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SAP EIS and SAP IBP

Hello,

I am having few questions related to SAP's road map for EIS and IBP. It seems the long term strategy of SAP is to use IBP for inventory. Could you please let me know if this is what customers should anticipate?

Also as per installation guide for EIS, it seems it runs on Oracle database only. will it be supported by any other platform in future? Can SAP IBP for inventory used for service parts planning (SPP)?

Please provide some insights on above questions. Thanks for your help!

Regards,

Chandra

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    Oct 16, 2015 at 06:53 PM

    Hi Chandra,

    The long term strategy of SAP is to use IBP for Inventory, yes, but there is an active customer base using EIS and it is under support through 2020.
    You are also correct that EIS can only run on an Oracle database.  There are no plans currently to support any other database platform (HANA, SQL Server, etc).

    Unfortunately I can not answer your question on whether IBP for Inventory can be used for service parts planning.

    Regards,
    Chris
    SAP Global Service and Support

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      One more thought on using either EIS or IBP for inventory to manage service parts.  These inventory optimization applications use forecast and forecast error as key input variables to calculate safety stock requirements at every item/location.  Service parts are unique because of the market forces that drive the forecast compared to other industries like consumer goods or high tech.  And EIS and IBP do not have the algorithms to calculate a service parts forecast that take those unique characteristics into account.  But if you feed a quality forecast into the model that may be generated by your existing systems (like SAP Service Parts Planning), and can calculate forecast error by comparing that historical forecast to what was actually used, then EIS and IBP can calculate safety stock requirements for service parts.