The recently announced close cooperation between SAP and Siemens should support the SAP customers in the digital transformation and enable a continuous “digital thread”.

.riess engineering as the development partner of SAP for the integration of PTC solutions has received have had a lot of reactions on that announcement. Different media reports also lead to questions what that announcement exactly means four you as a customer of SAP and .riess engineering.

The official SAP statement which can be found under this SAP Community link answers most of these questions as follows:

•    This strategic agreement has no impact on the existing SAP PLM solution portfolio in the foreseeable future.
•    The current SAP PLM solution components, including the SAP Engineering Control Center (ECTR) and the associated interfaces (as to PTC Creo and PTC Windchill), are still available to the customers and SAP intends to continue to develop them as usual.
•    SAP’s current maintenance commitments for SAP S/4HANA to the end of 2040 and the core applications of the SAP Business Suite to the end of 2027 also apply to these solutions.
•    Based on these statements, there is no imperative for the numerous customers with an installed SAP PLM base to migrate their existing solutions towards Siemens Teamcenter.

For these reasons, the standard integration platform SAP ECTR continues to be an available solution in the future for integrating authoring tools such as CAD systems seamlessly into SAP PLM.
For our customers this means that .riess engineering will continue to develop and support the SAP price list product SAP ECTR interface to PTC Creo as usual. Consistently PTC Creo Parametric can be integrated into SAP PLM via SAP ECTR.

Information about SAP ECTR and the SAP ECTR interface to PTC Creo can be found here:

With the new strategic partnership between SAP and Siemens to accelerate industrial transformation and digitization, SAP reaffirms its longstanding commitment to the open integration of further partner solutions, such as external PDM systems.

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This is especially important for the large number of our customers who integrate their Windchill system with the SAP price list product SAP ECTR interface to Windchill in SAP. For that product .riess engineering is the strategic development and integration partner of SAP as well.

Information about the SAP ECTR interface to Windchill can be found here:

.riess engineering has been SAP's integration partner for PTC Solutions for over 20 years. The SAP solutions developed by .riess engineering enable the realization of End-to-End PLM processes - even across system boundaries. The SAP price list products and process optimization solutions for SAP PLM by .riess engineering are being developed and supported as planned.

We are happy to support you with our solutions for your digitization strategy and thank you for your trust!

Wolfgang Schukowski
- Managing Director -


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