Supply Network Planning: Aggregated Planning Eliminates Aggravated Planners

  • by Adolfo Menéndez Fernández, Application Architecture Manager, Repsol
  • October 1, 2004
Creating planning processes is extremely complicated. Planners must accommodate an almost endless list of demands and they run the risk of being overwhelmed by minutia. SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) offers the technology to consolidate large volumes of data so that planners can have more control as they approach the task.
Key Concept
Hierarchies consolidate master data objects into groups. They form top-down and bottom-up relationships that aggregate information for various purposes such as reporting that can be used for planning.
When developing planning processes, planners focus on three central areas —time, product, and location — while simultaneously attempting to answer three key questions related to these areas: What should be procured? When? Where? (Figure 1.)

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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