Research and Development in Discrete Industries

Join this free online course to learn how you can use SAP’s Product Lifecycle Management solutions to enable integrated research and development processes across all LoBs with consistent product data. This course will focus on discrete industries to align collaboration with all stakeholders.

This course was retired in August 2023.

Self-paced since November 6, 2019
Language: English
Subtitles (auto-generated): Deutsch, English, Français, Español

Course information

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This course was retired in August 2023.

Course Summary

The way in which new products are developed is becoming increasingly complex. The rapidly evolving digital landscape means that relevant information is constantly changing, which means that the research and development process must remain dynamic. Furthermore, customer demands have an increasingly important part to play in research and development.

This course will show you how to enrich your research and development processes with dynamic, intelligent and collaborative tools to bring your product’s digital twin to life. We’ll show the whole process from the design stage all the way through to handover to production and operations. You’ll be enabled to identify cost drivers at an early stage and simulate costs and compare alternatives. We’ll also show you how you can use SAP’s Product Lifecycle Management solutions in the area of Research and Development, focusing on Discrete Industries, to align collaboration throughout your organization, as well as with suppliers, customers, and other external stakeholders.

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Course Characteristics

Course Content

Week 1: Introducing R&D in Discrete Industries
Week 2: Managing Ideas & Concepts
Week 3: Early Engineering
Week 4: Detailed Design & Prototyping
Week 5: Handover to Production & Operations
Week 6: Final Exam

Target Audience

  • Key business users
  • Solution consultants
  • Product Lifecycle Management users
  • Sales and presales professionals in PLM

Course Requirements

Recommended: openSAP course “Digital Supply Chain – From Design to Operate

Further Learning

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Course contents

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  • Week 1:

    Introducing R&D in Discrete Industries
  • Week 2:

    Managing Ideas & Concepts
  • Week 3:

    Early Engineering
  • Week 4:

    Detailed Design & Prototyping
  • Week 5:

    Handover to Production & Operations
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  • Final Exam:

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Course End
Nov 06, 2019
Course Start
Sep 24, 2019


This course was rated with 4.35 stars in average from 234 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.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

Juergen Weiner

Jürgen Weiner is head of the SAP S/4HANA Idea organization, which provides solutions for the Research and Development line of business.

Together with his team, Jürgen works on bringing new products to market and aligning and optimizing all the business processes required to turn ideas into viable products.

Maximilian Schneider

Maximilian Schneider is chief product owner and global head of development of SAP S/4HANA Product Lifecycle Management.

Max has 14 years of experience in the software industry, working in many different roles in product management, development, and consulting.

Katharina Schaefer

Katharina is a Senior Solution Manager for the Aerospace & Defense (A&D) Industry at SAP. She is responsible for all engineering-related products for R&D and SAP PLM in the SAP A&D unit. She also coordinates the cross-industry PLM activities in discrete industries.

Katharina has deep industry knowledge due to her mechanical engineering background and her working experience in the aerospace sector before she joined SAP in 2017.

Pascal Kugler

Pascal Kugler is a business process consultant for SAP Product Lifecycle Management, focused on customer implementation projects.

Pascal has over 6 years of consulting experience working with customers in the manufacturing industry, but mainly with customers in the automotive and industrial machinery & components industries.

Ricarda Deurer

Ricarda Deurer is a business processes consultant for SAP Innovation Management and SAP Portfolio and Project Management, focusing on the manufacturing and automotive business.

Ricarda supports presales topics and executes projects implementing SAP Innovation Management on-premise or in the cloud.

Sven Nachtigall

Sven Nachtigall is a product manager for SAP Enterprise Portfolio and Project Management in SAP S/4HANA.

Sven has 15 years of experience in the software industry in many different roles, mostly in the area of portfolio and project management.

Michael Roedel

SAP R&D Consulting, SAP PLM
Michael Rödel is an SAP PLM solution consultant, working mainly on customer implementation projects.
Michael has been involved in consulting and standard development and support since 2004, sharing his knowledge with customers from various industries. He works closely together with standard development on the topic of SAP S/4HANA Cloud for intelligent product design (IPD).

Markus Pipp

Markus Pipp is the area product owner for Enterprise Content Management, which covers everything from document and records management to information retrieval and collaboration.

Markus works with customers from various lines of business and is responsible for the development backlog of Enterprise Content Management.

Sarah Mei Niesel

Sarah Mei Niesel started with SAP in 2016 as a working student while completing her MBA in Heidelberg.

She currently works as a product manager, actively creating and driving go-to-market assets on the topic of Product Lifecycle Management in discrete industries.

Petra Koepfer-Behncke

Petra Koepfer-Behncke is the head of Engineering for SAP PLM Process Industries (VP). She is leading the global development unit which are designing and developing the new PLM cloud offering for process industries.
Petra has a strong background also in PLM Discrete industries and was the area product owner for Product Lifecycle Costing. She worked as Head of GTM PLM. She is a member of the global SAP PLM community since over 25 years, working closely with solution management sales and presales globally.  Petra has a long history in speaking at many events about latest innovations and has a broad network in the customer community.

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Jochen Schrempf

Jochen Schrempf is a product owner for SAP Product Lifecycle Management with a background in product design processes at Automotive OEM & Suppliers.

Jochen has over 30 years of experience in roles such as consultant and solution manager for the automotive industry at SAP.

Johann Dornbach

Johann Dornbach is globally responsible for development and delivery of Variant Configuration and Classification in S/4HANA and the integration to C/4HANA Commerce Cloud and Configure, Price, and Quote (CPQ).

Gerhard Himmelsbach

Gerhard Himmelsbach has been working for more than 20 years in the CAD/PLM business in various roles and companies.

Since 2007, Gerhard has been working in SAP’s PLM development organization, focusing on discrete manufacturing industries and CAD integration. He is currently the product owner for SAP Engineering Control Center.

Andre Gajda

Andre Gajda is vice president of product development for SAP Predictive Engineering Insights. In this role, he manages the introduction of products to the market, supporting business development and implementation projects. Previously, Andre worked as VP of Services and Support and as a director of the Corporate Strategy Group.

Before SAP, Andre worked in management positions at Wincor-Nixdorf, Booz & Company, and Sun Microsystems.

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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Steffen Sommer

Steffen Sommer is a senior business consultant for SAP Product Lifecycle Management and has more than 15 years of cross-industry experience in SAP consulting und business processes. His expertise is related to all topics in the area of Product Lifecycle Management.

Lars Olson

Lars Olson is a solution manager in SAP’s Digital Supply Chain and Manufacturing organization, where he is responsible for SAP 3D Visual Enterprise solutions. Lars is the lead solution manager for the Design to Operate initiative within the SAP Intelligent Enterprise program.

Carsten Dietze-Selent

Carsten Dietze-Selent heads the development for SAP S/4HANA Cloud for intelligent product design. Together with his colleagues, he is responsible for the development, delivery, and operation of the product.

Based in Walldorf, Germany, Carsten has held various roles at SAP Industry Business Units, Consulting and Development, focusing on discrete industries.