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SAP® Integrated Business Planning 2005 Release – What’s New?

The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the spread of the new coronavirus has certainly impacted all of us and I truly hope you are all doing fine. However, with our employees working from their home-offices, I am glad that we still have been able to continue to collaborate virtually with colleagues, customers and partners and SAP® Integrated Business Planning 2005 has been generally released as planned. Find a short summary of SAP IBP 2005 release highlights (from my garden):

We have compiled staff-picked highlights of the IBP 2005 release, fully packed with innovations, that we think our customers can benefit most and that can leverage supply chain planning to the next level:

DEPLOYMENT OPTIMIZATION

Supply chain planners can now ensure a network-wide optimization of the distribution supply chain, balancing local decisions against each other. With Deployment Optimization introduced as new planning run in IBP 2005, the globally optimal solution based on predefined costs for supply alternatives and demands will be determined. Customers can use deployment optimization to support push, pull and mixed deployment strategies. Deployment Optimization provides an additional method for distribution planning besides the priority heuristics, fully integrated in the end-to-end process. Following video walks you through the new capabilities:

 

NEXT GENERATION VISIBILITY: Identify Exceptions Impacting Orders in a Single View

In the Intelligent Visibility app, planners can now identify alerts, impacted orders and root-causes for delay in a single view – with navigation to the impacted order in S/4, showed step-by-step in following video:

This improves on-time delivery of customer orders and visualizes where problems occur in the supply chain.

Planners can now quickly identify customer orders that will not be delivered on-time and immediately determine the source of the problem.

FIRST STEP OF INTERACTIVE PLANNING ON ORDER LEVEL

This is a first milestone achieved in connecting time-series data with order data in one single screen – watch out for more to come in following releases. Planners can now show order information from order-based planning in the Web-Based Planning app. It’s now possible to show the orders that make up certain key figure values on the same screen, which helps the user understand the results of a planning run.

 

A new icon tells you whether detailed order information is available for a key figure. The user can show the order information for one or more key figure values on the same screen as the planning view. A table containing the relevant orders is displayed below the planning view.

PLANNING UI: NEW PLANNING SCREEN FOR PLANNING VIEW SETTINGS

We have improved usability with a new screen for the planning view settings: As of the 2005 release, you no longer need to navigate away from the planning view if you want to change its settings: You can change settings, apply your changes and check if you are satisfied with the result and visualize it right away. This new screen comes as a collapsible side-panel layout for planning view settings and you can see at a glance which of the key figures you selected isn’t shown in the planning view.

 

REDUCED MANUAL PLANNING IN FORECASTING

A) Product lifecycle management at aggregated product level

This new functionality simplifies and significantly reduces manual maintenance effort to maintain product life cycle settings for forecasting on aggregated product level. Settings such as phase-in or like-modeling using reference products for new product introductions can now be defined on an aggregated product level, for example “Product Group” to support statistical forecasting on aggregated product level. This leads to higher planner productivity and improved runtime of forecasting jobs when running on aggregated product level instead of product ID level.

B) Another step towards touchless forecasting with detected change points

 

With the 2005 release, we have achieved another step towards forecast automation: the system now automatically recognizes and analyzes changes in the sales history and adjusts the forecast accordingly. Planners’ capacity is freed up due to reduced manual planning effort.

In the 1911 release, these change points were already detected. With the 2005 release, this change point information can now be handed over to forecasting and are automatically taken into consideration.

 

FROZEN WINDOWS IN INVENTORY PLANNING

Inventory plans can include cases where supply sourcing requires locking work order requirements independent of changes in demand. With frozen windows, inventory planners can now set periods of required unchanged demand downstream from a source of production, transportation or customer-facing warehouse and create inventory scenarios and/or simulations based on differing frozen window inputs.

This new feature is mostly relevant to customers planning inventory with master production schedules.

 

CENTRALLY VIEW AND MANAGE USER PERMISSIONS IN NEW APP

This New Fiori App now shows all permissions assigned to business users in a user-centric view and has been developed as a response to many customer votes. Watch the video here:

From now on, SAP IBP system administrators can easily troubleshoot authorization problems and analyze the impact of permission objects. For each business user, the key-figure and the master data attribute access details are available.

 

SIMPLIFICATION: MULTILANGUAGE SUPPORT

The new multilanguage support app is a major step forward in simplification for multinational companies:

Onboarding for new SAP IBP users will be simplified and the risk of human mistakes reduced: Up until the SAP IBP 2002 release, all configuration texts were stored in one language only. With the new multilanguage support in this release key figure and attribute names and descriptions will be displayed in the user’s logon language. This allows for the usage of one single planning area and one set of key figures for multinational company users.

 

WHATS NEW IN SAP IBP 2005 WEBINAR RECORDING

In case you would like to get the full overview of all the new and exciting innovations delivered with the SAP IBP 2005 release, please watch the webinar recording or check the corresponding slide deck.

 

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