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

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

Course information

Course Summary

Product compliance, customer individualization, disruptive supply chains, changing demand, sustainability requirements; all these challenges influence how new products are designed in process industries. To manage these challenges, product development processes need to be streamlined and made agile and transparent while the products as such become more variable and stock keeping units inflate. Product developers need to consider multiple requirements when formulating a new product, while always reducing time to market. They need tools that support and accelerate their daily work in this fast-changing, innovative environment. End-to-end digitalization in product development helps them achieve this goal.

This course will show you how to enrich product development processes using intelligent and collaborative tools to formulate improved or brand-new products in process industries.

In this course, you’ll learn how teams can work together efficiently from idea to market with a clear focus on the DEFINE and DEVELOP stages. You’ll understand how to identify requirements and map these to future products. You’ll also learn how to identify cost drivers early on, and how the efficient management of R&D projects helps to see the workload ahead. In addition, the course will guide you through the process of creating the detailed product specification, the development of compliant recipes, and finally, the handover to manufacturing.

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Course Characteristics

Course Content

Week 1: Introducing SAP PLM for Process 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

Simone Finger

Simone Finger

Simone Finger is a Product Manager in the SAP PLM Cloud Acceleration Customer Office.
Simone has been working in various sales, solution management and software engineering positions in the IT industry for over 25 years. She 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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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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Stephan Hallmann

Stephan Hallmann

Stephan Hallmann is a consultant for projects in the SAP PLM / SAP ECTR environment at DSC Software AG. He helps various customers with the implementation of 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 EPD in combination with SAP ECTR.
Before joining the PLM community in mid-2018, Stephan studied mechanical engineering. Since then, he advises various customers on setting up their processes and presents the solutions in SAP PLM portfolio.
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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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Course contents

  • Week 1:

    Introducing SAP PLM for Process 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 4.53 stars in average from 240 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

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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Juergen Scholl

Juergen Scholl is the Product Manager for SAP PLM for Process Industries taking care on the E2E solutions and as a chief product owner responsible for the SAP PLM Recipe Development solution.
Juergen has more then 30 years of experience in software solutions for the process industries acting as product owner and project manager in chemical, pharmaceutical and consumer products. He was leading projects for data collection (SCADA) systems and product development solutions and he is for more then 20 years the responsible chief product owner for the SAP PLM solutions for the recipe development.
Juergen has a Diploma in Electrical engineering from the University of Karlsruhe. He has been an active contributor at many webinars, events, conferences and SAP Press publications.

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Felix Loecher

Felix Loecher is a solution manager for PLM in the Industry Business Unit Consumer Products at SAP SE. He is with SAP for over 23 years and responsible for several industry specific solutions and solution parts.
Felix holds a master´s degree in Business Administration from CSU Pueblo and the University of Mannheim. He is an active contributor to webinars, enablement, and learning sessions for industry content.

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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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Petra Streng

Petra Streng is head of the SAP PLM Customer Office. She supports customers across all industries who want to assess and implement SAP’s Product Lifecycle Management Solutions.
She works with SAP partners around the globe, sharing SAP product updates and defining/building SAP Partner solutions our customers can benefit from.
Petra is a Medical Computer Scientist from the University of Heidelberg and before starting in PLM, Petra was a Solution Manager in SAP’s Industry Business Unit for Life Sciences for 20 years with focus on R&D, Clinical Trial and Regulatory topics.

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Viral Sharma

Viral Sharma is a Product Expert in the SAP PLM Engineering Team for ERP Private Cloud.  Viral has been working for over 14 years in Design , Development and Implementation for different area of SAP including Transportation Management, PLM, EWM, IS - Banking, Media and Utility. Coming from a background of building custom solutions with Innovative Business Solution , He is currently a Product owner for SAP PLM System Integration solution and working with Customer office on solution Enterprise Product Development.
Viral has been a participant and an active contributor at SAP Community blogging about the PLM System Integration Topic. 

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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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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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Ralf Coenning

Ralf Coenning is the Chief Product Owner for SAP Product Compliance. With this he is responsible for all product development activities in that space, both for process industries as well as discrete industries.
Ralf is a known product expert with more than 27 years of experience in software development for product safety and stewardship, and product compliance. He has worked as developer, consultant, team lead, and product owner. Today he and his team is delivering continuous innovations to SAP customers.
Ralf has a Diploma in Computer Science from the Clausthal University of Technology. He has been an active contributor at many webinars, events and conferences.

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Judit Virgula

Judit Virgula is a Product Owner at Gramont, focusing on developing tools based on SAP BTP. She has been designing solutions for the regulatory processes in the pharma industry for many years, and is excited to support other companies in their journey to adopt a regulatory solution.
Judit has been working on projects in the past to introduce eDMS, Regulatory Information Management and regulatory database systems for pharma companies.

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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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Manoj Kaippilly

Manoj Kaippilly is the Solution Manager for SAP PLM Process Industries. Manoj with an experience of over 22 years in SAP, has been involved in many PLM implementations with major process industry customers. He started as an EH&S consultant with SAP, transitioned when SAP introduce the PLM suite of solutions and now in LOB Solution Management.    Manoj is a familiar presence in many SAP events and in linked in sharing his expertise and experience in PLM area. 

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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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Erika Trungel

Erika Trungel is Product Owner of LabelNow at Gramont, a partner of SAP. She and her team design and develop LabelNow app which enhance the scope of SAP PLM.
Erika has been working on product development and master data management projects for process industries as well as LabelNow customer implementation projects.

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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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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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Balazs Zambo

Balazs is a Product Owner in PLM for Process Industries. He has 15 years of SAP experience and 10 years of PLM experience. He has strong background in Food&Beverage, Chemicals, Consumer Products industry and processes.
Balazs holds Master's Degree in Information Technology and is a certified Product Manager/Owner, Test Engineer and Design Thinking Coach.

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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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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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Raman Baskaran

Raman is a Lead Development Architect in the area of SAP Enterprise Product Development – Collaboration. He is responsible for various cross integration architecture topics of Collaboration with SAP S/4HANA Document Management Service,  LeverX IQ Publisher and Synchronizer, SAP ECTR, Ariba and EPPM integration.
He actively contributes to webinars and enablement sessions for customers.
Raman holds a Master of Technology in Software Systems and interested in various technical publications. Currently Raman co-authored four research papers in various reputed international journals. 

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