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Supply Chain Planning

The holistic planning solution of the future

Optimised supply chain planning as a competitive advantage

In times of globally distributed supply chains and complex dependencies on suppliers, an optimised supply chain that can be adapted in real time is an important success factor in the manufacturing industry.

Worldwide supply bottlenecks can lead to far-reaching difficulties on the market in a short time. In order to be able to react quickly and agilely to constantly changing challenges, a holistic view of the supply chain, taking into account all parts of the company, is of great importance.

SAP Integrated Business Planning

In the course of the S/4HANA strategy, the topic of supply chain planning has also been given a high priority – and with SAP IBP, an innovative state-of-the-art solution. Material and goods movements can be analysed, simulated, planned and optimised in real time across traditional boundaries and through hybrid IT and system landscapes. Whether SAP or non-SAP solutions, SAP IBP enables the end-to-end integration of information.

The Intelligent Enterprise: IBP in SAP Context (No APO)

SAP IBP modules

The Demand Planning module in SAP Integrated Business Planning is the solution for all companies that want to optimise their sales planning down to the last detail. In addition to numerous statistical forecasting algorithms, methods for outlier correction and measurement methods for forecast accuracy, additional functions such as time series analyses are also available. You can also take marketing campaigns and product life cycles into account in your sales planning.

In addition to the functionalities known from APO, the Demand Planning module also offers you the possibility of Demand Sensing, with which you can further optimise your sales plan in consideration of current order data.

SAP Integrated Business Planning for Demand is the direct successor to APO-DP, which is only supported until 2029.

The Sales and Operations Planning module in SAP Integrated Business Planning allows your company to bring together the different business areas of purchasing, sales, finance, planning and production in a common decision-making process.

  • Create statistical forecasts with simple algorithms
  • Analyse the rough capacity plan for your bottleneck machines based on your sales plan
    Derive the demand for input materials based on your sales plan
  • Check the expected turnover based on your planning and compare it with the company targets
  • Create simulations for different business scenarios
  • Plan your inventory

Use infinite heuristics to get an overview of planned production quantities, required receipts from external suppliers and necessary transports between your own locations.

The Inventory Optimisation module in SAP Integrated Business Planning enables your company to optimise safety stocks across the supply chain. It also supports you in deciding in which location which quantity of safety stocks must be kept in order to achieve the targeted service level.

For this purpose, IBP uses the so-called “Multi Echelon Optimisation”, which takes into account forecast accuracy, lead times, delivery times and transport times to determine the optimal safety stock levels that minimise costs but also ensure the targeted delivery readiness level.

The Response and Supply module in SAP Integrated Business Planning enables your company to carry out order-based planning. The system creates an optimal replenishment plan taking supply chain restrictions into account. A wide range of restrictions can be taken into account:

  • Order priority
  • Production capacities
  • Delivery capacities
  • Availability of input materials
  • Storage capacities
  • Costs

The various optimisation methods enable, among other things, a quota allocation of capacities to different customers, a confirmation of customer order deadlines according to predefined rules, an optimised production to ensure the company’s goals as well as the best possible distribution of material quantities to internal as well as external customers.

SAP Integrated Business Planning for Response and Supply is the direct successor to APO-SNP, which is only supported until 2029. At the same time, the module also supports the finite production planning functionalities from APO-PP/DS.

The Supply Chain Control Tower module in SAP Integrated Business Planning offers you various options for further processing all available key figures quickly and efficiently.

You can define your own dashboards and cockpits that clearly display the most important information for each user group.

With the custom alerts, you immediately inform your planners of exceptions in the supply chain so that they can react to them as quickly as possible.

Planning and introduction

Based on the entrepreneurial plans and the technological orientation, we analyse the individual target picture for supply chain planning together with our customers. From the end-to-end processes to the software solution and the IT infrastructure, we find the optimal path to the fully integrated planning solution of the future. Of course, we synchronise the IBP activities with your overall S/4HANA roadmap.

References

Phoenix Contact E-Mobility relies on IBP in conjunction with an S/4HANA Public Cloud

In order to be able to cope with the enormous growth in the electromobility market, Phoenix Contact E-Mobility relies on a comprehensive sales and operations planning process to be able to cope with the effects of the increasing demand in the operational business.

Together with cbs, the Demand Planning, Sales and Operations Planning and Supply Chain Control Tower modules were introduced.

Tridonic (Zumtobel): Replacement of APO planning solution during S/4HANA implementation

As part of the changeover from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA, Tridonic is replacing the expiring APO with the DP, SNP and PP/DS modules. Together with the customer, cbs developed an individual roadmap of where these functionalities will be mapped in the future and evaluated the new processes as part of a prototype.

cbs – Partner of the industry

Based on over 25 years of experience in the manufacturing industry and the highest level of process knowledge in combination with deep SAP and technology experience, cbs is the trusted advisor for a large number of global market leaders. From strategic planning to technical implementation and global rollout, we accompany your IBP implementation.

Start now!

In a two-day enablement and evaluation workshop, you can quickly benefit from the extensive knowledge of our experienced consultants and take the first steps towards the individual planning of your IBP implementation.

Your contact

For detailed advice, we are of course also happy to assist you personally. Simply contact us directly:

Max Wagner
Manager SAP PP
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