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This course provides updated strategies, best practices, and comprehensive education for APO, demand planning, supply network planning, sales, operational planning, and overall supply chain planning.

How to connect strategic planning goals with supply and demand

See how one company built a transparent planning process that connects financial goals to logistical planning, linking company sales expectations (by country) to statistical forecast estimates and supply stock. Understand the challenge the company faced in order to integrate planning data across hundreds of business units on different SAP systems, or even non-SAP systems.

  • See how user input (through an internal portal) is linked directly into SAP APO's Planning Book for those running legacy systems, to reconcile forecast and replenishment plans. 
  • Look at the data model that was created using SAP NetWeaver® Business Intelligence to extract flexible reports that included monthly plans, with a weekly exception process. 
  • See how the SAP APO Planning Book is customized to include notifications that allow a user to analyze service impacts due to shipping events. 
  • Assess whether this solution can help you reduce and track inventory, and receive lessons learned to ensure that your strategic planning goals, IT architecture and user expectations are aligned for optimal performance.

Releases covered: R/3 4.6 and above | ECC 5.0 | APO | SEM
Session presented by: Frode Huse Gjendem, Accenture

Migrating your "best-of-breed" applications to SAP APO: How to evaluate, plan, and scope your project

Learn the importance of business process review and redesign when considering a move from third-party planning solutions to SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO). Gain insights to help you assess the flexibility, functionality, and comparative advantages of SAP APO in order to prepare your compelling business case. Know the importance of designing the optimal planning hierarchy for your business requirements in order to assess which planning elements have transfer priority, and which can be left behind. 

  • Translate and compare your "best-of-breed" processes and functionality to the SAP APO environment. 
  • Find an easy way to perform forecast validation in the new system (hint: load the legacy forecast into SAP APO for easy comparison) to support your cutover process. 
  • Get advice on working with SAP APO liveCache, and review key infrastructure requirements. 
  • Gain tips and tricks to streamline different project phases and activities, such as maintaining unique forecast settings for each planning bucket and improving pre-go live training effectiveness.

Releases covered: R/3 4.6 and above | ECC 5.0 | APO | SEM
Session presented by: Ameer Ali, Accenture

SAP Demand Planning (DP): Features, functions, best practices, and infrastructure

Get an extensive overview of the SAP Demand Planning (DP) solution, and get insight into key capabilities that help companies improve forecast accuracy and meet changing customer demand. This session also provides practical implementation and optimization tips that will help you plan and execute a DP project. 

  • Explore SAP DP capabilities, including capabilities for statistical forecasting, forecasts based on demand history and causal factors, testing of forecast models and results, overrides, and consensus-based planning. 
  • Learn which features within DP can help you address specific problems in your forecasting process (such as how to factor in seasonal vs. promotional demand cycles). 
  • Delve into the key data structures that enable forecast execution. 
  • Examine SAP landscape architecture and technical dependencies. 
  • Understand the cause-and-effect relationships between DP design and system performance. 
  • Find out how to analyze forecast errors with standard error measurements. 
  • Get tips to avoid common deployment pitfalls, such as poor data integrity, over-configuration, and poor system performance. 
  • Understand the dependencies between a proper SAP NetWeaver BI setup and your DP implementation. Navigate through key decisions when it comes to deploying DP-specific characteristics, figures, and InfoCubes.

Releases covered: R/3 4.6 and above | ECC 5.0 | APO | SEM
Session presented by: Tom Cassell, IBM Global Business Services

Case study: Lessons learned in sales and operations planning (S&OP) from Celanese

See how Celanese built its successful system for managing volume forecasts for demand planning using SAP APO (and as a starting database to merge pricing outside of the system). 

  • Find out how Celanese enhanced the process to allow for a bottom up forecasting, with net price inputs that could be used to generate a revenue plan for the financial team and subsequent reporting to senior management.
  • Look at the combined SAP toolkit, based on SAP APO key figures, to secure operational, execution, and financial planning data as one integrated source: starting with sales forecast entry through CRM, Demand Planning, and SAP Strategic Enterprise Management (SAP SEM) Business Process Simulation (BPS). 
  • Understand the integration challenges Celanese faced and get tips about what they would do differently, such as changing the present sales data entry tool from SAP CRM Mobile Sales to a Web-portal solution.

Releases covered: R/3 4.6 and above | ECC 5.0 | APO | SEM
Session presented by: Mark Collver, Celanese

How to assess, compare, and choose inventory count methods to avoid out-of-stock situations and achieve rapid replenishment

Are you sure that your inventory figures are accurately reflected in your SAP Warehouse Management (WM) system? Do you know the best SAP options to track, monitor, and report counts in your warehouse? See a demo that will help you match the right combination of inventory count methods to your warehouse environment, whether it is annual vs. continuous or cycle counting. 

  • Discover the cost saving advantages the Continuous Inventory method provides, such as distributing the workload throughout the year and keeping bins unlocked for picking between counts. 
  • See if the complexity required to set up cycle counting outweighs the advantages you gain by performing the inventory count by groupings such as material, velocity, and volume. 
  • Understand how your warehouse layout, seasonal demands, material volume, and picking frequency impact which option to use. 
  • Examine dynamic cycle counting (part of the SCM extension set 2.0), an option that helps to avoid the disruption of your inbound and outbound activities during the count.

Releases covered: R/3 4.6 and above | ECC 5.0 | APO | SEM
Session presented by: Jose Senra, Hewlett-Packard

Build project skills to move beyond auto model forecast strategies for demand planning

Get advice on how to move beyond using the auto model forecast strategies, available to you as part of SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO) Demand Planning (DP), to develop a skill set where statistical forecasting is a part of the core competency within your organization. 

  • Compare and contrast the DP auto models with the different forecasting tools and models available in SAP SCM 5.0: composite forecasting, threshold-based adaptive forecasting, and forecast assignment techniques for interactive statistical modeling.
  • Grasp the essential decision support techniques for conducting data analysis that can help to identify suitable forecast models based on aggregate levels, type of product information, and seasonal or trend models. 
  • Learn how to identify at which level(s) to execute a statistical forecast: product, customer location, or product group. 
  • Get tips to retrieve forecast results from the different models, such as how to set up user specific forecast models and how to use the automatic outlier correction functionality to automatically correct history.

Releases covered: R/3 4.6 and above | ECC 5.0 | APO | SEM
Session presented by: Steven McGaughey, K2Professional Services

How Ford Motor Company optimizes “after sales” parts planning

With a fill rate of 98%, Ford Motor Company turned its attention to reducing inventory. See a first hand account of the new pilot project at Ford to support their procure-to-stock process using the latest SAP Service Parts Management (SPP) solution. Understand the architecture, dependencies, interfaces and applications that are required for this unique SPP deployment. 

  • Get a sneak peak at Ford's phased plan to move more than 200,000 parts (at the item level) across their supply chain, including order processing, material handling, and storage inside and outside the warehouse. 
  • Look at the enhanced planning functionality developed in SAP APO to improve safety stock and economic order quantity calculations. 
  • See supplier collaboration using a special portal based on SAP Inventory Collaboration Hub (ICH). 
  • Get an insider's project management tips, pilot timeline, and lessons learned, such as the decision to stagger the launch strategy due to the high volume of parts and suppliers.

Releases covered: R/3 4.6 and above | ECC 5.0 | APO | SEM
Session presented by: Mangesh Kulkarni, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Get your production and materials supply in sync

Many SAP organizations do their actual production planning outside of SAP. This decision is sometimes made to address the integration of materials management functionality with SAP financial capabilities, before venturing into the use of SAP Production Planning (PP). Other times, businesses perceive that SAP APO will address all PP/MM integration issues without exploring opportunities available through core SAP. 

  • Learn the exceptions between PP and MM and explores the opportunities solely within SAP to improve supply chain performance before implementing additional functionality or technology.
  • Find out how to build on the need to achieve closer alignment of quantity and lead time in the supply chain.
  • Discover how to use SAP as a communication vector between material and sales, and material and production in order to achieve the service levels you and your customers demand.

Releases covered: R/3 4.6 and above | ECC 5.0 | APO | SEM
Session presented by: Joseph Grobler, Reveal

How to set up Campaign Planning in PP/DS to more efficiently process orders

Learn how Campaign Planning (CP), a unique solution for the Process industry executed in the Detailed Scheduling component of SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO), is designed to group together orders of similar products for a production campaign, or group the same products together as a series running in multiple batches. Understand the critical factors you need to weigh when choosing the best strategy for your environment, and see how CP can reduce production set up time and costs (without incurring storage costs or compromising delivery dates). 

  • Get expert advice on how to create an actual campaign with a step-by-step guide to transition from one product to the next using sequencing scheduling in PP/DS. 
  • See a demo of how to use heuristics to create setup and cleanout orders, as well as master data configuration tips to ensure your bill of materials and recipe for setup is complete. 
  • Find out how to use the setup matrix to enter a placeholder in the schedule (and learn what you need to avoid!). 
  • Watch the process for converting planned orders to process orders — committing inventory and order release to SAP R/3 for production execution. 
  • Get advice on how to create your Campaign Profile so that it's FDA compliant.

Releases covered: R/3 4.6 and above | ECC 5.0 | APO | SEM
Session presented by: Mark Parry, BearingPoint

Advanced tips and tricks to configure and communicate inventory count methods in your SAP system

Walk through a five-step methodology to identify and troubleshoot the key settings required to activate and optimize your inventory count strategy.

  • View a demo that points out the warehouse and storage type parameters that define the inventory count data entry process.
  • Learn when and how to set your chosen method: annual, continuous, or cycle counting, based on storage type (the core transaction for inventory count configuration). 
  • Understand how to set the number of inventory count items that the system can use in a single posting, define the Inventory Management (IM) movement types to clear inventory, and how to define the inventory number. 
  • See how to adjust additional settings in the configuration and material master when using cycle counting. 
  • Get tips to configure Dynamic Cycle Counting and clear the inventory count in Warehouse Management (WM) automatically (when your count results in alignment between physical stock counts and the system information). 
  • Get undocumented tips to streamline your inventory count entry using radio frequency transactions.

Releases covered: R/3 4.6 and above | ECC 5.0 | APO | SEM
Session presented by: Jose Senra, Hewlett-Packard

Improve lead-time accuracy and benefit your entire supply chain 

Most organizations are unaware of the actual importance of lead times in their supply chains. This is evident in supplier and production lead times in master data that have gone unchanged since go live. Once set, lead times are rarely changed, but rolling actual lead time changes back into planning for future activity is critical.

  • Understand the impact of accurate lead times on your delivery, purchasing, and production activities. 
  • Hear about SAP's standard tools and reports that are designed to monitor lead times and learn how to track lead time performance taking into account supplier, warehouse, planning, scheduling, release dates, and ship times. 
  • See how to measure the difference between plan and schedule, and schedule and actual, and find out about standard SAP tools and reports that can be used to measure those differences. 
  • Find out about building lead time buffers into your material master data, and when those buffers can be identified, such as before/after production, warehouse activity, etc.

Releases covered: R/3 4.6 and above | ECC 5.0 | APO | SEM
Session presented by: Joseph Grobler, Reveal

Tools and techniques to optimize Demand Planning performance

This session will provide you with proven guidelines to achieve the very best system performance when designing and running SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO) Demand Planning (DP) projects.

  • See how to design an appropriate system architecture that works for your business environment which integrates SAP R/3®, SAP APO, and SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW).
  • Examine key interdependencies among DP elements such as storage bucket profiles, characteristics, and key figures and see how they impact overall system hardware requirements. 
  • Understand the cause-and-effect relationship between DP design and system performance by identifying common trouble spots before they happen, and learn design and build guidelines on how to avoid them. 
  • Know where to use standard macros and when BAdI macros are more efficient (hint: for performing complex multi-key figure and multitime bucket calculations). 
  • See how using SAP APO Parallel Processing Profiles, a new and useful functionality, can drastically reduce runtimes for everyday macro jobs, alert processes, and data extracts. 
  • Watch and follow a simple approach to quantify (and improve) interactive demand planning performance in transaction /SAPAPO/SDP94.

Releases covered: R/3 4.6 and above | ECC 5.0 | APO | SEM
Session presented by: Ameer Ali, Accenture

A best-practice approach to deliver your priority products on time with MRP and MPS

Master material planning is managed using key configuration settings, such as Material Requirements Planning (MRP) groups and types, a range of coverage profiles, and lot-size keys.

  • See how to implement the MRPII concept in R/3 utilizing Master Production Scheduling (MPS) and MRP.
  • View a demo that shows you options for setting up planning time fences and how to best deal with material shortages.
  • See different ways to review planning results by using MRP exception messages. 
  • Gain insight on how to use a range of coverage profiles (defined on MRP view of material master), and get tips for defining thresholds for safety stock planning to improve customer service levels (while reducing inventory levels). 
  • Find time-saving techniques on how to configure planning runs: by individual jobs per plant or using sequencing and parallel processing.
  • See examples of planning transactions and explore ways to setup background jobs for planning runs. 
  • Understand the differences between MRP and MPS and capacity planning in SAP R/3 against SAP Advanced Planning & Optimization (SAP APO) capabilities.

Releases covered: R/3 4.6 and above | ECC 5.0 | APO | SEM
Session presented by: Vinay Sumant, BearingPoint

Case study: How Danisco managed change (and cut planning lead times by half!) with an efficient SAP APO implementation strategy

This session walks you through the trials and successes of Danisco's Demand Planning (DP) implementation.

  • See why Danisco went live with DP only in divisions that had a centralized planning function in their supply chain.
  • See how Danisco reduced planning lead times, solved a unique capacity problem, and reduced inventory using a customized goal hierarchy — a process tool designed not only to target areas for improvement, but also to manage change and build awareness among all the project stakeholders.
  • View examples of team building techniques, games, and collaborative exercises that helped to refine the project objectives. 
  • Find out how Danisco leveraged the Demand Planning Book to standardize input from the planning team, track lessons learned, and contribute to a successful rollout. 
  • See if Danisco's change management approach to their SAP APO deployment can work for you.

Releases covered: R/3 4.6 and above | ECC 5.0 | APO | SEM
Session presented by: Jeanne Qvortrup, Danisco A/S, and Preben Holst Nielsen, Implement A/S

Align sales and supply chain planning with a best practices approach to S&OP implementation

Tools such as SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO) can greatly improve and enhance sales and operations planning (S&OP), and help you to deliver better forecasts, reduced inventory levels and improved supply chain synchronization. Understand the components of SAP APO that can support key S&OP processes and help avoid common planning issues such as unaligned supply plans. 

  • See how APO is typically used with other SAP applications, such as SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence and the new S&OP xApp that supports interdepartmental sales, financial, and inventory analytics. 
  • Take a look at how other companies have implemented SAP APO to support their own S&OP process, along with lessons learned and a review of eight key best practices for deployment. 
  • Get pros and cons for each implementation option and learn which SAP APO algorithm (optimization, Capable-to-Match, or heuristics) is most appropriate for supporting your S&OP processes.

Releases covered: R/3 4.6 and above | ECC 5.0 | APO | SEM
Session presented by: Tom Cassell, IBM Global Business Services

Case study: How Leica Microsystems leverages SAP ERP to achieve accurate lead-time forecasts, service levels, and optimal safety stock numbers 

Watch this session to see how Leica Microsystems was able to leverage multiple SAP functions to achieve higher service levels and improve inventory turns using a single coordinated strategy.

  • Walk through Leica's combined solution of the standard SAP forecasting functionality in the Material Master and period lot-size rules to optimize purchase order volumes based on cost and historical demand.
  • See how SAP automatically determines which forecasting method and safety stock levels are best suited to desired service levels. 
  • View the results of the IMG configuration and Material Master settings with a sales order demo for a forecasted part where the sale consumes the forecast; and see the resulting impact on Material Requirements Planning (MRP). 
  • Learn a new strategy to improve inventory turns while automating your lot size decision-making process!

Releases covered: R/3 4.6 and above | ECC 5.0 | APO | SEM
Session presented by: Scott Weiler, Navigon

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