7 Customizing Tips to Make a Good Interactive Planning Table Great!
- by Wolfgang Eddigehausen
- December 15, 2004
The standard interactive planning table that ships with the Supply Network Planning (SNP) module in APO works just fine out of the box, but there's plenty of room for improvement. Fortunately, you can customize it in a number of ways that not only make it look terrific but also add value and functionality for planners.
The interactive planning table in SNP is the primary interface planners use to monitor their supply chain. It displays mission-critical information such as inventory levels, manufacturing and transportation schedules, and much more.
The task of any planning table is to provide users with a clear view of a product's planning condition
while highlighting areas that require special attention. The SNP inactive planning table provides planners with this type
of insight and can be enhanced to meet many of your particular business demands. (For more details about SNP and the
interactive planning table, see "Aggregated Planning Redux: More Relief for Aggravated Planners.")
By adding new key figures, tweaking existing names, and making other modifications like elements that
change to indicate critical conditions, the interactive planning table in Figure 1 has been customized in
a way that makes the interface an even more useful tool. These changes are not difficult to make.
Customized SNP interactive planning table
I will show you how to adjust the SNP interactive planning table so it is easier to read as well as more
user friendly. Starting with the standard delivered planning book (9ASNP94) and the view SNP
PLAN, you can provide users with the enhancements and functionality that allow them to focus on areas that are
unique to your company.
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