DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT WITH SAP PLM
A document is a general term that includes a variety of physical files and digitized information, all of which are published in an array of formats. Despite this generality, all documents share one key requirement: A system that enables organizations to effectively manage their development and distribution of – as well as their access to – their documents. Such a system should provide users with the capability to search, retrieve, and print the documents they need. Only with such a system can stakeholders efficiently share such business-critical documents as project plans, technical drawings, contracts, product specifications, and invoices.
With SAP PLM, your engineering and product development departments gain the functionality they need to develop, distribute, and access documents containing product-based and business-related information. To help your users accomplish these activities, we have embedded – within our solution – TREX-based indexing: This functionality can help users quickly locate the information they need, particularly when they are using SAP PLM in a Web-based user interface. With this, your users can also integrate product and business documents via the business processes offered through SAP ERP Enterprise Central Component (ECC). As a result, your users can access a single-source document from anywhere within your business environment.
In using SAP PLM's document management functionality, your users can also integrate documents via Microsoft interfaces, optical archives, scanning and plotting devices, various CAD interfaces, and external document management systems. Our solution for managing documents – which numerous organizations, in a wide range of industries, have previously used with much success – can provide you with the release and change processes you need to integrate your interfaces with the Web, your users, and the SAP folders available through SAP PLM and SAP SCM.
Our document management solution provides users with role-based access to the documents they need to perform their responsibilities. In using SAP PLM, your organization gains a traditional user interface that can integrate with these document-access tools:
- SAP NetWeaver Business Client software and a portal for Web user interfaces
- SAP Easy Document Management, offering Internet Explorer-based functionality and Microsoft software compatibility
- Computer-aided design (CAD) and engineering-based desktops