Munich / Oxford. Another step in the digitalization
of BMW Group production has been taken: in August, the new
standardized BMW IT solution for production plants went live for the
first time worldwide at the MINI Plant Oxford. Based on modern,
private cloud-based software and SAP S/4 HANA, the BMW Group and SAP
SE are further developing the process and tool landscape for the
entire automotive industry, thereby establishing state-of-the-art
technology in the industry.
First successful SAP S/4 HANA go-live in automotive
production. With the implementation at the Oxford plant,
the two companies have created a blueprint for process digalitization
of (automotive) plants of the future. The simultaneous rollout of the
new global logistics, finance and customs process solutions is the
basis for future global standardization with SAP S/4 HANA, SAP
Analytics Cloud and SAP GTS. The standardization enables mutual plant
support, flexible employee deployment and synergy effects in support
and training. It also forms the basis for future innovations and a
faster rollout of new solutions in the production network and enables
data consistency and transparency along the entire value chain. By
linking relevant product, process, quality, financial and cost data
using data analytics and AI, the BMW Group is taking plant management
to a new level.
“The go-live at the Oxford plant is an important milestone
in the digitalization process of our production. It is further
evidence of the transformation that is anchored in the BMW iFACTORY.
It is the starting point of one of the largest change projects in the
history of our production network. The new IT standards will be
implemented successively at our BMW Group production sites,” says
Michael Nikolaides, Head of Production Network, Logistics at the BMW Group.
With the BMW iFACTORY, the BMW Group is defining the future
orientation of its plants and manufacturing technologies.
Alongside the aspects of LEAN and GREEN, the digitization of
production is the central element of the transformation.
Digitalization and innovative technologies already have an impact
along the entire BMW Group production value chain and are being driven
forward in the following technology clusters: Smart Data Analytics,
Smart Logistics, Innovative Automation & Assistance Systems and
Additive Manufacturing. Especially in the area of BMW Group Logistics,
Customs and Controlling, the introduction of the new production IT
standards will further increase the level of speed, quality and flexibility.
“IT is business and business is IT. As one team, we have
successfully implemented a highly complex project. As part of our
digitization and harmonization strategy, with this new solution we are
now able to link relevant product, process, quality and cost data,
enabling data consistency and transparency across the entire
production chain. We are proud to be the innovation leader in the
standardization of business processes and systems in the automotive
industry,” says Alexander Buresch, CIO and SVP Group IT at BMW Group.
With this go-live, Oxford is the hub of the process
digitalization and harmonization strategy. The MINI Plant
in Oxford is the first of the BMW Group’s networked factories to be
converted to the cloud architecture over the next few years. Future
innovations can thus be rolled out much faster across all plants.
Co-innovation of two German pioneers: BMW Group and SAP SE
define new standards for automotive industry. More than
1,000 colleagues from both companies were involved in the project. In
it, SAP SE and BMW AG further developed the functionalities of S/4HANA
for use in the automotive industry. Both companies can look back on a
strategic partnership spanning more than 30 years, during which
numerous co-innovation projects have already been successfully implemented.