As promised in my last SAP IBP highlights blog, the next-generation Planner Workspace is now available along with many other exciting innovations that will make your planning easier and more efficient. An important integration milestone is the new subcontracting functionality that allows SAP IBP customers to plug directly into their existing SAP ERP setup.
Today, May 5, 2023, SAP Integrated Business Planning for Supply Chain 2305 has been generally released as planned.
Explore some of the highlights included in this release:
A wide range of enhancements is now available in the Planner Workspaces app. Planners gain new capabilities to perform their planning tasks in an efficient manner and to access the relevant planning data without having to switch between different workspaces.
As part of SAP IBP 2305, a new navigation menu offers access to workbooks and alerts. Workbooks are a collection of one or more Planner Workspace components, such as planning views or analytics charts. Once the planner selects an alert, the context of the alert is passed to the workbook. Consequently, only the data relevant to analyze and solve the alert in focus is displayed. Flexible filter options allow the planner to dig even deeper. Planners can snooze alerts and activate snoozed alerts without leaving the app.
The improved Planner Workspaces app also offers enhanced support of planning filters.
Triggering algorithms and analyzing the outcome is a common task in a planner’s workday. As part of release 2305, administrators receive a powerful tool to define jobs that can be consumed by planners on a flexible and user-friendly user interface. The complexity caused by application jobs containing multiple steps and different parameters is now completely in the hands of the administrators, allowing planners to focus only on the jobs relevant to them.
The new job definitions support the grouping of parameters and the definition of mandatory, read-only, or hidden parameters. They can be simplified and assigned to users and user groups to have ultimate access control. Job definitions can also be categorized to cluster jobs into areas like “Demand”, “S&OP”, etc.
You are responsible for a certain product group and you want to analyze related key figure values across multiple planning views? Previously you had to set the filters for all worksheets separately. As of version 2302.2.0 of the SAP IBP, add-in for Microsoft Excel, you can use the new workbook filter that applies attribute-based filters to all worksheets of the planning view workbook. Hence there’s no need to copy filter definitions from one planning view to another.
Changed filter definitions can be defined in one single user interface and planning filters can be used and managed also on workbook level.
Planners can exclude filter definitions from individual worksheets to ensure meaningful data sets (available as of version 2305.2.0). The Microsoft Excel ribbon provides quick access to update workbook and worksheet filters.
You can now run a subcontracting process with operational supply planning. In the basic subcontracting process, the purchasing organization provides components to the supplier of the end-product - the subcontractor. Subcontracting is initiated using subcontracting purchase requisitions, which have the required components assigned.
Planners can create operative supply plans for subcontracting providing a seamless integration with SAP S/4HANA and SAP ERP subcontracting. Real-time integration with SAP ERP supports subcontracting master data, subcontracting purchase requisitions/orders, and provisioned component stock, allowing supply planning and interactive adjustments for subcontracting.
You can consider subcontractor limits via transport constraints and other component constraints in the network.
You can now leverage the power of machine learning to discover patterns in large sets of master data and review exceptions. Besides identifying hidden patterns, a machine learning-assisted analysis helps you to correct your data based on recommendations. For example, you can find and correct erroneous brand-product assignments or typos in the description of product families.
With the new app, we provide access to sophisticated analysis and findings that enable you to improve your master data and achieve better planning results.
With the powerful and easy-to-use new app Where-Used Information for Key Figures, you can display a wide range of SAP IBP entities in which your selected key figures are used and navigate directly to the apps related to these entities. The app helps you to find dependent entities, for example, planning views, analytics, alerts, or also forecast models, before changing or deleting a key figure, to find objects that require testing after changing a key figure, and to find all business users who need to be informed about a key figure change.
Various search features are available, and you can also export your search results.
You can now simplify the planning area creation for Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) use cases by copying planning area SAP9 from SAP IBP’s Sample Model Entities app. The SAP IBP business process for MRO is used to calculate component and resource requirements (that is, spare parts and workforce) for medium to long-term planning horizons for asset intensive industries.
The MRO sample planning area provides a streamlined and simplified configuration that supports end-to-end business processes for MRO, including out-of-the box planning operators.
MRO-specific master data types offer additional flexibility for modeling various maintenance, repair, and operations use cases. MRO-specific key figures are provided to support forecasting and supply planning related to corrective and preventative maintenance.
The SAP9 sample planning area will help jump start implementations and provide a platform for upcoming features and functionality.