2017 Hot Topics

To better understand today’s automotive landscape, Eventful Conferences is continually connecting with key individuals in the space. This year, we completed a research project meeting with automotive professionals from 75+ customer organizations across North America and the globe. With the goal of understanding how their organizations are using SAP technologies and what their impact is on organizational performance, the Hot Topics report reflects and summarize the issues that customers were most passionate about.

The 2017 Best Practices for Automotive conference will be built upon the below topics, with a keen focus on four high-level themes: Embracing Digital Disruption, the Connected Car & Connected Consumer, The Shared Economy & Transportation as a Service (TaaS), and The Talent War. To see the full picture, download the complete Research Report by filling out the form to the right.

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  • The Workforce, Change & Training

    As the world digitizes, new skills need to be brought into our organizations. The competition for talent is heating up and as automotive companies start resembling software vending/software shipping companies, the race for smart technologists will bring the automotive manufacturers and the suppliers into competition with the “sexier” companies of Silicon Valley.

    • Can we hunt and find the correct talent? Can we compete on price?
    • Is education keeping up with the changing landscape and needs of how discreet manufacturing businesses are changing?
    • What are the best onboarding practices? How do we accelerate the process?
    • How do we ensure initial training and ongoing training is delivered in consumable ways that don’t disrupt business as usual?
    • What is best practice for setting up a COE?
    • What impact on design and user experience do we need to be cognitive of with the millennial workforce? Fiori is a topic that organizations are interested in, as the development of mobile applications and as a means of accessing SAP.
    • Small supplier organizations and big organizations alike want low-cost, quick proof-of-concept ideas for improving the user experience.

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  • Digital Disruption & Its Implications

    We want to digitize, but we have no idea where to start in building our roadmap. Sound familiar? For too many automotive companies who use SAP, it is a commonplace perspective. The executive buy-in that is paramount will only be given if this disruption means that the company will make more money and/or find efficiency in their supply chain. There is no doubt that IoT has real use cases and application in the automotive industry but until it can be shown and proven, resistance will be staunch. For example, The Digital Boardroom is an exquisite demo that very quickly captures the power of information at an executive’s fingertips.

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  • SAP Roadmaps

    What’s new from SAP and what is possible with SAP technology – customers have a huge appetite to hear from SAP on the direction of their offerings, as well as how the various acquired offerings fit into the industry plans of SAP.

    • What are the products supposed to do? What are the functions of each? It’s hard to get information about the various tools.
    • As SAP grows inorganically, what is the integration roadmap between SAP ERP and ARIBA, Hybris and MDG?

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  • Integrated Business Planning

    Several customers are in a proof-of-concept phase to finally move over from SAP’s APO and Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) to SAP’s Integrated Business Planning (IBP) tool.    Have others done this and seen business benefits from the migration?

    • Capacity Planning
    • Sales & Operational Planning
    • Material Requirements Planning & Replenishments
    • Management of Bill of Materials

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  • Engineering Change Management

    As change comes to the manufacturing process and the supply chain – driven by changing technology capability among other things – so to, do engineering change management processes need to advance. The question is what is the impact on your supply chain and your budgeting? An example is highly engineered, highly sophisticated software components in your once more traditional widgets, changes the lead times and makes cost hard to predict. The security inside these components need to be fully comprehended too, in terms of the various layers: the data, the product, the labels, and the customer data.

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  • Manufacturing

    Due to the complexity of the manufacturing process, with so many parts and so much processing, legacy systems have often prevailed. Customers seem ready to take another look at SAPs offering with the capability due to the advent of HANA that they cannot get with legacy systems. What does SAP have to offer that some have already adopted and what does the integration into their SAP supply chain and planning systems offer? Although not new at all, the organizations we spoke with are interested in Plant Floor Connectivity, digitizing manufacturing and the integration to MES, and the flow of data through the value chain.

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  • Supply Chain

    The digital supply chain is focused on reducing costs and improving the responsiveness to changes in demand. Customers want to hear more about changing and non-traditional supply chains and the integration between OEMs and suppliers. Organizations spoke about how more and more projects feature collaboration between OEMs and suppliers. For example, a project to bring direct material payments into SAP. This example saw an OEM go to their top suppliers and asked them to co-pilot the implementation. Together they aligned and solved problems before they rolled out to the entire supplier population. Their main concern at the 40,000-foot level is supply chain risk, risk identification & mitigation; global supply chains and how to get big data around this for visibility.

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  • Procurement and Sourcing

    As a supplier in the automotive industry, when quoting, you often don't know your volumes. This comes from the program team who is working with the customer (an OEM) to forecast. In addition, the engineering data and Bills of Materials are complex and there is huge variability with all the different sub-parts. Early stage sourcing is all about managing this complexity and understanding the variances. Questions like, have we bought these before? Or, is this new? But changes are a part of the game – design changes, changed parts, changed commodities. These are high volume environments and getting the quote or price per unit together is tough. Few organizations use SAP in this area. Home grown legacy tools are usually the order of the day. With OEMs understanding "should cost modeling," suppliers margins are controlled and volume is the lever.

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  • Customer Data, Marketing & Sales

    In a world where the consumer journey is fragmented across a range of different channels, devices and touch-points, it is more critical — and challenging — than ever for organizations to provide highly consistent and personalized brand experiences that engage customers every step of the way. Today’s empowered customer requires a new model for engagement. Organizations are seeking solutions for customer engagement that enable B2B and B2C channels to provide real-time, consistent, contextual and relevant experiences to customers.

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  • Finance

    With high demand, increasingly challenging regulatory requirements and growing pressure on margins, the financial landscape for today’s automotive organizations is more complex than ever. Accurate, visible, and transparent financial data are the backbone of any company and SAP’s Finance and Accounting module has been the long-standing core system for many automotive companies. Finance leaderships will help us prepare for and respond to changing business models.

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  • Business Analytics

    What you put in is what you will get out. How do you shine a light on poor data with good real-time reporting?

    • Why, when faced with requirements lists and many different defined reports that users have asked for, and tools like Lumira, Fiori, BO analyzer exists, do some still use alternate tools for manipulation? Have infrastructure defined on reporting self-service, that allows them to do not only self-reporting and analytics predictive analytics.
    • Also, interested in BusinessObjects in the cloud – what have others done?

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  • Service Parts & Aftermarket

    The aftermarket represents the secondary market of the automotive industry, concerned with the manufacturing, remanufacturing, distribution, retailing, and installation of all vehicle parts, equipment and accessories after the sale of the automobile by the OEM to the consumer.  Demand-planning within aftermarket differs from that of general assembly in the scale and consumption of product.

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