Overview Of SCPM
Supply Chain Performance Management (SCPM) is the latest addition to the family of Performance Optimization Applications (POA). Performance Optimization Applications, in very simple terms, are the applications that enable strong performance enhancement within an Organization. The fundamental reason why SCPM should be categorized as a POA is because, in today’s large enterprises, the tracking and measuring the performance of various supply chain functions is not sufficient for ensuring a performance enhancement. However, coupling the performance with corporate goals is the key to effective performance management. That is what SCPM is all about.
Supply Chain Performance management has three main components – Strategy Management, Impact Analysis and Operational Analysis. The Operational Analysis part of SCPM has been discussed in some details below.
Overview on SCPM Data model
Since in today’s world, information is a decisive factor to remain in competition in the market, SCPM data model is designed with the objective of providing high quality business information with a single point access. SCPM also provides users with a decision support basis using which market trends are recognized swiftly and appropriate decisions are taken.
Operational Analysis provides BI Content (pre-built data model) covering around 400+ KPI in the area of supply chain management based on the SCOR (Supply Chain Operations Reference) Model provided by Supply Chain Council.
SCPM data model is built on SAP Netweaver 7.0 platform. Data model is designed with the flexibility to extract data either from R/3 data source or a flat file.
The below architecture diagram assumes R/3 or flat file as Data Source.
Data Source can extract data from Flat file or from R/3 system. Currently, the BI data model for SCPM gets the data from the flat file data sources. However, the data can also be extracted from the R/3 data sources, using extractors. This data flows up to the cube through a series of complex algorithms (Type A) or direct update / less complex computations (Type B), or direct update to the cube without any modification (Type C). Data is accessible to the end user in the BI layer through a series of reports / queries provided
Besides the actual transaction data captured, there is provision to set the targets at various levels for an organization. Target data is captured through the BEx excel workbooks and stored in real time cubes.
In addition to this various benchmarks can be set for an organization. Benchmark data is captured through flat files.
There are various queries / reports which give a detailed analysis of data w.r.t. actual data in comparison to what is the benchmark and what target was set for the organization.