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Building Materials

React fast to supply and demand challenges and shape a smart, sustainable future with integrated building materials software.

Transformation in the building materials industry

Companies are using intelligent technology to replace delays and shortages with supply chain resilience and manufacturing sustainability.

Graphic showing how building materials companies can achieve transformation
Rapid urban expansion

The new built environment will exist in limited space, with densification replacing sprawl and urban growth pushing up, not out.

Construction supply chain issues

To respond quickly to change – despite broken supply chains and construction materials and labour shortages – companies need full visibility.

Sustainable building materials and operations

Construction regulations – and customers – now demand greener actions, more recycled building materials, and manufacturing sustainability.

Rise of prefab construction materials

There’s an upswing in prefabricated building materials. Why? If smart manufacturing lets you deliver a ready-made wall including windows – why not?

Diverse stakeholder expectations

Planners, architects, owners, sub-contractors, building material suppliers, and complexity abound. The key to success: one source of truth.

digitalisation of construction processes

AI-powered automation, along with building information modelling (BIM), are enabling same-page collaboration across the industry.

Featured building materials solutions

SAP Customer Experience and CRM solutions

Gather insights across the value chain and connect real-time business data and signals to help improve customer loyalty, retention, and revenue.

SAP Integrated Business Planning for Supply Chain

Help ensure business continuity in times of supply chain disruption by synchronising supply chain planning in real time, from S&OP to inventory supply planning.

SAP S/4HANA Manufacturing

Enable enterprise-wide manufacturing collaboration to create accurate production plans, reduce order lead times, and help ensure on-time delivery.

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SAP Conference for Building Materials

Join us in person on September 27–29, 2022, in Madrid, Spain.

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Technology advancement in mill products and mining

Explore initiatives and projects that leverage software technology to transform internal processes for mill products and mining companies, enhancing operational efficiency and customer satisfaction.

Become more adaptable and resilient

Historically, building materials businesses have not been associated with sustainability. Find out why the future of the industry must become sustainable.

Closing the “green gap”

A survey of 2,000 global companies explores how the network effect is taking corporate sustainability from commitment to impact.

Explore how we can help your building materials business run better

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digitalisation can help you collaborate more closely with customers and construction project stakeholders, develop new business models, and offer customers complete solutions. Our software for intelligent building products and projects digitalises your business processes, so you can take more responsibility for business outcomes.
  • Portfolio and project management
  • Product development and configuration
  • Commercial project management and collaboration

Increased revenue from services and product as a service (PaaS).

Source: SAP Performance Benchmarking

 

 

With SAP Subscription Billing, we are now able to provide our customers with invoicing based on daily usage for our digital products.

Stephan Manegold, Business Applications Lead, Schüco International KG

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With integrated CRM, you can enable multichannel customer journeys that harmonise and simplify customer interactions. With our customer experience solutions for building materials companies, you can manage a collaborative interdisciplinary network with all stakeholders in a construction project and provide comprehensive solutions.
  • Omnichannel commerce and service 
  • Retail store and trade promotion management
  • Configure, price, and quote to cash 
  • Sales force automation and performance management
  • Business of marketing and optimised marketing
  • Customer experience management

5-35% increase in revenue from cross-sell and upsell.

Source: SAP Performance Benchmarking

 

With SAP Customer Experience, we were able to deliver a rapid return on our investment while establishing a powerful technical foundation for ongoing value creation.

Tim Baker, CIO, Moen Incorporated

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Networked systems of digital twins allow you to orchestrate complex interactions between suppliers, product designers, building materials manufacturers, and customers. SAP solutions can help you integrate and exchange production and logistics data, improve production flexibility and response time, and apply predictive models and machine learning.
  • Industrial insights
  • Manufacturing networks and asset collaboration
  • Manufacturing operations and execution (Industry 4.0)
  • Environment, health, and safety
  • Asset operations, maintenance, and performance management

€750,000 production savings in the first year.

Source: Arpa Industriale

 

By using dashboards, predictive analytics, and embedded automation in SAP solutions, we can identify best practices and teach those practices to the factory’s machines, systems, and people.

Stefano Rossetti, Production Manager, Arpa Industriale S.p.A

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A connected supply chain can help you respond to last-minute order changes or unforeseen events, balance customer service and delivery costs, and evaluate business plans. Our supply chain management software supports a connected supply chain with real-time insights, efficient digital logistics and order fulfilment, and integrated what-if simulations.
  • Demand management, insights, and order promising
  • Sales, inventory, and operations planning
  • Response and supply planning
  • Yard, warehouse, and transportation management
  • Track and trace and logistics networks

15% reduction in raw material carrying costs.

Source: Kale Holding

By enabling us to deploy standardised processes based on best practices across the company, SAP S/4HANA is helping us work faster and more efficiently. We are not only saving time and costs but also providing better service to our customers.

Murat Erez, CIO, Kale Holding A.Ş

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Enable sustainable sales with 360-degree customer insights, sales order commitment, and fulfilment, and empower companies to exceed the expectations of digitally connected customers, win customer loyalty, and drive revenue and profitability through in-context customer experiences across digital and traditional channels.

  • Omnichannel commerce and customer service
  • Configure, price, and quote to cash
  • Sales force automation
  • Sales performance management
  • Marketing as a growth driver

20% increase in revenue from new products.

Source: SAP Performance Benchmarking

 

SAP opened new channels and ways of communicating with customers, decreased time employees spent on repetitive tasks, and benefited from innovations through faster deployment cycles and the future use of a microservices-based extension framework.

Christian Schmidt, Head of eCommerce, Mondi

Get started with SAP's cloud solutions for building materials

SAP can help you start or enhance your building materials digital transformation – no matter where you are in your journey. If you have yet to move to cloud ERP, you can get started with RISE with SAP. If you already have cloud ERP – from SAP or any other vendor – you can enhance your building materials capabilities with our industry cloud solutions.

RISE with SAP

RISE with SAP provides customers with complete business transformation as a service (BTaaS) in a single package. At its core is the SAP S/4HANA Cloud suite, business process intelligence, technology credits, and more. RISE with SAP also includes solutions for:

  • Integrated business planning
  • Configure, price, and quote processes
  • Advanced availability to promise
  • Material and goods track and trace
  • Network-based collaboration and visualisation in projects
  • Transportation and warehouse management

Industry cloud solutions

Built by SAP and our partners on an open platform, SAP’s industry cloud solutions address specific industry needs for the building materials sector. Designed to work with your existing SAP and third-party systems, these specialised cloud applications can help you drive cost-effective transformation and sustainable growth.

  • Cloud-based building materials solutions 
  • Built by SAP and our partners
  • Straightforward integration with existing systems
  • Extension of your current investments

Featured cloud solutions for building materials

Pricefx

Improve margins in real time by creating a single source of pricing truth where pricing data, rules, and conditions can be managed as a strategic function, reducing pricing administration and the risk of financial errors.

Cogniac Visual Operations Intelligence

Maximise the value of visual data by using an image recognition platform to help improve quality and agility across manufacturing and logistics, including increasing mill yield with automated truckload inspection.

Descartes MacroPoint

Mitigate supply chain disruption, increase on-time delivery performance, and minimise carrier detention fees with real-time shipment visibility and monitoring.

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