SAP Makes Supply Chain Planning Smarter, More Collaborative and Demand Driven

CHICAGO SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) is helping companies transform supply chain planning with new capabilities for networked supplier collaboration through SAP Ariba solutions, machine learning automation and self-regulating replenishment.

The SAP Integrated Business Planning solution provides planners with greater visibility and insight to manage people, processes and equipment across all phases of an intelligent digital supply chain. The announcement was made at ITSMA USA, being held Sept. 10–15 in Chicago, Illinois.

SAP is helping companies worldwide address the convergence of physical asset and digital information in Industry 4.0 to extend planning beyond manufacturing and address functions including marketing, sales, service and the full customer experience. SAP Integrated Business Planning is a cloud-based solution for sales and operations planning, demand sensing and forecasting, inventory and supply optimization, and exception-driven response management. It continues to earn recognition from industry research firms for its ability to help supply chain planners take advantage of technologies such as the Internet of Things and Big Data to anticipate and adapt quickly in an environment of heightened customer expectations and volatile demand.

“To maintain our position as one of the world’s leading and most trusted suppliers to the pharmaceutical, biotech and specialty ingredients markets, we have to be able to respond to new market expectations with speed and agility,” said Peter Holbein, Global Process Owner, Plan to Make, at Lonza Group. “SAP Integrated Business Planning provides us real-time supply chain planning capabilities and the transparency and flexibility we need to compete successfully in our global markets.”

Highlights of new enhancements include:

  • SAP Integrated Business Planning capabilities for inventory demand-driven materials requirement planning (DDMRP) add support for decoupling and buffer-level recalculations. Automatic selection of decoupling points with reason code documentation now explains what points were selected for decoupling and why they were selected. Enhancements also include a simplified user interface based on the SAP Fiori user experience. SAP will showcase the solution at the global Demand Driven World 2018 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 11–12.
  • Supplier collaboration adds convenience, connectivity and scale through greater integration with the SAP Ariba Supply Chain Collaboration for Buyers solution. Companies can collaborate in real time with multiple tiers of trading partners using network intelligence. SAP also has added 10 new “key figures” for easier, more effective exchanges of requirements between manufacturers and suppliers. The integration with SAP Ariba solutions provides extensive resources for collaborative supply and demand planning and helps SAP customers advance in collaborative supply chain maturity.
  • New machine learning algorithms improve “management by exception” by alerting users according to priorities for the most actionable and important issues. SAP Integrated Business Planning uses machine leaning to help planners make better sense and gain faster insight from the high volumes of data smart assets, devices and systems.

“We are enabling our customers to plan in real time across key corporate functions, and to consider both customers and suppliers in an intelligent digital supply chain,” said Hala Zeine, president, SAP Digital Supply Chain and Manufacturing. “Leading companies around the world are using SAP Integrated Business Planning to become smarter, more market driven and responsive.”

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