4 Tips to Consider During an SAP APO Upgrade

  • by Anjali Butley, Solution Architect, SAP SCM and SAP Integrated Business Planning
  • March 25, 2016
Learn some tips and get some recommendations to ensure a successful SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO) upgrade.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you’ll learn:

  • How to plan any SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO) upgrade project
  • Quick tips on handling SAP APO upgrade projects that are complex due to built-in technologies of SAP APO, such as LiveCache, SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) or SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (SAP BI), and planning engines (e.g., heuristics, optimizers, and capable-to-match algorithms)
Key Concept

As of January 1, 2016, the latest SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO) application is part of enhancement package 4 for SAP SCM 7.0 Support Package Stack 1. SAP SCM 7.0 enhancement package 4 can be integrated  with SAP ERP or SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) systems that include  SAP NetWeaver 7.5, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (SAP BI) content add-on 7.47 SP 08, and  SAP S/4 HANA on-premise edition. A main driver of upgrading SAP APO for many organizations is the continuous system support and maintenance and use of additional functionalities available in the latest SAP APO version.

It is becoming increasingly important for an organization to get maximum benefits with the additional functionalities and technology available in the latest SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO) applications.

An SAP APO upgrade is complicated when you upgrade from a very old version of SAP APO (e.g., SAP APO 3.0A) to the latest one, SCM 7.0 enhancement package 4. To guide you during an upgrade, I list a series of tips that I group into four main areas:

  1. SAP APO built-in technologies
  2. The scope of the upgrade project and the timeline
  3. Integration
  4. Readiness of systems, hardware, and people

1. SAP APO Built-In Technologies

In this section I focus on the following built-in SAP APO technologies about which you need to be concerned during an upgrade:

  • SAP LiveCache
  • Integrated SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) and SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) components
  • The planning engine
  • The Core Interface (CIF)

SAP LiveCache technology is used for managing complex objects and large volumes of data for SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO) business solutions. The SAP LiveCache server specifies the name of the LiveCache computer, and the LiveCache version specifies the software version of the LiveCache kernel. SAP does the improvements on LiveCache, and those improvements are released as versions. There are suitable LiveCache versions required for SAP APO versions—for example, LiveCache version 7.4 for SCM 4.0. Version 7.4 is the major version, and it is further drilled to version 7.4.03 Build 41. Version 7.5 for SCM 4.0 released for use for SCM 4.0 in 2006. To use LiveCache 7.0 for SCM 4.0, you need to upgrade to LiveCache version 7.4.03 Build 41 to 7.5.00 Build 32.

SAP LiveCache 10.0 is the minimum requirement of SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP Supply Chain Management 7.0 (SCM 7.04). SAP LiveCache 10.0 is the minimum requirement for SCM 7.04 to be upgraded as per the upgraded targeted version of SAP APO. If the source release of SAP APO is SCM 4.1, SCM 5.0, or SCM 5.1 (SCM 2007), and the SAP APO upgraded targeted version is SCM 7.0 and higher (e.g., 7.03, SCM 7.04), then the LiveCache data must be extracted in the source release using program /SAPAPO/OM_LC_UPGRADE_70, and then  in the targeted system release, as the LiveCache is initialized during the upgrade process. In this process if data extraction does not happen properly, data may be lost and will not match the data in the targeted system. It is important to have a LiveCache consistency check before an upgrade in the source system to prevent data loss in the targeted system.

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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