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Pros and cons Demand Planning in APO or ECC


is there a paper/pdf out there describing the pros and cons of DP in APO and ECC. We are planning to implement demand planning and are in an evaluation face whether to go with an APO solution or not. The financial aspect is not an issue. We already have the licensing in place for APO and ECC.

Which solution provides better flexibility and usability? Have any of you guys got experience with implementing demand planning in a non-manufacturing orgnisation. That is we are looking for a tool to forecast/plan external and internal procurement.

Any suggestions are welcome.

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    Former Member
    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    Hi ,

    Definitely APO DP have many advantage over ECC.

    => More Flexibility than ECC demand management

    => Complex statistical tool can be used for forecasting

    => Complex macros can be build as per the business need

    => Easy visilbility & maintenance of the data

    => Advance Demand planning functionalities like Promotional planning, LCM, Management decisions, etc can be incorporated easily.

    Also refer the details provided in the below thread for more details:

    General Discussion - Why to choose APO over R/3 for planning?


    Hope this helps,


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