Accelerate Product Development with ERP for Your Manufacturing Operations

Over the last decade, discrete industries have seen increasing pressure to innovate. Find out how to meet the growing demand for individualized products in the digital age.

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Enhance Manufacturing Operations for the Digital Age

With ever-shorter product lifecycles and a rapidly growing number of product variants, discrete manufacturing companies are facing growing challenges. They need to reduce time to market, shorten lead times, and manufacture products in smaller lot sizes. While these demands are nothing new, digitization has upped the pace.

This calls for streamlined manufacturing operations, optimized value chains that extend across companies, and cutting-edge sensor technology. You can offer your customers individualized smart products with new features and services, and shift to consumption models based on the Internet of Things (IoT). By connecting machines, devices, IT, and products, the IoT enables you to enhance internal manufacturing processes and create a smart factory.

5 Success Factors in Discrete Manufacturing

Accelerate Product Development and Innovation

Today’s customers increasingly demand individualized products. This means manufacturers need highly flexible production processes and responsive material requirements planning. By utilizing tailored manufacturing solutions, you can accelerate product development and bring innovations to market faster and more cost-effectively than the competition.

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Implement End-to-End Product Lifecycle Management

Consistent product lifecycle management (PLM) from research and development to aftersales service is crucial in manufacturing operations. By taking an approach that integrates people, data, processes, systems, and tools such as CAD, you can accelerate manufacturing cycle times and reduce waste. Solutions such as SAP Product Lifecycle Management increase engineering efficiency and reduce time to market.

Seize the Opportunities of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things enables businesses in discrete manufacturing to make precise predictions based on real-time sensor data from machines and give their customers recommendations for future actions. It also paves the way to new business models, such as consumption-based contracts, allowing you to offer your customers more added value.

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Unlock the Potential of Digital Manufacturing

Manufacturers are in the midst of digital transformation. With sensor technology and advanced manufacturing execution systems, companies can unleash the potential of their data. What’s more, flexible platforms help you realize the connected smart factory and facilitate better collaboration with other companies.

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Gain Real-Time Insights through Analytics

As a basis for strategic decisions, greater transparency into all manufacturing operations is required: from production planning to aftersales service. With technology for real-time monitoring and data analytics, you can leverage sensor data to create new, service-based business models and gain additional capabilities, such as predictive maintenance. And by using artificial intelligence, you can increase productivity and accuracy through automation.

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Simplify Manufacturing with the SAP S/4HANA Digital Core

The overwhelming volumes of data in discrete industries are having an impact on business; manufacturers now have to simplify their IT landscape in order to handle the data and quickly turn it into actionable insights. With a next-generation ERP solution like SAP S/4HANA, you can connect machines and processes to a digital core. This allows you to monitor and analyze data from multiple sources in real time – and transform your challenges into opportunities.

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The S/4HANA Cooking Recipe

Enjoy our interview with Günter Knorr, it.machinery Program Manager at NTT DATA Business Solutions. Listen to what he says about our solution it.machinery, specially developed for the industrial machinery and components industry.

Since we were the first SAP partner worldwide who has created an innovative industry solution based on SAP S/4HANA, we know all necessary ingredients to speed up your industry processes.

SAP for Discrete Industries: How We Can Support You

In discrete manufacturing, IT and business processes are extremely diverse and complex; NTT DATA Business Solutions can help you to master them. We work closely with you to find the right SAP solutions for your needs, support implementation, and adapt your business model to capitalize on the opportunities of the Internet of Things. What’s more, we also offer our own solutions and add-ons, such as it.manufacturing and it.automotive, tailored to the specific demands of the discrete industries.

For more than 30 years, we have specialized in discrete manufacturing solutions. In fact, a third of our total business is dedicated to supporting companies in this sector. To ensure we always deliver outstanding results, we have a team of 1,500 employees devoted to discrete industries, including 150 experts in IoT solutions. So whether you operate in the automotive industry or the high-tech sector, we can help you find the right solutions to successfully realize your digital transformation.

Our Specialties in Discrete Manufacturing Processes

Automotive

In the modern automotive industry, it’s all about mass customization instead of mass production, and offering multiple product configurations is crucial to success.

Our solutions help you accelerate product development cycles and strengthen your supply chain.

Industrial Machinery & Components

With such a broad range of components and product variants on offer, the industrial machinery and components sector can be highly complex.

We can support you in building an attractive, intuitive online store to help your customers quickly find and order the right products.

High-Tech

The high-tech sector requires ever-faster response times and product development cycles.

With NTT DATA Business Solutions, you can rely on proven experts who support you with state-of-the-art technology and ready-to-run processes – so that you can quickly respond to changing market conditions.

4–5 times more revenue generated by value-added services on top of simple machine connectivity.

Source: SAP Executive Overview – Powering the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Digitization of Business in Industrial Machinery and Components

Topics Related to Discrete Manufacturing

Cybersecurity

In light of modern developments, such as big data, cloud computing, and IoT technology, data protection is more important than ever before. Manufacturing companies require IT solutions that protect them against digital threats.

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Industrial Platforms

Thanks to connected sensors, machines can automatically alert technicians before they break down. Platforms such as SAP Leonardo and the SAP Asset Intelligence Network connect manufacturers and operators, enabling them to profit from the Industrial Internet of Things.

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User Experience

The user experience is all-important in discrete industries to help employees clearly visualize data and make informed decisions. There is also huge potential for UX innovations in the smart factory, with technologies such as voice control and augmented reality changing the game.

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E-Commerce

With an intuitive online store, manufacturers and suppliers can boost revenue by making it easier for customers to compare products, configure variants, manage machinery, and order spare parts. Full integration with the ERP system streamlines the sales process.

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How Our Customers Benefit from Us

Mobily

Mobily provides integrated services for three main sectors, namely individuals, business, and carriers. It has one of the largest wireless networks by coverage in Saudi Arabia

Toyota Tsusho

Toyota Tsusho is the trading arm of the Toyota Group. It enriches society by creating value by the company as Metals; Global Production Parts; Logistics

Unipart Rail

The need for an improved supplier experience was identified as a priority requirement that led to a review of supplier interactions and the recommendation to invest in an SAP Supplier Portal.

Servimed implements SAP ERP and SAP Commerce B2B

Servimed chose NTT DATA Business Solutions for the re-implementation of SAP Suite on HANA (ECC) and SAP Commerce B2B due to its expertise in complex projects in this market.

The American Club Singapore

The data warehouse solution from NTT DATA Business Solutions Singapore provides decision-grade information to reduce information-to-decision lead time. The solution lowered reporting costs and saved time through automation of the report generation process and by producing automated reconciliations.

Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods

Together with the Vreugdenhil team, we successfully implemented SAP S/4HANA in an operative supply chain that has no room for disruptions or errors. Read how we broke down silos, upped business process efficiency, and went live during peak milk production season.

Royal Herkel

To gain more insight into future demands and in order to become more flexible, Royal Herkel implemented SAP S/4HANA in 2019. As a result, the company saw the turnover of their products grow by more than twenty percent in 2020.

Emirates Steel

Based in the industrial sector of Abu Dhabi, Emirates Steel produces home-grown high quality steel products that are shipped and used across the world and delivered into major global markets, for the construction, engineering and energy sectors.

Agthia

Agthia Group is a leading Abu Dhabi based food and beverage company. Agthia offers a world-class portfolio of integrated businesses providing high-quality and trusted food and beverage products for customers and consumers across the UAE, GCC, Turkey, and the wider Middle East.

Bakioğlu Holding

One of Turkey’s Top 500 Industrial Enterprises, Bak Ambalaj operates 4 different facilities in Izmir Atatürk Organized Industrial Zone, and is a key contributor to the export volume of our country by exporting over than 70% of its production, primarily to Western European countries.

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Our preconfigured add-on, it.B2B e-commerce for machinery, masters the specific challenges of the machinery and components industry.

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Find out how successful IM&C manufacturers use technology to sharpen business practices, improve agility, and better serve customers.

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