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This is part of a series of Frequently Asked Questions about the SAP Enterprise Inventory & Service-Level Optimization product.  These FAQ’s are organized into the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Technical
  • Licensing

A: Key features of SAP Enterprise Inventory and Service-Level Optimization and Analytics are:

  • Demand Intelligence to properly characterize and compensate for forecast error and demand-side variability.  These characteristics include but are not limited to: Simple forecast error, forecast bias (over / under forecasting along), demand timing and intermittent or irregular demand patterns, multiple forecast lags and supply chain lead-times, input data correction, and others.
  • Supply intelligence to protect against several types of supply timing and quantity variability
  • Inventory optimization to link multi-echelon inventory targets to service-level goals
  • Stochastic optimization model to synchronize inventory deployment
  • Powerful planning and analytics dashboard to enhance visibility of the root causes of inventory
  • Inventory intelligence that provides insight into specific items, locations, and time frames
  • What-if analyses to compare the outcomes of different strategies around demand and supply
  • Modeling features to help balance service levels with cost
  • Profitability analysis (beyond “ABC classification”) to deploy inventory and appropriate customer service levels in the most profitable way
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