How Additional Subprocesses in the BPH Facilitated an APO Project

  • by Rajesh Ray, Senior Managing Consultant and SCM Product Lead, IBM Global Business Services
  • Abhishek Kaul, Senior Managing Consultant, IBM GLobal Business Services
  • February 25, 2013
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Observe the role the subprocesses in the Business Process Hierarchy (BPH) in SAP Solution Manager played in an APO project.

We have devised a set of best practices from our experience implementing SAP Advanced Planning & Optimization (SAP APO) optimizers in numerous projects. We wrote about these in the SCM article "Best Practices for Implementing SAP APO SNP Optimizers." In addition to sharing these tips, we also outlined typical challenges and key success factors for optimizer implementations. Using ASAP methodology and the example of a Supply Network Planning (SNP) Optimizer we walked through a typical implementation life cycle, including the five phases of project preparation, blueprinting, realization, final preparation, and go-live.

While the entire article might not interest Solution Manager readers, we did want to share one quick tip we had from the blueprinting phases, resulting from the benefits gained by a food company that implemented APO and used the BPH in Solution Manager.

Rajesh Ray

Rajesh Ray currently leads the SAP SCM product area at IBM Global Business Services. He has worked with SAP SE and SAP India prior to joining IBM. He is the author of two books on ERP and retail supply chain published by McGraw-Hill, and has contributed more than 52 articles in 16 international journals. Rajesh is a frequent speaker at different SCM forums and is an honorary member of the CII Logistics Council, APICS India chapter and the SCOR Society. 

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Abhishek Kaul

Abhishek Kaul is part of the global center of competence at IBM Global Business Services. He has led major process and technology innovation projects in leading companies. He has extensive experience in designing and implementing planning solutions for the manufacturing industry.

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