That SAP Business ByDesign The product development scenario offers you comprehensive functions for developing new products and significantly optimizing product and process quality. Based on the advanced quality planning APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning), it covers all important phases from the definition of a product development project to the approval for mass production (project completion). The scenario includes the planning of a product development project, the development and prototyping of a product, the definition of the production process and the sample master data as well as the production of samples and the validation of the production processes through continuous optimization.

Scenario overview

It is a scenario with a project structure that includes tools and techniques of Total Quality Management. In this way, strategic corporate goals such as reducing the risk of failure, product returns and warranty costs can be achieved and higher customer satisfaction guaranteed.

Business process: plan a product development project

With the business process planning a product development project, you can create, plan and structure your product development project and set up the project team. Occupy the project from different departments such as construction, sales, procurement, quality assurance and production. You have the option of scheduling the product development project and defining milestones and checklists.
Project tasks and resources can be assigned to the individual phases of a product development project. It is also possible to calculate the costs for the project resources on the basis of the resource planning. A project template based on the APQP model can be created for multiple use and compliance with industry standards.

Business process: product design and prototyping

The product design and prototyping business process includes importing technical drawings and materials from CAD / PDM systems (optional) or creating them manually, as well as checking and updating product design versions (engineering parts list). Defining product models is just as much a part of this as defining features and product specifications.
It is also possible to define intermediate test plans and requirements for systems for the validation of the prototype and the subsequent sample production. This data can be continuously adjusted based on optimization of the production process and is essential for a proactive analysis of potential production problems.

Business process: Define the production process and sample master data

The business process defining the production process and sample master data includes setting up the production environment such as production resources and production processes, creating new master data or updating intermediate master data for sample production (pre-series) and defining quality inspections.
When setting up the physical production environment, the availability of qualified workers and efficient machines must be ensured in good time.
In addition, it is necessary to prepare sample master data required for production, logistics and finance, e.g. product, resources, parts list, production model, process model and quality inspection plans, as a prerequisite for sample production.
The business process also includes purchasing required supplier components and tracking purchasing-related activities.

Business process: make sample and validate production

The business process producing samples and validating production includes sample production (pre-series), validation of production processes, master data and sample quality as well as the decision to series production.
A decision is made in favor of starting series production or a decision is made to optimize the production process or the quality of the product. In this case, the sample production must be repeated.

Business process: control production and continuous optimization

The business process control production and continuous optimization includes the control of mass production (series), error detection and the execution of corrective and preventive measures in the start-up phase.
As soon as mass production is running smoothly in all production facilities, the last project milestone has been reached. This leads to the completion of the product development project.

Source:, as of March 2017