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A frozen version of an SAP APO plan takes the pulse of a project

by Scott Wallask

February 2, 2011

By Scott Wallask, SAP Experts

There are so many layers and strategies behind test driving a new SAP application before go-live, and a new quick tip in the latest SCM Expert gives an overview of one approach a company took to improve production planning.

Author Srinivas Gudipati of Falcon Prime, Inc., who consulted on the project, writes that his client company manufactures different product groups during certain weeks based on sales volume. For example, Group A products are manufactured weekly, while Group B offerings are produced biweekly (see the figure below). 

Products combined into different groups based on manufacturing schedules

The client wanted to implement a production plan that incorporated dedicated manufacturing weeks for the product groups using SAP Advanced Planning & Optimization (SAP APO).

One of the project’s goals was to design a test process to analyze available capacity compared to capacity requirements for both weekly and annual purposes.

“My client wanted to have a ‘frozen’ copy of [the active SAP APO] planning version … so that the company could plan offline using a simulation version without R/3 updating this simulation version,” Gudipati writes. “The copy gives the client a more stable approach to the requirements and receipts.”

It’s easy to see the connections between Gudipati’s thoughts with those of a fellow SCM Expert author Doug TenBrock, Sr., of Enowa Consulting, who writes about SAP Quality Management module health checks for projects in the development stage.

From my view, our authors both reinforce the same simple theme: You can fine-tune your SCM projects better if you troubleshoot ahead of time.

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