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Fast-Track Supplier Registration and Onboarding with SAP Supplier Lifecycle Management

Learn how to configure and use SAP Supplier Lifecycle Management for an efficient supplier registration process. Key Concept SAP Supplier Lifecycle Management supports the processes of registration, qualification, and evaluation aimed at fostering a positive supplier relationship management while ensuring appropriate supplier data maintenance. Supplier registration is the act of registering a vendor as the...

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How to Use SAP Global Batch Traceability to Meet Your Genealogy Reporting Requirements

Tracking materials across the supply chain is becoming an important requirement in many industries to enable efficient recall in case of a problem, to prevent counterfeiting of materials, and to meet compliance and regulatory standards. This has become critical for industries such as pharmaceutical, tobacco, food, chemical, and automotive. SAP Global Batch Traceability (SAP GBT)…...

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8 Tips for Implementing a Statistical Forecast in SAP Sales and Operations Planning

The following is an excerpt from the SCM Expert article “Advanced Demand Planning with S&OP and SAP HANA.”

A very simple statistical forecast method, Time Series, is available in SAP Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) 3.0 powered by SAP HANA, Support Package 01, which is required for an S&OP process. Based on my experience with S&OP powered by SAP HANA, I share the following tips for implementing a statistical forecast:

  1. For triple exponential smoothing, historical periods, and historical error period, select twice the number of seasonal periods.
  2. For single and double exponential smoothing, at least two historical periods are required.
  3. Historical error periods should be less than historical periods.
  4. In the statistical forecast job log, users face difficulty reading the error. To do the error analysis, they need help from an SAP HANA developer. To read the errors, an organization may need to develop custom-defined reports.
  5. S&OP powered by SAP HANA’s planning cycle performance has improved, and now the demand planning cycle time can be shortened.
  6. New product introduction’s impact on supply requirement, manufacturing, and profitability decisions can be taken in S&OP meetings quickly by collaborating with the demand planner, supply planner, and finance manager.
  7. SAP HANA PAL forecast methods can be integrated and made available in S&OP HANA by defining a planning operator.
  8. Integration testing and customer acceptance testing have to be done regressively.

 

 

         
         

SCM Expert author Anjali Butley has more than 20 years of strong functional, business, and IT experience with domain expertise in supply chain planning and logistics.

She is a business analyst with more than 15 years of SAP experience in design and development of integrated supply chain solutions for large-scale enterprises. Her expertise includes process modeling, business process analysis, application implementations, production support and presales across multiple client engagements in the SCM domain.

She has executed various types of SAP projects, such as implementations, global rollouts, enhancements, production support, business consulting, and program and project management in multicultural environments worldwide. Her industry exposure includes areas across major industry verticals, including IT consulting, consumer, high technology, and discrete manufacturing.

She is always interested in exploring new SAP SCM applications and products and sharing her learning experiences with the SCM community.

         
         




SAP ERP vs. SAP APO: Which Production Planning Functionality Do I Use, and How Can I Be Successful?

View these presentation slides in their entirety as they were presented by Matt at SAPinsider’s SCM conference and learn about:

● SAP production planning options offered in SAP ERP and SAP Advanced Planning & Optimization (SAP APO)
● Advanced capability differences from material requirements planning (MRP) and capacity requirements planning(CRP) functionality in SAP ERP
● Production planning and detailed scheduling (PP/DS) features and functions delivered with SAP APO, including heuristics, optimization, and block planning methods
● Prerequisites for migrating from production planning functionality in SAP ERP to PP/DS

Courtesy of SAPinsider’s SCM2015 conference being held March 30 – April 1. Matt Campbell will be on hand giving a more detailed explanation of production planning functionality from SAP.

View the Presentation Slides Here.

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Creating Explorer Information Spaces and Exploration View Sets in BusinessObjects 4.1

Gain an overview of the fundamentals of the Explorer application in BusinessObjects 4.1. Learn how to create and manage Information Spaces, Exploration Views, and Exploration View Sets. Key Concept The foundation of the Explorer application in BusinessObjects 4.1 is the Information Space. An Information Space is a pre-defined dataset that connects to a BusinessObjects Universe,…...

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How to Use Manufacturing Data Objects to Develop Composite Applications in SAP MII

Organizations often come across situations while implementing a solution using SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII) in which they want to store the relevant data and persist it locally in the SAP MII system. One reason is that data comes from many systems, and you can save this combined data in SAP MII and…...

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Improve the Accuracy of Cash Management Reporting

Cash management reporting automatically shows a company’s cash and liquidity position during a specific time period. To be able to report the data, the SAP Cash Management module gathers its payment data from several SAP modules such as AR, AP, bank accounting, sales, and purchasing. This means that any future financial transaction not recorded in…...

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Kees van Westerop has been working as an SAP consultant for more than 25 years. He has an MBA degree in mathematics and a degree in finance. Kees has been concentrating on the financial modules, especially in general ledger accounting, cost center accounting, and consolidation. He also has a great deal of experience with rollouts of kernel systems and integrating finance and logistics.



An Advanced Lesson on Technical Monitoring within Solution Manager 7.1

Solution Manager 7.1 allows you to monitor almost anything in an SAP landscape, but how does it do it? See the components within Technical Monitoring that provide all the necessary data to send alerts, including diagnostics agents, Wily Introscope Enterprise Manager, and the Wily agents that are deployed on managed systems. Review how Solution Manager…...

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2 Methods for Exposing SAP BW Artifacts in SAP HANA: Pull and Push

Explore and learn the technical details of two methods for exposing SAP BW artifacts as SAP HANA views: the pull and push methods. See the pros and cons of each in order to select the best approach. Learn about how to mix SAP BW data with non-SAP BW data for enriched analytics. Key Concept The…...

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