Customize SNP Interactive Planning to Better Display Critical Conditions

  • by Wolfgang Eddigehausen
  • January 1, 2005
You can modify the standard Supply Network Planning (SNP) interactive planning page to better support end users. Here’s how to improve the way that data is displayed so that users can quickly identify critical conditions.
Key Concept
The interactive planning table in SNP is the primary interface planners use to monitor their supply chains. It displays mission-critical information such as inventory levels, manufacturing and transportation schedules, and much more.

In my previous article, I offered seven tips to enhance the look and functionality of the SNP interactive planning table to better meet your individual needs. These tips focused on Customization with data view 1, which provides planners with data per product. You can also modify the SNP interactive planning table when displaying data view 2, which provides capacity load information per resource, by modifying a standard delivered macro.

I'll show how to change the macro so that you can present information in a manner that lets users quickly spot critical planning conditions such as capacity overloads and under loads. I'll also provide you with background information about the data available from data view 2 so you'll understand how it is used, as well as how capacity values are defined and maintained.

Planning in SNP vs. PP/DS

Data view 2 displays the available so-called bucket capacity of resources such as production, transportation, storage, and handling, and their load conditions. SNP-based planning allows planners to use "buckets" of resources, which is different than the time- continuous capacity metric used in the Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (PP/DS) module.

When planning with buckets, the total required capacity over a certain period (e.g., a day) is compared to the total available capacity for that same period. The period is referred to as the bucket and the available resource "volume" is the bucket capacity. Any plan is feasible if the available capacity is greater than the capacity requirement, even if some capacity requirements overlap within a bucket.

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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