Why would you like SAP IBP?

  • Intuitive user experience

    The familiar Microsoft Excel-based layout and web-user interface (UI) make working with SAP IBP a breeze.

  • Speed and agility

    The HANA in-memory platform drives superfast data analytics. And as SAP IBP is cloud-based, you’ll be up and running in no time, you can easily extend your solution and you won’t lose time worrying about infrastructure or updates.

  • Easy collaboration

    Social collaboration capabilities help you work easily together with stakeholders in and outside the company, to, for example, refine insights.

  • Insightful analytics

    SAP HANA helps you run powerful analytics to make the best possible decisions at the best possible moments.

  • Added Value for your Demand Planning process
    • Take advantage of advanced forecasting models to develop more accurate mid-or long-term statistical forecasts
    • React faster to short term demand changes with pattern recognition-based algorithms
    • Usage of Automated outlier correction or missing value completion for sales history
  • Value Drivers for the Supply & Operations Planning process
    • Rapid adoption / easy-to-use, familiar interface(s)
    • Reduction of system/tool/process complexity
    • Close to real-time scenario & planning capabilities
    • Faster, more effective decision making
  • IBP for Inventory: Master Uncertainty, drive S&OP decisions to the Planners
    • Efficiently position inventory to best absorb forecast error, demand variability and supply uncertainty
    • Multi-echelon (multi-stage) inventory optimization
    • Drive S&OP decisions to inventory target recommendations for planners
  • IBP Supply and Response: Master supply planning and response intelligence
    • Plan production, procurement and distribution
    • Respond to daily disruptions through what-if analysis to change supply plans and reschedule demand
    • Manage allocations where supply is scarce

Our SAP APO Experts

Since 2002 our team took the journey through all major SAP APO releases and numerous customer projects in a wide-spread range of industries. We gathered a deep understanding of the underlying technical context and the supply chain planning processes of our customers. Our knowledge of the SAP APO solution comprises e.g.:

APO Solution Scan

Short Summary

The general idea of an APO Solution Scan is to get quickly an overview on the pain points of an existing, already implemented SAP APO solution.

  • The Scan comprises following features:

    • Kick-off meeting for outlining the scope for the analysis
    • Analysis (Solution Scan Toolset, Technical deep-dive)
    • Gap prioritization, Solution Roadmap, Effort estimation
    • Result presentation
  • Solution Scan Process Roadmap

  • Overall Steps/Targets of an APO Solution Scan

    • Refocus on business performance goals
    • Identify critical business issues
    • Execute prioritization of “special attention areas” during root cause analysis
    • Perform gap analysis (function, configurational, process-based, technical, organizational gaps)
    • Define roadmap for quick-win solutions, mid-term and long-term solutions
    • Align the supporting SAP APO system for this achievement, execute solution optimization

“S/4 HANA manufacturing for planning and scheduling”

A powerful planning and scheduling tool.

PP/DS (Production Planning / Detailed Scheduling) has formerly been the production planning tool in SAP APO as part of the SAP SCM Business Suite and is now migrating to SAP S/4 HANA as an embedded solution. It comes along with quite a few simplifications with regards to integration of data and business processes. Fiori-based apps such as capacity monitoring, the Gantt production scheduling planning board and shift maintenance are available as well.

In general, PP/DS includes these features:

  • Sub-daily planning possibilities.
  • Advanced planning and scheduling features like Finite/ Detailed scheduling, setup matrix, sequence constraints, Min/Max distances, alternative modes, propagation of schedule changes across all BOM levels, multilevel material flow visibility using pegging.
  • Simulative (what-if) planning capabilities
  • Industry planning features and advanced algorithms to support Automotive, mill, process industries etc including

    • Conti-IO, full pegging, Block Planning, Campaign Planning, Shelf-Life
    • Heuristics for compact planning, load levelling, closing gaps, … and heuristic framework
    • Various optimizers

When you are already using PP/DS in APO and have intentions to migrate to PP/DS embedded in S4/HANA the advantages are:

  • Reuse of customer coding is likely since the new PP/DS solutions incorporates LiveCache as well
  • Out-of-the-box integration of master and transactional data
  • Applying the MRP Live functionality

If you are interested to get more details, you are welcome to contact us.