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SarahMei
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If you have been following my blog posts for a while, you may know that we are all about videos, especially videos about SAP Product Lifecycle Management. Last year we hosted our first how-to video workshop series, and it was a hit by all our team members who participated. If you want to recap on that, here is the blog post to not miss out on: PLM Influencers Awards 2022. We hosted another round of how-to video workshops for more of our team members to participate and get started on publishing professional videos for our community.

This series of new SAP PLM videos focuses on Knowing your Product. This includes videos like getting details on product behavior and functions, describing user experience, and understanding different platforms to find more information and experts!

It started out with this first video published which is about the SAP Community Page for SAP Enterprise Product Development – YOUR place to be!. Our teams used this video as an inspiration to create more videos that our community has asked for.

In this blog post, I am super excited to share with you the results of our team’s hard work and dedication to publishing professional videos for you. In total, we have 10 brand new videos for you to watch, plus 9 more for you to explore in the second half of the blog!

Check out my Vlog on LinkedIn of my Top 3 SAP PLM favorite videos from the 20 newly released MUST WATCH SAP PLM Videos.

Summary from Workshop



  1. How to set up functional sites with SAP Launchpad Service (SAP Build Work Zone)

  2. From On-Premise to the Cloud with SAP ECTR and SAP EPD

  3. How to derive Bill of Material from a document structure with SAP Engineering Control Center

  4. How to work with phantoms when deriving a Bill of Material in SAP Engineering Control Center

  5. Finding Your Product Help on SAP Help Portal for PLM (BOM and Change Management)!

  6. How to benefit from In-App Help for SAP Enterprise Product Development

  7. Where to find APIs on the SAP API Business Hub

  8. How to configure a process route on the cloud

  9. My first collaboration

  10. Creating a product innovation campaign (Chinese)

  11. Other newly published videos worth mentioning


 

1.     How to set up functional sites with SAP Launchpad Service (SAP Build Work Zone)


The video introduces SAP Launchpad Service, a place where businesses can assemble sites with various content, create groups and catalogs, and define roles. The service allows organizations to establish central access to SAP and custom-built and third-party applications and extensions, both on the cloud and on-premise. The video provides a step-by-step guide on how to perform system configuration and user permission setup for a newly bought cloud product (like SAP Enterprise Product Development) using the Launchpad Service. The video includes a demonstration of adding subscribed capabilities to content, creating a role called Product Manager, and assigning applications that Product Managers need to the role.

Produced by Eric Wang, Wendy Chen, Xinyi Chen. Coached by Grace Wu.



https://youtu.be/6Nd3scsE5SM

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2.     From On-Premise to the Cloud with SAP ECTR and SAP EPD


The video discusses how a hybrid landscape can be set up, consisting of on-premise and cloud components, and how SAP Engineering Control Center and SAP Enterprise Product Development (EPD) can be used together to manage CAD models, materials, and BOMs (Bill of Materials). It is suggested that starting the process in the CAD system, creating a baseline in SAP EPD Configuration Management, and importing the engineering BOM into SAP EPD Product Structure can ensure a well-documented and compliant development process. Finally, the video highlights the benefits of transitioning to a cloud-based PLM solution, including reducing the total cost of ownership, innovating faster, and gaining flexibility.

Produced by Michael Brown. Coached by Atilla Madarasz.



https://youtu.be/2rYE_2q6tWY

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3.     How to derive a Bill of Material from a document structure within SAP Engineering Control Center


Using a fork-lifter as an example, this is a tutorial video on how to derive a bill of material from a document structure within SAP Engineering Control Center (ECTR). The video shows how to use the function to derive the bill of materials from the document structure, and how to adjust and create the bill of material. It also explains that the document structure usually comes directly from the CAD system and will be used as a template for the BOM. The video concludes by showing the result of the bill of material in the SAP ECTR window.

Produced by Gerhard Himmelsbach. Coached by Atilla Madarasz.



https://youtu.be/784GeiAE0qo

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4.     How to work with phantoms when deriving a Bill of Material in SAP Engineering Control Center


A phantom is an assembly grouping together certain components, but that assembly shall not appear in the derived bill of material. Instead, all child components of the phantom assembly are moved up one level in the bill of material. This video supports you to understand how to phantoms behave in SAP Engineering Control Center alongside third-party CAD systems.

 

The video explains how to work with phantoms in SAP Engineering Control Center to derive a bill of materials. A phantom is an assembler grouping certain components that should not appear in the bill of material. Instead, all child components of the phantom assembly are moved up one level in the bill of material. The video demonstrates how to mark an assembly as phantom. The Bill of Material (BOM) items can be reverted and unset, and a similar setting can be done directly in the CAD system by marking the component as phantom. The information is stored in SAP and used to derive the Bill of Material.

Produced by Gerhard Himmelsbach. Coached by Atilla Madarasz.



https://youtu.be/dDg_ny4hN3U

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5.     Finding Your Product Help on SAP Help Portal for PLM (BOM and Change Management)!


The video is about the SAP Help Portal, which is a large content management system that stores knowledge artifacts for all SAP products. It goes into detail specifically for SAP S/4HANA R&D for Bill of Material and Change Record. The portal is continuously updated with innovations and is on par with the simplified documentation deliveries in the market. The SAP Help Portal can be accessed through browsers or any other SAP channels such as the SAP Community Portal. The video provides ways to access the SAP Help Portal, such as browsing through all products, browsing by product on the menu bar, selecting learning journeys, or exploring SAP products and support.

Produced by Thanuja V & Varun Abraham. Coached by Christian Koestner.



https://youtu.be/d_FEmMHJxM0

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6.     How to benefit from In-App Help for SAP Enterprise Product Development


Did you ever get stuck when working on a new task with SAP Fiori Applications? SAP Enterprise Product Development is based on Fiori, and you can use the in-app help to understand the context of features of the different applications for SAP Enterprise Product Development. In-App Help provides documentation directly within the application, making it easier to complete new and unknown tasks. Users can launch the SAP Companion with one click on the question mark icon in the top right corner of the application, which opens a side panel with contextual help content that is dynamic for each screen.

Produced by Atilla Nagy & Andrews Heck. Coached by Daniel Juhasz.



https://youtu.be/7_TA5c9yAaA

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7.     Where to find APIs on the SAP API Business Hub


The video introduces the SAP API Business Hub for SAP S/4HANA bill of material. The API Business Hub is a web application hosted by SAP that allows users to discover, explore, and test SAP and partner APIs required to build extensions or process integrations. Users can access the application through the link api.sap.com and explore APIs in categories like products, business processes, industries, and partners. The overview page of a selected API provides details, options to view the API Reference and Schema View, and the ability to test the API in a Sandbox environment with pre-populated values. Users can also download API specifications in multiple formats.

Produced by Nikhil Kumar & Riya Mylanahalli. Coached by Sina Goetz.



https://youtu.be/mGcsb0JhfXk

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8.     How to configure a process route on the cloud


The video explains the concept of Process Route, a solution provided by SAP for business approval processes. It shows how Process Route can be used to model a process and assign each step to a user, position, organizational unit, or team. Process Route is a reusable object that can be modified even after the workflow has already begun. The video demonstrates how to create an approval process with a combination of parallel and sequential activities using an example of S/4HANA Change Record. Once all the steps are performed successfully, the process route is completed.

Produced by Kanchana Ramasubramanian & Rishab Gupta. Coached by Sina Goetz.

https://youtu.be/91rBlM2D3sc

https://youtu.be/91rBlM2D3sc

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9.     My First Collaboration


A tutorial on how to create your first collaboration in SAP Enterprise Product Development. It provides step-by-step instructions on creating a collaboration, inviting participants, sharing documents, and adding work items to execute business processes. It also shows how participants can view work items in their inbox.

Produced by Navya Mathur & Raman Baskaran. Coached by Christian Koestner.

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10. Creating a product innovation campaign (Chinese - English Captions Available)


The video introduces SAP Product Innovation Management as a platform to capture, share and trace ideas for managing creative and marketing campaigns across an extended enterprise. The platform allows users to submit ideas anytime and anywhere, and all ideas can be evaluated and ranked to find the best fit for further processing. The video also shows an example of a product manager using the Manage Campaigns application to create a campaign to collect ideas for the next generation autonomous vehicle. The colleagues or experts can submit ideas with detailed content and publish them, and the product manager can view all the submitted ideas. However, the video ends with a teaser for the next episode about how to find the best fit for the next process or step.

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Produced by Lynn Liang, Xinyi Chen & Grace Wu



https://sapvideoa35699dc5.hana.ondemand.com/?entry_id=1_nuxgkpi0

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Other newly published videos worth mentioning


As a result of the how-to video workshops, our colleagues are continuing their creative path by consistently creating meaningful videos for our SAP PLM Community.

Summary



  1. Securely collaborate with suppliers using SAP Enterprise Product Development and SAP Ariba

  2. Product Update: February 2023 Release of SAP Enterprise Product Development

  3. What’s new in Configuration Management 2302

  4. How to create a configuration plan in Configuration

  5. Configuration Management by SAP Enterprise Product Development Launch

  6. Introduction to Specification Management – part 1

  7. How to set up provisional specifications as an administrator – part 1

  8. How to set up provisional specifications as an administrator – part 2

  9. How to exchange specification – part 1

  10. How to exchange specification – part 2

  11. What’s New in SAP Engineering Control Center (ECTR) 5.2.6 and SAP ECTR 1.1.6 for SAP S/4HANA



1. Securely collaborate with suppliers using SAP Enterprise Product Development and SAP Ariba


This video is a demo of SAP Enterprise Product Development, collaboration, which is a solution for creating collaborative workspaces for sourcing projects. The video explains that the sourcing process can be challenging and keeping track of all documents, versions, comments, and questions can be cumbersome for all parties involved. SAP EPD Collaboration offers a solution that enables all relevant data from SAP S/4HANA and other sources to be shared securely in a common collaboration space. All parties can work on the same updated documentation, and everything is fully integrated with the Ariba sourcing suite. The video shows a demo of a generic sourcing task where the buyer prepares a document package to be shared with suppliers as a basis for a quotation. The demo showcases how documents are uploaded, members of the collaboration room are added, and the collaboration room is linked to the Ariba sourcing project using a reference object. The supplier is notified via email and accesses the collaboration room via the link provided. The demo highlights the benefits of SAP EPD Collaboration in effectively managing collaborations on sourcing projects, where all parties work on a common single source of truth without risks associated with versioning, authorizations, and traceability.

Produced by Audun Grimstad



https://youtu.be/uaNdKJCwIAs

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2. Product Update February 2023 Release of SAP Enterprise Product Development


In this video, we'll discuss the (2302) February 2023 release of SAP Enterprise Product Development. The Enterprise Product Structure now supports 3D visualization, making it easier to navigate and comprehend complex products. The SAP Product Model Viewer app was also released, allowing users to access 3D visualizations and engineering/business data from their mobile devices.

Produced by Sarah Mei Niesel

https://youtu.be/nLDuaIbQn4s

https://youtu.be/nLDuaIbQn4s

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3. What is new in Configuration Management 2302


In this video, Cody the configuration manager introduces the new Release 2302 for SAP Enterprise Product Development, which features four new configuration management apps. The apps include 3D visuals of parts, attachment functionality, change history of baselines, and a function to create new versions of a baseline. Cody demonstrates how to view 3D renderings of product parts in the Manage Baselines app, upload and attach files to a baseline, and view, edit, and delete these attachments.

Produced by Christian Koestner



https://youtu.be/jqdS6qph3zs

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4. How to create a Configuration Plan in Configuration


This is a short video on how to create a configuration plan with the configuration plan management and manage baselines apps as part of SAP Enterprise Product Development. It guides you through the creation of a configuration plan, lifecycle phases and baselines.

Produced by Christian Koestner



https://youtu.be/Cv6HEIy4oc0

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5. Configuration Management by SAP Enterprise Product Development (Launch)


The video is introducing a new capability called configuration management in SAP Enterprise Product Development. These new apps allow you to create fixed snapshots to describe a product at a specific point in time, put baselines into a structured context, create lifecycle phases, and manage baselines effectively. This capability enables consistent change management, improves development and production processes, and easily documents the composition of a product structure.

Produced by Christian Koestner



https://youtu.be/7-_xEkx7nog

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6. Introduction to specification management – part 1


The video is a tutorial on how to model and configure specification management. The focus is on the administrator who is responsible for configuring the whole system. The video covers apps available for the administrator, such as defining composition and specification types, status management app, and more.

Produced by Zsofia Stepanne Kolozsvari



https://youtu.be/0YauXnDKx-s

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7. How to set up provisional specifications as an administrator – part 1


The video is about the steps involved in setting up the SAP Enterprise Product Development system to collaborate with suppliers on new ingredient specifications. The process involves replicating data from the source system to the cloud, where collaboration occurs, and then transferring the finalized specification back to the source system. The video walks through the customizing activity, defining settings for specification APIs, and adding compositions, properties, and characteristics to the API customizing. The process includes predefined standard composition definitions, assigning specification types to categories, defining normal class-based properties, assigning character or number-based characteristics, and defining additional attributes on standard attributes and base unit of measure views.

Produced by Zsofia Stepanne Kolozsvari



https://youtu.be/PR_TVyBWxaA

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8. How to set up provisional specifications as an administrator – part 2


The video explains how to set up a specification exchange scenario on the cloud. The presenter explains that after setting up the source system and connection, the relevant data needs to be replicated to the cloud. Then, the presenter demonstrates how to load objects and create property groups that will be used later in the provisional specification. The presenter goes on to explain how to define templates and add compositions to them. Finally, the presenter saves the templates and explains that multiple templates can be defined based on company needs. Once everything is set up, the specification exchange scenario can be used.

Produced by Zsofia Stepanne Kolozsvari



https://youtu.be/lHdN8tsRA8M

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9. How to exchange specification – part 1


This video explains how the SAP Enterprise Product Development can be used to manage the communication and exchange of specifications between product developers and suppliers. The tool introduces a new business object called the provisional specification, which is used throughout the process. The video explains the steps involved in setting up the customizing, replicating value sets to the cloud, setting up equity property groups and properties, and creating templates. Once this setup is complete, the product developer creates a collaboration, invites suppliers, creates a request with an appropriate template and shares it with suppliers. The supplier opens the collaboration, creates a copy of the request, gives the required information, and sends it back. The product developer reviews the offers and selects the best or sends the request back for another iteration. Finally, if one offer is accepted, it can be integrated into the product development process.

Produced by Zsofia Stepanne Kolozsvari



https://youtu.be/ZBJ0ZLEgl9w

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10. How to exchange specification – part 2


The video explains in detail the specification exchange scenario, which involves a product developer (Fred) who needs a new chocolate supplier, and a B2B company (Jose's) who produces chocolate raw materials. The steps involved include Fred creating a provisional specification, selecting a template, and adding data from an existing chocolate specification, reviewing and modifying the specification, and assigning it to the respective collaborations. Jose then receives a notification, reviews the request, modifies the description and values, and saves the provisional specification before assigning it to the same collaboration. After some iterations, Fred finally receives the final offer from Jose, which he can use to create his recipe.

Produced by Zsofia Stepanne Kolozsvari



https://youtu.be/xH5FcZQFnSo

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11. What’s New in SAP Engineering Control Center (ECTR) 5.2.6 and SAP ECTR 1.1.6 for SAP S/4HANA


The video is a brief overview of the latest highlights of SAP Engineering Control Center (ECTR) delivered in July 2022. The new update includes a huge list of new feature improvements and customer requests. The most obvious highlight is the new appearance of SAP ECTR, which comes with a new clean and fresh look and feel and allows users to switch to a dark mode. The new user interface also allows for preview thumbnails in many windows and tables. Another highlight is the new dialogue to derive a bill of material from a given document structure, which can be called either single or multi-level. SAP ECTR is also being extended into the process industry, allowing users to display recipes, formulas, and specifications inside of SAP ECTR.

Produced by Gerhard Himmelsbach



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIMiqjJx1K0

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If you enjoyed all these videos, give this blog post a like. Let me know in the comments which of these videos you found the most useful and informative!

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Thank you so much to all our content creators and coaches. Everyone did a magnificent job and I believe our community appreciates all of the content that we have published!

About the Author:

Sarah Mei Niesel is part of the PLM Cloud Acceleration team focusing on delivery excellence for PLM solutions at SAP.