RBE Plus eSCM Cross Checks – support for Internet of Things


IBIS Prof. Thome AG is offering new analysis content with its RBE Plus eSCM cross checks. The analysis was compiled for SAP America and the “STAR Initiative”, but is also available to European user companies.

After all, the world of SAP is full of possibilities – but only those who recognize them are able to use them. This fundamental principle can easily be illustrated by SAP HANA and the products based on it, including SAP S/4HANA. It should already be well-known that the new SAP platform offers dramatic benefits in terms of speed, however more exciting questions are posed from a business unit perspective – above all the changes and potential for operational processes. Appraising this development within the overall context is crucial in correctly classifying this added value.

 

escm Cross Checks

 

IBIS Prof. Thome AG is offering new analysis content with its RBE Plus eSCM cross checks. The analysis was compiled for SAP America and the “STAR Initiative”, but is also available to European user companies.

After all, the world of SAP is full of possibilities – but only those who recognize them are able to use them. This fundamental principle can easily be illustrated by SAP HANA and the products based on it, including SAP S/4HANA. It should already be well-known that the new SAP platform offers dramatic benefits in terms of speed, however more exciting questions are posed from a business unit perspective – above all the changes and potential for operational processes. Appraising this development within the overall context is crucial in correctly classifying this added value.

A content-based change, such as this, is offered by extended Supply Chain Management, a key component of the Internet of Things (IoT) product portfolio offered by SAP SE. Admittedly, many may say that constantly advancing levels of digitalization continually offer us new methods and concepts. However, behind the buzzword madness and Anglicisms, “IoT” simply means the transition to automated communication over the web, independent of human interaction. It is also clear that this approach will have a staggering impact on our business processes, mainly in logistics, in view of the fact that IoT offers unbelievable potential for the efficiency and effectiveness of complex processes. Clearly this does not apply to all business scenarios, but the automation of regular tasks, in particular, will tangibly reduce employees’ workload, who will then be able to concentrate on problems and improvements.

SAP S/4HANA Supply Chain solutions

The IoT is gaining a foothold in the world of SAP with S/4HANA Supply Chain solutions. A quick glance at the available components shows that not all components are completely new and revised. A distinction must be made between

  • the original components of S/4HANA Enterprise Management (such as Manufacturing Engineering, PP on HANA)
  • the products based upon S/4HANA (such as Multi Resource Scheduling)
  • the products which can be integrated with S/4HANA (such as SAP Advanced Planning & Optimization and Extended Warehouse Management)

What they all have in common is that they are part of SAP SE’s eSCM portfolio and thus represent a systematic ongoing development of the production support offered by SAP products. The components open up the transition to the Internet of Things – with capabilities, including Predictive Maintenance and Service or Asset Intelligence Management, courtesy of self-communicating systems, and the implementation of Automated Manufacturing down to the shop floor level. This represents major undertakings in terms of innovation. But just which of these innovations are ultimately really relevant to me as a customer?

RBE+ eSCM cross checks can provide the answer to this.

 

eSCM cross checks

Anyone familiar with RBE Plus cross checks appreciates that they address precisely this issue, providing easily understandable overview analysis to deliver speedy answers in terms of analysis requirements. Using automatically extracted system information, they highlight all the actions needed when running a SAP system: from project analysis to compliance projects.

 

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eSCM cross checks now adopt a similar approach, albeit with a different objective. Naturally, the database is collated in a similar manner in an RBE Plus analysis. Identifying usage indicators from document data, master data and configuration settings from the SAP ERP system enables us to extrapolate to what extent one of the eSCM products might be of interest to the system operator. eSCM cross checks are essentially used for guidance and are based on a transparent points system that accompanies and is explained with every analysis. eSCM cross checks represent added value for existing RBE Plus analysis and can be integrated into RBE Plus results, as required.

Opportunities include Predictive Maintenance and Service, the aim of which is to support maintenance and service scenarios. Relevant support at a process level is obtained through automatically compiled machine data, for instance when systems transmit their status to the connected ERP system in a stand-alone and fully integrated manner, thereby triggering operational processes. Detailed data from maintenance scheduling, numerical transactions and equipment is analyzed as measured variables to evaluate the relevance of this product for SAP ERP users. The results deliver clear-cut conclusions about potential usage by the customer. The transparency of fundamental analytics and data gained from RBE+ analysis provides essential facts and facts for establishing a business case.

 

Conclusion

Not everybody needs to know everything in a world of possibilities; it is enough to know where the key experience and pointers can be found. RBE+ eSCM cross checks thus provide helpful guidance for the IoT and its potential within the SAP environment.

A content-based change, such as this, is offered by extended Supply Chain Management, a key component of the Internet of Things (IoT) product portfolio offered by SAP SE. Admittedly, many may say that constantly advancing levels of digitalization continually offer us new methods and concepts. However, behind the buzzword madness and Anglicisms, “IoT” simply means the transition to automated communication over the web, independent of human interaction. It is also clear that this approach will have a staggering impact on our business processes, mainly in logistics, in view of the fact that IoT offers unbelievable potential for the efficiency and effectiveness of complex processes. Clearly this does not apply to all business scenarios, but the automation of regular tasks, in particular, will tangibly reduce employees’ workload, who will then be able to concentrate on problems and improvements.

 

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