SAP has provided a nice update on the new features that are coming in SAP IBP 1811 which will be released for customers in mid-November, including many new features and capabilities for optimizing your supply chain. If you find yourself with 2 hours to spare, you can watch the recorded session. However, if you’re just looking for some of the highlights, I’ll be going through the areas presented to provide a summary of what I consider the bright spots and key enhancements.
Analytics and Exception Management
A new app is being provided to configure the connection from SAP IBP 1811 to external system. This will be primarily customer on premise systems such as ECC. An example will be branching from a chart in analytics to a transaction like MD04 – Stock Requirements list. This is a great navigation tool and can be used Static – no data filter or Dynamic – with data filter.
Excel Add-In 1811
One nice feature is with the Excel Add-In, which provides the capability to filter not just on attributes but also on key figure values. As of SAP IBP 1811, you can only use 1 key figure for your value filter. The value filter cannot be shared, but it can be saved as an Ad-Hoc Filter within templates or favorites. There is also a new optional parameter for planning note – to limit the number to 5,000 in a planning view. Beyond this the notes will not be displayed for performance reasons. Note that there is also the limitation of 20 key figures in a planning area that can have planning notes configured.
There is a new algorithm in demand planning for Gradient Boosting. In the Forecast Profile, there are 3 parameters:
Maximum number of Trees
Maximum Tree Depth
Using this algorithm will provide a more accurate forecast if you use for stable product categories. For realignment there is a new check box to delete the source planning objects. The deletion can eliminate some confusion when reviewing the data after realignment.
In SAP IBP 1811, there are now have up to 8 different downstream signals and the algorithm detects the correlation between these signals and actual weekly demand. In previous versions, there was only 1 downstream signal available. All need to be at product location customer level.
A new feature was added so that the inventory algorithm uses storage space as a constraint. This is very important since if there is not enough space in the warehouse for all safety stock, what’s the point? Maximum Storage Constraint – this is enabled with 2 new global parameter and 2 key figures.
New global parameter – STORAGE_CAPACITY_CONSTRAINTS
STORAGE_PENALTY_OPTION (Fixed or Variable)
There is also a new global parameter – LOOP_HANDLING which allows the algorithm to handle loops between locations in the supply chain.
A new heuristic algorithm for Shelf Life planning – it considers remaining shelf life in planning run. The downside is that you need to implement a new planning area – SAP4S. The features for shelf life planning are NOT in SAPIBP1 so this could be problematic and could increase the complexity of the architecture by needing a new planning area. I recommend investigating if SAP4S could be merged into SAPIBP1 before implementing.
There is a new Key Figure Calculation App which is a much better view of the calculation graph in key figure configuration. The existing calculation graph can be quite difficult to use if the calculations are complex. The new app is a much better view, and for complex calculations there is a search function which is very nice. While the app is display only, it does allow the branch directly to key figure maintenance.
These are my favorite new features in IBP 1811. Interested in getting started with SAP IBP or just learning more about the newest version? Check out our SAP IBP videos on YouTube, or reach out to us anytime– we’re happy to talk.