SAP HANA® Cloud Platform, integration services – An overview of how to connect IBP with APO.

Posted by Sarath Suryadevara on 22-Sep-2016 07:50:00

In this blog I intend to give an overview of SAP HANA® Cloud Platform (HCP), integration services, and will also explain the integration steps and configuration required to integrate SAP Advanced Planning and Optimisation (APO) Demand Planning (DP) data with SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) using a pre-existing template.

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Topics: IBP, HANA Cloud Platform, Integration Services

Your options for implementing SAP® Integrated Business Planning for demand.

Posted by Ian Brister on 16-Sep-2016 07:00:00

It has become apparent to me during recent client conversations that the options available for implementing SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) for demand are unclear for many of our customers.  One of the underlying reasons for uncertainty in my opinion is however clear: SAP Advanced Planning and Optimisation (APO).  If you have already implemented APO, then your journey has probably been long and your system full of customisation, putting uncertainty as to what the timelines or benefits of actually implementing IBP for demand are.

In this blog I intend to highlight a number of different options on your journey to adopting IBP for demand.

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Topics: IBP, IBP for demand, Demand

Statistical Forecasting and SAP® IBP for demand. Is all that glisters gold?

Posted by Ian Brister on 08-Sep-2016 21:08:37

In a previous blog (Should you be Demanding IBP?), I highlighted some of the high level differences between SAP APO Demand Planning and SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) for demand. 

With the impending release of IBP v6.3 due later this year, I intend to go under the bonnet of the IBP for demand statistical forecasting engine to see if all that glisters is really gold.

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Topics: IBP, IBP for demand, Demand, Statistical Forecasing

Our DDMRP solution of choice: Replenishment+

Posted by Jonathon Vaiksaar on 17-May-2016 17:55:11

Replenishment+ is Olivehorse’s chosen Demand Driven MRP solution for several reasons. Here's why..

R+ was the first DDMRP compliant solution and so has benefited from rigorous testing through numerous deployments globally. This means we have a tried, tested and stable solution. It also has the benefit of being incredibly simple and easy to integrate into existing ERP landscapes. Hence, it can run in parallel without having to change any of your existing configuration. This for us is an ideal scenario as it will allow APO/ECC to deliver the benefits of large scale analysis and execution required for mid/long term planning and continue to manage the execution of production recording, distribution management and procurement. At the same time, it means R+ can focus on the core value driver of making it simple and easy to interpret daily replenishment decisions without unnecessary additional requirements of the system.

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Topics: DDMRP

Working Together: Collaboration in SAP Integrated Business Planning for sales and operations

Posted by Steve Rampton on 16-May-2016 18:32:45

As conceived by the Oliver Wight International modern Integrated Business Planning (IBP) means breaking down the functional silos that exist in many enterprises today and truly working together to achieve common objectives. In this article I want to explore why collaborative working is important, the different tools available and the functionality that SAP Integrated Business Planning itself delivers in this area.

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Topics: IBP, S&OP, Collaboration, SAP Jam

SAP IBP Excel Views- A planner’s dream?

Posted by Steve Rampton on 24-Mar-2016 02:54:15

The main user interface for SAP Integrated Business Planning is Microsoft Excel using a special Excel Add-In provided with the product. In this article I want to explore if and why this interface will satisfy the needs of planners. Let’s start by having a look at where spreadsheets originated from, and then what planners need from the tools that support them.


The history of the spreadsheet

I’ve been around long enough to remember a world without electronic spreadsheets – a world that instead either involved pens, paper and calculators or punched cards, a mainframe and reams of printed output. In my first career as a Mechanical and Manufacturing Systems Engineer working for Dunlop, Chloride and Lucas, I had what in retrospect was the privilege of witnessing the birth of the personal computer and the early PC spreadsheet applications such as VisiCalc, SuperCalc and Lotus 1-2-3.

It is also worth pointing out that at that time in the mid 1980’s, I had a DEC micro-computer on my desk where the computer was contained inside the VDU (a screen to youngsters) and the operating system, application and data were all held in RAM. Said computer was used to control manufacturing machines in real time. So some concepts are perhaps not so new!

Figure 1: VisiCalc running on an Applell (source wikipedia)

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Topics: IBP, Excel Add-In

SAP IBP S&OP: The Executive Review of the Future

Posted by Steve Rampton on 15-Mar-2016 13:21:21

During the SAP SCM (R)evolution, the Olivehorse team reanacted what an "Executive Review of the Future" would look like using SAP Integrated Business Planning Sales & Operations Planning.

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Topics: IBP, S&OP

SAP SCM (R)evolution: What SAP IBP is really about?

Posted by Steve Rampton on 07-Mar-2016 12:02:39

On the 25th February 2016, SAP and Olivehorse hosted the first customer event in the UK covering a Supply Chain Planning cloud solution: SAP Integrated Business Planning. Held at SAP UK’s Maidenhead Offices, specialist areas such as SCM don’t usually attract large numbers but this event attracted nearly 50 attendees. Equally gratifying was that the attendees came from a wide range of industries: manufacturing, pharma, oil and gas, and consumer goods.

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Topics: IBP

5 Key Considerations Before Implementing IBP for Inventory

Posted by Fred Akuffo on 09-Feb-2016 08:40:20

From SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) safety stock planning, through SMART Ops, Enterprise Inventory and Service EIS on to SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) for inventory (IBP-I), safety stock planning has evolved from isolated single stage to multi-stage inventory optimization. In practice this means moving from planning safety stock at an individual location to optimizing safety stock for an entire demand stream. The value is now in network optimization as opposed to planning at the individual warehouse. 

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Topics: IBP

Group Planning & Cycle Based Scheduling: Get more from DDMRP

Posted by Jonathon Vaiksaar on 13-Jan-2016 17:37:49

Minimising MOQs- Group Planning & Cycle Based Scheduling

In order to optimise production, procurement and to reduce the MOQs of items, many organisations have implemented group planning. Group planning also known as campaign planning is when the forecast for a grouping of products is combined to trigger a single larger MOQ. This could be grouped by a raw material, semi-finished goods or some other shared attribute.

Other organisations have implemented cycle based scheduling. This is when a production rhythm is defined and planned production is pushed back or pulled forward into the appropriate planning bucket. This is to support with the sharing of MOQs and semi-finished batches, also to allow production to be optimised by manufacturing similar products together to reduce changeovers.

Both of these are excellent initiatives help to increase FLOW by minimising the MOQ of a single item by producing it with items which share the same components or characteristics. The downside of these processes is that they are still driven by forecasting. What is not so clear to many is how DDMRP can still support and operate in this environment. This blog shares how DDMRP can be applied to group planning and cycle based scheduling by using a ‘virtual Min/Max’ buffer logic.


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Topics: DDMRP