Following my last article let me explain the functionality of Transportation Resource planning which has been implemented in SAP TM 9.3.
As we know resource is the most important master data which is required right from transportation planning right till transportation execution process and hence for a freight forwarding or a shipper scenario its important that resource at the right moment /right time /correct capacity should be available so that customer requirement and demand can be met.
Thus with the TRP process available in TM 9.3 , the usage and availability of resource can be viewed at any time and hence the same info is very useful for the transportation planner to plan and optimise the transportation process.Its also possiible to balance the stock of empty resources and maintain resource related KPI.
Below enclosed are some of the buisness requirements which are met by TRP.
a) Wheather business should buy or lease new resource
b) How to forecast demand and supply of resource
c) Monitor the supply of empty transportation resource
d) Reduce cost of resource
e) Where and when resources are available
Hence if we visulise a TRP flow below enclosed are the lifecycle of TRP process :
a) Resource availability check when transportation planner initiaties transportation planning in transportation cockpit
b) Move empty resource to places where there is transportation demand.Here the resource movement can be from terminal to vessel or move resource to sea/vessel/customer/depot/demand
c) Maintain and repair resource
d) Balance ( reposition) resource
From an architecture perspective SAP TRP is a joint execution with SAP TM to build a solution for movable resource/asset for both logistical and finance process.Hence modules like MM,FI,EAM,EM are all integrated jointly in the execution of this process.
SAP TRP is planned on HANA platform with XS engine as middleware layer and SAP hana should be on SP09.
In the process flow for TRP, we have
a) Visibility process
b) Supply and demand process
c) Resource planning
d) Plan execution
e) KPI monitoring