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SAP APO: Balance supply and demand across your global supply chain

SAP APO: Balance supply and demand across your global supply chain

Enhance supply chain management (SCM) with SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO). This solution offers integrated, best-in-class functionality for demand, supply, and production planning – as well as global available-to-promise (ATP). Maximize supply network efficiency, and take forecasting and demand management to the next level.

Why SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization?

To stay a step ahead of demand, you need a powerful platform that supports and integrates all of your supply chain planning activities. With SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization you can:

  • Improve supply and demand planning for both internal and external supply chains
  • Tightly integrate with SAP ERP to access sales, material, and other data
  • Increase forecast accuracy and minimize inventory buffers
  • Align mid- to long-term demand plans with your overall supply capacity
  • Create optimized production plans for all of your factories
  • Provide reliable sales order confirmation dates

Learn how SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization can simplify the lives of business users and IT staff:

Functional Capabilities

SAP APO is structured into four modules that can be used and licensed separately:

Demand planning (DP)  

  • Comprehensive demand forecasting tool-set
  • Highly configurable planning books with macro functionality
  • Lifecycle, promotion, and collaborative demand planning
     

Supply network planning (SNP)

  • Integrate purchasing, manufacturing, distribution, and transportation
  • Product flow planning along the entire supply chain, with consideration for constraints and penalties
  • Planning for different levels of detail, including aggregated planning
  • Choice of heuristic-, rule-, or optimization-based algorithm
  • Advanced safety stock planning algorithms
     

Production planning and detailed scheduling (PP/DS)

  • Multi-level production planning
  • Capable-to-promise (CTP)
  • Choice of existing or custom heuristics
  • Support for lot quantity calculations and sourcing
  • Support for: make-to-stock, make-to-order, make-to-order with order BOM, engineer-to-order, project manufacturing,
    and flow manufacturing
  • Order pegging
     

Global available-to-promise (gATP)

  • Seamless integration with other SAP applications/components
  • Global availability checks on defined documents within a defined scope
  • Rules-based ATP using product or location substitution strategies
  • Product allocation for controlling commitments to key customers
  • Backorder processing
  • Multi-level ATP for triggering BOM explosion and performing component checks
  • Capable to promise (CTP) -€“ call production planning (PP/DS)
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Technical Capabilities

Learn how SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization makes it easier for IT to integrate, extend, and deploy an advanced planning system:  

  • Object-based and object-oriented programming
    Get IT up and running quickly with the application'™s familiar object-based and ABAP-type programming.
  • Integration approach
    Communicate with SAP ERP via build-in middleware CIF. Communicate with components in SAP SCM or 3rd-party systems via SAP Remote function calls, SAP ALE technology, and Web services.
  • Data model
    The SAP APO architecture follows the classical separation of data access, presentation, and actual functional layers.
  • Business add-in
    Add specific logic via open interfaces.
  • Data persistency
    Store transactional data, such as orders and time series, within an object-oriented, in-memory liveCache.
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System requirements for SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization

For more information about system and software requirements, please refer to the SAP Quick Sizer which lists supported devices, hardware, operating systems, apps, and browsers.

Operating Systems Please visit the product availability matrix for more information on operating systems
Database Platforms Please visit the product availability matrix for more information on database platforms
Web Browsers Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer

Licensing and purchasing options for SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization

The modular structure of SAP APO allows you to license and pay for only the modules you require at any given time. This product is deployed as a traditional, on-premise application with a license based on cost of goods sold (COGS).

SAP APO offers the following modules, which can be licensed separately:  

  • SAP Demand Planning
  • SAP Global Available-to-Promise
  • SAP Extended Manufacturing
  • SAP Supply Network Planning
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Implementation

Ensure a successful implementation and maximize your ROI with information resources that support the different phases of SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization – from planning and installation to operation.

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Plan your installation

Refer to Master Guide: SAP APO 7.0, EHP 3* for important information about installation and upgrade planning.

Confirm that you have a license key

To request permanent license keys, you need authorization under myProfile*. To extend your authorization, please contact an SAP user administrator*.

Download the software

To download the SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization software installation package, visit the SAP Support Portal*. Click S in the A to Z index > Search for SAP SCM > select the relevant package.

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Consider a faster deployment option

Get up and running even faster. SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization rapid-deployment solutions bring together software and services to speed go-live for a rich set of supply chain planning functionality.

SAP Advanced Production Scheduling rapid-deployment solution

SAP Demand and Supply Network Planning rapid-deployment solution 

SAP Global ATP Check rapid-deployment solution

 

 

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Complete the installation steps

Refer to Master Guide: SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization 7.0, Including Enhancement Package 3* for a step-by-step overview of the installation process, including a list of required tools and associated documentation.

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Refer to the Application Operations Guide* to learn how to manage, maintain, and run your SAP applications at peak performance.

Ensure the security of SAP APO

Download the SAP APO 7.0, EPH 3 Security Guide* for important information on ensuring the security of your software.

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Enhance your knowledge of SAP APO

View the SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization training and certification catalog of instructor-led courses and e-courses – and train when and where it’s convenient for you.

Stay up-to-date with our learning maps

Consultants, get role-specific learning maps with SAP implementation and operation information. These online knowledge products cover our latest products and upgrades.

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Upgrades

Plan and carry out a successful upgrade to the latest release of SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization – so you can take advantage of the new features and capabilities right away.

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Identify the upgrade paths

Learn about the upgrade paths available for SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization in our Product Availability Matrix.

View the matrix*

Plan your upgrade

Get important information on installing and upgrading to SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization 7.0 EHP3 in our Master Guide.

Read the guide*

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Identify dependencies

Determine the impact an upgrade will have on your other systems – using our Upgrade Dependency Analyzer.

Access the Analyzer

Size the implementation

Use the Web-based Quick Sizer tool to help you select an SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization system based on your requirements.

Open the Quick Sizer tool

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Complete the upgrade steps

Refer to the SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization 7.0, EPH 3 Upgrade Guide for an overview of the upgrade process,  including a list of required tools and associated documentation.

View the guide*

Ask the community

Visit the SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization community for the latest technology news and  updates. Ask questions, post comments, and discuss issues.

Visit the community

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Support

Get the support you need to keep SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization running at peak performance. Our experts can help you maximize the value of your software, take advantage of new business models and capabilities, and more.

Expert Community

Connect with SAP experts – and get the latest news and views on SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization implementations, upgrades,  innovations, and best practices.

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