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APO Demand Planning weak points / Most common enhancements

What are some of the weak points you saw in APO Demand Planning - Meaning some feature which you think is not working as you should work and some feature which Planners/users complained about.

What are some of the areas where you had to use ABAP development ( Implementation or continuous improvement/support phase) because SAP doesnt have that standard feature

It is ok to mention even though these changes are because of a specific business procedure followed by your client -But try to mention any generic ones which sort of applies to every client such as lets say you feel auto model selection 56 doesnt work correctly and you had a work around to make it work better

I know this is a loaded question but contribute as much as you can so that we all can deliver the best output and make APO DP more likeable to our clients

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    Jan 13, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Hello Siva,

    I believe Demand Planning is a great tool if configured and used properly otherwise it become just data entry tool within few months after implementation.

    APO-DP common issues/concerns which I can think of -

    1. There is no event/audit log for changes done within Planning book.

    2. Uploading data directly from Excel into Planning Book.
    3. Forecast Modeling and Error measurement is not easy to understand for the planners.
    4. Outlier Correction does not work as desired.
    5. CVC creation is tedious job(especially for new product).
    6. Exception Mgmt. by Alert Monitor can be simplified for end user experience.
    7. DP BOM functionality and all the issues related to it.
    8. Multi screen/transaction code kind of application makes it more less user friendly experience and requires team of skilled consultants(Functional/Technical/Admin) to maintain/support the applications. Unlike in the past there were application which had single screen and with single person controlling/maintaining the entire application.

    Common enhancements which I can think of now.
    1. Automate or simplify CVC creation process
    2. Automatic update of Selection profiles

    3. Security role/authorizations based on Master data for Planning Book etc.

    4. Uploading excel data into APO-DP

    I want to emphasize importance of end user training should be included as a part of overall project pan. It should definitely cover Statistics Modeling and various Demand Planning functionalities.Finally, Any application or software program(like APO-DP) cannot be held accountable for a user’s lack of theoretical and practical knowledge.

    Hope this will help.

    Thank you

    Satish Waghmare

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    • Former Member Former Member

      Excellent List - Most of us who have worked in DP might have faced these issues - I really should appreciate your note making skills and the way you laid them out one by one. Even though you know its tough to recall when some one asks

      Adding (or removing) a new plan able characteristic to an existing POS - Well you need to rebuild the system

      I can not forget the pain this caused me. 😠

  • Jan 13, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    The issue with CVC creation is that you normally forecast the product before you sell it. So you to determine which products you will forecast and which ones you don't.

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    Jan 13, 2014 at 04:54 PM

    Hi Shiva,

    I wish there is a log that would show who made changes to the data and at what level in Interactive Demand Planning. Thanks.

    Regards,

    Rohit.

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  • Nov 20, 2015 at 02:18 PM

    Hi Satish,

    I got the transport requests to install the add-on APO Forecast Analyzer.

    I hope we have to copy the transport requests in /usr/sa[/SID/trans/EPS/in

    and do it from saint.. if i am wrong could you please share some documents how to install it in the SAP.

    Regards,

    HB

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    Apr 13, 2016 at 02:54 PM

    Hi,

    Very surprised nobody has mentioned the limited standard Lifecycle tool. Especially around not allowing concurrent use without the purchase of the add on.

    Regards,

    Ali

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