Forecast Consumption in SAP IBP for Supply

Posted by Sarath Suryadevara on 19-Jul-2018 13:44:51

Forecast consumption is a core to most Planning systems, and is based on the assumption that the actual sales orders consume the forecasted quantities. This approach ensures that incoming sales orders are not treated as additional demand to the forecast during a planning period.

It has always been somewhat of a surprise that forecast consumption has previously not been part of SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) for supply as standard, and has only been introduced (time series based) as part of the recent 1805 release.

Prior to 1805, only a very simplistic forecast consumption method could be configured using key figure calculations within the week time bucket. In this blog I will explain the functionalities available within SAP IBP.

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Topics: SAP IBP, IBP, IBP for supply, Forecast Consumption

Personalise your SAP IBP Excel Add-In

Posted by Jacky Jain on 16-Jul-2018 15:47:26

In today’s fast moving world, there is an ever increasing demand for customisation and personalisation, whether it be initials stitched on to your running shoes or a bespoke paint colour for your car. Everyone likes to have a personal touch in their day to day activities, so why should SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) be any different?

If you haven’t seen the SAP IBP Excel Add-In, or want to know more about the various functionalities offered, please take a read of this blog from Steve Rampton “SAP IBP Excel Views – A Planners dream?”. I will split this blog as to how Planners can create their own personalised views within SAP IBP in two;

  • Basic formatting of the Excel Add-In
  • The advanced Olivehorse way!
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Topics: SAP IBP, IBP, Excel Add-In

Should you be Demanding SAP IBP?

Posted by Ian Brister on 05-Jul-2018 15:06:00

It has been a while since I first published this Blog. In the 2+ years that have gone by, a lot of functionality has been delivered with each upgraded version of SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP), especially with the Demand application. 

In the world of ‘Internet of Things’ and Digital Transformation, where companies want to respond faster to customer needs, we have all read about SAP’s vision to enable businesses to transform from what were previously Supply Chains into Demand Networks.

But where does SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) for Demand fit in to this?  And as a Planner, should you be Demanding IBP?

In order to remove some of the uncertainty and puzzlement as to what exactly IBP for Demand can offer, in this post I intend to explain some key differences between SAP Advanced Planning & Optimisation (APO) and SAP IBP for Demand.

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Topics: IBP, IBP for demand, Demand

SAP Integrated Business Planning - Agile Implementation

Posted by Ian Brister on 09-Feb-2017 13:36:59

There are many blogs on the topic of Agile, and there are many blog posts on the topic of SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP). But not many blogs on the combined topic of Agile IBP Implementation! In this blog I intend to share my thoughts as to how a SAP IBP implementation is suited to an Agile approach. Really suited!

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Topics: IBP, IBP for demand, agile, S&OP

SAP Integrated Business Planning - Outlier Detection and Correction

Posted by Suresh Sellaiah on 22-Dec-2016 08:09:16

As SAP continue to enrich the functionality of Integrated Business Planning (IBP), in this blog I am going to describe the outlier detection and correction methods offered within IBP for demand (as at release 1608). I will not however be discussing which of these methods are the best, as from my experience I have found that the rules and methods vary depending on the organization’s perspectives and processes followed.

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Topics: IBP, IBP for demand

Attribute Transformations with SAP Integrated Business Planning

Posted by Jacky Jain on 30-Nov-2016 12:26:36

In this blog I will walk through the principles of ‘Attribute Transformations’ within SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) and discuss the basics of implementing such transformations.

We will also look at how some demand planning scenarios like displaying Year -1 data, Realignment (which is not currently offered as standard within SAP IBP), Distribution Centre closures and Product Substitutions can be achieved using Attribute Transformations.

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Topics: IBP, IBP for demand, S&OP

Challenges of SAP Integrated Business Planning in the Cloud

Posted by Peter Clancy on 24-Nov-2016 14:27:47

Implementing a cloud solution today, even in an organisationally cloud aware environment, is still a daunting task. There are many requirements to ensure that a product is safe and secure to use, as well as ensuring it achieves the business benefits that are required.

This blog focusses on Challenges of SAP’s Integrated Business Planning (IBP) solution, a cloud based planning software, and tries to give pointers as to what to do when you develop your own clould migration strategy. The IT industry is still in a period of growth with cloud based solutions industry wide, so it’s quite important to consider any challenges that a company would face in implementing and using IBP operationally – this blog seeks to identify the 6 top challenges and see how IBP or SAP addresses these.

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Topics: IBP, HANA Cloud Platform, HCI, Integration Services, Cloud

Financialising your plan in SAP Integrated Business Planning

Posted by Steve Rampton on 27-Oct-2016 18:48:05

For those of you exposed to the full force of SAP marketing for SAP Integrated Business Planning, I’m sure you will have heard the phrase ‘financialising the plan’. But have you ever stopped to think about why this is beneficial and what this means in practice when it comes to implementing it in SAP IBP?

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Topics: IBP, IBP for demand, S&OP

SAP HANA Cloud Platform integration services. How to connect IBP & 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

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, Demand, IBP for demand