciplines including software, hardware, electric, eletronic & mechnical. The course shows learners how to enrich their R&D processes with dynamic, intelligent and collaborative tools designed for product engineers and managers to bring their product’s digital twin to life.

Throughout the 5 weeks, learners are able to understand the whole PLM process from the design phase, all the way through to handover to production and operations with an example of an Intelligent Valve as a final product.

Week 1: Introducing R&D in Discrete Industries

In the first week, learners will get an introduction to R&D and discrete industries on the challenges in the global market and how PLM solutions can help them solve their company’s gaps. Furthermore, learners gain an understanding on how different industries and customers benefit from using SAP PLM solutions.

Week 2: Managing Ideas & Concepts

The second week is all about managing your first product ideas and concepts.  It covers choosing the right ideas and doing the right projects. With the feedback from the different ideas, new or updated requirements can be created. Also, gain an understanding on how to store documents and involve different stakeholders in the design ecosystem of a product through a collaborative platform.

Week 3: Early Engineering

The third week is about understanding the model-based systems engineering approach to engineering complex products. Learners can also master how they can calculate costs of new products, work with their suppliers, set up product structures, ensure software compatibility of their products and create variants if they happen to offer more than one product based on the same product definition.

Week 4: Detailed Design and Prototyping

Week four provides an overview of how learners can go about a detailed design & prototyping of their product. This includes how to deal with changes of your product, managing detailed mechatronic engineering data, adopting simulations and validating a product to ensure the fit to market and customer requirements.

Week 5: Handover to Production and Operations

In the final week, learners gain an impression of how to handover engineering data to manufacturing and to operations to ensure their products are ready for industrialization and able to collect product feedback which is looped back into engineering. Learners also gain an overview of 3D Visual Enterprise, allowing not only engineers to understand the product, but everyone in their company to visualize multiple sets of product data.

This course would have not been possible without our great PLM ecosystem here at SAP. I would like to officially thank all our experts who brought this course to life. On the last day of when the course was live, we had 2815 learners from more than 30 countries who enrolled, of which 345 learners gained a Record of Achievement. That is a 26% success rate, 19% higher than the average according to academic MOOC providers.

Here are some impressions from the students:

“I thought the course content was very thorough.”

“All of the processes & the utilization of the solution was really well sequenced”

“It refreshed the practices followed in many industries”

Even though the course has officially ended, you are still able to take the course for free. To achieve a record of achievement, a reactivation is required.

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