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I am extremely proud of our team for continuously and successfully navigating the very challenging and remote working environment and pleased to announce that we were able to deliver the 2011 updates on time:

Today, October 28th 2020, SAP® Integrated Business Planning for Supply Chain 2011 has been generally released.

It is time again for a quarterly peek behind the curtain of SAP IBP and the last release of an unprecedented year. Below, I would like to share some selected highlights with you:


Next Generation Visibility: Contextual navigation between supply chain and production planning systems


Intelligent Visibility supports end-to-end visibility of the supply chain, ensuring that problems can be identified and responded to efficiently. Key supply chain data is visualized in a single view and planners can drive action inside and outside of SAP IBP.

With this release, you can directly navigate from SAP IBP to the production scheduling board in SAP S/4HANA. This will help planners, for example, to analyze and review alerts for late orders, review reasons for the delay and analyze the root cause in the production scheduling board in SAP S/4HANA. This way, planners can easily carry the context from SAP IBP to the production planning and detailed scheduling apps and enable an alignment between mid-term tactical planning and short-term operation planning and scheduling.

Additional videos:

  1. Configuration of Chart Options in Custom Alerts

  2. Configure Attributes from Custom Alerts Used in Complementary Charts


Improved Usability and Planner Productivity: Sorting of attribute values in SAP IBP, add-in for Microsoft Excel


The planning user interface has improved once more: with the new 2011.2.0 version of the SAP IBP, add-in for Microsoft Excel, planners can get faster access to their most relevant data. They can now sort attribute values in planning views by setting rules based on standard or custom logics.

Beside standard sorting rules like ascending (A-Z) or descending (Z-A), you can apply custom rules. For example, you may pin your top three customers to the beginning of the attribute value list and put the three worst performing customers to the end. In between, you can set the sorting rule to ascending (A-Z).


Demand-Driven Tactical Planning: New app for DDMRP buffer status monitoring  


Review buffer and on-hand status: The DDMRP Buffer Status Monitoring app allows you to filter, sort and review decoupling points according to their urgency, analyze the projected stock, and communicate potential next level actions in one view.

With this app, the planner does not need to switch between different MS Excel and analytics views to gather the required information. The out-of-the-box color coding and graph capability improves user experience to more quickly and easily identify product-locations that need attention.


Uncover the Impact of Scenarios and Variables: New App for Inventory Analysis

With the SAP Fiori app for Inventory Analysis, you can spontaneously generate scenarios for inventory-related changes to input demand, supply, and policy variables.

Inventory planning involves monitoring changes in input variables such as forecast, assessing operational opportunities such as vendor, distribution, manufacturing sourcing changes, or reviewing changes in order cycles.

The new app enables you to uncover the impact of certain scenarios compared either to the baseline planning scenario, to learn which inventory input variables have an impact on inventory plans, and to determine the sensitivity of input variables to baseline planning outputs.

You can create analyses by type (for example, demand, transportation) and compare the analysis results to the baseline plan.

Deployment Cost Generation: Put the lever into D for Deployment Optimization

Deployment optimization determines the globally optimal solution based on predefined costs for supply alternatives and demands in your distribution network.

You can now let the system generate the costs that are relevant in a deployment run. Deployment cost generation defines all costs based on business prioritization of customer demands, stocking locations, and transportation alternatives. The deployment planning operator generates a complete cost model based on the different priorities. The simplified optimization setup allows the planner to focus on business decisions leveraging accurate planning results and deployment optimization.


Schedule Jobs from Monitor Application Jobs App


The Monitor Application Jobs app was released with the 2008 release of SAP IBP. With 2011, it has been enhanced with job scheduling functions. Now SAP IBP system administrators can schedule, quick schedule, copy, restart and cancel the application jobs/job chains using this app. This improves the usability for the SAP IBP job scheduling process and helps to easily identify issues like failed or long-running jobs and take the necessary scheduling actions.


Calculating with Different Calendars: Integrate Calendar Information Into Key Figure Calculations


With the help of a new calendar function, modeling experts can use calendar information from SAP ERP systems in SAP IBP and include it in key figure calculations and other calculations. By a simple configuration step in the key figure definition, information from various calendars (for example, different calendars for products or locations) can be displayed in the MS Excel planning view. The calendar key figure can be embedded in other calculations and used in other applications, such as forecasting.


In case you would like to get the full overview of all the new and exciting innovations delivered with the SAP IBP 2011 release, please watch the webinar recording or check the corresponding presentation.


Useful links:

  1. SAP IBP Overview

  2. What’s new in SAP IBP 2011 documentation

  3. Roadmap

  4. SAP Customer Influence Portal for SAP IBP

  5. What's new SAP Best Practices for SAP Integrated Business Planning for Supply Chain 2011 video