I have to gain some basic knowledge on SAP MII. To do it I was reviewing some basic information and looking for some business scenarios that help me to understand the whole thing.
To understand the solution, just attend to the name: MII.
Manufacturing, nothing to say here,
Integration, it basically tries to integrate the shop-floor systems and business operations, offering the data and the relevant information to the different stakeholders (operators, plant managers…). All in real time.
Intelligence, this basically attends to the idea of offering the necessary business logic that automate as much as possible, and offer the required real time reports to all stakeholders.
The picture before SAP MII could be something like 3 components: ERP (POs, materil inventory, BoM, planned orders,…), MES (production confirmation, quality notifications, material transfers) and Shop-floor (material receipts, materials comsumptions…).
Once, SAP MII is on scene, we can organize the processes from front-end point of view, we can integrate shop-floor through interfaces, automate some of the processes through a graphical environment that really speed-up the integration process, and finally define the information to be shown to the different stakeholders.
SAP MII is a composite application platform composed by:
- a portal that enables real time data to each type of user, using PC, browser or mobile device.
- a data layer, with specific connectors (I would say that this seems to be very similar to SAP PI) with connectors. I would expect that the standard connectors really cover the industry shop-floor environments, the manufacturing industry is famous by having old dinosaurs on their IT.
- SAP PCo (Plant connectivity), something I need to investigate in deep.
- Business logic, where you can define the transactions you want to put in place.