Supply Chain Management

Managing your Design to Operate process lifecycle has never been more challenging, as customer demand patters and supply networks are constantly in flux making it more difficult to coordinate planning, production, and logistics.  Content in this group of categories will help customers understand what it takes to create nimble, flexible, product design and development, planning, production, and logistics. We’ll cover core solutions with SAP ECC and SAP S/4HANA as well as cloud based, planning, manufacturing and procurement solutions. You will learn from both thought leadership as well as case studies and best practices to get the most out of your investment in both SAP and non-SAP solutions


  1. Manage Material Requirements Planning Exception Messages in SAP

    Reading time: 12 mins

  2. Industry 4.0 – The Journey to the Future of Productivity

    Reading time: 5 mins


  1. Acsis, Inc.

    Reading time: 5 mins

    Manufacturing companies are often overwhelmed by the breadth of Industry 4.0 technologies and are not quite sure where to begin their digital transformations. Learn how to assess product bottlenecks and inefficiencies and how to build incrementally on end-to-end processes such as design to operate. Because unique customer demands heavily affect product design and manufacturing, manufacturers…
  2. APO Active Ingredient Management Workaround for Requirement Planning

    Reading time: 10 mins

    Active ingredient management allows you to plan physical movements of items that you measure in alternative units, such as flavor strength. This allows you to optimize how much product you plan for to meet requirements. However, Advanced Planning and Optimization does not offer standard functionality for using active ingredient management. Find out about a workaround…...…
  3. Don’t Overlook Standard POD Functionality to Confirm Deliveries

    Reading time: 9 mins

    Configure standard R/3 proof of delivery functionality to streamline your delivery process with these step-by-step instructions. Key Concept Proof of delivery (POD) is the stage in the delivery process in which the customer confirms the quantity of the goods received. Based on the confirmation of goods received, an invoice is issued to the customer to…...…
  4. What to Consider When Migrating to SAP WM

    Reading time: 16 mins

    SAP Warehouse Management’s (SAP WM’s) functionality growth coupled with the rapidly aging state of many companies’ warehouse management systems has led more companies to initiate SAP WM implementation projects. Find out some best practices for approaching a move to SAP WM. Key Concept SAP Warehouse Management applications are available in three formats: as part of…...…
  5. Scheduling Oil and Gas Trades — An SAP TSW Perspective

    Reading time: 10 mins

    Find out what you need to know about SAP Trader’s and Scheduler’s Workbench, which SAP offers for the oil and gas industry. See how this planning tool helps you to be a differentiator in this world of high volumes and low margins. Key Concept SAP Trader’s and Scheduler’s Workbench (TSW) integrates with your SAP ERP…...…
  6. What to Consider When Integrating PP-PI in APO SNP and PP/DS

    Reading time: 17 mins

    Watch out for surprises when you integrate Production Planning for Process Industries with Advanced Planning and Optimization. Learn how to best set up recipes and capacity consumption in this environment to avoid errors. Key Concept Production Planning for Process Industries (PP- PI) is a planning tool in R/3 and SAP ERP Central Component used in…...…
  7. Use Alternative Valuation Runs in the Material Ledger to Smooth Seasonal Price Variances

    Reading time: 22 mins

    The classic costing run builds a quantity structure that takes account of all goods movements and invoices in the period to determine a periodic unit price for each material. If the raw material prices are subject to seasonal fluctuations or the activity prices vary substantially, then the inventory valuation for each period may be considered…...…
  8. Shrink Forecast Errors with SAP SCM 5.0

    Reading time: 11 mins

    Use these five steps in SCM 5.0 to help prevent common demand forecasting mistakes. Key Concept Statistical forecasting uses mathematical formulas to detect trends and patterns based on an event in history (such as seasonality) to predict changes in demand. Causal forecasting identifies the occurrence of an event based on a cause-and-effect relationship (such as…...…
  9. 10 Tips for Implementing SAP APO SNP

    Reading time: 15 mins

    As you implement Advanced Planning and Optimization Supply Network Planning, consider these 10 preparation and setup tips to help you maximize your system resources and eliminate potential data problems. Key Concept Supply Network Planning (SNP) in SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) provides a link between Demand Planning’s (DP’s) forecasting functionality and the more detailed…...…
  10. A Guided Tour of Java Software Development Lifecycle Management with SAP NetWeaver Development Infrastructure (NWDI): Part 2 — The Development Process

    Reading time: 2 mins

    SAP NetWeaver Development Infrastructure (NWDI) is an enterprise-scale Java development platform that provides developers with a well-organized, comprehensive approach and toolset to address the complex challenges of Java development, such as locating source code versions, finding and tracking foreign libraries, eliminating discrepancies between local and central environments, and managing conflicts when multiple developers work on…...…