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Siemens and SAP join forces on accelerating industrial transformation

July 20, 2020
The partnership aims to provide a digital thread that helps enterprises eliminate process and information silos, drives digitalization and delivers a comprehensive solution for the Industry 4.0.

Siemens and SAP are joining in a partnership to deliver integrated end-to-end software solutions across product lifecycle, supply chain and asset management. The partnership aims to leverage their expertise and technology to provide a digital thread that helps enterprises eliminate process and information siloes, drives digitalization and delivers a comprehensive solution for the Industry 4.0.

SAP will offer Siemens’ Teamcenter software as the core for product lifecycle collaboration and product data management. Siemens will offer SAP Intelligent Asset Management solutions and SAP Project and Portfolio Management applications.

Through this agreement, both SAP and Siemens will be able to complement and integrate their respective offerings in order to offer customers an integrated and enhanced solutions for product lifecycle management (PLM), supply chain, service and asset management. This will enable customers to form a digital thread integrating all virtual models and simulations of a product or asset with real-time business information, feedback and performance data over the entire lifecycle.

"Digital transformation will be critical for the manufacturing industries to increase productivity, flexibility and accelerate innovation, so companies must come together in new ways to enable the digital enterprise," said Klaus Helmrich, member of the managing board of Siemens AG and CEO of Siemens Digital Industries.

This new partnership hopes to help customers break down silos so manufacturers, product design teams and service managers have the information needed to quickly create and manage customer-centric product and service offerings.

Both SAP and Siemens will be able to offer new solutions that combine their technologies, helping companies shorten time to market. This will also give organizations the benefit of incorporating customer insights into product development through a comprehensive solution, from product design to service and asset management. As a first step in the partnership, SAP will offer Siemens’ Teamcenter software as the core foundation for product lifecycle collaboration and product data management and Siemens will offer SAP Intelligent Asset Management and SAP Project and Portfolio Management solutions. Both companies will collaborate to develop applications from an end-to-end lifecycle perspective.

"Combining Siemens’ Teamcenter and SAP S/4HANA software provides companies an end-to-end process capability from product design to decommission," said Bob Parker, senior vice president of Industry Research at IDC. "The IT benefits of pre-integration of PLM, ERP, asset management and supply chain applications and the business benefits from having a more resilient response to changing market demand make this a compelling consideration for companies seeking a competitive advantage in the digital economy."