How to Design a Planner Workbench for Improving Planning Productivity

  • by Janev K. Veettil, Specialist Master, Deloitte Consulting, LLP
  • January 25, 2016
The standard SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) interface helps production planners update different planning objects and their parameters effectively, but requires drilldowns and extensive screen navigations. Designing a custom interface to carry out planning is necessary. Learn how to design an interface that can help you improve productivity.
Learning Objectives

After reading this article you’ll learn how to:

  • Design the layout of a Planner Workbench interface and its design elements using standard SAP functionality
  • Update planning parameters using the Planner Workbench interface
Key Concept

A Planner Workbench helps you to view all demands in a single screen. You can search demand objects you are responsible for using various filtering criteria, select them, and edit them. The Planner Workbench also enables to spend more time strategically analyzing the planning processes and less time using various SAP screens to update planning parameters.

The planning process requires a planner to plan multiple materials, demand elements, and supply elements. Updating the demand scheduling dates and quantities based on a reality check is a primary task to ensure that the planning run takes care of the supply elements adhering to the updated values.

A typical planner working on an SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) system typically spends a considerable amount of time making decisions on allocations and updating quantity, dates, and other changes to various demand planning objects. Using the standard SAP system interface, updating a sales order line item schedule line parameter requires four clicks from the standard SAP Stock/Requirements overview screen. It is important that you have a robust and user-friendly interface to access and carry out the updates to improve productivity.

I cover how to design a Planner Workbench in ECC to help improve planning productivity, what elements need to be in the design, but I do not explain how to create it. Creating a Planner Workbench is a technical task using ABAP, and is out of the scope of this article.

A Sample Planner Workbench Layout

A layout design involves determining an appropriate selection screen to select the planning objects and display the required planning objects fields to create views for you to work on. Figure 1 is an example custom layout created with ABAP development help.

Figure 1
Planner Workbench layout

At the top of the screen, the buttons help you carry out different activities within the Planner Workbench screen. The functions of the buttons are self-explanatory by their names, as shown in Table 1.

Janev K. Veettil

Janev K Veettil has more than 15 years of SAP experience in SAP Production Planning and logistics modules. He has worked on various SAP implementation projects for different industries and his key focus is on manufacturing. 


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