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.
Key Concept
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.


Figure 1
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.

Wolfgang Eddigehausen

Wolfgang Eddigehausen is a highly experienced expert in the areas of business process design, re-engineering, and user adaption, as well as process realization in complex SAP-centric environments. He has experience in solution and enterprise architecture and project management (PRINCE2 certified) domains defining enterprise capabilities with a focus on delivering effective and efficient solutions to organizations. Wolfgang's industry knowledge includes public sector, utilities, mining, distribution, general manufacturing, process and steel industries, and consumer goods.

In most roles his task is not only to architect a solution but also to evaluate and define strategic options with a focus on end-to-end solutions rather than systems. This also includes strong emphasis on the user acceptance through an innovative user experience and mobility enablement.

His career includes successful participation and management of projects in Australia, Europe, India, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, and the US. These projects required interaction with all levels of an organization, from the shop floor or office through to the CxO level. Throughout his career, Wolfgang has put emphasis on a holistic approach bringing together people, processes, information, and systems in project management, architecture, and implementation roles.

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