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Siemens Industry

SAP Consulting for Siemens Industry Automation and Drive Technology

Siemens Industry Automation and Drive Technologies have established the central PMD product master data procedure as a basis for supplying products for their sales regions worldwide. SAP Exchange Infrastructure (SAP-XI) is used as an integral component for the distribution and synchronization of product master data.

Apsara Consulting has been supporting us for many years in ensuring the functionality and quality of the interfaces to supply the master data for the Siemens regions worldwide. This central, complex and mission-critical interface between PMD and PMI is the backbone of the international product data supply of the Industry Automation and Drive Technologies divisions in the Siemens Group. Apsara Consulting has played a major role in this process, e.g. in the annual EDI release change and in the permanent adaptation and further development of these interfaces.

Bernd Käfferlein, Service Manager PMD
Siemens AG Division Industry Automation
I IA IT PLM SO-PMD

The facts about the company:

Name: Siemens Industry
Location: Erlangen
Industry: Production, transport and building technology
Sales: EUR 34,869 million (2010 financial year)
Employees: 204,000 (30.09.2010)
Internet address: http://www.siemens.de/industry

Globalization and the oppressive competitive situation on the world market requires a fast and efficient supply of the sales regions with always up-to-date and correct product master data, e.g. for the supply process. Large corporations can no longer afford to pay for themselves due to delay in the topicality of the products, incorrect prices, etc. cannot create offers on time that indirectly lead to the loss of orders. A fast, efficient infrastructure is therefore required to supply the product master data for the sales regions worldwide.

SAP Consulting Highlights

• Use of Unicode as a basis for the internationalization of product master data

• Central automatic control of distribution via SAP-XI

• Complex intelligent mapping for dynamic generation of regional specific data

• Ensuring annual critical EDI release change

• Switching from a 14-day supply of master data to a daily update main benefit for the customer

• Ensuring the daily trouble-free supply of master data for the worldwide sales regions

• Simplification of processes and applications by harmonizing product data leads to cost reduction

• Product master data are thus group-wide:

1. current
2. Complete
3. Consistent and
4. correct

Available.

• Improved data quality and up-to-dateness

Decision for SAP consulting by ApsaraConsulting GmbH

• Competence, experience and high degree of specialisation in SAP NetWeaver XI/PI

• In-depth expertise and extensive SAP NetWeaver XI/PI know-how over the complete product lifecycle (XI 2.0 – PI 7.3)

• Reliability and quality in the planning, implementation and support of business-critical interfaces

• Best practice and solution approaches from numerous successful customer projects

• Experience with master data, replication,
Synchronization and harmonisation

Existing system landscape

SAP-based application landscape with ERP solutions on Linux hardware platforms, integration platform SAP NetWeaver XI as the central hub for supplying product data. PMI (Product Master Data Integration) Java platform.

Fast and efficient infrastructure for Supply of the product master data for the sales regions

Globalization and the oppressive competitive situation on the world market requires a fast and efficient supply of the sales regions with always up-to-date and correct product master data, e.g. for the supply process. Large corporations can no longer afford to pay for themselves due to delay in the topicality of the products, incorrect prices, etc. cannot create offers on time that indirectly lead to the loss of orders. A fast, efficient infrastructure is therefore required to supply the product master data for the sales regions worldwide.

Apsara Consulting Siemens Industry Success Story Sap Netweaver

PMD Process Landscape

The SERVICE PMI (Product Master Data Integration) together with the corporate services CIP2SAP, EDI. Service and SPIRIDON Global provides the technical infrastructure for supplying the Siemens sales regions (clusters) with all those commercial product master data from the parent company, which are used to support all relevant sales and logistical processes are required. As an integral part of the technical infrastructure for supplying the master data, Siemens Industry Automation and Drive Technologies use SAP-XI as the technical middleware or enterprise service bus. SAP-XI enables data exchange between the R/3 systems in the individual business units to PMD (Product Master Data) and redistribution to PMI.

“The annual EDI release change is very business-critical. It requires adjustments in the complex XI mapping, the completion of all change requests from the specialist departments, and coordination between the teams involved. These activities must be completed on time and successfully. Apsara Consulting has been performing this task reliably and successfully in SAP consulting for several years”.

Norbert Faltermeier, Service Manager PMI
Siemens AG Division Industry Automation
I IA IT PLM SO-PMD

Objectives of Apsara Consulting GmbH for SAP Consulting

In order to ensure a flexible distribution of the master data to the region, a dynamic mapping to the specific regional organizational data is consistently applied. This allows new regions to be supplied with product master data immediately without having to make a major and lengthy change.

The lively character of the product data requires changes and adaptations and is reflected in the annual EDI release change. Change requests must be implemented, tested, accepted and made available promptly on the date of the release change. This appointment is extremely important and requires close coordination of the partners and services involved.

The need for daily updates of the master data resulting from competitive pressure could not be met, as the previous rhythm of data supply only took place twice a week. In order to counteract this circumstance, the updating of the master data was converted to a daily rhythm by automating the so-called PMI rejection. This was made possible by the introduction of the SICONPlugIn4XI.

Platform

Due to the challenge of keeping the master data reliably up to date and distributing it, a sophisticated and designed technology is necessary. Sap-XI is therefore used as a technology platform, which offers the possibility to develop standardized interfaces and thus ensure a homogeneous exchange of information/messages.

Previously, if minor adjustments and changes were made manually, error-prone and time-consuming, the SAP-XI Mapping Engine allows for flexible adaptation to the requirements of the tasks. In addition to Java and ABAPMapping, SAP-XI offers graphical mapping for creating flexible and complex conversions with little effort. The IDoc “MATCOND” was converted into a specific Siemens SIDOC format via graphical mapping and transferred to the SICONPlugIn4XI for further processing. The conversion to the final EDI format could finally be done with the SICONPlug-In4XI.

There was a recurring problem that it was not yet recognized when a transfer of master data is practically finished. The reason for this was the lack of information about the status of the messages already transferred to the file adapter. The solution was to implement the options provided in the adapter for your own code extension using a module exit. Thus, the logic could be implemented when a transfer is logically or physically finished. This was the basis for the complete automation of the distribution of master data for the regions.

We count on the further SAP consulting & Support from Apsara Consulting GmbH

PMD is currently and in the future the backbone for the supply of master data for the
regions in the Siemens Group. The primary goal is to keep them in operation trouble-free. Annual EDI release changes, bug fixing, and maintenance require both professional skills, know-how, and process knowledge as well as knowledge of the applications involved in order to continue to operate the system trouble-free. The process knowledge, procedures and excellent know-how in SAP-XI gained through many years of cooperation with Apsara Consulting is indispensable at this point.

Due to legal and corporate requirements, new requirements are constantly coming up. Likewise, the operation of PMD provides new insights and sees the potential for improvement, which lead to new, improved processes. One example is the new interface for image references, which has emerged from practical requirements. Such CR’s must continue to be implemented in the future. The interfaces are subject to constant extensions to include new functionalities. Apsara Consulting was and is reliant on the implementation of the tasks involved.

The XI 3.0 has been on the market for five years and further releases with SAP-PI 7.1 and currently 7.3 are available. Due to the many improvements, stabilizations and the new feature e.g. the Advanced Adapter Engine Extended, it makes sense to migrate to SAP-PI 7.3. Also due to the expiring maintenance of SAP-XI 3.0, an upgrade to a current release is inevitable. We see Apsara Consulting as our partner with its extensive special know-how in SAP-PI and because of your migration experience with other customers from XI 3.0 to PI 7.x.

Apsara Consulting GmbH – We stand for a customer-oriented partnership

Apsara Consulting is an independent, internationally active company in SAP Consulting, in the SAP NetWeaver environment and is at the side of its customers as an SAP NetWeaver technology partner.

We recognized the great importance of the sap NetWeaver integration and application platform at a very early stage and specialized in it. That is why we are experts in this field today and can draw on a wealth of experience that other companies have to build up first. Our experience with SAP NetWeaver topics enables us to find the right solution for your business success. We provide you with comprehensive advice and the support you need from a single source. Benefit from our sustainable technology and implementation expertise.

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