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Plan to Produce

Complex international supply chains and the ever-increasing pressure to be able to react adequately to short-term changes mean that companies are placing more and more emphasis on supply chain planning in order to optimize their processes and ensure the company's viability. The requirements for a supply chain planning solution are therefore also dynamic.

This is particularly true for SAP, which is continuously expanding its portfolio of solutions and offers a wide range of options for mapping and implementing intelligent, efficient end-to-end processes with a high degree of automation under the "Design to Operate" banner.

In close alignment with SAP, All for One makes use of this potential to implement tailor-made solutions for SMEs in the area of supply chain planning - in line with smart end-to-end processes and the motto "Plan to Produce".

To this end, we use standard SAP functionalities and, where it makes sense, supplement them with innovative cloud-based solution components and our consulting expertise.

Your individual path to success: Are you "Fit for SCM"?

With the workshop, we offer an optimal solution for how customers can plan and produce their entire business as efficiently, consistently and system-integrated as possible. With our experienced team, we can provide targeted advice on how this solution can look in individual cases and which modules can be used there.

Our tried-and-tested approach is based on our Fit for SCM workshop. In this workshop, we work with you to carry out a precise assessment of your supply chain: Where do you stand and where do you want and need to go? We advise you strategically and operationally on how you can achieve your objectives efficiently with the support of SAP. What will give you the best quick wins in terms of the optimum process? What are the strengths and weaknesses of your current processes? What optimizations are feasible? What do you need to do to become "Fit for SCM"?

An ideal-typical process: this is what the goal can look like

Integrated planning across the entire planning process: from customer planning and 360° supply chain planning to the optimized production plan.

1. sales and supply network planning

Sales planning deals with the market-oriented view. What do my customers want? Which product families offer growth? What quantities are needed in which regions? At the end of the process, regional planning is used to create consolidated, centralized sales planning, which is then transferred to supply network planning in the next step. A sales indication is already possible at this early stage.

Supply network planning ensures the transparency of the supply chain: where are which stocks located, what capacities are available, where are there bottlenecks or problems with individual suppliers? These points must be known on a daily basis in order to manage the supply chain stably and reliably and to be able to react quickly if necessary. The S&OP module in SAP IBP offers all the functionalities needed to meet these requirements in a holistic, transparent and efficient manner. In our Fit for SCM workshop, we can find out which SAP IBP modules enable the right optimization in your individual case.

2. operational quantity planning

After the sales & supply network planning, the transfer to SAP S/4HANA takes place in order to plan the operational quantity planning by executing an MRP run to cover sales orders and other requirements in accordance with net requirements planning: Which stocks can be used for this? Do materials need to be reordered? What are the overall capacities? What must the personnel planning look like? DDMRP, which is available free of charge in SAP S/4HANA, enables better, more efficient planning based on various processes, including automated order proposals. The planning is then transferred to production in SAP PP, SAP's classic production planning tool.

3. detailed planning

Detailed planning defines short-term production planning; the SAP tool for this is Manufacturing for Planning and Scheduling - MP&S (formerly PP/DS or extended planning in S/4HANA). MP&S is an important part of integrated planning in order to

  • create a feasible plan,
  • define an optimal production sequence,
  • Ensure material availability,
  • take capacity restrictions into account.

4. shop floor & MES

(Detailed) planning can only be as good as its basis, and this is the current situation on the shop floor. Can orders actually be processed as planned? Are there current bottlenecks, such as malfunctions on individual machines or staff absences? If this is the case, the detailed planning for the next few days must take the resulting backlogs into account. If this is not the case, the planning does not reflect reality.

This is a sore point in many companies: even if an MES is used in production, which records data from the shop floor in real time, this information is often not available in SAP. This is because in many companies, synchronization between MES and SAP ERP only takes place once or twice a day. The current situation in production therefore remains a black box for everyone working with SAP.

With Digital Manufacturing (DM), SAP's MES solution, this problem does not exist, as DM is fully integrated into the SAP landscape and transfers data in real time. For companies that do not require a fully comprehensive MES, there is also the All for One Smart Factory which can be used to digitize individual processes - such as worker feedback - and integrate them into SAP.

Let's find out together which components and approaches can advance your SAP planning process quickly and in a targeted manner, and find out now about our Fit for SCM workshop!

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