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

(3-4 min read)

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

(2-3 min read)

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

Planning in the time of Coronavirus: Leveraging the power of tools such as SAP® Integrated Business Planning

Posted by Steve Rampton on 01-Jun-2020 14:05:42

First of all, apologies for abusing the title of Gabriel García Márquez’s well regarded book Love in the Time of Cholera. However, it is set in a time of great volatility veering on the apocalyptic which is appropriate to our current situation.

My starting point for this article is that, for the most part, we have had a relatively benign environment economically across the globe for the last 50 to 75 years or so with continuous growth. There have of course been significant disruptions due to wars, famines and epidemics such as Ebola, SARS, MERS and Avian Flu. With the exception of the 2009 Crash, they have generally been contained or limited to one region and economic activity on the whole continued without disruption.

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Have you optimised your distribution plan?

Posted by Chandra Shaktawat on 04-May-2020 12:00:00

In this highly competitive world with ever increasing focus on achieving higher service levels, lowering inventories and eliminating waste while reducing costs and maximising profit, it becomes essential that the distribution of goods through the supply chain must be equally effective and efficient and must be optimised to achieve business goals. Products must be available in the right amount, at the right time, at the right place!

A lot of companies use SAP's Advanced Planning & Optimisation (APO) to optimise their production plan in the mid to long term and some are on their IBP Supply journey. However, having an optimised production plan without an optimised distribution plan may not yield business benefits, especially when the supply chain is complex.

When it comes to a tool, the supply optimiser from SAP is the best in class supply chain network optimisation engine and is highly powerful if modelled in the right manner.

In this blog, I will cover various aspects of using Supply Optimiser (APO or IBP)  for distribution planning / deployment optimiser which can help businesses achieve full value out of their investment in this great tool! I will also cover a case study from one of our recent implementations.

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Tips to overcome Supply Chain challenges in a pandemic

Posted by Suresh Sellaiah on 31-Mar-2020 14:05:28

Dear Network,

We hope everyone is well?

None of us would have imagined 2020 to be the year of a worldwide pandemic with Covid-19 (Coronavirus). There is still uncertainty about what will happen next. These are indeed unprecedented times and a time that will not be forgotten in our lifetime or for that matter, in history. We extend our great respect and heartfelt thanks to Doctors, Nurses, Healthcare staff, Ambulance drivers, Supermarket workers, Cleaners, organisations and everyone involved in protecting and saving our lives whilst keeping society going.

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Could I cut down my inventory cost by a million pounds with Anaplan?

Posted by Alejandro Gomez on 18-Mar-2020 12:00:00

The answer, of course, is “yes”. OK, you are right: it is rather easy to cut down inventory cost!

So, let me rephrase it to answer the question you are really asking: “can I release working capital from my inventory while maintaining my desired customer service level?”

And the answer is still “yes”. Find out in 5 minutes how to keep optimum Safety Stock levels across your distribution network leveraging Anaplan’s unique calculation and collaboration capabilities along with Olivehorse’s unparalleled experience in Supply Chain Planning and Execution.

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Topics: Inventory Optimisation, Anaplan

La planification intelligente de la Supply Chain au service de la réduction du gaspillage alimentaire (FRENCH)

Posted by Nicolas Oury on 17-Mar-2020 12:00:00

 

Le COVID-19 engendrera paradoxalement des invendus, mais le gaspillage sera moindre si les approvisionnements sont gérés avec les bons outils...

 

 

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High-tech discrete manufacturers lacking supply chain innovation

Posted by Ross Perkins on 09-Dec-2019 15:40:00

High-tech discrete manufacturers are feeling 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.

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Topics: Collaboration, Supply Chain, SAP Ariba

Data Integration with SAP IBP using SAP CPI-DS

Posted by Suresh Sellaiah on 05-Dec-2019 11:21:21

Cloud based Advanced Planning technologies such as SAP IBP require data integration both into and out of ERP platforms, BI Systems and other 3rd party systems. 

Data integration covers both Master Data and Transactional Data. Certain data sets such as BOM’s and Routings have more challenges due to the complexity of the underlying data.

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

Forecasting with Correlation Factors

Posted by Ali Malik on 19-Nov-2019 10:16:57

Introduction

Moving holidays like Ramadan, Easter & Chinese New Year can cause planners an increase in manual effort to get the demand right, in the right place, at the right time.

Traditional seasonal forecasting models handle the seasonal patterns for fixed holiday periods like Christmas & New Year, however no out-of-box forecasting models are available in any demand planning system for moving holidays.

This blog intends to deep dive into the functionality within SAP IBP for Demand module to determine what system features are available to handling this challenge.

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Topics: IBP for demand, Demand, Demand Planning, Supply Chain, Forecast Optimisation