SAP APO: Time to tame your master data

Posted by Chandra Shaktawat on 05-May-2019 06:00:00

Master data is an important pre-requisite for achieving good planning results. Like any other system, a successful SAP Advanced Planning & Optimisation (APO) implementation relies on having good quality master data. When projects go-live we always get good results but over a period of time, the quality of results tend to deteriorate due to poor master data hygiene. This is especially true when the SKU churn is significant and the supply chain networks are large.

In this blog, I will outline the features of the Master Data Check Tool developed by Olivehorse.

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Topics: SAP APO, SCM Master Data, Olivehorse Add-in

Connected planning for your supply chain with Anaplan

Posted by Charles Nti on 27-Apr-2019 10:13:45

Anaplan is the latest cloud platform which enables organisations to efficiently collaborate within all areas of the business. With the vision to connect people, data and plans in real time coined ‘Connected planning’. The software enables firms to create dynamic, collaborative and intelligent plans that drive confident business decisions and help’s business accommodate today’s business planning needs

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Topics: Supply Chain, Anaplan, Connected Planning

SAP IBP - Forecast collaboration using SAP Ariba

Posted by Jacky Jain on 18-Apr-2019 21:07:37

In this modern era of globalisation where geographical boundaries are no longer a limitation, with shrinking lead times and increasing speed of business, organisations have a greater need for efficient supply chains than ever before.

In this blog I will explore the collaboration features allowing organisations to plan their supply chains effectively and efficiently.

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Topics: Collaboration, SAP IBP, SAP Ariba, Forecast Collaboration

SAP IBP for Response: Planning Capabilities

Posted by Rishikesh Deshmukh on 01-Mar-2019 08:00:00

The planning capabilities of SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) for Response is always compared with a much matured and stable product, SAP Advanced Planning & Optimisation (APO). While SAP plans to discontinue the support for APO in the near future, the businesses have now started looking forward to IBP for Response as a potential replacement for planning in order series. This module is yet to reach the pinnacle of its maturity in terms of functionalities, but the progress has been rapid and the road map looks stronger. Further, it looks promising in terms of speed and flexibility which was not possible in APO.

In this blog I will explore features of IBP for Response & Supply. This includes integration of IBP for Response with external systems and the time series counterpart of it followed by the planning operators being offered

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Topics: SAP IBP, Response, IBP for Response

The predictive powers of SAP IBP for demand get a Boost!

Posted by Richard Bevan on 11-Dec-2018 17:12:03

For some time now, SAP have been clear with their intention to develop forecast automation via machine learning capability and functionality. With the 1811 release of SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP), SAP are really starting on their machine learning journey by leveraging content within their Predictive Analytics Library (PAL) and have introduced Gradient Boosting of Decision Trees (GBDT) to the available set of statistical forecasting algorithms within the IBP for demand license.

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Topics: IBP for demand, Statistical Forecasing, SAP IBP, Gradient Boosting

Using SAP's APO PP/DS Optimiser as an effective sequencing tool

Posted by Chris Curtis on 27-Nov-2018 17:15:35

For many manufacturing organisations, Detailed Scheduling is mainly driven by the need to perform manufacturing by following a specific preferred sequence whilst generating an achievable finite plan. It is quite normal for companies to use Detailed Scheduling heuristics for this function, but there are scenarios where this does not quite fit the bill.

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Topics: SCM Optimisation, PP/DS, Scheduling, SAP IBP

Data Integration with SAP IBP using SAP CPI-DS

Posted by Suresh Sellaiah on 13-Nov-2018 12:21:19

I have recently worked on an SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) project focusing on implementing an efficient Demand and Supply Planning process (with supporting S&OP layer), where there were many transactional interface requirements between SAP ECC and IBP. In this blog I will explain how powerful the SAP Cloud Platform Integration for Data Services (CPI-DS) tool is in integrating master data and transaction data from SAP ECC to SAP IBP and in passing the planning results back from SAP IBP to SAP ECC.

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Topics: Integration Services, SAP IBP, Integrated Business Planning, CPI-DS

Lifecycle Planning with SAP IBP

Posted by Deepak Arekal on 15-Oct-2018 15:36:15

During my career I have worked as both a Demand and Supply planner, working across FMCG, Fresh Produce and Cosmetics industries. When it comes to creating baseline forecasts for New Product Introduction (NPI) or phasing out forecasts for End of Life (EoL), planners find it challenging to collect relevant information from various stake holders and spend more time crunching data sets than creating meaningful forecasts.

This blog will discuss the features of SAP's Integrated Business Planning (IBP) Product lifecycle application within the Demand module and how it will help planners to overcome these challenges and help create a more accurate base line forecast. Enjoy the read!

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Topics: SAP IBP, Lifecycle Planning

High-tech discrete manufacturers lacking supply chain innovation

Posted by Ross Perkins on 01-Oct-2018 16:41:10

High-tech discrete manufacturers are starting to feel a very real and uncomfortable truth; the world has changed and the majority of supply chains simply have not innovated quickly enough to succeed effectively.

In an industry where the need for high levels of product customisation meets an ever-increasing demand for faster time to market, many discrete manufacturing supply chains are starting to burst at the seams.

The Situation

  • Consumers are expecting regular and rapid innovation at a pace never seen before. It is no coincidence that one of the most commonly used phrases in supply chain at the moment is ‘innovate or die’. Most supply chains have not developed at the same pace of innovation.
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Topics: Collaboration, Supply Chain, SAP Ariba

Using ABC-XYZ analysis to optimise your forecast in SAP APO

Posted by Ali Malik on 22-Aug-2018 15:07:19

In any organisation, it is vital to maintain the demand and supply equilibrium. This objective drives the planning community to work on producing the right product mix and keeping optimal inventory levels whilst maintaining customer service levels - all of course within financial boundaries! 

Demand Planners are expected to forecast more Product/Location combinations, but it would be unrealistic to expect equal focus and importance to be placed on every item. We therefore need a tool which helps focus their attention and prioritise their work load to add real value to the forecast. Standard Supply Chain practice centres around ABC-XYZ analysis, the ABC part of which is based on the Pareto principle, i.e. a limited number of tasks produce a significant overall effect (explained further later).

The ABC dimension is usually based on value (margin or revenue) or volume of the sales, whereas the XYZ dimension looks at the forecastability of the demand, i.e. how hard is it to predict future sales from the variability previous sales? The use of segmentation allows for different forecasting procedures to be applied to different segments of ABC-XYZ, moving away from the ‘one size fits all’ mentality to forecasting. This can drive better forecast accuracy once the optimal forecast profiles have been assigned based on the segmentation.

In this blog I am going to explain how ABC-XYZ functionality in the Demand Planning (DP) module of SAP's Advanced Planning and Optimisation (APO) application would help leverage this.

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Topics: SAP APO, Demand Planning, ABC/XYZ, Forecast Optimisation