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Sales, Inventory, and Operations Planning Solutions

Anticipate change and make necessary adjustments to mitigate risks and seize new opportunities

Integrate sales, inventory, and operations processes to facilitate collaborative decision making across the enterprise. With sales inventory and operations planning solutions from SAP, your organization can balance demand and supply profitably and pursue optimal product availability. In turn, inventory and working capital are significantly reduced, service levels are optimized, and profitability and customer service are improved.

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Solution Capabilities

Included Capabilities

Product Review

Maximized effectiveness of product strategy and launch plans

Optimize your product management review – the first step in an integrated business planning process – with SAP software for product management. Reach consensus on the status of projects in the product pipeline, quickly address issues that affect their status, and develop action plans to get projects with a yellow or red status back to green. Review key performance metrics, and reprioritize projects as required.

Demand Review

Better consensus demand planning through improved demand collection, aggregation, and in-depth analysis

Using SAP software, you can quickly gather demand inputs, analyze demand data, and generate a single consensus demand plan for measuring current volume and financial target achievement. It lets everyone view and enter information at the level that makes sense for them and their department, and it normalizes and aggregates the input for executive decision making. You get more accurate demand planning, streamlined capacity needs, and more assurance of meeting financial targets.

Supply Review

Accelerated analysis of supply and capacity through improved data collection, aggregation, and analysis

SAP software gives you full visibility into supply information, so you can proactively change supply plans and avoid manufacturing capacity and material shortages. Data from SAP and non-SAP systems is collected and normalized for rapid simulations and analysis to perform inventory level, rough-cut capacity planning and critical material analysis. You can keep supply in proper balance, minimize costs by managing inventory levels, and have faster, more accurate planning cycles.

Demand, Supply, and Finance Alignment

Balanced demand and supply through the use of rapid simulations and robust analysis

With SAP software you can balance demand and supply by running rapid simulations and comparing planning scenarios in real time – even as business conditions change. You can gather and analyze massive amounts of demand, supply, and financial data instantly and at any level of granularity. As a result, you can uncover opportunities to reduce costs, prepare for changes in demand and supply before they happen, optimize profitability, and avoid manufacturing capacity and material shortages.

Management Review and Analysis

Alignment of demand and supply plans with executive financial targets and key performance indicators

SAP software provides a full view of synchronized demand and supply plans based on a unified model of data, so you can see if plans align with financial goals. You can drill down into plans; run rapid simulations of changes for what-if analysis; and test assumptions to see their potential impact. Reviews are faster, letting people focus on ways to increase revenue and market share, optimize product and customer profitability, minimize inventory costs, and overcome capacity constraints.

Service Level Determination

Optimized service-level targets based on profitability

SAP software lets you establish service-level targets that reflect the profitability of an item, location, and customer, so you can prioritize investments. It optimizes service levels to help you meet global targets, minimizes cost, and maximizes revenues. You can meet sales goals by increasing customer service levels, reduce inventory and increase capital by gaining insights into the network and supply chain, and improve planner productivity by determining forecast error accuracy.

Inventory Optimization

Optimized stock quantity that drives planning, maximizes customer service levels, and minimizes capital investments

Inventory optimization software from SAP helps you get the right products to the right place at the right time. It supports multi-echelon supply chains with high volumes and complexities; optimizes the inventory mix; and lets you analyze a large number of influencing factors. It provides critical visibility across the supply chain and helps determine optimal inventory levels. You can enhance operational targets, increase productivity, free up capital, and increase customer loyalty.


Quickly adopt and maintain SAP solutions

Get the support you need to efficiently implement and operate your SAP solutions – and take advantage of new technologies. We offer a range of support services, from foundation level to strategic engagement and co-innovation.

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Integrate processes to enable collaborative decision making

Customers are demanding increased product availability. This demand is putting downward pressure on prices and affecting your profitability. To overcome short and unpredictable supply chain lead times, you require integrated processes to enable collaborative decision making across the enterprise.

Make sure your SAP solutions meet your business needs simply and seamlessly – with help from SAP Service and Support. Our 30,000+ consultants have unparalleled product knowledge, technology expertise, and experience across 25 distinct industries.

We’ve recently refined the way we engage with customers, to make it even easier for you to drive transformation and simplify your business. Whether you want to speed up implementation, move to the cloud, customize your solution, optimize IT, or do something completely different – the SAP Service and Support team is here to make it happen.


Experience 54% fewer errors in sales projections*

Lower inventory carrying costs by 6%*

Increase sales by 19%*


Improve integrated business planning

SAP Integrated Business Planning for sales and operations brings together stakeholders across your organization in an efficient, truly integrated planning process, so you can better align demand and supply to improve profitability.

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Optimize both inventory and service levels

SAP provides tools to manage supply chain risk and variability. These tools can help you optimize both inventory and service levels, as well as align your sales and operations plan with your financial objectives.

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