Making Material Resource Planning (MRP) work for you in S/4HANA

Posted by Sasi Padmanabhan on 06-Oct-2020 11:04:18

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Conceptual Details

The term “Predictive” should not be confused with use of any “machine learning” or “artificial intelligence” capabilities but needs to be related with simulation capabilities. The simulation capabilities help planners to take decisions with changed conditions. One of the goals in S/4Hana, is to deploy most of these functionalities as part of Fiori Apps. This means there are no transaction codes that run the process. The whole process is covered by two Fiori Apps.

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Cycle Planning Optimization

Posted by Chris Curtis on 10-Sep-2020 10:15:57

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  • Are production planners within your organisation spending a lot of time creating schedules manually within SAP PP/DS?
  • Is there a need to optimize short-term production based on multiple constraints, at the same time as producing based upon a preferred cycle?
  • Can products be produced over alternative resources of varying costs, and if preferred sequences are not adhered to, can it result in costly and time-consuming changeovers, which in turn reduces overall throughput?
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Topics: PP/DS

Proving value with Inventory Optimisation in SAP IBP

Posted by Carla de Klerk on 04-Sep-2020 12:24:28

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Interested in SAP IBP for Inventory but unsure whether your business will realise the benefit? Olivehorse can provide you with a 6 week Proof of Value, with your data to enable understanding of how the solution will deliver benefit to your organisation.

Together we can build your Supply Chain, to enable a fast and informed decision on the benefits of SAP IBP Inventory in your company. At Olivehorse we can provide calculations, analytics and planning views to evaluate the proposed plans versus your current Inventory Plans.

 

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Topics: SAP IBP, Inventory Optimisation, Integrated Business Planning

Automated changeover optimization

Posted by Sasi Padmanabhan on 11-Aug-2020 11:32:16

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During scheduling of orders on the shop floor as a scheduler/planner, the main objective is to generate a schedule, which follows a sequence in which the resources are utilized optimally. In a manufacturing process, most of the time a scheduler/planner wants to make sure that the generated schedule has minimal ‘Change Overs’. These changes can be due to factors related to flavours, allergens, colours, cleaning between orders, tooling changes etc. depending on the industry. If these factors are not managed efficiently, it results in loss of capacity, and lowers asset utilization. These changes are commonly referred to as ‘Change Over’ or ‘Setup’.

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Demand Prioritization in SAP IBP Order Based Planning

Posted by Ravish Kumar on 05-Aug-2020 12:19:37

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In today’s competitive business environment, Sales Managers manage complex demand streams spread across various geographies. These demand streams can have different priorities; and based on the highest priority demand, business wants to allocate first available constrained resource and supplies to this highest priority demand.

In my following Blog we will see how the Demand Prioritization function provided by SAP IBP will help businesses planning their resources based on the prioritization logic.

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Best Practices for Connected Demand Planning

Posted by Alejandro Gomez on 03-Aug-2020 11:27:27

 

"Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future" - Niels Bohr and Others

 

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Since predicting the future is not that easy, let’s get started with a statement about the present: We live in the age of information.

Everybody – including planners and business leaders for the case in point – have access to a great volume of information and content on how to better plan the demand and increase the accuracy of the demand forecast. And I am sure that you, reading this, already have read a lot about it.

So, why another blog yet mounting on the existing pages that already cover demand planning? Because “prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future”. And predicting the demand is not only difficult, but pivotal for now-a-days demand driven organisations. The demand forecast ripples through the organisation and has major impact in Inventory Planning, Revenue Estimates, Budgets… and this relevance is what pushes heads of supply chain and other decision makers to find new ways to improve their predictions.

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Topics: Inventory Optimisation, Anaplan

Solving Your Complex Scheduling Problems

Posted by Sasi Padmanabhan on 28-Jul-2020 14:09:04

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Quite often, specially in process industries it is observed that there are some specific production restrictions. The restrictions may be in the form viz. a specific sequence of processes using the processing units. The sequence may be derived due to the upstream semi-finished goods complexity or availability of several downstream resources. It is a good practise to decide which downstream resources are to be used before the production process starts.

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Enhance Your Supply Chain Visibility

Posted by Rishikesh Deshmukh on 13-Jul-2020 11:43:38


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The need to safeguard supply chain against today’s world of uncertainties, be it political or natural has never been so significant. In such scenario, one of the most important decisions that most supply chains need to take is whether to prebuild the stock and carry excess inventory, or rather plan ahead of the time if there is any additional production required. Each of the options has its own pros and cons. However, what is important is to have the right visibility in terms of volumes and costs to enable effective decisions. In the following blog, let us take a view on how this information could be derived using the power of technology.

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Topics: SCM Optimisation

Do you use SAP for Short Term Planning & Scheduling? Essential reading for your future Roadmap – Part 2

Posted by Chris Curtis on 01-Jul-2020 14:20:44

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A lot of companies have already taken the time to understand the power that S/4HANA can bring to their business, leveraging its in-memory capabilities and enhanced user experience provided by SAP Fiori, to name only a few of its facets. It is widely acknowledged from companies across all industries that this could be the next logical step to take in the ERP world if they have not already done so, but the main challenges that constantly arise in relation to this are “When?” and “How?”

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Topics: PP/DS

Do you use SAP for Short Term Planning & Scheduling? Essential reading for your future Roadmap – Part 1

Posted by Chris Curtis on 27-Jun-2020 13:55:14

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As a business, you have probably already started considering a move to S/4HANA, that is if you have not transitioned already. At this point a series of questions arise…

  • This is expensive! It is a major decision! What is the payback?
  • Is S/4HANA the way to go? What are the available options for me in scheduling? Does it provide the right short-term planning and scheduling functionality for my business?
  • Would it be a whole new project to embark on?
  • Is now the right time to commit?
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Topics: PP/DS