SAP Solution Brief
mySAP Supply Chain THE POWER OF PLANNING FOR CHANGE
Management enables In the New Economy, product life cycles are short, demand can
shift overnight, and customers expect customized products –
companies to perform
and the key to delivering is a fast-moving, responsive supply
advanced supply chain chain.
planning. Supply chain
partners can have simul- Today's supply chains are being called on to provide
taneous visibility into unprecedented levels of flexibility. Your company must find
ways to react to changing market requirements. To maintain
demand, inventory and
customer satisfaction without carrying lots of inventory. To
capacity information work with suppliers to change plans quickly. And to get new
from across the supply products to market faster and more efficiently than ever before.
chain--and from the
strategic, tactical and
To accomplish all that, you need to move beyond the
sequential, linear relationships of the traditional supply chain
operational planning lev-
and take advantage of e-business tools to adopt a networked,
els. As a result, partners dynamic approach. Otherwise, you run the risk of being stuck
can collaborate to syn-
respond quickly to
changes, and reduce
with obsolete inventory, and losing customers to competitors Production planning
that can configure and deliver products with greater speed and • Production planning and detailed scheduling features support
accuracy. both discrete and process manufacturing. The combination of
a constraint-based approach and optimization techniques
SUPPLY CHAIN PLANNING FOR THE NEW, NEW means that optimized plans and schedules are created in con-
ECONOMY sideration of resource, material, and dependency constraints
With mySAP™ Supply Chain Management (mySAP™ SCM), to meet deadlines.
SAP® offers a comprehensive solution that gives supply chain Global order promising
partners simultaneous visibility into supplier and customer • Product-configuration capabilities allow you to mass-cus-
allocations, inventory levels, orders, forecasts, production plans, tomize products and check availability online at multiple
and key performance indicators. mySAP SCM delivers informa- links in the supply chain. The global available-to-promise fea-
tion from all along the supply chain – from the strategic, tacti- ture lets you locate finished products, components, and
cal and operational planning levels – to help you create a planned capacities to fill orders.
responsive, flexible supply chain.
Unlike many supply chain solutions, mySAP SCM offers:
mySAP SCM supports five key planning areas: • An integrated, holistic approach that encompasses all plan-
Supply chain design ning levels, planning models, and manufacturing methods
• The solution identifies and selects locations and optimizes the • An end-to-end solution for planning highly configured prod-
supply chain network while taking demand and cost struc- ucts from computers to automobiles, including characteris-
tures into account. You can also evaluate and control existing tics-based forecasting, planning, scheduling, and available-to-
supply chain networks to isolate and strengthen weak links. promise
Demand and supply planning • Out-of-the-box optimization for specific industries, including
• Demand planning capabilities enable supply chain partners to multilevel supply and demand matching functions for dis-
forecast and plan demand in consideration of historical crete manufacturers (especially in the high-tech industry),
demand data, causal factors, marketing events, market intelli- campaign optimization for process manufacturers, and fea-
gence, and sales objectives. Supply planning capabilities allow ture-based optimization for automotive companies
manufacturers to develop an overall supply plan that takes • A "plug-and-optimize" capability that makes it easy to inte-
into account all procurement, production, distribution, and grate your own customized optimization techniques
Direct procurement And mySAP SCM gives planners the ability to accommodate
• mySAP SCM monitors the replenishment of production global demand swings and regional specifications. That means
materials and streamlines procurement processes with that you can manage your supply chain on a truly global basis.
Internet purchasing functions. The solution includes auto-
mated source determination and replenishment, and it can
juggle multiple suppliers. It also allows manufacturers to post
demand on an electronic marketplace in order to receive
offers from various suppliers.
ADAPTIVE, COLLABORATIVE PLANNING PAYS OFF THE mySAP.COM E-BUSINESS PLATFORM
With mySAP SCM, you can take advantage of collaborative To remain both competitive and profitable in the new Internet
planning in a network that connects your suppliers' suppliers to economy, successful companies must be able to work together
your customers' customers. You and your supply chain and openly across traditional enterprise boundaries, collaborat-
partners enjoy increased: ing in virtual global networks. With mySAP.com, SAP integrates
Flexibility its extensive business and industry expertise into a comprehen-
• Respond swiftly to changes in market requirements and inte- sive platform of e-business solutions, services, and technology.
grate supply chain partners and adjust business processes By integrating mySAP.com with their business strategy, companies
quickly and flexibly. gain lasting competitive advantage, adding significant value and
Visibility maximizing ROI.
• Provide supply chain partners with insight into demand,
inventory, and capacity information across the extended sup- The mySAP.com e-business platform is a family of solutions and
ply chain network. services that empowers organizations and individuals to collab-
Optimization orate successfully – anywhere, anytime. The business solutions
• Create optimal plans and operational schedules based on busi- provided by mySAP.com enable any organization, regardless of
ness objectives. size, to run its business more efficiently and productively, and
Collaboration to gain significant competitive advantage in the new, New
• Synchronize supply chain activities internally and externally Economy. mySAP.com is based on an open, flexible, collaborative
with plan- and order-driven, real-time execution of supply services architecture that supports both SAP and non-SAP
chain activities. systems.
With mySAP SCM, your supply chain can react more quickly to mySAP.com creates value by allowing quick response to new
changing market requirements. And that reduces costs by low- business opportunities and by reducing costs, enabling compa-
ering your inventory levels, making better use of your assets, nies to collaborate, integrate, and empower themselves for
and reducing cycle times. It improves customer service because business success in the new, New Economy – you know, the
you have better order fulfillment and more on-time and com- profitable one.
plete orders. And it can increase sales by shortening time-to-
market and by more closely matching supply and demand. Now
that's a payoff.
TO GET STARTED....
With mySAP SCM, partners up and down your supply chain
can work together to meet the changing demands of customers
To learn more about how mySAP SCM can help your company,
visit our Web site at www.sap.com/scm