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Currently we see more and more companies implementing and using SAP Transportation Management. One part of our TM solution is Transportation Planning including optimization solutions.
Because of its nature optimization is different from most of the other parts of TM: You work on large sets of business objects, it’s mainly batch processing, it’s not ABAP and several differences more. These differences can make it very hard for consultants or customers, if they use the optimizer the first time, even if they are very experienced in the other areas of TM. For these people I write this blog. I want to explain various aspects of the TM optimizers and their usage.  It will be possible to read only the sections you are interested in to get the information for your project as fast as possible.
I want to focus on the optimization specific parts, so that you don’t need to read an introduction about basic concepts again and again. So you will not find another explanation for Freight Orders or other basics. The focus of the first sections will be on VSR optimizer, the optimizer for vehicle scheduling and routing. Maybe other optimization engines like Load Planning, Carrier Selection or Strategic Freight Management  will follow later. As far as not explicitly written, the remarks and issues concern all releases of the optimizer for TM.
The table of content below shows the already written blogs and the planned ones (italic). I would be happy to receive your feedback, which topics sounds most interesting to you or which ones are missing. I wish you success and some fun in studying details about one of the best parts in TM.

 

Successful projects – early optimization runs

 

Cost – or what do we optimize at all?

 

Insights into the VSR engine

 

 

Using and administrating the optimizer

  • Installation alternatives
  • Troubleshooting and speeding up of message processing
  • Hardware-Sizing
  • Performance tuning
  • Updating the optimizer

 

Other very recommendable sources about optimization:

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    1. Marcelo Lauria

      Hello Thomas,

      Is it possible to share some documentation about the Incremental Process feature that is coming with 9.1?

      Best Regards, Marcelo Lauria

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          1. Thomas Engelmann Post author

            Hi Marcelo!

            Both “incremental palnning” and “overall scope” are on my list now. I just struggeled a little bit with the network. As soon as I finalize it, I will taggle theses two.

            You find the first short description of incremental planning in SP 1 release notes on side 58.

            Best Regards!

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    2. Thomas Bonk

      Hi Thomas,

      many thanks for this blog series! I’d be interested in all topics concerning costs (especially related to maritime services) and the explanation tool.

      Thanks&Best regards,

      Thomas

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  1. Rajiv Lund

    Hi Thomas,

    thank you very much for this blog. It is a great (and complicated) topic.

    I have just found it, so I will try to read already existing blogs.

    Since you ask for feedback. All topics are interessting.

    For beginning following would be directly interessiting for me:

    Why cost and not rules?

    Optimization- BAdI – create your own world for optimization

    Parallelism – Utilize your hardware

    An additional topic: A high level overview what is possible with the optimizer.

    The reason: I am used with an PTV optimizer which is specialized on truck scenario.

    There a variaty on possibilities for restrictions and equipment is provided…

    Currently, for me it is difficult to understand what is possible (from a business perspective) with VSR, e.g. it is possible to have multiple delivery intervalls…

    With such high level overview, it would be also understandable were are the restrictions of the optimizer. (We had a customer, who has tried to plan 100 000 FU with VSR). 😉

    Thanks.

    Rajiv

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    1. Thomas Engelmann Post author

      Hi Rajiv!

      Some of your questions about what’s possible should be answered in the blog about Scope and features now.

      Best Regards,

      Thomas

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  2. Thomas Engelmann Post author

    After a long interruption, I am happy that we have to new blogs. Hongmei wrote about the best practice in cost-setting for trucks. I collected some thoughts about utilization.

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