Tata Technologies - Powering the Innovation Quotient

CIO Vendor Effective product development is a prerequisite for profitable growth. However, it calls for efficient management of product data, changes to design and overall costs, all in an integrated manner. As soon as organizations and products reach a certain stage of complexity, particularly when coupled with manufacturing, you can bet that a system from SAP is playing a significant role in your enterprise. SAP is an acknowledged leader in providing all-round support for product-related processes. It provides inbuilt functionalities for the entire product life cycle and enables integrated product development for discrete manufacturing industries. This, in turn, helps reduce time to profit and increases revenue contribution through new and enhanced products. It also facilitates change management across the value chain and delivers a synchronized product structure across the product development and manufacturing stages.

Tata Technologies, a leading player in engineering and product development services, has been implementing SAP solutions for more than 15 years. The company’s rich expertise in implementing customized SAP solutions has proved beneficial for various organizations globally. These solutions today enable entire organizations and their external networks such that they respond in unison to changing business challenges. “Our SAP service offerings span all phases of the enterprise lifecycle – from planning to implementation, and customization through development to testing and post go-live support,” says Ms. Geena Binoy, Vice President - Connected Enterprise IT (CE-IT) Solutions, Tata Technologies.

Tata Technologies believes that in order for enterprises to thrive in today’s economy, they must have access to the best technology and processes to support their product design

At the heart of every initiative at Tata Technologies is a passion for product development and manufacturing. The company helps clients define better product development processes and leverages best practices and technologies to get the most value from the product creation process and manage the vast quantities of data produced. And in the process, makes those digital assets available to the wider enterprise. The company enables leading manufacturers to achieve shop floor to top floor efficiency through smooth and consistent digitization of manufacturing. While doing so, experts at Tata Technologies embrace state-of-the-art connected enterprise IT solutions. With continuous improvement of products as the sole objective, Tata Technologies designs the complete product realization process so as to embrace data as a virtuous feedback loop.

Reimagining Business Scenarios the HANA Way
It is no more about just implementing a SAP solution. While data complexity, configuration, and data volumes are challenges, getting ready to launch a digital enterprise is one of the greatest needs. Enabling this transformation while simplifying the IT landscape is all that enterprises are looking out for.

Getting Ready for Digital Transformation
We must adapt IT systems quickly to technologies and business models that arise at a dizzying pace. The SAP HANA platform replaces complex systems and isolated applications to help you transform. It supports modern applications that help you reimagine business processes and deliver real-time insights from data that is always “fresh”. SAP HANA connects with existing applications using open standards and offers a choice of ways to build Web-based applications and applications based on microservices.

Simplifying the IT Landscape
SAP HANA converges a state-of-the-art database with advanced data processing services, data integration services, and application services. You gain a single secure environment for all your mission-critical data assets, so you can manage large volumes of structured and unstructured data efficiently to improve total cost of ownership. And, at the same time, you can simplify your IT landscape and reduce administrative effort by consolidating multiple workloads onto SAP HANA.

Deriving Value from Volumes of Data
Businesses today churn out extremely high volumes of data and this is difficult to process and understand in the absence of integrated data management solutions. Even the smallest SAP implementations generate millions of transactions. High data volumes impinge on the ability of the SAP ERP server to export data, even where delta triggers are used. For better manageability, data is often aggregated before it is loaded into a reporting or business intelligence system. SAP HANA can process both transactions and analytics on a single data copy. You can uncover new opportunity from data anywhere and analyze fresh transactions to support real-time decision making. With in-memory processing, you can run on-the-fly aggregation, eliminating the need for aggregates, materialized views, analytic indexes, or database accelerators. Business users can quickly retrieve high-level summaries and also drill down to granular details.

“Thingification” is here and this is all set to swell the data load on the ERP system. Cisco estimates that, by 2050, there could be 50 billion Internet-connected devices. These include sensor-laden CNC machines on the shop floor that create, store, and share data. The industrial application of IoT will enable businesses do more with less, and deliver in line with demand and at the right time. Crashing timelines, ever-tightening budgets, strict quality regulations, and a new world of manufacturing where the dominant philosophy is “innovate or perish”. These are just some of the compelling reasons why manufacturers must relook the way they run their shop floor. Sensors on shop floor machinery turn in data streams on equipment deterioration, so businesses can perform preventive maintenance. This minimizes risk of costly outages. Consequently, productivity tends to be of a higher order and products meet the quality standards
customers look for. Tata Technologies offers solutions that help manufacturers get the most value from their shop floor visibility and control systems. The company’s solutions simplify manufacturing operations and enable tighter integration between the enterprise and shop floor systems. Experts at Tata Technologies realize that IoT can be put to good effect in manufacturing to reduce unit cost of products and improve profitability. The product engineering services are delivered in the cloud, which is a great leveler. Cloud holds the potential to bring to SMEs what in the past was only affordable to large enterprises with deep pockets. Cloud-based services do not call for upfront capital investment. And more importantly, business users can get started on them almost instantaneously. Since the cloud is maintained by third-party service providers, maintenance cost is low and this is a clear edge it has over on premise solutions. Besides, along the cloud route businesses stand to gain in manifold ways. Business users need a range of mobile-ready apps to stay connected, no matter where they are – on the road, at home, or in office. They also feel the need to connect seamlessly across devices. Be it a smart phone, a laptop, or a PC. SAP HANA Cloud Platform is expressly designed for enterprises looking to build applications that can be brought into play inside or outside the company. Alongside, enterprises can move their legacy on premise applications to the cloud, thus opening them up to mobile users.

Addressing the Challenges
Tata Technologies leverages SAP offerings to help enterprises address the challenges outlined above. The company helps enterprises discover and monitor data quality from a business viewpoint. As all sources of data can be traced using SAP systems, Tata Technologies enables optimal information governance and uses a role-based user interface to help enterprises collaborate on data management tasks (e.g., establishment of rules and standards, and monitoring and sharing metrics).

Tata Technologies helps enterprises zero-in on trusted data the CXO suite needs direly to make confident decisions. SAP systems can play a significant role in improving data quality. This in turn facilitates decision-making and business operations as data issues are corrected even as they arise while data redundancy is fixed automatically. As a result, consistency is ensured across data sources whether they are on premise, in the cloud, or embedded in applications.
To generate insights, Tata Technologies helps enterprises access, integrate, or move data. As data of any size and from any source can be accessed and moved using SAP services, the company enables enterprises to rapidly load that data into databases, business intelligence tools, or applications. When data is ready for analysis, business users can extract relevant text and perform contextual analysis, all in real-time.

SAP systems help streamline a company’s IT landscape and know exactly what data the company has. Tata Technologies deploys these solutions in the best possible manner to give IT an opportunity to act as a strategic partner in information management. The company customizes SAP solutions for ease of use and performance and helps enterprises handle complex initiatives with big data, analytics and information governance.

Tata Technologies enables the entire process of product realization by aligning people and process with technology. The company enables change by applying lean engineering and helping enterprises go digital. It considers product lifecycle management as the glue between product development operations, engineering, research and development, and connected enterprise IT. “Tata Technologies’ product realization services are focused on helping companies build better products, define better processes, and reduce costs along the way. We leverage two decades of expertise in end to end product services, industry-leading software partners, innovative training services, and a laser-like focus on understanding the challenges specific to each of our clients,” adds Ms. Geena Binoy.
“We practice what we preach. We use the selfsame product lifecycle management products we recommend to our clients. What that means is that we really understand those products. We know how they perform for us – and that means we know how they will perform for our clients,” Ms. Geena Binoy observes.

Implementing the Right Combination
Effective engineering lifecycle services is about implementing the right combination of people, data, processes, technology and infrastructure to optimize the product lifecycle. While most such service providers focus primarily on the technical challenges and deployment of vendor technologies, Tata Technologies understands that the key to creating true value and bottom-line benefit from comprehensive product engineering services lies in a judicious blend of well-understood processes and requirements, realistic expectations for vendor technologies, and pragmatic and comprehensive deployment. Besides, there is need for a change management plan and commitment at all levels of the organization.

Tata Technologies follows a five-pronged approach to product services delivery. It collaborates extensively with clients to bring staffing, technology, processes, and outsourcing capabilities to a mature and highly competitive level. The company employs advanced PLM technology to reshape the way organizations navigate the product lifecycle. Its powerful solutions extend the benefits of efficiency and waste-elimination across the extended value chain. Secondly, the company provides training, technology implementation, and professional services to perfectly align its clients’ production capabilities with project requirements. For clients who need the flexibility and cost-savings for long-term or short-term assistance, Tata Technologies provides shared resources. It leverages state-of-the-art global delivery centers and a global talent pool of highly skilled engineering professionals with cross-functional expertise to help clients complete projects quickly and cost-effectively. Tata Technologies boasts of more than two decades of consulting expertise. Reinforcing these expert skills is the company’s 4D Process Consulting service that helps businesses intelligently incorporate product management into their operations.

Tata Technologies believes that in order for enterprises to thrive in today’s economy, they must have access to the best technology and processes to support their product design. “We understand the business issues faced by companies that design, engineer and manufacture products. And we have been doing end to end product services for two decades – which is why we are able to offer structured and effective product services suited to the unique requirements of each enterprise,” Ms. Geena Binoy concludes.