Supply Chain Info Center Operational Analytics Application for SAP APO

  • by Somnath Manna, APO Product Champion, IBM
  • March 24, 2014
Learn about the Supply Chain Info Center, a new operational analytics application for SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) based on HANA Live. Understand the concept of operational analytics and HANA Live technology and see how to set up the Supply Chain Info Center application.
Learning Objectives

By reading this article, you will learn how to:

  • Use operational analytics provided by the Supply Chain Info Center powered by HANA Live
  • Manage data in APO for the Supply Chain Info Center application
Key Concept
The Supply Chain Info Center is an add-on in the HANA system that allows you to analyze your SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) data in real time. You also need the data replication component in your APO system (available from SCM 7 Support Pack 13 onward) and HANA Live for SCM and Virtual Data Model for APO content in a connected HANA system to use this new functionality.

The new add-on Supply Chain Info Center application provides analytics with dashboards and key performance indicators (KPIs) for four dashboard applications: Forecast Accuracy, Supply Projection, Stock Coverage, and Capacity Analysis. It uses Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO), Demand Planning (DP), and Supply Network Planning (SNP) data.

The data source is liveCache. Using replication models in liveCache the data is replicated in real time in a virtual data model (VDM) of the HANA system. Supply Chain Info Center is the user interface (UI) that uses this VDM data to display dashboards in overview, drill-down, and detailed view levels. The data is displayed in real time (or as soon as APO liveCache data is replicated), thus providing operational analytic capability.

The Supply Chain Info Center does not require a separate GUI (SAP GUI or SAP NetWeaver Business Client). Instead, you access it using a browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer). Thus, you have zero client footprint in the user device (i.e., no need to deploy any client GUI package such as SAP GUI or SAP NetWeaver Business Client. This simplifies deployment and maintenance of client GUIs.

I describe the overall process of setting up and using the operational analytics capability of the Supply Chain Info Center. The high-level steps are as follows:

  1. Replication Model setup (mapping APO Keyfigures to HANA data model)
  2. Replicate data from liveCache to HANA database
  3. Consume replicated data in Supply Chain Info Center Dashboards


Somnath Manna

Somnath has 12 years of SAP experience primarily in SCM planning applications and, prior to that, three years in the engineering industry. At present, he is Senior Managing Consultant at IBM's India Global Delivery organization, serving as SCM Product Champion and Lead Consultant. He has strong experience in multi-country rollouts and support across the global Pharma, Downstream (Lube) Oil, Consumer Electronics and Premium BeautyCare industries.

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