Optimize Inventory Levels with Enterprise Data and Analytics

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What’s the best way to improve supply chain performance so you can tighten control of corporate inventories? You need tools that work with your enterprise data and enable advanced analytics, giving you the insight to make smart decisions that optimize your inventory levels.



The SAP Enterprise Inventory Optimization application by SmartOps helps you more effectively plan and manage inventory levels at every stocking location throughout your global supply chain. By using this software, you can analyze crucial inputs and signals, model the impact of decisions on global inventories, and balance inventory levels – all while upholding service levels.

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Optimize Inventory Levels with Enterprise Data and Analytics

  1. 1. SAP Solution BriefSolution Extensions Objectives Solution Benefits Quick FactsSAP Enterprise Inventory Optimizationby SmartOps Optimize Inventory Levels with Enterprise Data and Analytics-Driven Insight
  2. 2. Objectives Solution Benefits Quick Facts Manage complex supply chains with greater precisionManage complex supply chains with greater What’s the best way to improve supply chain performance so you can tightenprecision control of corporate inventories? You need tools that work with your enterprise data and enable advanced analytics, giving you the insight to make smart decisions that optimize your inventory levels. The SAP® Enterprise Inventory Optimization landscape, or you can use it on a stand-alone application by SmartOps helps you more effec- basis. Create a comprehensive, cross-enterprise tively plan and manage inventory levels at every management process that lets you optimize, stocking location throughout your global supply manage, and monitor inventory stocking levels chain. By using this software, you can analyze to achieve a desired outcome, such as run- crucial inputs and signals, model the impact ning a more lean operation or improving ser- of decisions on global inventories, and balance vice levels. And the option for analytics gives inventory levels – all while upholding service executives a laser-focused view of supply chain levels. performance. You can use the application to analyze and Take stock of your supply chain management model data from your existing SAP software processes with SAP Enterprise Inventory Optimization. 2
  3. 3. Objectives Solution Benefits Quick Facts Establish the right inventory sizeEstablish the right inventory size Carrying excess inventory has been the The software estimates the need for safety traditional buffer for coping with both supply stock, cycle stock, prebuild stock, and in-transitMake better multistage inventory decisions chain uncertainties and periods of high demand. inventories. Then it helps you determine opti- But adding inventory into the supply chain is mal inventory targets. It analyzes and optimizesMaster supply chain complexity no guarantee that the right products are avail- interdependent relationships among invento- able when and where they are needed. ries, service levels, capacity, and costs acrossImprove visibility into your supply chain all stocking locations and stages, from suppliersdynamics SAP Enterprise Inventory Optimization draws on to manufacturing to customers. With this degree data from across your multistage global supply of insight, you can accurately quantify demand,Be descriptive, predictive, and chain, providing advanced analytics that deliver protect against supply variability, and mitigateprescriptive better demand, supply, and production intelli- the risks of chronic underproduction. gence. This application gives your planners the data they need to clearly understand the “what, why, where, and when” of inventory placement. Maintaining safety stock wastes precious company resources. SAP software helps you know what you need and where. 3
  4. 4. Objectives Solution Benefits Quick Facts Make better multistage inventory decisionsEstablish the right inventory size SAP Enterprise Inventory Optimization offers can coordinate inventory plans across all nodes, inventory visibility at the item, location, and time- from your primary manufacturing, packaging,Make better multistage inventory decisions period level of detail. The software leverages and warehousing locations through all market advanced supply-and-demand analytics and distribution stages. The software updates theseMaster supply chain complexity a proven, scalable, multistage stochastic opti- comprehensive inventory plans as changes mization model. This model processes large- occur in conditions across your operation.Improve visibility into your supply chain scale, complex levels of data simultaneouslydynamics to reveal optimal inventory targets. As a result, Multistage inventory planning and optimization planners can make dynamic inventory deploy- functionality lets you dynamically link currentBe descriptive, predictive, and ment decisions based on a clear understanding and future inventory targets to service-levelprescriptive of all items, locations, and stages in multitier goals. This functionality helps you increase ser- manufacturing and distribution supply chains. vice levels, optimize product availability, and enhance customer satisfaction while improving To help you achieve service-level goals, the soft- asset utilization and increasing total inventory ware incorporates all of your product supply turns. chains and relationships into the planning. You Continued on next page 4
  5. 5. Objectives Solution Benefits Quick FactsEstablish the right inventory size Planners can use the software to execute deci- What’s more, planners can set and manage sions that reduce the working capital tied up in targets – such as for safety stock levels – moreMake better multistage inventory decisions inventory, without compromising the ability to frequently and at a granular level. The result: meet customer expectations. Using the software, leaner processes that can lower the amountMaster supply chain complexity they can collaborate with everyone involved in of working capital required to run your supply your supply chain, from sales and production to chain.Improve visibility into your supply chain customer service. It’s the simplest way to con-dynamics tinuously fine-tune your supply network and respond to variability in demand and supply.Be descriptive, predictive, andprescriptive Less is more. Trim your inventory levels and reduce working capital requirements. 5
  6. 6. Objectives Solution Benefits Quick Facts Master supply chain complexityEstablish the right inventory size Ready to reduce your management burden and This feature helps you anticipate seasonal free up critical staff? SAP Enterprise Inventory trends. The software also takes into accountMake better multistage inventory decisions Optimization can help. lead-time uncertainty, time-varying demand, and time-varying manufacturing capacitiesMaster supply chain complexity Using integration with the SAP NetWeaver® of your product lifecycle. Business Warehouse component and the SAPImprove visibility into your supply chain ERP and SAP Supply Chain Management appli- An intuitive planning and analytics dashboarddynamics cations, and the multistage stochastic optimi- helps you run what-if scenarios and identify the zation model, the software provides real-world, costs and potential benefits of various projectsBe descriptive, predictive, and time-varying details about your most complex and options. This way, you can adapt to chang-prescriptive supply chains. You can rapidly calculate millions ing supply chain variables while increasing the of time-varying inventory targets while also efficiency of your global supply chain. accounting for the changes that occur across multiple stages for bills of materials and differ- ent periods between reviews and lot sizes. Global supply chains are complex. Managing them shouldn’t be. 6
  7. 7. Objectives Solution Benefits Quick Facts Improve visibility into your supply chain dynamicsEstablish the right inventory size The option for analytics offers a new way to With these analytics solutions, planners can view and report on supply chain data and per- track granular supply chain measures, usingMake better multistage inventory decisions formance. It uses SAP BusinessObjects™ busi- flexible data filtering and visualization capabili- ness intelligence solutions with a preconfigured ties to drill down to root causes. This preconfig-Master supply chain complexity data semantic layer to populate executive dash- ured, preoptimized data semantic layer can help boards and generate reports for common work- you reduce the IT resources needed for customImprove visibility into your supply chain flows, including sales and operations planning, development and implementation tasks.dynamics supply chain performance monitoring, and ad hoc reporting.Be descriptive, predictive, andprescriptive See what you’ve been missing. Reduce inventory stock-outs with the transparency only analytics can deliver. 7
  8. 8. Objectives Solution Benefits Quick Facts Be descriptive, predictive, and prescriptiveEstablish the right inventory size To help enhance your supply chain operations, and supply performance; and compare histori- the option for analytics offers both new insight cal trends, planned-versus-actual performance,Make better multistage inventory decisions and guidance. An intuitive mechanism describes and future projections. the current state of supply chain performance,Master supply chain complexity predicts future outcomes, and prescribes the By taking advantage of the insight enabled by best actions to meet your strategic goals. this software, you can proactively identify andImprove visibility into your supply chain act on excess or shortage signals in your supplydynamics By using SAP Enterprise Inventory Optimization, chain. A scenario comparison dashboard lets you can improve demand planning by providing you visualize and analyze the impact of alter-Be descriptive, predictive, and planners with critical feedback to identify and native supply chain strategies by using a side-prescriptive prioritize adjustments to forecasting models and by-side comparison feature. You can also predict processes. Use the target performance dash- outcomes and prescribe actions to help refine board to gain a unified view of demand, inventory, your supply chain strategy. SAP Enterprise Inventory Optimization: It’s like a crystal ball for your inventory shelves. 8
  9. 9. Objectives Solution Benefits Quick Facts Realize the rewards of streamlined inventory processesRealize the rewards of streamlined inventory SAP Enterprise Inventory Optimization helps •• Improved customer service by calibratingprocesses you gain a clearer picture of all inventory items for the inherent variability in supplier lead across locations and stages in multitiered man- times, forecasts, and production capacities ufacturing and distribution supply chains. By •• Increased planner productivity through leveraging this enhanced insight and the ability systematic, dynamic inventory targeting to make dynamic inventory deployment deci- •• Faster return on investment through integration sions, your organization can realize consider- with your current SAP software environment able business benefits, including: •• Better visibility into supply chain trends and •• Lower inventory levels for every performance through descriptive analytics item – including raw materials and •• Ability to synchronize demand, inventory, components, intermediates, and finished and supply planning processes with predictive goods – for every location and stage and planning targets for all relevant planning periods •• Enhanced risk management through •• Reduced operational costs through prescriptive strategic analysis capabilities continuous insight and mitigation of inventory cost drivers 9
  10. 10. www.sap.com Objectives Solution Benefits Quick Facts Summary Solution The SAP® Enterprise Inventory Optimization •• Demand and supply intelligence to protect application by SmartOps helps you optimize against supply variability inventory levels at every stocking location •• Inventory optimization to link inventory throughout your supply chain. You can ana- targets to service-level goals lyze and model data from your existing SAP •• Stochastic optimization model to synchronize software to identify changes in demand, supply, inventory deployment and network alignment. The option for analyt- •• Planning and analytics dashboard to enhance ics helps you provide executives with a focused visibility view of supply chain performance. Together, these insights allow you to make decisions for Benefits achieving optimal inventory levels, freeing work- •• Increase sales by determining optimal ing capital, and improving customer service. inventory targets •• Realize higher margins by coordinating supply Objectives chain variables •• Set inventory targets across a multistage •• Improve customer service through better supply chain network order fill rates and on-time deliveries •• Meet working capital and inventory goals •• Free working capital by balancing service •• Improve customer service levels levels and inventory investment Learn more Call your SAP representative, or visit us online at www.sap.com/solutions/solutionextensions /enterprise-inventory-optimization/index.epx. CMP20100 (12/06)Copyright/Trademark | Privacy | Impressum 10 ©2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved.

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