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Based on SAP help documentation the below new features added to SAP IBP 1805 release, I captured important changes in order to highlight the all features at a single view.

SAP Integrated Business Planning, Add-In for Microsoft Excel

Fixing of Key Figure Values

The planner can fix key figure values in certain periods to protect key figure values of certain periods on detailed or aggregated level from unintentional changes by disaggregation.

Deleting Fixing Information

By unfixing the cells, rows, or ranges of cells directly in the planning view in the IBP Excel add-in

Setting the Number of New Planning Objects that can be created from the IBP Excel Add-In

The new global configuration parameter MAX_ADD_NEW_PLAN_OBJECT in parameter group PLAN_VIEW is now available. You can use this parameter to set the maximum number of new planning objects that can be created from the IBP Excel add-in. The number of planning objects is counted at the base planning level of the key figure.

Model Configuration

Changes to the Configuration App

On the Key Figures screen, you can now enable fixing for key figures.

Enhanced Planning Areas App

You can now create a new planning area and edit the planning area settings and time settings of an existing planning area.

Activation as an Application Job

When you activate time profiles, master data types, or planning areas, activation now runs as an application job. With that, it is now possible to monitor the job status, display the job details, and cancel the job in the Application Jobs app.

New Activation Checks

Added new checks to the set of checks that run when you activate a planning area, or perform a consistency check on a planning area.

New Global Configuration Parameters

The SHOW_STPL global configuration parameter is now available in the MODEL_CONFIGURATION group. This parameter controls whether the system displays the Storage Time Profile Level field in the Planning Areas app.

The OPENAPI_LOG_DISPLAY_LIMIT global configuration parameter is now available in the RESPONSE group. Using this parameter, you can specify the maximum number of warning messages displayed in the log details of the Data Integration Using SAP HANA SDI (Inbound) application job.

The MAX_ADD_NEW_PLAN_OBJECT global configuration parameter is now available in the PLAN_VIEW group. You can use this parameter to set the number of new planning objects that can be created from the IBP Excel add-in.

Changes to the Unified Planning Area (SAPIBP1)

The unified planning area (SAPIBP1) contains miscellaneous updates and improvements.

New Parameters for the Disaggregation (DISAGG) Operator

To be able to control whether the Disaggregation (DISAGG) operator copies fixing information and whether it unfixes fixed target key figures, you can use the following new parameters:

    • UNFIX_TARGET_KF

If you use this parameter, fixed target key figure values are unfixed.

    • COPY_KF_FIXING

If you use this parameter, the DISAGG operator copies fixing information

Time-Series Based Supply Planning

Planning Area Updates

In this release, new sample model entities have been introduced for time-series-based supply planning, as described in the sections about aggregated constraint key figures and the aggregate constraint master data type below. To use them, make sure they’re added to your company’s planning areas. They’ve already been added to the SAP4 sample planning area for time-series-based supply planning. The new wastage quantity key figures have been added to the SAPIBP1sample planning area.

Time-Series-Based Forecast Consumption

Time-series-based forecast consumption helps you to improve your planning processes by preventing the planning algorithms from considering a demand quantity twice. If your demand includes both forecasts and sales orders, and if a new sales order is then placed, the forecast consumption process reduces the planned forecast by the sales order quantity.

New Time-Series-Based Forecast Consumption Profiles App

To support the forecast consumption process, a new Forecast Consumption Profiles app has been added to the TS Supply Planning Configuration section of the Launchpad. By creating a forecast consumption profile and including it in the planning algorithm, you can define the way in which incoming sales orders consume the forecast demand.

To use this app, you require business catalog SAP_IBP_BC_FCPP_PC.

New Planning Algorithm: Time-Series-Based Forecast Consumption

In the S&OP Operator Profiles app, you will find the new planning algorithm TS-Based Forecast Consumption. This algorithm enables you to calculate the forecast consumption independently of other planning algorithms (heuristics or optimizer).

You can, however, also calculate the consumption forecast in conjunction with another planning algorithm. In this case, the forecast consumption is calculated first, and the result is passed to the planning algorithm as input data.

Aggregated Constraint Key Figures for Inventory

The new MINAGGINVENTORY and MAXAGGINVENTORY key figures (new base planning level: period – product – location) are available. You can use them to set a minimum or maximum inventory level in a defined period for any combination of product and location at an aggregate level. Aggregated constraint key figures let you model constraints for the time-series-based supply planning optimizer.

New Wastage Quantity Key Figures for Shelf-Life Visibility

Two new key figures have been included in the SAPIBP1 sample planning area to enhance the shelf-life visibility functions:LSLWASTAGEQTY and LSLWASTAGEQTYPLB. They show the wastage quantity on WKPRODLOCCUSTBATCH level and onWKPRODLOCBATCH level, respectively. The wastage quantity is the remaining batch quantity at the end of the shelf life, which cannot be used to fulfill customer demands. Based on the key figure data, you can have the wastage quantity replenished or written off.

To plan the replenishment of the wastage quantity, you can copy the key figure value to the INVENTORYCORRECTION key figure as an input for the supply planning algorithms.

New Data Input Validations for Shelf-Life Visibility

New checks have been introduced in the context of shelf-life visibility. They ensure that the calculations can be correctly performed based on the data provided. For example, it is checked that the values for Customer Demand Plan Quantityand Remaining Shelf Life – Batch Product are consistent.

New Aggregate Constraint Master Data Type with Aggregate Attribute

The Aggregate Constraint master data type with the Aggregate attribute has been included in sample planning area SAP4. Adding the attribute to a planning level, you can indicate that the planning level is an aggregate level.

The existing SAP4 planning levels PERPRODLOCCUSTAGG, PERPRODLOCLCOCFRAGG, PERPRODLOCSRCAGG, andPERPRODLOCTOLOCAGG have been enhanced with the Aggregate attribute as a root.

Order-Based Planning

New Columns in the View Demands by Priority and View Confirmations Apps

You can now see information about the segment a demand has been prioritized in.

Demand Fair Share

In the Rules for Demand Prioritization app, you can now also create demand prioritization segments in which all demands are considered equivalent. This segment type is called demand fair-share segment. Balanced demand fulfillment takes place in a round-robin manner between groupings of demands, the fair-share sets.

Freeze Horizons and Plan Deletion Horizon

The concept of freeze horizons has been introduced to support the interaction of order-based planning with external execution systems. Two types of freeze horizons – for production and for distribution – enable you to keep your planned supply stable for a defined time period: Adjustments from the execution system are fixed for the planning runs; changes in IBP (such as changed forecasts) do not lead to modifications of planned orders.

New App: Supply Chain Dependencies

You can now view connections between the objects in the supply chain using the new Supply Chain Dependencies app.

New Layout in Manage Versions and Scenarios App

The information about a version that is displayed when you click the version’s name is now divided into three sections:

  • Master Data
  • Key Figure Business Meanings
  • Administrative Information

Consideration of Fixed Receipt Involvements and of Dependent Demands

The Analyze Supply Usage and View Gating Factors apps as well as the Analyze

Demand screen now consider dependent demands that are not used by any primary demand.

New Consistency Check for Forecast Key Figures during Planning Runs

During planning runs, checks are now performed to verify that the attributes defining the relevant forecast consumption levels are included in the base planning levels of the forecast key figure and the constrained forecast key figure.

Forecast and Allocation: Changed Planning Run Status in Case of Missing Key Figures

As of now, planning runs are completed with a warning message in the following cases:

  1. A forecast consumption profile has been assigned to one or more location materials that are part of the planning area for order-based planning, but no forecast key figure has been maintained in the Settings for Order-Based Planning app.
  2. A product allocation profile has been assigned to one or more location materials that are part of the planning area for order-based planning, but no allocation key figure has been maintained in the Settings for Order-Based Planning app.

Inbound Integration

The following new Open API inbound versions are now available:

Component Version
INBOUND STATIC DATA MODEL 1805.0.0_FULL
INBOUND STATIC DATA MODEL 1805.0.0_TRANS

New Application Job: Data Integration using SAP HANA SDI (Calendar, UoM, Currency)

As of 1805.0.0_FULL OpenAPI version, integration of the calendar, UoM, and currency data from the external systems to IBP using SDI ABAP adapter has been removed from the OpenAPI integration. This functionality has been replaced with a new application job Data Integration using SAP HANA SDI (Calendar, UoM, Currency). Please schedule and run this application job after you have upgraded to the 1805.0.0_FULL OpenAPI version. Note that this application job is only available for integration with SDI ABAP adapter. For more information, see Inbound Integration: SDI ABAP Adapter.

Demand Planning

Analyze Promotions

You can now create promotions from within the Analyze Promotions app.

Manage Product Lifecycle

You can now compare up to four simulations for phase-in or phase-out curves on the Curves tab.

Demand Sensing

Special Authorization for Viewing and Editing Bias Horizon

You can now view and edit bias horizon values in the Manage Forecast Models app only in the following cases:

  • If a business role with no restrictions is assigned to your business user
  • If the Forecast Model (SAP_BCR_IBP_FORECASTMODEL_PC) business role is assigned to your business user and theDisplay all parameters for demand sensingread access restriction is selected for it

Changes in the SAP6 Sample Planning Area

New Key Figures and Planning Levels

The following key figures have been introduced to support the use of lag-based snapshots in demand sensing and other areas such as time-based waterfall analysis and alerting:

  • Consensus Demand Snapshot (CONSENSUSDEMANDSNAPSHOT) – used to store lag-based snapshot data
  • HCONVCONSENSUSDEMANDSNAPSHOT – helper key figure used as input for the demand sensing algorithms
  • The following planning levels have been introduced to support the use of lag-based snapshots:
  • LOCPRODCUSTLAGWEEKLY — the same as LOCPRODCUSTWEEKLY but with LAG as an additional root attribute
  • LOCPRODCUSTLAGUOMTOWEEKLY – the same as LOCPRODCUSTUOMTOWEEKLY but with LAG as an additional root attribute

Inventory Optimization

Distribution Type-Enhancement

In the SAP3 sample planning area, you can now model both normal and the gamma distribution for forecast error for the theIBPLOCATIONPRODUCT master data type. Set the DISTRIBUTIONTYPE attribute to G for gamma distribution or N for normal distribution.

Addition of Network ID

In the SAP3 sample planning area, the Multi-Stage Inventory Opt now generates the master data type attribute NETWORKID in the LOCATIONPRODUCT master data type. This value can be used to identify connected networks.

DDMRP Critical Path Indicators

For DDMRP, the SAP3B sample planning area, two output key figures have been added for critical path indicators for transportation and production sourcing:

  • PCRITICALPATHINDICATOR
  • TCRITICALPATHINDICATOR

DDMRP Decoupling Point Reason Codes

For DDMRP, in the SAP3B sample planning area, the DDMRP operators now list decoupling point reason codes in the theDECOUPLINGPOINTREASON attribute of the master data type IBPLOCATIONPRODUCT.

The DDMRP operators generate decoupling point reason code to help you better understand decoupling point recommendations. The code is listed in the DECOUPLINGPOINTREASON master data type attribute.

DDMRP Buffer Analysis App Enhancement

The DDMRP Buffer Analysis app has been enhanced with a bar chart on a scenario page that shows the percentage difference between the baseline and a scenario.

System Monitoring

The new System Monitoring app gives administrators an overview of the system’s performance on a specific day and time in the last ten days.

The app allows you to find out when there were spikes in CPU or memory usage. With this information, you can use the job statistics to find out which jobs may have caused those spikes.

 

Administration

You can now use the Content Administration app to share, unshare, reassign, and delete scenarios defined in the IBP add-in for Microsoft Excel.

Process Management

Process Modeling App Discontinued

The non-SAP Fiori Process Modeling app has been discontinued. If you are still using this app version and are upgrading to 1805, you now need to switch to the new SAP Fiori Manage Process Templates and Manage Processes apps.

To use the new apps, you need to add the business catalogs SAP_IBP_BC_PROCTEMPLATE_PC (Manage Process Templates app) and SAP_IBP_BC_PROCINSTANCE_PC (Manage Processes app) to the business role in which you want to use the corresponding app. The Manage Process Templates app is then available in the Administrator group on the launchpad, and the Manage Processes app can be found in the General Planner group.

 

Best Regards,

Lingaiah

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  1. Pablo Casanova

    Hi Lingaiah,

    Currently the integration with flat file is showing me the following error:

     

    “The API component ÿþC O M P O N E N T for version V E R S I O N I N B O U N D S T A T I C D A is not available”

    Will you have any idea for this problem?

     

    Regards

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