Building A Mature Supply Chain

Posted by Kassidy Roussel on 13-Apr-2021 12:49:47

Resilience and Maturity

Want to grow your supply chain maturity and resilience but don’t know where to start? Unlocking opportunities in your supply chain requires growth, but first you need to know what changes to make and where.

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Topics: Collaboration, agile, Integrated Business Planning, Olivehorse, Supply Chain Planning, Strategy, Business Intelligence, SAP Analytics, growth, people, data management, maturity, process, system reporting, planning culture

How Does SAC Support Supply Chain?

Posted by Kassidy Roussel on 23-Mar-2021 10:45:00

 

SAC brings your supply chain to life with visualisations and insights

Many businesses we come across already use SAC for financial planning, but few leverage its capabilities to support supply chain. Through linking SAC to supply chain planning tools, Olivehorse has created solutions to support end-to-end visibility by measuring what matters to bridge the gap between finance and supply chain.

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Topics: SAP IBP, Integrated Business Planning, Olivehorse, Supply Chain Planning, SAC, Strategy, financial planning, KPI monitoring, metrics, Forecast Accuracy

Cross Plant Production in SAP IBP TS Supply

Posted by Ravish Kumar on 19-Mar-2021 11:00:00

Introduction

Big organizations generally have very complex manufacturing scenarios and requirements. One of such requirement revolves around setting up their production process in ERP systems. They may have huge production premise which is further subdivided into various divisions and departments, forming small sublocations within same production facility e.g. automobile production units subdivided into various divisions like Body and Paint shop, engine assembly etc. Generally this requires quiet intensive master data maintenance in mapping the production process in such cases.

In this blog we will be talking on high level how SAP IBP TS Supply helps you in modelling such requirements with spending less efforts on maintaining master data.

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Topics: SAP IBP, Integrated Business Planning, Olivehorse, ERP, Supply Chain Planning, Strategy, Business Intelligence, process, production process, sublocation, cross plant production, mapping

Why we need Demand Driven Buffers over the Medium to Long Term

Posted by Paul Johnston on 16-Mar-2021 09:49:57

Introduction

Demand Driven MRP (DDMRP) is a great trigger to buy/make/distribute in the short-term. But what occurs over the next 1 to 12 months? Supply chains need the visibility over this period of time as well. Can we still use DDMRP? In short, yes!

What is DDMRP used for?

DDMRP is the operational component of the Demand Driven Adaptive Enterprise (DDAE) to deliver inventory and customer service benefits. For further case studies and education, please read this article on Demand Driven MRP & The Demand Driven Adaptive Enterprise.

DDMRP is an unconstrained order release process based on inventory buffers within the Decoupled Leadtime (DLT). These buffers can be sized using historical demand and/or future demand. This will ensure the buffers are dynamically sized. However, DDMRP has no visibility of the capacity available to supply those buffers. Demand Driven S&OP (DDS&OP) is vital to allow us to carry out a supply and demand reconciliation to recommend buffer adjustments to reduce these risks.

The relevant range of Demand Driven S&OP is everything outside the DLT up to approx. 1-2 years. DDS&OP also reviews historical performance of the buffers and ensures the key inputs to buffer sizing (Average Daily Usage (ADU), Red zone, Green Zone) are optimal.

A SAP IBP solution

The Olivehorse DDS&OP solution is built within SAP IBP and therefore seamlessly integrates with SAP Demand Driven Replenishment (DDR). The flexibility of SAP IBP plus the Supply Optimiser allows us to consider capacity constraints, material lead-times across the End-to-End network and calculate buffer adjustments outside the DLT.

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Topics: DDMRP, SAP IBP, Demand Driven Adaptive Enterprise, Integrated Business Planning, Olivehorse, Supply Chain Planning, Strategy, DDAE, DDS&OP, demand driven replenishment, demand driven institute

Model and Visualise Your Company Strategy in SAC

Posted by Kassidy Roussel on 18-Feb-2021 12:36:02

Introduction

Any good business will have a strategic plan, but few businesses can actually model or visualise it. Lack of alignment between supply chain planning and strategy is a difficulty that we consistently see, with no clear line of sight across the organisation. This leads to uninformed decision making, which relies on the expertise of a few individuals, rather than a resilient process supported by data. Particularly in this time of volatility, the ability to align through boardroom to shopfloor is what will set a business apart.

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Topics: Integrated Business Planning, Olivehorse, Supply Chain Planning, SAC, Value Driver Trees, Strategy, Business Intelligence, SAP Analytics

Proving value with Inventory Optimisation in SAP IBP

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

(2-3 MIN READ)

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

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

Are you adding value to your forecast?

Posted by Jacky Jain on 06-Nov-2017 15:59:54

In today’s fast moving world of growing customer expectations, shrinking lead times, reduced profit margins and inventories, Demand Planners have a big responsibility to act as the first gatekeeper to be able to foresee changes in Demand Signals and accurately make predictions for future. The margin for error is continuously decreasing, as any errors cause a major rippling effect on downstream processes. For example, a change of forecast bias by 5% may induce the following risks;

  • Reduced customer service levels
  • Increased lead times
  • Improper mix of inventory levels leading to possibility of stock outs or over stocked DCs
  • Added costs due to firefighting production builds and expediting fulfilment (air freight)

To cope up with this fast-paced supply chains, new metric must be adopted by demand planners all over the world. One of those is Forecast Value Add. I am going to take you through details of Forecast Value add and explain how we can use this to improve the forecasting process. I would also be explaining examples using SAP Integrated Business Planning.

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Topics: IBP for demand, SAP IBP, Demand Planning, Integrated Business Planning, Forecast Value Add, FVA

Leveraging VBA to enhance the user experience in SAP Integrated Business Planning

Posted by Steve Rampton on 06-Nov-2017 11:17:18

SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) is SAP’s next-generation planning application, which uses the computational power of SAP HANA to enable a truly integrated and collaborative planning process.

SAP have also recognised their past problems with somewhat un-intuitive user interfaces and have invested a great deal of thought into the underlying technology and implementation of the interfaces with which users interact with the system. Of course supply planners are not an easy group to please: they usually work in high pressure environments where time is limited and ease of use vital. To further complicate the issue, the user community for an IBP process is much wider than just Demand & Supply Planning and brings in the Finance and Sales departments among others

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Topics: Excel Add-In, SAP IBP, Integrated Business Planning, VBA