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Join this free online course to learn about SAP Product Lifecycle Management for discrete industries and find out how it helps you turn your ideas into new, innovative products by exploring the whole product development process.

The course SAP PLM for Discrete Industries has moved and is now available on the SAP Learning site. The openSAP platform will be discontinued at the end of July 2024.

Self-paced since June 28, 2023
Language: English
Subtitles (auto-generated): Deutsch, English, Français, Español

Course information

Course Summary

Customer satisfaction and loyalty are key to success. However, growing customer demands have a direct impact on research and development departments as product development gets increasingly complex. At the same time, enterprises need to make sure that they remain profitable. Processes need to be streamlined and integrated. Transparency and consistency in design and development processes and beyond are required to achieve fast time-to-market at reduced cost in a dynamic environment.

Enabling product-centric organizations to deliver the right product at the right time and the right price is our mission in SAP Product Lifecycle Management (SAP PLM).

In this course, you’ll learn how you can leverage SAP’s Product Lifecycle Management, focusing on discrete industries. Based on exemplary uses cases, the course will demonstrate how to benefit from SAP PLM. You’ll find out how SAP PLM helps turn ideas and requirements into new, innovative products and how to develop products taking compliance into account. We’ll cover the whole process from the design stage all the way through to handover to production and operations, building the digital thread. In addition, you’ll learn how to manage change and collaborate efficiently with internal and external stakeholders. You’ll discover how to identify and simulate costs in an early design phase and we’ll show you how to set up, monitor, and monetize digital twins. The final week will touch on technical aspects and enable you to get started.

Here is what some participants are saying about the course:

  • " It was a great course. Thank you so much for everything. Thanks to these trainings, I got my first job. With my eternal gratitude..." Read the original post

  • " Great all around job. Wow what a course this has been. even though it is an openSAP course, its length reminded me somehow of the SAP academy days in the Boston training center off highway 128 or in the Walldorf campus (back in the late 1990's early 2000s), the only thing missing is the free cafeteria lunches :). Thanks again for all your effort and passion in delivering this course and the great discussions. " Read the original post

  • " Detailed & Futuristic Content of SAP-PLM ! Thank you again SAP & Faculty for providing such a nice course ! " Read the original post

  • " I especially liked the sessions where there was a system demo with relevant example data. It helped to connect conceptual part with what it meant in the system." Read the original post

  • " Thanks Michael Pfenning and Audun Grimstad and Ankit Aggarwal and Nick Wang for an amazing week. Many of the thought leadership ideas brought forward during this week by your course is being leveraged already in strategic discussions with friends who own or manage businesses in industries not even mentioned in the course,, such as AEC, M&A , Environment Consulting and Restoration industries." Read the original post

Course Characteristics

Course Content

Week 1: Introducing SAP PLM for Discrete Industries
Week 2: Digitize the Define Phase
Week 3: Streamline the Development Process
Week 4: Collaborate Across Enterprise Boundaries
Week 5: Deliver and Operate in a Well-Maintained Plant
Week 6: Get Started and Technical Foundation
Week 7: Final Exam

Target Audience

  • Users/key users of SAP PLM solutions
  • Solution consultants
  • Sales and presales professionals in SAP PLM
  • Business decision makers

Course Requirements

No requirements

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About Further Content Experts

Stephan Hallmann

Stephan Hallmann

Stephan Hallmann is a consultant for projects in the SAP PLM / SAP Engineering Control Center environment at DSC Software AG, where he helps customers implement their processes with SAP PLM. His focus is on change management and the management of engineering data in Research & Development. Currently, he is working on SAP Enterprise Product Development in combination with SAP Engineering Control Center.
Stephan studied mechanical engineering before joining the PLM community in mid-2018.
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Laura Dumbeck

Laura Dumbeck

Laura Dumbeck is a product manager at DSC Software AG, an SAP Platinum Partner, where she drives product strategy based on customer needs and market trends.
Laura works closely with the responsible development teams to create intuitive and web-based product solutions for SAP PLM.
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Pinar Karakas

Pinar Karakas

Pinar Karakas is a marketing consultant at DSC Software AG, where she is responsible for the online communication platforms for customers and partners.
As an industrial engineer, she works closely with product management, sales and presales teams to support go to market activities for various SAP PLM solutions.
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Marleen Benner

Marleen Benner

Marleen Benner has been a working student in the SAP PLM area for two years.
Her current focus is on the idea-to-market business process at SAP and its modeling. In addition to the actual task, Marleen is involved in and supports numerous other projects in the PLM area.
Marleen has been a contributor to many events at SAP as a dual student and also as a working student.
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Course contents

  • Week 1:

    Introducing SAP PLM for Discrete Industries
  • Week 2:

    Digitize the Define Phase
  • Week 3:

    Streamline the Development Process
  • Week 4:

    Collaborate Across Enterprise Boundaries
  • Week 5:

    Deliver and Operate in a Well-Maintained Plant
  • Week 6:

    Get Started and Technical Foundation
  • I Like, I Wish:

    We Love Your Feedback … And Want More
  • Final Exam:

    Good Luck!

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Course End
Jun 28, 2023
Course Start
May 09, 2023


This course was rated with 4.36 stars in average from 318 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.
  • Gain an Open Badge by completing the course.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

Ismail Serin

Ismail Serin is a product management leader with a proven track record of driving product success in SAP Product Lifecycle Management. He is an expert in digital supply chain management and leverages his expertise to help customers deliver the right products at the right time and at the right price.  Ismail is currently spearheading the transformation of SAP's PLM portfolio to a cloud-native environment, positioning SAP as a leader in the cloud PLM market. As a trusted advisor to his customers, Ismail has a talent for driving innovation and solving real-world problems.

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Simone Finger

Simone Finger is a product manager in the SAP PLM Cloud Acceleration Customer Office. She has been working in various sales, solution management, and software engineering positions in the IT industry for over 25 years. Simone is an industry enthusiast, specializing in automotive and discrete industries processes, and has a strong background in SAP S/4HANA and SAP ERP.
Simone has been an active contributor at many events and conferences and has an excellent customer network. 

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Saurabh Mahajan

Saurabh Mahajan works in Product Management at the SAP PLM Cloud Customer Office, driving go-to-market topics with customers, partners, and SAP's sales and sales supporting roles. He has over 17 years’ experience in electronics, high tech, and enterprise applications spanning product development and commercialization, customer engagements, operational strategy, new business models, and startup engagements.
Saurabh holds an MBA degree from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

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Ulf Petzel

Ulf Petzel is Solution Advisor Manager in Global Presales for SAP PLM. He and his team showcase SAP’s PLM offering to customers and prospects around the globe.
Ulf has been a member of the global SAP PLM community since over 25 years, speaking at many events about latest innovations and best practice scenarios.

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Aladdin Mandishah

Aladdin Mandishah is a solution manager for Global Life Sciences. He focuses on driving innovation in the life sciences industry through cloud-based solutions. With a wealth of industry experience spanning over 15 years in several leadership positions, Aladdin has helped companies improve their operational efficiency, quality systems, and business transformation.  A recognized thought leader, he is a frequent speaker at industry events and an active member of professional organizations in the field. 
Aladdin holds an MSc. degree in Medical Engineering from Lübeck University and is passionate about using technology to create a better world.

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Audun Grimstad

Audun Grimstad works as a Director – Product Management at the SAP PLM Cloud Customer Office, where he supports a wide range of GTM activities internally and externally, covering customers, partners and the general public as applicable.
Audun is an industry veteran with an engineering and industrial economy background and 30+ years in a wide range of global roles in shipping, maritime, O&G, R&D, consulting and software – including also founding and successfully divesting a software company.
He joined SAP in 2016 trough an acquisition, and worked with establishing the Digital Twin solutions in the SAP Asset Management and PLM portfolios. In the current role he works to aid and accelerate the knowledge and adoption of the new SAP PLM cloud solutions, and in particular the Enterprise Product Development (EPD) portfolio.

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Ing-Marie Lönnerheden

Ing-Marie Lönnerheden is the Product Manager for SAP EPD Product Innovation Management. She worked in several positions in the telecommunication and consulting industries before joining SAP.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Linköping Institute of Technology, Sweden and is a Scrum Coach. She is also an active contributor in webinars and enablement sessions.

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Lisa Schmitt

Lisa Schmitt is a SAP Consultant in the Technical Sales Team of the CENIT AG.
Lisa has supported in many presales and consulting activities for Design to Operate topics since she joined CENIT in 2018, initially as a dual student, and is meanwhile a full-time team member.

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Bastian Schurr

Bastian Schurr is Product Owner of Requirements Valuation Cockpit (RVC) at CENIT AG a partner of SAP. He and his team design and develop apps on SAP BTP which enhance the scope of SAP EPD.
Bastian works with SAP PLM since more than 15 years for customers of automotive, aerospace and other discrete industries. He focused on SAP extension and SAP system integration solutions in the topics CAD collaboration, CAD migration, hand-over to production and other relevant PLM topics.

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Renato Zadro

Renato Zadro is Chief Solution Expert and Solution Owner for SAP’s Enterprise Portfolio and project Management solution.
He is responsible for the definition, strategy and roll-out of all project management related solutions at SAP. He works with development teams, consulting, and field organizations to ensure market readiness of EPPM solutions and supports pre-sales and account teams in strategic customer meetings.

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Lino Messerschmidt

Lino Messerschmidt is the Product Manager for SAP Product Lifecycle Costing. He started his career as a Business Processes Consultant for SAP Product Lifecycle Costing.
Lino is an active contributor in webinars, conferences or events. He is also acting as an instructor for SAP Product Lifecycle Costing.

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Sean M. McCloskey

Sean McCloskey is a senior solution advisor at SAP with nearly 20 years of experience in implementing SAP's Product Compliance and EHS solutions.
Sean's focus is helping customers see how SAP's product compliance and sustainability solutions can supercharge their product safety and stewardship processes and provide a foundation for the circular economy.

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Patrick Pfau

Patrick Pfau is a co-founder of p36 GmbH and leads Product Engineering for Software-as-a-Service applications for the life sciences industry.
Since 2010 he has been deeply involved in the life sciences sector, focusing on connecting compliance requirements with innovative technical solutions. In various roles, Patrick advises medical device and pharmaceutical companies on the best possible use of current technologies for unique device identification and GxP-compliance topics.

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Dr. Jens Erb

Dr. Jens Erb is a product manager for enterprise product structure, requirements management, model-based systems engineering, and verification and validation in SAP Enterprise Product Development. He joined SAP in 2008 and has held various positions as expert, technical account manager, solution director, and product manager.
Jens holds a PhD in mechanical engineering. He works closely with customers from various industries and is responsible for the development backlog.

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Martin Bachmann

Martin Bachmann is a product manager for Configuration Management in SAP Enterprise Product Development. Product definition and rollout are the main focus of his activities.
Martin has worked in the areas of SAP PLM and SAP BTP for over 25 years and is an active contributor in many webinars, conferences, and events.

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Achim Rossel

Achim Rossel is a Senior Vice President Business Development at DSC Software AG.
With more than 20 years of experience in PLM, Achim, a graduate industrial engineer, is responsible for sales and business development activities, both nationally and internationally. 
What he values most about his work is being able to turn the motto „Your Companion for Integrative PLM“ into reality. Thus, being the companion for the customers on the road to digitalization.

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Gareth Webb

Gareth Webb has more than 20 years’ experience in new product development process and PLM technology. At SAP he is responsible for the Foreign PLM integration strategy, working closely with the SAP Teamcenter by Siemens solution portfolio and having direct responsibility for the SAP private cloud solutions.  Having worked across the industry as a customer for PLM solutions in the Formula 1 world, as Services leader for PLM at a global solution integrator, and now with SAP supporting its strategy in the area of PLM technology integration, Gareth is well positioned to provide insight into the future of process-level integration aimed at reducing time to market, driving efficiency and supporting more sustainable product design. 

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Wolfgang Hilgenhaus

Wolfgang Hilgenhaus is an SAP PLM solution expert in the SAP Customer Advisory organization for SAP Digital Supply Chain.
Wolfgang has worked in various roles in sales, solution advisory, and SAP’s partner organization, mainly focusing on product lifecycle, supply chain, and value creation processes in discrete industries.

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Daniel Horstman

Daniel Horstman is a Business Process Consultant in the area of Product Lifecycle Management. Daniel is specialised in Product Change Management processes with deep knowledge in SAP S/4HANA Change Record functionalities.  Daniel has worked in multiple PLM projects and is an active contributor in many webinars, conferences or events.

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Frederik Breckwoldt

Frederik Breckwoldt is an expert in Product Lifecycle Management solutions and has worked for more than 25 years in various roles for different PLM companies.
Frederik is currently a team member of the Center of Excellence for SAP Digital Supply Chain solutions, focusing on design, manufacturing, and service processes, especially when all PLM processes come together in CTO, CTO+ and ETO business models. He is also an active contributor in customer projects, webinars, conferences, and events.​

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Ayan Pandey

Ayan works in the Product Management at the SAP PLM Cloud Customer Office. His experience ranges from product development to business development.
His main focus is to drive cloud adoption and digitalization by supporting sales, pre-sales, consulting, development teams, partners and direct customer engagements for different industries.
He actively contributes to webinars and enablement sessions.
Ayan holds a Master of Technology in Software Systems and Cloud Curriculum fellowship from Walldorf.

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Peter Barton

Peter is a Product Owner in the EPD Specification Management capability. He started as a quality engineer, then worked as a developer, and now he is working in the product definition processes.
Before joining the PLM community, Peter studied IT engineering at Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

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Michael Pfenning

Michael Pfenning is the product manager for the Intelligent Handover capability in SAP Enterprise Product Development. He has worked in several positions in the PLM industry, from consulting and research to product management.  Michael holds an PhD in Engineering from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and frequently gives lectures at universities on topics such as PLM, CAD, and MBSE. He is an active contributor in webinars, conferences, and events. 

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Ankit Aggarwal

Ankit works as a Customer Officer within EPD Product Management. He started as a developer for EPD Connected Products, and now he has an outbound role where he works very closely with customers, SAP field colleagues like sales, pre-sales, IVAs, consultants, etc. to help them map the customer‘s business processes with EPD. And, how EPD can support different customers across discrete, process and energy industries.  Ankit hold a Master degree from TU Delft, Netherlands and a PhD degree from NTNU Norway on offshore wind turbines.

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Nick Wang

Nick Wang is the Product Manager for SAP EPD Visualization. He worked in several positions in the semiconductor and energy industries before joining SAP. 
He holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and MBA. He is also an active contributor in webinars and enablement sessions.

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Abhijnan Saha

Abhijnan is a Lead Development Architect in the area of SAP Product Lifecycle Management responsible for cross architecture topics spanning SAP S/4HANA Product Lifecycle Management, SAP Enterprise Product Development, and the Teamcenter Integration.
Over the years he has extensively contributed to core PLM topics like Product Structure, Bill of Material, Managing Complex Assemblies, Change Management for Discrete Industries and Manufacturing solution. He has been a speaker at various external forums like SAP TechEd and actively helps to share the knowhow within the internal SAP Labs architect and development network.

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Karlis Rieksts

Karlis is  a developer in EPD Connected Products. Karlis is currently focusing on product delivery and implementation as well the general development of product functionality.
Karlis holds a PhD in civil engineering from Norwegian University of Science and Technology with focus on road structures in cold climates. After 7 years in academic career pursuing PhD and as a postdoctoral fellow he decided to move to the industry and help drive the innovation with the help of engineering background. He is passionate about software development, hence finding a role as a developer in Connected Products was a perfect place to combine passion and knowledge.

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Christoph Golinski

Christoph Golinski is product manager for SAP EPD Insights. He has held various positions in the PLM industry in strategy and management consulting, led PLM implementation projects and was responsible for business development for PLM solutions.
He has a master's degree in mechanical engineering, shares his experiences and PLM knowledge on his blog ( and published several articles on Linkedin.
Christoph actively participates in webinars, conferences and events.

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