Improve Visibility of Critical Components Planning with SAP Integrated Business Planning for Sales and Operations

  • by Anjali Butley, Solution Architect, SAP SCM and SAP Integrated Business Planning
  • May 19, 2015
Learn how to meet the challenges of visibility and planning of critical components by leveraging SAP Integrated Business Planning for sales and operations.
Learning Objectives

By reading this article, you will learn how to:

  • Define critical components for planning and visibility with SAP Integrated Business Planning for sales and operations powered by SAP HANA
  • Overcome challenges of critical components  planning and visibility with SAP Integrated Business Planning for sales and operations powered by SAP HANA
Key Concept

SAP Integrated Business Planning for sales and operations is a solution powered by SAP HANA that supports an organization’s end-to-end sales and operations planning business process. In SAP Integrated Business Planning for sales and operations, all related data is stored and calculated in a real-time in-memory database. Planning and visibility of critical components business solution can be executed using SAP Integrated Business Planning for sales and operations.

Integrated business planning for sales and operations planning is a periodic business process that involves focusing on and synchronizing financial, demand, and supply planning. Most organizations follow a monthly process that consists of demand review, supply review, pre-sales and operations planning review, and executive review. Organizations may have many process steps according to their requirements.

The sales and operations planning process requires up-to-date forecast data to plan sales, production, inventory, customer lead time, customer back orders, new product developments, visibility and planning of critical components, strategic initiatives, and financial plans. The planning horizon and frequency vary based on the specific industry.

SAP Integrated Business Planning for sales and operations is built on SAP HANA’s aggregation and planning engine. SAP HANA can handle large amounts of data and calculations with high performance. SAP Integrated Business Planning for sales and operations features standard modeling for demand, supply, finance, and supply chain planning. Various planners can plan what-if simulations in real time and can plan very quickly at all levels due to the in-memory computing platform. SAP Integrated Business Planning for sales and operations enables real-time collaboration with various stakeholders to take input and consensus with transparent data to achieve an organization’s common goal — volume, revenue, and profitability. SAP Integrated Business Planning for sales and operations user interface is based on Microsoft Excel and web services.

I cover visibility and planning of critical components business solution execution in SAP Integrated Business Planning for sales and operations. I also list a few tips for you to use in the sidebar titled “Visibility and Planning of Critical Components.”

Supply Chain Planning Options with SAP Integrated Business Planning for Sales and Operations

SAP Integrated Business Planning for sales and operations integrates with other applications in the SAP Supply Chain Management suite. Figure 1 is a diagram of SAP Integrated Business Planning for sales and operations system architecture.

Anjali Butley

Anjali Butley has more than 20 years of strong functional, business, and IT experience with domain expertise in supply chain planning and logistics.

She is a business analyst with more than 18 years of SAP experience in design and development of integrated supply chain solutions for large-scale enterprises. Her expertise includes process modeling, business process analysis, application implementations, production support, and presales across multiple client engagements in the SCM domain.

She has executed various types of SAP projects, such as implementation, global rollouts, enhancement, production support, business consulting, and program and project management in multicultural environments worldwide. Her industry exposure includes areas across major industry verticals, including IT consulting, consumer, high technology, life sciences, pharmacetutical, and discrete manufacturing.

She is always interested in exploring new SAP SCM applications and products and sharing her learning experiences with the SCM worldwide community.

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Comments

5/20/2015 4:55:39 PM
Laurence C

A useful and informative article. Thank you very much

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