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SAP Global Available to Promise (gATP) 101: Global Visibility vs. Global Availability

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For more information on SAP's gATP visit http://www.plan4demand.com, call 866-P4D-INFO, or email info@plan4demand.com …

For more information on SAP's gATP visit http://www.plan4demand.com, call 866-P4D-INFO, or email info@plan4demand.com

Unfortunately, many companies today make promises to customers without knowing if they can actually meet the demand. Global Available to Promise (gATP) is often considered the most difficult to explain and, as a result, the most difficult module to understand when to implement and what to expect when you do.

SAP Global Available to Promise (gATP) is a powerful tool that allows you to have the system look anywhere in the supply chain you have designated for available product, in real-time. GATP can give you the world at your fingertips.

This session will cover key things to consider when setting up the logic on what you want to see, when you want to see it, and how to establish a logical flow to best suit your needs without creating too much complexity.

Sharon Nelson and Charlie MacMaster, combine over 30 years of SAP experience to discuss the capabilities of ATP, gATP, their similarities and differences, how SD and gATP work together, explore the concept of availability vs. global visibility and building a logic to capitalize on both.

Key take-a-ways will include:
• How to know if gATP is a fit for your organization
• Understanding how gATP interacts with ECC, PP/DS and other APO Components
• Overview of different Types of ATP checks and sequences
• What materials, products, regions should be "checked" in gATP
• When and where people must engage beyond the system
• How to define rules in gATP for what you want and really need


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  • 1. July 31st, 2013 plan4demand SUPPLY CHAIN LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE PRESENTS: The web event will begin momentarily with your hosts: &
  • 2. Proven SAP Partner  More than 500 successful SCP engagements in the past decade  We’re known for driving measurable results in tools that are adopted across our client organizations  Our experts have a minimum of 10 years supply chain experience  Our SAP team is deep in both technology and supply chain planning expertise; have managed multiple implementations; have a functional specialty “Plan4Demand has consistently put in extra effort to ensure our Griffin plant consolidation and demand planning projects were successful.” -Scott Strickland, VP Information Systems Black & Decker
  • 3.  Honored by Supply & Demand Chain Executive as a 2013 "Top Female Supply Chain Executive" and "Pro To Know."  As a former CIO at IBM Network Hardware & Easton Bell Sports, and COO at ABB Kent Taylor, Sharon has earned reputation for design and implementation of time and cost sensitive enterprise-level projects across organizations with multiple worldwide sites.  As an SAP APO Team Leader at Plan4Demand, Charlie has been implementing SAP supply chain solutions for more than 15 years, including more than a decade with SAP, including leading the SCM Center of Excellence team.  He has extensive implementation experience in system configuration, supply chain processes, solution architecture and project management. He is able to develop solutions across the breadth of SAP’s supply chain tools and can still dive deep, “hands-on,” into the system. Sharon Nelson CSO, Plan4Demand Charlie MacMaster SAP Team Lead, Plan4Demand
  • 4.  Understand the basics of an Availability Check  Understand the capabilities of gATP  Understand the similarities and differences of SD-ATP & ATP in APO (gATP)  Understand how SD and gATP work together  Learn how gATP could be employed in your organization  Explore the concept of Global Availability vs. Global Visibility 4
  • 5. 1. What is ATP? 2. What is gATP? 3. gATP in the SAP Landscape  Integrations with ECC  Integration with other APO Components  Comparison of ECC ATP & APO gATP 4. Types of ATP Checks  What Should be Checked?  ATP Check Hierarchy & Methods 5. Rules-Based gATP  What it is & How it works 6. What do you need gATP for?  Checking Sequence Rationale  gATP Business Processes 7. Global Visibility vs. Availability 8. Key Take-A-Ways 9. Q&A 5
  • 6.  A Generic Definition:  Available-to-promise (ATP) is type of availability check  ATP is a business function that provides a response to customer order inquiries, based on resource availability  Execution of an ATP run generates available quantities of the requested product, and delivery due dates.  This helps companies support order promising and fulfillment, aiming to manage demand and match it to production and procurement plans while maximizing on Customer Service
  • 7.  Quantity available to be promised is determined by netting:  Stock on Hand  Planned receipts  production orders  purchase orders  planned orders  Planned outward movements of stock  Sales orders  Deliveries  Reservations  A standard ATP check is performed dynamically for each transaction, taking into account the relevant stock and planned goods movements with or without their replenishment lead time. Planned independent requirements are not considered.
  • 8. 1. What is ATP? 2. What is gATP? 3. gATP in the SAP Landscape 4. Types of ATP Checks 5. Rules-Based gATP 6. What do you need gATP for? 7. Global Visibility vs. Availability 8. Key Take-A-Ways 9. Q&A 8
  • 9.  In general, ECC is plant-centric and it’s ATP checks only look locally, but gATP in APO allows the check to be done across the supply chain  gATP is a component of SAP–SCM-APO  Allows Product or Location Substitution  Product Availability checks  User initiates transaction in SD; gATP engine runs in APO  APO gATP is seamlessly integrated with SAP ECC SD via Core Interface function (CIF)  gATP utilizes the same LiveCache that is used by DP, SNP, PP/DS.
  • 10.  Business situation  Capacity to produce or procure is similar in different locations  Inventory for products maybe in multiple location  Complexity of supply chain  SAP situation  Level of maturity of ECC  Knowledge of other APO components  Understanding of the technology (e.g., LiveCache, CIF)  Validity of Master Data  Landscape integration points (with ECC, CRM, APO, etc.)
  • 11. 1. What is ATP? 2. What is gATP? 3. gATP in the SAP Landscape 4. Types of ATP Checks 5. Rules-Based gATP 6. What do you need gATP for? 7. Global Visibility vs. Availability 8. Key Take-A-Ways 9. Q&A 11
  • 12. SD in ECC Core Interface (CIF) Master Data Transactional Data Integration of Master Data & Transaction Data between SD & gATP  The Core Interface allows ECC and APO to function as one integrated system gATP in APO
  • 13. DP SNP GATP CRM PP/DS SD 1 3 2 4 Requirements Confirmations ATP 2 ATP Allocations and Pegging
  • 14.  SD availability checks occur in ECC  Quantity available to be promised is determined by netting:  Stock on Hand  Planned receipts  Planned outward movements of stock  Standard ATP check is performed dynamically for each transaction, taking into account the relevant stock and planned goods movements with or without replenishment lead time.  In general, ECC is plant-centric and its ATP checks only look locally.  gATP is a component of SAP–SCM-APO  GATP executes:  Product Availability checks  Product or Location Substitution  User initiates transaction in SD: gATP engine runs in APO  APO gATP is seamlessly integrated with SAP ECC SD via Core Interface function (CIF)  GATP in APO allows the check to be done across the supply chain. SD Available to Promise (ATP) Global Available to Promise (gATP)
  • 15. 1. What is ATP? 2. What is gATP? 3. gATP in the SAP Landscape 4. Types of ATP Checks 5. Rules-Based gATP 6. What do you need gATP for? 7. Global Visibility vs. Availability 8. Key Take-A-Ways 9. Q&A 15
  • 16. Availability Checking GATPSD Availability Check Capable to Promise Available to Promise Level of Detail of Check
  • 17. Available to Promise Check Types Multi-Level ATP Check ATP for Kits & BOM Rules Based ATP Check For Assemble to Order Requires CRM Substitution Focused ATP
  • 18.  Possible Categories to Consider:  Inventory On-hand in your facility  Inventory in other locations  Incoming receipts  STO’s  PO’s  Production Orders  Planned Receipts  Outgoing movements  SO’s/Deliveries  Reservations
  • 19.  Product Availability Check  Product Allocation  Checking Against the Forecast  Third-Party Order Processing  Availability Check for Kits  Multilevel ATP Check  Capable-to-Promise (CTP)  Combination of the Check Methods  We’ll focus on a Rules Based Product Availability Check
  • 20. 1. What is ATP? 2. What is gATP? 3. gATP in the SAP Landscape 4. Types of ATP Checks 5. Rules-Based gATP 6. What do you need gATP for? 7. Global Visibility vs. Availability 8. Key Take-A-Ways 9. Q&A 20
  • 21. Rules Based ATP Capable to Promise Multi-Level ATP Availability Check with BOM or KitGATP GATP Production InventoryInventory*
  • 22.  SCM-APO-ATP uses an iterative, step-by-step availability checking process driven by the rules you have defined. The results of each step dictates whether the availability check continues.  What is a gATP Rule?  A rule contains information about substitutions of products, locations, and location-products. Rules use this information to define how a rules- based availability check is to be performed.  Rules allow you to tell the system how you want it to look for available product. You can consider all feasible possibilities that could fulfill your customer’s requirement.
  • 23. Possible product substitution procedures could include:  Substitute products from master data  Location determination procedure  Substitute locations from master data  Location product substitution procedure
  • 24. Check Sequence 1. Is the product available at this location? 2. If not, is an alternative product available at this location? 3. If not, is this product available at a different location? 4. If not, is an alternative product available at an alternative location? 5. If not, the ATP check fails, and subsequent action is required.
  • 25. Checking Sequence Logic - What might be considered in determining next step? 1. Is the product available at this location?  Will my customer accept alternate products? 2. If not, is an alternative product available at this location?  Could I get this product from another location? 3. If not, is this product available at a different location?  Will my customer accept alternate products that I can get from elsewhere? 4. If not, is an alternative product available at an alternative location?  Is there any other course to check before the checking options are exhausted. 5. If not, the ATP check fails, and subsequent action is required.  What actions can I take next to try to satisfy the customer?
  • 26. 1. What is ATP? 2. What is gATP? 3. gATP in the SAP Landscape 4. Types of ATP Checks 5. Rules-Based gATP 6. What do you need gATP for? 7. Global Visibility vs. Availability 8. Key Take-A-Ways 9. Q&A 27
  • 27.  What materials/products should be checked in ECC SD?  What materials/products should be checked in APO gATP?  Do you want to check across regions?  Will the rules be the same for all products?  How far out should checks go?  What goods movement categories should be considered?  What should not be checked?
  • 28. 1. What is ATP? 2. What is gATP? 3. gATP in the SAP Landscape 4. Types of ATP Checks 5. Rules-Based gATP 6. What do you need gATP for? 7. Global Visibility vs. Availability 8. Key Take-A-Ways 9. Q&A 29
  • 29.  With GATP, you can execute availability checks across your entire supply chain. But does that always make sense?  Ask yourself some questions:  What products must be made available to any other location at any time (systematically)?  How much do I want the system to do?  What products must have their current supply chain picture visible across the supply chain?  If do have visibility, do I really need the system to check availability everywhere?
  • 30.  GATP allows you to consider your entire supply chain to make availability promise decisions.  GATP is fully integrated with ECC and the rest of APO.  You must define how you want gATP to work, before you can employ it.  GATP allows you to designate within APO, how routine availability promises should be made, allowing more time for managing exceptions.  GATP is a powerful tool and can be effective even with simple rule sets. In some situations, having visibility across the supply chain, without the system checking availability, may be sufficient. 31
  • 31.  SAP, R/3, mySAP, mySAP.com, SAP NetWeaver®, Duet®, PartnerEdge, and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries all over the world. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies. Plan4Demand is neither owned nor controlled by SAP. Page 32
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  • 33. For Additional Session Information, a PDF Copy, or to Schedule a One-on-One… Contact Jaime Reints 412.733.5011 jaime.reints@plan4demand.com

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