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The last quarters have shown continuous growth plus we have welcomed a lot of new customers to our SAP IBP Community. At the same time, we have worked hard to extend our features to be able to present our 1808 release this week, packed with great innovations.

Our end-to-end demand management solution, SAP IBP for Demand, is no exception and some of the highlights in SAP IBP 1808 fall into this area:

  • Time series analysis, which allows for an automated analysis of historical sales data to identify demand patterns like constant, sporadic, trend or seasonal. This information is stored and helps the planners to streamline the forecasting process and brings us one step further towards a fully automated forecasting solution.
  • Data Realignment on the other hand addresses one of the key challenges in modern business – constant change. It supports companies with the required data changes, like business or organizational changes. Examples are opening/closing of a distribution center, products are manufactured in new plants or change of a product or sales hierarchy.

My recent interview is therefore with SAP IBP for Demand’s Chief Product Owner, Stephan Kreipl. We talked about the major enhancements and the customer feedback mechanisms in this area:

In the context of demand management, I would also like to point you to a deep dive webinar around Forecasting in IBP, which our experts recently offered: Recording| Slides

Additional key innovations in SAP IBP 1808:

  • Planning notesprovide a means for the different planners to gain business insights, learn about the reasons for changes in the data and collaborate more efficiently. Planners can create, edit and delete planning notes on the IBP Excel Add-In planning views where they are visualized as Microsoft Excel comments.
  • Some interesting usability and machine learning enhancements were done in Exception Management and Analytics:

o  Machine learning algorithms: Improve Management by Exception by alerting users about outliers and rightsizing the amount of alerts.

o  Alert overviews: Management by exception has been improved and now allows filtering by multiple values simultaneously, e.g. filtering by attribute and severity.

o  Filtering by top or bottom values:  Improved usability by targeting only the most important values in analytic views.

  • S&OP Process Feeds and Logs allow users to view a chronological list of the events (process automation, tasks completions, orchestration of application jobs associated with process, etc.) that have happened in the S&OP process to quickly identify exceptions and errors in the process.
  • Enhancements to the Order-Based Model:
    • Version-specific master data – Allows for different simulation capabilities, with the ability to change master data field valuesin non-base versions via the IBP Excel Add-In Master Data Maintenance in the order-based model.

o  Component lead-time offset – Enables the ability to plan component requirements so they are defined by activity start date, giving a more accurate representation of when they’re needed in the order-based model. 

  • Adherence to quotas for Time Series Optimizer – Use predefined quotas as an input to the Optimizer run so your fixed sourcing % business rules will be adhered to. When in a constrained situation, shift to alternate sources of supply to fulfill demand, incurring a penalty cost for deviating from quotas.

Want to know more? Meet our experts during the quarterly “What’s New Webinar” seriesRegister herefor the 1808 Whats New webinar on August 16.

A summary of all recent and upcoming events and webinars around SAP Integrated Business Planning, including the recordings and slides can be found on our Wiki.

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