Digital Manufacturing (Update Q2/2023)

Join this free online course to get an introduction to SAP Digital Manufacturing and learn about its key functionalities.

This course was retired in November 2023.

Please note: This course has been replaced by the SAP Learning Journey: Learning Journey Discovering SAP Digital Manufacturing | SAP Learning site

Self-paced since August 2, 2023
Language: English
Subtitles (auto-generated): Deutsch, English, Français, Español

Course information


This course was retired in November 2023

Course Summary

SAP Digital Manufacturing is a manufacturing execution system (MES) of near real-time data and analytics. It helps you connect your top-floor business systems to your shop-floor equipment for global visibility across all plants, while orchestrating execution and monitoring production operations down to the individual work center.

In this course, we’ll provide an introduction to key functionality for each component of SAP Digital Manufacturing by walking through a simplified manufacturing process. The course will cover both process and discrete manufacturing, including equipment automation in SAP Digital Manufacturing for execution, scheduling in SAP Digital Manufacturing for resource orchestration, and monitoring production KPIs in SAP Digital Manufacturing for insights.

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Course Characteristics

  • Starting from: June 27, 2022, 09:00 UTC. (What does this mean?)
  • Duration: The course is open for 4 weeks.
  • Effort: 2-3 hours in total
  • Course assignment: You can take the course assignment at any time whilst the course is open.
  • Course closure: August 2, 2023 9:00 UTC.
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Course Content

Unit 1: Introduction
Unit 2: Process execution
Unit 3: Scheduling and dispatching
Unit 4: Discrete execution
Unit 5: Manufacturing automation
Unit 6: Manufacturing insights
Course Assignment
Extra Materials: Quality Issue Resolution

Target Audience

  • Manufacturing consultants
  • Managers
  • Manufacturing business owners
  • Engineers
  • Supervisors
  • Planners
  • Developers
  • Sales

Course Requirements

  • Basic SAP skills
  • A general understanding of manufacturing processes and terminology

Further Learning

Previous Version of This Course

Previous version of this course is available here:
Digital Manufacturing (June 21, through July 20, 2022)

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Course End
Aug 02, 2023
Course Start
Jun 27, 2023


This course was rated with 4.44 stars in average from 799 votes.

Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

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This course is offered by

John Parker

John Parker is a Product Management lead for SAP Digital Manufacturing. John has specialized in manufacturing execution solutions for over 25 years, focusing primarily on SAP ME, its predecessors, and SAP Digital Manufacturing. During this time, he has lead numerous manufacturing execution system implementations, designed, developed, and implemented many customer-specific solutions, and provided leadership to the internal and external SAP ecosystem through enablement and training

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John Cohenour

John Cohenour is the lead product manager for SAP Digital Manufacturing for execution and drives the vision, strategy, and development of the solution. John has over 26 years of experience in the areas of manufacturing execution and production planning, having held roles in product development, project consulting, and professional services management.

Suba Subbiah

Dr. Subanatarajan Subbiah is a lead product manager for SAP Digital Manufacturing. He is responsible for defining the vision, strategy, and the development of the solution, and drives the process of value identification, value creation, and development. Suba has over 16 years of experience in the field of production scheduling and optimization applied across several industries and has a strong background in process control, robotics, and operations research.

Thilo Sieth

Dr. Thilo Sieth is a lead product owner, heading the manufacturing automation area of SAP Digital Manufacturing . He focuses on IT/OT convergence in the areas of shop floor connectivity and end-to-end engineering production processes.

Thilo has 20 years of experience as a project lead, program lead, and product owner for various products in SAP’s Manufacturing and IoT areas. He has a PhD from the Institute of Production Science (wbk), University of Karlsruhe.

Matthias Hollenders

Matthias Hollenders is the lead product manager for manufacturing insights and intelligence. He drives the vision, strategy, and development of SAP Digital Manufacturing for insights. Matthias has worked for more than 12 years in SAP Digital Supply Chain, consulting with SAP and partners and delivering global supply chain implementation projects in logistics, manufacturing, and IoT across all industries.

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