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SAP Integrated Business Planning now available for academic use!

Announcing the availability of Integrated Business Planning (IBP) solution and learning content for academic use!  SAP IBP is a cloud based state-of-the-art supply chain planning platform that combines sales and operations planning (S&OP), forecasting and demand, response and supply, demand-driven replenishment and inventory planning.  According to IDC, 63% of companies say that supply chain resiliency is a critical gap.  Since the pandemic a strong supply chain is more critical than ever.  This business challenge provides an outstanding opportunity for students with supply chain planning knowledge and IBP hands-on experience to help companies tackle this issue.



SAP IBP dashboard

Starting in early October, SAP IBP is available to University Alliances member institutions around the world via UCC Magdeburg.  Presentation slides, introductory exercises and two cases are available, all running on SAP IBP.  The learning content features the Global Bike scenario, a dataset many are familiar with already.

Case one introduces Sales & Operations Planning.  It provides students with an understanding of heuristic (infinite) S&OP without capacity constraints.  Case activities include planning a marketing forecast, creating an annual operating plan (AOP), determining / releasing consensus demand and running an infinite S&OP planning heuristic.

Case two covers Demand Planning.  Case activities help students to learn how to do demand planning, including setting up and executing ABC/XYZ segmentation and analyzing the results.

University Alliances provides a strong combination of introductory, hands-on and deep dive content to meet a wide range of educational needs.  The SAP IBP quick start guide is a great resource to learn more about the solution and discover how leading SAP customers have used IBP to build a strong supply chain.  The new content mentioned above along with SAP IBP system access provided by UCC Magdeburg reinforces S&OP and Demand Planning concepts and provides students with a hands-on experience.  From there students can go deeper into the solution with the SAP IBP Learning Journey (link requires log-in to Learning Hub) and become certified.

The cost is currently 1,500 EUR for one semester or 2,500 EUR for two semesters; please check for latest pricing as it will be adjusted in the new year.

Reach out to your UCC, the University Alliances team at  or connect with the colleagues at UCC Magdeburg at:

We have so much cloud-focused learning content available today and coming soon.  SAP Analytics Cloud (quick start, offering brochure) and SAP Data Warehouse Cloud (quick start, offering brochure) learning content is available now via UCC Magdeburg.  Learning content featuring the Intelligent Robotics Process Automation (iRPA) service of SAP Business Technology Platform will be piloted this semester.  Look for opportunities to join the pilot phase of SAP Ariba and SAP SuccessFactors curriculum projects to start in 2023.

Do you have ideas for additional content? Do you want to share cloud-focused content you created on a free trial?  We welcome your feedback, ideas and questions.  Contact us today at



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      Author's profile photo Liz Simmons
      Liz Simmons

      Is there still an additional charge to connect to the UCC in Magdeburg?

      Previously, when I checked on working with the Magdeburg SCM curriculum, they said it would cost an additional $3500 for access on top of the yearly fee for UA Membership.

      Author's profile photo Heather Matthews
      Heather Matthews
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      Missed your question - apologies for slow reply.

      You are correct that IBP is available via UCC Magdeburg.  The team spearheaded the development of the content / tenant setup with support of professors and solution experts, and piloted the offering at several universities over the last months.  The cost is currently 1,500 EUR for one semester or 2,500 EUR for two semesters.  If you are interested in utilizing this learning / tenant package I'm happy to connect you to UCC Magdeburg.