SAP IBP Planning
SAP IBP: Demand- and Sales & Operations Planning
The foundation for efficient and proactive supply chain management

Your path to perfect Supply Chain Planning with SAP IBP

Do you suffer from long replenishment and lead times The planning process is intransparent or contains system breaks? Do you have capacity problems, and are your production planning operations dominated by missing parts? Many companies face these challenges.

SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) offers you the perfect SAP HANA-based solution to overcome them, and provides you with efficient support with respect to optimizing your supply chain.

Demand Planning (DP) and Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) form the foundation of efficient management and proactive supply chain control. The goal is to make processes transparent at all levels, improve planning efficiency and accuracy, and form a solid foundation for purchasing, detailed production planning and scheduling.

Both Demand Planning and Sales and Operations Planning are especially important in efficient business management. Together with the right scheduling procedures, they form the basis of a good delivery service level with optimum stock levels and therefore efficient production and detailed planning.

As the figure below shows, both Sales and Operations Planning and Demand Planning are vitally important for the result of efficient planning. It is important that DP and S&OP are intertwined with one another, resulting in perfect production and detailed planning.

Interaction between S&OP and DP for perfect production and detailed planning

SAP IBP basics: Why Demand Planning and Sales and Operations Planning is so important (Part 1)

This video is only available in German language.

What is IBP?

With Integrated Business Planning (IBP), you have an ERP-independent cloud solution from SAP at your disposal for mapping the entire planning process. SAP IBP is only available as a cloud solution, not as an on-prem one.

The solution enables pre-planning that has optimum content and can be used in an operationally meaningful way to effectively support the subsequent planning processes in Purchasing and Logistics. From implementing simple sales planning, to mapping a cross-divisional S&OP process, IBP is also an adequate platform for optimally supporting your Supply Chain Planning activities throughout the entire supply chain.

Many companies already use SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO), the predecessor version, for planning the ideal supply chain. Following a redesign, these functionalities can be found partly in SAP S/4HANA and partly in the powerful new SAP IBP solution. For example, the SAP HANA database allows users to simulate the impact of changes to plans consistently across all BOM levels and along the entire value creation chain.

The functional areas of the IBP cloud platform at a glance:

SAP IBP is made up of five modules to make perfect planning your reality:

  • SAP Integrated Business Planning for Sales & Operations (sales planning, Sales and Operations Planning, and simulative Supply Chain Planning)
  • SAP Integrated Business Planning for Response and Supply [operational, cross-plant Supply Chain Planning (replacing local MRPs)]
  • SAP Integrated Business Planning for Inventory (inventory management, calculating and positioning safety stock)
  • SAP Integrated Business Planning for Demand (advanced forecasting methods, e.g. demand sensing)
  • SAP Integrated Business Planning for Demand-Driven Replenishment (Demand Planning with dynamically calculated buffers as a further development of the classic MRP approach)

ORBIS IBP-Webcasts

SAP IBP Part 2

Would you like to know what functions the planning solution has to offer, and what a typical SAP IBP planning process looks like? Find out the answers and learn about exciting highlights directly in the system in this webcast.

This webcast is available in German only.

IBP Webcast Part 2
IBP Webcast Part 3

SAP IBP Part 3 – technology and implementation

Would you like to take a peek behind the scenes of the SAP IBP planning solution? No problem! Find out more about the IBP architecture and see a sample system configuration in this webcast!

This webcast is available in German only.

Consistent, harmonized planning thanks to SAP IBP

Convert all the plans from different business units and different instances into a single consensus-based, integrated plan. Your local plans are consolidated centrally in a uniform data model and mapped correctly in the company network with respect to scheduling. So the complete supply chain can be taken into account even at the planning stage, and feasibility can be ensured.

IBP offers cloud-based functions designed to control the planning process for end-to-end Supply Chain Planning in both quantities and values, in any granularity and dimension.

You can improve your short- to medium-term sales planning with the help of modern planning front-ends in Excel, a variety of planning functionsand machine learning-based forecasting methods. What’s more, SAP IBP supports you with a clear Fiori user interface, modern analysis and reporting functions, alert-based working, intelligent heuristics and many other functions too.

An ABC / XYZ analysis function for clustering the article spectrum is naturally integrated too. Find out about your company’s exciting SCM insights! Additional analysis options with dashboard functions and interesting information for your management team are provided by the SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) solution.

Easy systems integration of SAP IBP by ORBIS

Integrated Business Planning (IBP) implements a consistent S&OP process that is perfectly mapped in appropriate tools and enables top-level sales planning with unbeatable convenience in the cloud.

The innovative planning solution therefore lays the foundation for your future-proof supply chain management operations.

The intuitive Excel front-end can be used without a great deal of training effort. SAP IBP can be implemented quickly and easily, in a way that conserves resources for your IT department.

SAP IBP planning interface

Your requirements are implemented quickly and efficiently – following an agile project methodology – based on the ORBIS templates. Derived from your corporate strategy, sector-specific customer requirements form the foundation of rule-based Sales and Operations Planning. Integrating existing IT systems (SAP ERP and/or S/4HANA), giving particular regard to different scenarios, gives your employees a state-of-the-art planning environment. Get to know how your business can benefit from the integrative planning solution!

Get in touch with ORBIS Consulting and benefit from ORBIS’s best practices – our SCM consultants advise your organization and your employees by providing sector-specific know-how on the topics of supply chain management and digital Supply Chain Planning.

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