Special Planning and Optimization Applications Available for Your Company

  • by Adolfo Menéndez Fernández, Application Architecture Manager, Repsol
  • November 20, 2009
Get an overview of industry-specific applications supported by regular SAP Advanced Planning & Optimization and SAP SCM.
Key Concept

SAP SCM includes specific functionalities that support special industry processes. Under the concept of industry-specific applications, you can find solutions supported by regular SAP Advanced Planning & Optimization applications, such as planning books in demand planning and supply network planning or production planning and detailed scheduling heuristics. In addition, SAP SCM includes more sophisticated solutions such as Forecast & Replenishment, Service Parts Planning, and other specific developments oriented to solve the processes that exist only in certain industries, such as aerospace regulations. Each industry has different characteristics and their supply chains can vary. In some cases, these processes can be covered by common solutions while others require specific solutions. In this case it is what SAP refers to as an industry-specific application.

Originally, the early releases of SCM Advanced Planning & Optimization (SAP APO) were integrated only with the traditional modules of SAP R/3 (such as production planning [PP], materials management [MM], and sales and distribution [SD]). In recent years, SAP SCM has evolved by adding industry-specific scenarios. These changes allow SAP SCM to cover the processes of industries such as retail, oil and gas, aerospace, and chemical. SAP SCM complements the 22 existing industry solutions in SAP ERP. I group these solutions into two categories:
  • Solutions created to improve the capabilities of one of the SAP ERP industry solutions. This means applications requiring a special integration with an add-on or enhancement to the central components. In this group, you find solutions for retail, oil and gas, and others such as aerospace, automotive, and mills that come inside Discrete Industries and Mill Products (DIMP).
  • Solutions based on standard SAP APO and integrated with SAP ERP, but with a focus clearly oriented to specific industries. Here you find solutions for chemical companies, such as campaign or project management for the machinery industry.

Adolfo Menéndez Fernández

Adolfo Menéndez Fernández is the application architecture manager at Repsol in Madrid. Previously, he worked at SAP Consulting Spain as the logistics consulting manager. He studied at the University of Oviedo, where he earned an electronic engineering degree. He is a certified SAP consultant in supply and demand planning (SNP and DP), order fulfillment (Global Available-to-Promise), production planning and detailed scheduling (PP/DS), as well as procurement and materials management (MM). Adolfo has more than 10 years of SAP implementation experience in the consumer product goods, pharmaceutical, automotive, furniture, textile, chemical, oil & gas, and steel industries using SAP ERP logistic modules (including PP, MM, and sales and distribution [SD]) as well as SAP SCM (DP, SNP, and PP/DS). He is APICS certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM).

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