Product lifecycle management from IBM and SAP

Executive summary


The goal - Collaborate and optimize

New products are key to keeping customers. But with new products come new challenges, including the ability to track and share vital product information across your enterprise. The product lifecycle management solution from IBM and SAP helps turn your existing system into a collaborative environment that is fast, responsive and focused on the customer.


The advantage - Knowledge and industry experience

For nearly 30 years, IBM and SAP have provided more than 16,000 joint solution implementations in over 138 countries. With extensive experience with product lifecycle management, our alliance delivers innovative products and helps optimize your product lifecycle operations.


The benefits - Manage, reduce, improve

The product lifecycle management solution from IBM and SAP can help you manage your product development cycle more effectively, reduce time to market and improve your overall product quality. This allows you to:


The ROI - Reduce expenses, increase profits

The product lifecycle management solution from IBM and SAP can help provide you with a low total cost of ownership.

Business view


The goal - Collaborate and optimize

As you develop new products, critical information can be lost between departments, time-to-market can suffer and customers can be lost. The product lifecycle management solution from IBM and SAP can help drive collaboration between the internal and external parties involved in the product life cycle, and optimize your value chain.


The advantage - Knowledge and industry experience

IBM and SAP have helped numerous manufacturing companies establish a collaborative product lifecycle management environment to increase business revenue and innovation, while reducing costs.


The benefits - Manage, reduce, improve

The product lifecycle management solution from IBM and SAP can help you manage your company's products and assets more effectively with greater results. Components of this solution can include:

Once implemented, our solution can allow you to:


The approach - A real world implementation

IBM and SAP can provide your business with everything you need for a complete, end-to-end product lifecycle management solution. For example, a French engineering product manufacturer is looking to us to help them implement a solution to manage nearly 8,500 employees, from every branch and plant, from one centralized system.

On top of mySAP Product Lifecycle Management applications, the company is choosing the IBM servers running on an IBM database for unparalleled upward scalability and transparent administration. Our integration software will be used as the basic transport system for all pre- and post-processing systems, and generates a connection for the remaining heterogeneous systems.


The financial advantage - Reduce expenses, increase profits

The product lifecycle management solution from IBM and SAP can help provide you with a low total cost of ownership.

Technical details


The issues - Manage and share information

There are many different facets to developing new products. Data passes through numerous people and can be lost due to incompatible applications and disparate systems. The product lifecycle management solution from IBM and SAP helps you manage and share product information across your infrastructure—from conception through to retirement.


The benchmark - IT infrastructure that works

The product lifecycle management solution from IBM and SAP offers consulting and implementation, as well as hardware and software to:

mySAP Product Lifecycle Management can be tailored to meet your specific needs, and help drive speed, quality, efficiency and profitability through your IT infrastructure and is:


The components - Manage your network

The product lifecycle management solution from IBM and SAP is designed to help drive new product development and manage products and services through their entire life cycle, from initial design to final product.

As part of the mySAP Business Suite, mySAP Product Lifecycle Management can include:

IBM also offers some of the best in hardware, middleware and services:

IBM Global Services consulting and implementation services can help plan, design and implement your new product life-cycle solution.


The implementation - A real world implementation

A French engineering product manufacturer is an example of how IBM and SAP can help provide your business with everything you need for a complete, end-to-end product lifecycle management solution. The company wants to implement a system to manage nearly 8,500 users, from every branch of its production operations, by implementing a single, centralized system.

When completed, the implementation will include:


The cost of ownership - Cut overall IT costs

The product lifecycle management solution from IBM and SAP can help you cut overall IT costs and implement an integrated, cost-effective IT infrastructure, featuring:

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