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Planning as a core element of manufacturing and supply-chain operations has traditionally been conducted in silos, with demand forecasting, supply planning, production planning, logistics planning, and sales and operations planning all handled by separate teams and systems.
In times of interrupted global trade flows and increasing pressure on the profitability of manufacturers the business case of integrated production planning software is obvious. The potential impact from optimized planning is evident. But it requires an integrated approach on the software side, sophisticated analytical capabilities and analytics tools, and collaboration across multiple functions and stakeholders.
While looking for production planning software, many companies rely on integrated SAP systems, such as those implemented by T.CON with specialized industry know-how for planning processes in paper, film, corrugated board or nonwoven production.
This is often done on the basis of the SAP solution for "Advanced Planning and Optimization" (APO).
The application Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (PP/DS) is used here for detailed planning and optimization of the resource plan as well as order data and times. Critical products in particular are planned with PP/DS, for example, products with long replenishment lead times or products that require bottleneck resources to manufacture.
With "Integrated Business Planning" (IBP), SAP SE has published a supplement to SAP APO. It is becoming the APO successor in the area of planning, as many functions of the classic APO are integrated into S/4HANA.
SAP IBP is a purely cloud-based application for planning, for which no on-premises version exists.
Customers using the previous APO platform need to consider the extent to which the functions they need will be available in S/4HANA or in IBP in the future.
T.CON's experts help define the optimal planning processes and select and implement the required production planning software to build integrated planning solutions that fully support value creation.