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The Intelligent Order Promising –S/4 HANA advanced ATP (aATP)

As an important and integral part of the order fulfilment process, S/4 HANA advanced Available-to-promise provides accurate and reliable order promise dates considering the relevant stock in real-time while protecting companies business priorities and profitability goals.


What’s New in 2019 S/4HANA advanced ATP?

Product Allocations (PAL) :

  • Further vertical consumption strategies within product allocation sequences

  • Calculate a feasible confirmation by simultaneously considering multiple product-allocation objects as alternative sources of supply

  • Integration of product allocation checks based on capacity and production in the advanced available-to-promise (aATP) check (product allocations after product availability checks)

  • Define and maintain new characteristics based on value groups of existing characteristics

Back Order Processing (BOP) and Release for Delivery (RefDy):

  • Backorder Processing: Use custom and standard fields for sorting and filtering

  • Simplify BOP Segment App

  • Worklist Refresh for Release for Delivery App


Alternative Based Confirmations (ABC):

  • Tie-breaking criteria for suitable plants

  • Context-specific settings in substitution strategy

  • Support reevaluation of alternatives in back-order processing

  • Additional determinations to choose the best plant


  • ABC: Location Substitution supported in BOP

  • ABC: Manual alternative selection

  • ABC: Product Substitution

  • PAL: Capacity based Allocations

  • PAL: Logical AND relationship between PAL Objects

  • PAC Explanation tool

Features of new ABC:

–Easy to configure Alternative Control

–The decision to trigger during Sales Order Creation and/or Back Order Processing (BOP)

–Dynamic selection of alternative: Best ft vs First fit

–Supports Product Allocations

–Alternative Determination rules: Max-Earlier Confirmation, Full Confirmation, On-Time Confirmation

–Tie-Breaker logic for equally placed alternatives.


ABC(Alternative based confirmation)

SetUp: Alternative Determination

You can use have multiple different Alternative Determinations to rank the possible alternatives (plants) and identify/choose the best of them.

In case you have multiple determinations, the subsequent ones are applied only in case the previous ones did not lead to any confirmation.

Currently, the following three determinations are implemented:

-Max-Earlier Confirmation

-Full Confirmation

-On-Time Confirmation


ABC(Alternative based confirmation)

SetUp: Alternative Determination –TIE-breaker logic

If there are multiple plants which can confirm equally (e.g. several plants can confirm the full requested quantity on the requested date), which one is chosen?

Currently, the following tie-breakers are hardcoded:

-Prefer the alternative plant which is in the same country than the ship-to-party (if still not unique, then…)

-Prefer the alternative plant which is in the same region than the ship-to-party (if still not unique, then…)

-Prefer the alternative plant with shorter transit time (if still not unique, then…)

-Prefer the alternative plant with shorter overall delivery time, incl. pick & plan (if still not unique, then…)

-Prefer the originally requested plant (if the original plant is no valid alternative, due to its confirmation situation, then…)

-Choose the plant according to alphabetical sorting (4-digit plant no. –numbers are preferred over characters)


Product Allocation –Logical “AND”

Key Benefits

•Enhance the product allocation sequence to allow multiple overlapping sequence constraints within a sequence group (alternative source of supply)

•Allow combining sequence constraints with different check date-time types and periodicities

•Confirmation result that is the minimum of all product-allocation constraints within a sequence group (logical "AND" connection of constraints)


Product Allocations: Capacity Allocations

Key Benefits

•Ability to execute a PAL after a PAC –in addition to the sales product allocation check that is performed before a product availability check

•Modelling of restrictions based on production capacities or supply constraints in the additional product allocation check

•Allocation type wherein the first the product availability is checked and then, based on the results of the product


This is high-level innovation taken place in 1909 SAP S/4 HANA Version


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Thanks & Regards

Ruthvik Chowdary

SME – S/4 HANA Manufacturing & Procurement

SAP Ariba P2P

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