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APO Demand Planning weak points / Most common enhancements

What are some of the weak points you saw in APO Demand Planning - Meaning some feature which you think is not working as you should work and some feature which Planners/users complained about.

What are some of the areas where you had to use ABAP development ( Implementation or continuous improvement/support phase) because SAP doesnt have that standard feature

It is ok to mention even though these changes are because of a specific business procedure followed by your client -But try to mention any generic ones which sort of applies to every client such as lets say you feel auto model selection 56 doesnt work correctly and you had a work around to make it work better

I know this is a loaded question but contribute as much as you can so that we all can deliver the best output and make APO DP more likeable to our clients

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Thanks Siva. Nothing else to do on this cold/rainy afternoon here.

Yes, Sales History is definitely one of the ways to create CVCs in APO-DP.  It doesn't not cover all the CVC requirements.  You require some alternative to create CVCs ahead of time before Material actually start selling. After all you want to start forecasting/planning beforehand, so you need CVCs.

#1.  Regarding simplification of CVC creation process.

CVCs can be created based on the file being uploaded by the user. I had implemented this in following manner in the past.

1. This was done by creating the program which will upload (predefined formatted and tab delimited) file into Application Server(AL11).

2. While uploading file, individuals records from the file were validated against the Master data(Info objects - /BIC/PXXX tables) in APO and also against the /sapapo/v_matloc table.

Erroneous or invalid records  were written into the log file and was shown on the screen. Only valid records used to be uploaded in a file on application server.

3. Then batch job used to run to pickup the file either it will upload it into the Infocube OR another option use the uploaded file in MC62 variant and create the CVCs using FILE from application server.

4. If Infocube option, then CVC will be created based on infocube by running standard /SAPAPO/TS_PLOB_MAINTAIN program.

5. Once CVCs are generated, the run /SAPAPO/TS_LCM_PLOB_DELTA_SYNC to do Adjust Time Series.

I believe this is much simpler approach, less development effort and also it leverages standard inherent SAP features.

#2   Selection profile update can be developed based on Z program referring/updating these tables /SAPAPO/TS_SELKO  and /SAPAPO/TS_SELPO.

Hope this will help.

Thank you

Satish Waghmare

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