How SAP S/4HANA is transforming Maintenance Planning and Scheduling?

SAP S/4HANA is one of the most deployed post-modern ERPs. Whilst the ERP of the 20th century concentrated on the digitization of business processes, the post-modern ERP focuses on the digital transformation of the business process. In this blog, I will talk about how SAP S/4HANA transforms Maintenance Planning and Scheduling.

What functionality does SAP S/4HANA provide for Maintenance Planning and Scheduling?

  • Plan maintenance activities that will help enterprise assets run reliably
  • Schedule proactive preventive or condition-based maintenance tasks
  • Focus maintenance efforts on activities that enhance safety, environmental, and operational results

What are the benefits of using S/4HANA to manage Maintenance Planning and Scheduling?

  • Improve asset uptime with proactive maintenance planning and scheduling
  • Reduce total cost of ownership by avoiding asset breakdowns
  • Enhance safety and environmental compliance through integrated permit and work clearance features

What are the functional changes in the Maintenance Planning and Scheduling functionality in SAP S/4HANA compared to SAP ECC?

  • Mass update of material availability status for maintenance orders
  • Enhancement of technical object breakdown analysis (combines transactions MCI7, MCJB, and MCJC)
  • Simplified search and viewing of all master data and transactional data from maintenance management

What are the innovations which S/4HANA has brought in for Maintenance Planning and Scheduling?

  • Core data services (CDS) view for damage analysis, location analysis, object statistics, planner group analysis, and manufacturer analysis
  • SAP intends to provide more flexible and improved analytical capabilities to monitor the performance of assets in a future release of SAP S/4HANA, helping to reduce risk through improved asset reliability.
  • SAP Fiori–based user experience across all process steps
  • Roles with new, dedicated SAP Fiori apps:
    • Maintenance Planner
    • Maintenance Planner –Resource Scheduling
    • Maintenance Technician
    • Employee –Maintenance Info

Recently, Kaar Tech helped a high tech manufacturer to migrate from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA. If you would like to understand why they moved from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA, then I suggest reading this whitepaper. It explains the business benefits and technical benefits accrued as a result of the SAP S/4HANA migration.


Alphonse Raj David

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