10 Tips for Implementing SAP APO DP

  • by David C. Healey, Senior Consultant, Plan4Demand Solutions
  • June 15, 2007
SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization Demand Planning allows you to forecast your company’s future demand. Configuring it properly can make a world of difference in its performance and in the results you receive.
Key Concept
SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization is the centerpiece of SAP SCM. It consists of five distinct modules: Demand Planning, Supply Network Planning, Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling, Global Available to Promise, and Transportation Planning/Vehicle Scheduling.
In SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) implementations, Demand Planning (DP) is the module most frequently installed, which makes it the module that most often poses challenges for implementers. Based on my experience over years of installing and configuring DP for a number of leading multinational corporations, I’ve identified 10 core issues likely to have the greatest impact on the success of DP implementations. These 10 tips address key implementation issues and provide recommendations to obtain the best possible outcome. They offer helpful insight for anyone involved in a first- time APO DP implementation, as well as for more experienced users.

Before you dig into the tips, it’s worth noting that these 10 tips fall within two categories: issues related to non-forecast functionality — including sound and fundamental design issues based on widely accepted best practices — and issues related to APO forecasting functionality.

David C. Healey

David C. (Dave) Healey is a senior consultant with Plan4Demand Solutions. Dave has more than 25 years of experience in supply chain management in the functional areas of production planning, logistics management, and forecasting, working in various industries including foods, furniture, building materials, industrial supplies, consumer products, and consumer packaged goods. He has experience in R/3 implementations in both the US and Europe. More recently, he has implemented APO solutions and helped multiple clients maximize their use of SAP systems either through solution extension/optimization or by delivering training or workshops. Dave was certified in Production and Inventory Management at the Fellow Level by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS). He has a B.S. degree in mathematics and an M.A. degree in economics from the University of Virginia.

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