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The best practice to Planning area creation for SAP IBP

Hi, experts

I would like to know about the best practices for Planning areas creation, as i can see SAP Lab has created a lot of good standard process in SAP data models for standard SAP Planning Areas.

My questions is:

Will be better try to adapt the standard Planning Areas (ie SAP2) to some customer requirements or copy this  Planning area to a ZSAP2 for example?

In the context that SAP will be updating the standard Planning areas with new features & capabilities.


Fabio Matias

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    Sep 08, 2016 at 05:42 AM

    SAP provided standard planning area to understand the each module capabilities. In real time it not worth to use and implement the IBP application.

    Standard planning area (PA) is base to start the IBP application functionalities, consultants will copy the standard planning area and customize as per business needs.

    Ex: SAP2 PA copied as ZSAP2. If any new functionality added it is applicable only for Standard planning areas later merge the SAP2 to ZSAP2 and test the new feature.

    If SAP added new feature directly to ZSAP existing customized functionality may be impact, so some steps to be performed before merge the new features to ZSAP.

    If any upgrade happens SAP recommended to reactivate the PA to added the new feature or apply OSS.

    So consultant should be aware of which functionality SAP added and is there any impact on existing customized configuration, then copy ZSAP to another PA and merge the SAP standard PA and test accordingly.

    Best Regards,


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    Sep 02, 2016 at 03:13 PM

    Hello Fabio,

    It is better that you create a copy of the planning area i.e ZSAP2.



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      Hi Saabitri,

      In this case, you can use 'Merge' option.

      I am not sure if you already checked the details in the configuration guide. If not, i suggest you to refer the section, "Copy Options for Planning Models".

      Best regards


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    Sep 08, 2016 at 02:27 PM

    Hi Fabio

    We are not authorized to activate SAP Standard PA. We have to copy the SAP standard sample planning area for the client.

    Regarding upgrade of the PA or system, when ever it is done it is not done only for the SAP Standard PA. It is done for all the planning area created via copying SAP PA, as all the planning area sit on the same system and upgrade is not at the planning area level. It is at the system level.

    Hope this helps.



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