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Best attended Idea-to-Delivery 2011 sessions

by Marcy Rizzo

June 16, 2011

In preparing for the 2012 Supply Chain Management event; I have been looking at the 2011 best attended sessions. The top-3 sessions listed below offer some great tips that you can use now – here’s a snapshot of some of the most salient points in those sessions. Look for a drill down in each of these areas – production planning/detailed scheduling, performance management, and optimizing ERP -- in 2012!

Best attended:
A comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the latest production planning and detailed scheduling functionality from SAP. PP and scheduling issuers were common challenges. A couple of salient points (and then look for a deeper dive in 2012)

  1. Use Detailed Scheduling for interactive or automated optimization of a feasible production sequence
  2. Use Production Planning for short-term production planning
  3. Capable-to-promise improves your reliability to confirm orders when sufficient quantity of the product is not available by triggering production planning within sales order creation
  4. Gain cross-location visibility in your supply, demand, and capacity situation with new features in cross-location characteristics-based planning

Next best attended:
Case study: How Coca-Cola achieves near-perfect order with disciplined supply chain performance management

  1. REM is a more simplified way if conducting manufacturing
    within SAP
  2. Follow the business drivers to determine which manufacturing process you want to implement
  3. Customizing the backflushing process for REM provides the same level of detail as PP-PI without the additional data management required with PP-PI
  4. Using phantom BOMs is an effective tool to relieve master data maintenance and still drive procurement

3rd best attended
Proven practices (in standard SAP) that are guaranteed to reduce inventory averages

  1. You can achieve great business value through better use of core
    SAP R/3 functionality
  2. Purchasing practices have a direct influence on inventory performance
  3. Untrained and inexperienced users of SAP applications result in
    unnecessary costs
  4. If you don’t manage the exceptions down, it will inflate inventory and break down service levels in your supply chain

For those of you who would like to share your tips and expertise, the SAPinsider SCM, PLM, MFG and Procurement Conference “Idea-to-Delivery” Call for Proposals will be issued within the month of June. If you are interested in presenting,  please stay tuned!



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