ORACLE E-BUSINESS SUITERELEASE CONTENT DOCUMENTValue Chain PlanningReleases 12.1 and 12.2 (inclusive of 12.0.2 – 12.0.7)Pr...
Table of Contents1.        Disclaimer                                                            12.        Introduction  ...
3.3.1. Release 12.1.1                                                 16            3.3.1.1.  Oracle Transportation Manage...
3.6.2.9.  Sales Facts                                                  30            3.6.2.10. Shipments                  ...
3.9.1.1.       Improved Cost Modeling                                        47            3.9.1.2.       Enhanced Integra...
3.14.3.2.  Disable Multiple Release from the Same Plan for the Same Order           84            3.14.3.3.  User Defined ...
3.15.3.10. Enhanced Search Capability                                     112            3.15.3.11. Material Plan Display ...
1.        Disclaimer                                    This Release Content Document (RCD) describes product features tha...
2.        Introduction          2.1.      Purpose of Document                                    This Release Content Docu...
3.        New and Changed Features in Value Chain Planning          3.1.      Collections                    3.1.1.       ...
Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center offers an extensive list of web services that                                    d...
The following reports are available at the page level in the Sales and Operations                                    Plann...
•     exceptions summary                                    Demand and Supply                                         •   ...
data from multiple underlying Advanced Planning applications simultaneously in a                                    unifie...
server, runs a Strategic Network Optimization (SNO) plan with the RT S&OP consensus                                    for...
APS Operational Data Store                                                                                                ...
3.2.3.4. Rich User Interface Enhancements                                    APCC incorporates new rich user interface cap...
o     Operating Plan                                         o     Financial Forecast                                    I...
3.2.4.5. Revenue Gap Analysis                                    This feature enables Supply Chain Analysts and Sales and ...
o     Reschedules Exceptions Summary                                         o     Exception Summary by Category          ...
3.2.5.2. New Dimension – Parent Model                                    This is a new one-level dimension that enables us...
3.2.6.3. Support for Custom Demantra Product Hierarchy                                    You can now bring an additional ...
3.3.      Oracle Advanced Supply Chain Planning                    3.3.1.          Release 12.1.1                         ...
and downstream make supplies and enforce contiguous processing. You can also enforce                                    a ...
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  1. 1. ORACLE E-BUSINESS SUITERELEASE CONTENT DOCUMENTValue Chain PlanningReleases 12.1 and 12.2 (inclusive of 12.0.2 – 12.0.7)Prepared by the VCP Product Management and Strategy TeamsLast Updated: April 5, 2011Version: 1.0Copyright © 2011 Oracle CorporationAll Rights Reserved
  2. 2. Table of Contents1. Disclaimer 12. Introduction 22.1. Purpose of Document 23. New and Changed Features in Value Chain Planning 33.1. Collections 3 3.1.1. Release 12.1.1 3 3.1.1.1. Backward Compatibility to 11i10 33.2. Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center 3 3.2.1. Product Overview 3 3.2.2. Release 12.1.1 4 3.2.2.1. Sales and Operations Planning Dashboard 4 3.2.2.2. Supply Chain Analyst Dashboard 5 3.2.2.3. Analytical Framework 6 3.2.2.4. Scenario Management 7 3.2.2.5. Supply Chain Planning Web Services 7 3.2.2.6. Seeded BPEL Processes 7 3.2.2.7. Process Automation 8 3.2.2.8. Activity Management 8 3.2.3. Release 12.1.2 8 3.2.3.1. Compatibility with 11.5.10 Planning Server 8 3.2.3.2. Integration to Third Party Planning Systems 9 3.2.3.3. Ability to Run APCC Standalone 9 3.2.3.4. Rich User Interface Enhancements 10 3.2.4. Release 12.1.3 10 3.2.4.1. Analysis of Inventory and Service Levels 10 3.2.4.2. Analysis of Excess and Obsolescence 10 3.2.4.3. Enhanced Sales and Operations Planning Dashboard 10 3.2.4.4. Supply Chain Risk Management Dashboard 11 3.2.4.5. Revenue Gap Analysis 12 3.2.4.6. Collaboration Workspaces for Unstructured Collaboration 12 3.2.4.7. Enhanced Exceptions Analysis 12 3.2.4.8. Integration with Rapid Planning 13 3.2.4.9. Plan Versus Collected Data Comparison 13 3.2.5. Release 12.1.3.2 13 3.2.5.1. New Dimension – End Item 13 3.2.5.2. New Dimension – Parent Model 14 3.2.6. Release 12.2 14 3.2.6.1. Plan-specific Forecasting Measures 14 3.2.6.2. Custom Series from Demantra DM and RT S&OP 14 3.2.6.3. Support for Custom Demantra Product Hierarchy 15 3.2.6.4. Integration with Distribution Planning 153.3. Oracle Advanced Supply Chain Planning 16Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document ii
  3. 3. 3.3.1. Release 12.1.1 16 3.3.1.1. Oracle Transportation Management Integration 16 3.3.1.2. Optimization Enhancements 16 3.3.1.3. Contiguous Processing 16 3.3.1.4. Minimum Remaining Shelf Life 17 3.3.1.5. Distribution Planning Scalability Enhancements 17 3.3.1.6. End Item Substitution Enhancements 17 3.3.1.7. Production Schedules as Inputs 18 3.3.1.8. Safety Lead Time 18 3.3.1.9. Customization of Horizontal Plan 18 3.3.1.10. Supply Tolerancing Enhancements 18 3.3.1.11. Buy Order Processing Lead Time Backward Compatibility 19 3.3.2. Release 12.1.2 19 3.3.2.1. Release Recommendations for Internal Requisitions 19 3.3.2.2. Turn Off Planned Order Creation 19 3.3.2.3. Consume Purchase Orders in First In, First Out Sequence 20 3.3.3. Release 12.1.3 20 3.3.3.1. Forecast Spreading Based on Shipping Calendar 20 3.3.3.1. Excluding Planned Orders from Supply Tolerancing 21 3.3.3.2. Maximize Use-Up of Substitute Components 22 3.3.3.3. Distribution Planning Enhanced Order Modifier Support 23 3.3.4. Release 12.1.3.2 23 3.3.4.1. Forecast Explosion Enhancements 23 3.3.5. Release 12.2 24 3.3.5.1. Supplier Capacity Consumption Enhancement 24 3.3.5.2. Enhanced Exception Management 253.4. Oracle Collaborative Planning 25 3.4.1. Release 12.1.1 25 3.4.1.1. Export Exception Details 25 3.4.1.2. Detailed Supply Commit Based on ASCP Pegging 25 3.4.1.3. Search Exceptions by Buyer and Planner 25 3.4.2. Release 12.1.2 26 3.4.2.1. Rich User Interface Enhancements 26 3.4.3. Release 12.1.3 26 3.4.4. Release 12.2 263.5. Oracle Demand Planning 26 3.5.1. Release 12.1.1 26 3.5.1.1. Clear Data in Worksheets 26 3.5.1.2. Default Even Allocation Over Time 26 3.5.1.3. Plan Security by Responsibility and Organization 26 3.5.1.4. Sort by Product in Planning Percentages Worksheet 27 3.5.1.5. Data Selection Tools for Region Copy Selector 27 3.5.1.6. Prevent Planners from Editing Measures in View Scope 27 3.5.2. Release 12.1.2 27 3.5.3. Release 12.1.3 27 3.5.4. Release 12.2 273.6. Oracle Demand Signal Repository 27 3.6.1. Product Overview 27 3.6.2. Release 12.1.1 28 3.6.2.1. Customer Organization Hierarchy 28 3.6.2.2. Multiple Calendar Support 28 3.6.2.3. Customer Item Hierarchy 28 3.6.2.4. Manufacturer Item Hierarchy 29 3.6.2.5. Multiple Currency Support 29 3.6.2.6. Alternate Units of Measure 29 3.6.2.7. Authorized Distribution 29 3.6.2.8. Sales Allocation 30Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document iii
  4. 4. 3.6.2.9. Sales Facts 30 3.6.2.10. Shipments 30 3.6.2.11. Orders 30 3.6.2.12. Inventory 30 3.6.2.13. Sales Forecasts 30 3.6.2.14. Promotion Plans 31 3.6.2.15. Category Sales Analysis Dashboard 31 3.6.2.16. Product to Category Coverage Reports 31 3.6.2.17. Category Growth Analysis Reports 31 3.6.2.18. Category Sales by Type Reports 32 3.6.2.19. Average Price Analysis Report 32 3.6.2.20. Top and Bottom Performers Reports 32 3.6.2.21. Ad-Hoc Reporting 32 3.6.2.22. Sales Scorecard 33 3.6.2.23. Supply Chain Scorecard 33 3.6.2.24. Operations Scorecard 33 3.6.2.25. Demantra Demand Management Integration 33 3.6.2.26. Retail Merchandising System (RMS) Integration 34 3.6.2.27. Web Services Integration 34 3.6.3. Release 12.1.2 34 3.6.3.1. Exception Management Dashboard 34 3.6.3.2. All Commodity Volume (ACV) / External Measures 35 3.6.3.3. TDLinx Store/Outlet Adapter 35 3.6.3.4. Scorecard Enhancements (Goals & Thresholds) 36 3.6.3.5. Store Clusters 37 3.6.3.6. Item Clusters 37 3.6.3.7. Replenishment Rules 38 3.6.3.8. Allocation Rules 39 3.6.4. Release 12.1.3 39 3.6.4.1. Manufacturer Promotions 39 3.6.4.2. Manufacturer Shipments 40 3.6.4.3. Customer Shipment Facts 40 3.6.4.4. Third Party Distributors 40 3.6.4.5. Alternate Organization Hierarchy 41 3.6.4.6. Forecast Type and Purpose Code 43 3.6.4.7. User Defined Fields 43 3.6.4.8. Type 2 Slowly Changing Dimensions 44 3.6.5. Release 12.2 443.7. Oracle Demantra – All Products 44 3.7.1. Release 12.2 44 3.7.1.1. Calendar Month Support in Weekly System 44 3.7.1.2. Import from Excel 45 3.7.1.3. Engine Performance Improvements 45 3.7.1.4. General Engine Enhancements 45 3.7.1.5. Analytical Engine on Solaris 10 45 3.7.1.6. Improved Multi-Language Support 45 3.7.1.7. Technology Stack 46 3.7.1.8. Demand Variability Definition 46 3.7.1.9. Configure Rolling Profile Groups 46 3.7.1.10. Integration Data Profile Hints 46 3.7.1.11. Database Performance Improvements 46 3.7.1.12. Asynchronous Workflow Support 473.8. Oracle Demantra Demand Management 47 3.8.1. Release 12.2 47 3.8.1.1. Enhanced Integration with Advanced Planning Command Center 473.9. Oracle Demantra Real-time Sales and Operations Planning 47 3.9.1. Release 12.2 47Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document iv
  5. 5. 3.9.1.1. Improved Cost Modeling 47 3.9.1.2. Enhanced Integration with Advanced Planning Command Center 483.10. Oracle Demantra Predictive Trade Planning 48 3.10.1. Release 12.2 48 3.10.1.1. Enabling ‘Dynamic Open Link’ capabilities and Demantra Anywhere 483.11. Oracle Demantra Trade Promotion Optimization 48 3.11.1. Release 12.2 48 3.11.1.1. Enabling Nodal Tuning 48 3.11.1.2. Enhancements to Optimization 493.12. Oracle Global Order Promising 49 3.12.1. Release 12.1.1 49 3.12.2. Release 12.1.2 49 3.12.3. Release 12.1.3 49 3.12.3.1. Enhanced Forward ATP 49 3.12.4. Release 12.2 503.13. Oracle Inventory Optimization 50 3.13.1. Release 12.1.1 50 3.13.1.1. Support for Intermittent Demands 50 3.13.2. Release 12.1.2 50 3.13.3. Release 12.1.3 50 3.13.3.1. Enhanced Budget Constraints 50 3.13.4. Release 12.2 503.14. Oracle Production Scheduling 51 3.14.1. Release 12.1.1 51 3.14.1.1. Units of Measure on Items 51 3.14.1.2. Enhanced Alerts 51 3.14.1.3. Work Order Centric KPI Comparisons 52 3.14.1.4. Access Operation and Routings from Operation Instances 53 3.14.1.5. Auto-create Work Orders Directly from Demands 53 3.14.1.6. Find Functionality for Model Objects 54 3.14.1.7. Visibility to Demand Fulfilled via Starting Inventory 55 3.14.1.8. Automatic Reconciliation of Schedule Backlog 55 3.14.1.9. Batchable Resources 56 3.14.1.10. Consistent Resource Assignment within a Portion of a Routing 57 3.14.1.11. Resource-specific Cycle Times for Campaign Run Optimization 59 3.14.1.12. Minimize Work Order Schedule Infeasibilities 60 3.14.1.13. Disable Units of Effort for Setup and Cleanup Operations 61 3.14.1.14. Resource “All of” Sets 62 3.14.1.15. Hard Links Between Work Orders 65 3.14.1.16. Dynamic Throughput Rates on Resources 67 3.14.1.17. PS Data Connector Port to Sun, HP and AIX 69 3.14.1.18. Export Selected Model Data During Schedule Publish 69 3.14.1.19. PS XML Model – Unique Extension 70 3.14.1.20. Enhanced Auto-generated Routings 70 3.14.1.21. Selective Work Order Release to Production 71 3.14.2. Release 12.1.2 72 3.14.2.1. Resource Business Objectives 72 3.14.2.2. Production Scheduling as a Web Service Call 73 3.14.2.3. Undo Functionality for Manual Scheduling 73 3.14.2.4. Attribute Based Sequence Dependent Setups 75 3.14.2.5. Visualization of Campaign Run Optimization Cycle Boundaries 76 3.14.2.6. New Alert Type and Drilldowns 77 3.14.2.7. Drilldowns from the Work Order Editor to the Gantt Charts 78 3.14.2.8. Mass Change on Items and Resources 79 3.14.3. Release 12.1.3 80 3.14.3.1. Maintenance Work Order Scheduling 80Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document v
  6. 6. 3.14.3.2. Disable Multiple Release from the Same Plan for the Same Order 84 3.14.3.3. User Defined Ideal Sequence 86 3.14.3.4. Supply Tolerancing 88 3.14.3.5. Control Application of Purchase Item Order Multiples Beyond Lead Time 89 3.14.3.6. Improved Operation Status Logic in OPM integration 91 3.14.3.7. Advanced Work Order Filtering 91 3.14.4. Release 12.2 933.15. Oracle Rapid Planning 93 3.15.1. Product Overview 93 3.15.2. Release 12.1.3 94 3.15.2.1. Fast Simulation 94 3.15.2.2. Flexible User Interface 94 3.15.2.3. Simulation Sets 94 3.15.2.4. Mass Edits 95 3.15.2.5. Plan Comparisons 95 3.15.2.6. Aggregate, Editable Material Horizontal View 95 3.15.2.7. All-in-one Supply/Demand View 96 3.15.2.8. Integration with Advanced Planning Command Center 96 3.15.2.9. Unconstrained Planning 96 3.15.2.10. Constrained Planning 96 3.15.2.11. Demand Forecasts 97 3.15.2.12. Respect Demand Priority Rules 97 3.15.2.13. Demand and Supply Pegging 97 3.15.2.14. Supply Chain Sourcing 97 3.15.2.15. Supplier Capacity 98 3.15.2.16. Bills of Material and BOM Effectivity 98 3.15.2.17. By-products and Co-products 98 3.15.2.18. Routing Operation and Resource Scheduling 98 3.15.2.19. End Item Substitution 99 3.15.2.20. Lead Times and Planning Time Fence 99 3.15.2.21. Order Modifiers 99 3.15.2.22. Safety Stock Lead Time 100 3.15.2.23. Shipping, Receiving and Carrier Calendars 100 3.15.2.24. Planner Action: Firm Existing Supplies 100 3.15.2.25. Planner Action: Firm Planned Supplies 100 3.15.2.26. Release New Planned Orders and Reschedule Recommendations 100 3.15.2.27. Exceptions 101 3.15.2.28. Embedded Analytics 102 3.15.2.29. Late Demand Diagnosis 102 3.15.2.30. Global Forecasting 103 3.15.2.31. Configure to Order 103 3.15.2.32. Default Order Sizing 104 3.15.2.33. Inventory Reservations 105 3.15.2.34. Clear to Build 105 3.15.2.35. Rapid Planning – Sales and Operations Planning Integration 105 3.15.2.36. Rapid Planning – Global Order Promising Integration 106 3.15.2.37. Order Comparison 106 3.15.2.38. Multi-Planner Collaboration 106 3.15.2.39. Functional and Data Security 106 3.15.3. Release 12.1.3.3 107 3.15.3.1. Demand Pull-In and Upside Processing 107 3.15.3.2. Favorite Lists 108 3.15.3.3. Safety Stock Enhancements 109 3.15.3.4. Simulation Edits of Additional Item Attributes 110 3.15.3.5. Simulation Edits of Approved Supplier Lists and Supplier Capacity 110 3.15.3.6. Simulation Edits of Processes 111 3.15.3.7. Mass Update Enhancements for Resource Availability 111 3.15.3.8. Mass Update Enhancements for Firm Date on Demands and Supplies 111 3.15.3.9. Scheduling Rapid Planning Runs in Batch Mode 112Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document vi
  7. 7. 3.15.3.10. Enhanced Search Capability 112 3.15.3.11. Material Plan Display Order 112 3.15.3.12. Display of Decimal Precision 112 3.15.3.13. Last Saved Information for Plan Options 113 3.15.3.14. Blow Through Phantom Items in Clear to Build 113 3.15.3.15. Global Forecasting Display in the Material Plan 113 3.15.3.16. Auto-release of Planning Recommendations 113 3.15.3.17. Natural Time Fence 114 3.15.4. Release 12.2 1143.16. Oracle Service Parts Planning 114 3.16.1. Product Overview 114 3.16.2. Release 12.1.1 114 3.16.2.1. Integrated Demand and Supply Planning 114 3.16.2.2. Service Parts Planning Workbench 114 3.16.2.3. Integration to Spares Management for External Repairs 115 3.16.2.4. Integration to Depot Repair for Internal Repairs 115 3.16.2.5. Support for Part Condition 115 3.16.2.6. Criticality Matrix 115 3.16.2.7. Support for Supersessions 116 3.16.2.8. Returns Forecasts 116 3.16.2.9. Minimize New Buys 116 3.16.2.10. Life Time Buys 116 3.16.2.11. Planner Work Lists 116 3.16.2.12. Integration with Collaborative Planning 116 3.16.2.13. Supersession Chain-Specific Replanning 116 3.16.2.14. Execution Net Change Planning 117 3.16.3. Release 12.1.2 117 3.16.3.1. Multi-process Inline Forecasting 117 3.16.3.2. Intermittent Demand Flag 117 3.16.3.3. Planner Worklist Enhancement 118 3.16.4. Release 12.1.3 118 3.16.4.1. Re-order Point-based Parts Planning 118 3.16.4.2. Import into a Simulation Set 119 3.16.4.3. Integration with Advanced Supply Chain Planning 119 3.16.4.4. Integration with APCC - Service Parts Planner Dashboard 119 3.16.5. Release 12.1.3.2 120 3.16.5.1. Fair Share 120 3.16.5.2. Query-based Auto-release 121 3.16.5.3. Collect Installed Base under Contract 121 3.16.5.4. Collect Field Replaceable Unit Bills of Material 121 3.16.5.5. Supersession Notes 122 3.16.6. Release 12.2 122 3.16.6.1. Support Multiple Move-in / Move-out Lines for a Repair Order 1223.17. Oracle Strategic Network Optimization 122 3.17.1. Release 12.1.1 122 3.17.1.1. Supply Chain Risk Management 122 3.17.1.2. Alerts 123 3.17.1.3. Key Performance Indicators 125 3.17.1.4. Usability Enhancements 128 3.17.2. Release 12.1.2 129 3.17.2.1. Aggregate Assignment Set and Lane Definition 129 3.17.3. Release 12.1.3 130 3.17.4. Release 12.2 130 3.17.4.1. Specify Scenario File in the Plan Options 130 3.17.4.2. Solver Upgrade 131Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document vii
  8. 8. 1. Disclaimer This Release Content Document (RCD) describes product features that are proposed for the specified release of the Oracle E-Business Suite. This document describes new or changed functionality only. Existing functionality from prior releases is not described. It is intended solely to help you assess the business benefits of upgrading to the specified release of the Oracle E-Business Suite. This document in any form, software or printed matter, contains proprietary information that is the exclusive property of Oracle. Your access to and use of this confidential material is subject to the terms and conditions of your Oracle Software License and Service Agreement, which has been executed and with which you agree to comply. This document and information contained herein may not be disclosed, copied, reproduced or distributed to anyone outside Oracle without prior written consent of Oracle. This document is not part of your license agreement nor can it be incorporated into any contractual agreement with Oracle or its subsidiaries or affiliates. This document is for informational purposes only and is intended solely to assist you in planning for the implementation and upgrade of the product features described. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described in this document remains at the sole discretion of Oracle. Due to the nature of the product architecture, it may not be possible to safely include all features described in this document without risking significant destabilization of the code.Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document Purpose of Document 1
  9. 9. 2. Introduction 2.1. Purpose of Document This Release Content Document (RCD) communicates information about new or changed functionality introduced in Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2, and in subsequent Release Update Packs (RUPs) and off-cycle patches. For your convenience, it also includes new or changed functionality introduced in the RUPs for Release 12, including 12.0.2 through 12.0.7. The features and enhancements described in this document are grouped by product, and then by the release in which they first became available, for example, “Release 12.1.1”. Features released in an off-cycle patch have a special designation – for example, a feature released after 12.1.1, but before 12.1.2, is designated as “Release 12.1.1+”.Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document Purpose of Document 2
  10. 10. 3. New and Changed Features in Value Chain Planning 3.1. Collections 3.1.1. Release 12.1.1 3.1.1.1. Backward Compatibility to 11i10 Oracle Advanced Planning Release 12.1.1 supports, through a Collections backward compatibility patch, the configuration where the source is E-Business Suite 11i10, and the destination (planning server) is Release 12.1.1. This backward compatibility applies to Advanced Supply Chain Planning, Distribution Planning (see exclusion below), Real- Time Sales and Operations Planning, Demand Management, Demand Planning, Inventory Optimization, Global Order Promising, Collaborative Planning, Advanced Planning Command Center, and Service Parts Planning. Specific capabilities not supported in this configuration are: • Advanced Supply Chain Planning − Oracle Transportation Management Integration • Distribution Planning − release of cancel requisition recommendations • Service Parts Planning − integration to Spares Management • Service Parts Planning − integration to Depot Repair 3.2. Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center 3.2.1. Product Overview Most supply chain planning processes, considered in their entirety, consist of multiple decision-making sub-processes often performed by different groups that are chained together. For example, a typical sales and operations planning cycle consists of forecasting performed by different lines of business such as sales, marketing, finance and manufacturing and distribution, a consensus demand review, inventory planning and review, supply planning and review, and executive review. These sub-processes may be supported by different underlying supply chain planning applications (Demand Management, Inventory Optimization, Strategic Network Optimization, Service Parts Planning and Advanced Supply Chain Planning.) The overall planning processes are difficult to orchestrate because the planning data required are buried in multiple underlying supply chain planning applications and because the human stakeholders come from multiple organizations. Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center is a new product that pulls together planning outputs from multiple E-Business Suite supply chain planning applications and makes them available for reporting and analysis within a unified user interface based on Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE). The planning outputs are viewable via seeded role-based dashboards, and are also accessible to custom OBIEE reports and dashboards constructed by the user. Seeded dashboards support the Sales and Operations Planning and Supply Chain Plan Analysis business processes.Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document Collections 3
  11. 11. Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center offers an extensive list of web services that decompose Oracle Advanced Planning capabilities into atomic functional pieces (for example, run collections, generate a statistical forecast, run a supply chain plan, archive a plan.) These web services are leveraged by seeded Oracle Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) processes that can be used out of the box to automate Sales and Operations Planning and Forecast, Inventory and Supply Planning business flows. Users can also create an infinite variety of custom BPEL processes to automate and orchestrate their specific in-house planning flows (for example, hub and spoke planning). Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center provides extensive plan and scenario comparison capabilities. It also allows you to assign manual activities required for the evaluation and execution of alternative business scenarios and monitor and orchestrate the completion of those activities. Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center provides: • a robust reporting and analysis framework for supply chain planning; • the ability to automate, orchestrate, monitor and review the result of complex, inter-organizational and inter-disciplinary planning processes that span multiple supply chain planning applications (including external applications). 3.2.2. Release 12.1.1 3.2.2.1. Sales and Operations Planning Dashboard The Sales and Operations Planning Dashboard included with Advanced Planning Command Center provides all participants in the Sales and Operations Planning process with interactive access to summary and detailed data required when executing the demand review, supply review and executive review phases of an S&OP cycle. The Demand Review page answers questions such as: • How have my sales, marketing, manufacturing/distribution, financial, and consensus forecasts changed over time? • Is our backlog increasing? • How are we tracking to forecast? The Supply Review page answers questions such as: • Are we supply constrained? • Where are our resource constraints? • Are we producing to plan? The Executive Review page answers questions such as: • Are we on plan financially? • For which product categories are we revenue targets? Dashboard level reports provide easy comparison of S&OP scenarios. Reports in the Sales and Operations Planning Dashboard drill directly into underlying Demantra Real-Time Sales and Operations Planning worksheets, Advanced Supply Chain Planning (ASCP) plans and Strategic Network Optimization (SNO) plans for seamless extended analysis.Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center 4
  12. 12. The following reports are available at the page level in the Sales and Operations Planning Dashboard: Executive Review • Executive Summary • Consolidated Analysis • Profit and Loss • Constrained Forecast Comparison • Cumulative Budget Tracking • Key Performance Indicators • Forecast Accuracy • Customer Service • Inventory and Production KPI • Top Difference - Operating Plan and Budget by Category • Profitability KPI • Cost Breakdown KPI Demand Review • Forecast Comparison • Forecast Accuracy • Projected Backlog • Top Forecast Attainment by Category • Forecast – Scenario Comparison • Top Abs Diff – Consensus Forecast and Budget by Category • Consensus Forecast Difference by Customer • Consensus Forecast Difference by Customer Supply Review • Consolidated Analysis • Demand Fill • Production to Plan by Organization • Production Plan • Top Resource Utilization • Top Supplier Capacity Utilization • Consolidated Analysis – Scenario Comparison • Bottom Demand Fill % by Customer • Supply Change by Category • Production Plan Comparison by Organization 3.2.2.2. Supply Chain Analyst Dashboard The Supply Chain Analyst (SCA) Dashboard included with Advanced Planning Command Center provides easy access to summary and trend data for Advanced Supply Chain Planning and Strategic Network Optimization plans. It enables easy comparisons between plans. The SCA Dashboard has the following pages and reports: Plan Health • shipment and production trends • demand and supply summary • resource summaryOracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center 5
  13. 13. • exceptions summary Demand and Supply • demand and supply summary • demand change by customer • supply change by category • demand and supply trends • demand by customer • supply by category Resources • resource summary • most utilized resources • least utilized resources • resources with most change in utilization • resource utilization trend Exceptions • demand exceptions summary • inventory exceptions summary • alternate exceptions summary • reschedule exceptions summary • resource exceptions summary • exceptions summary by category • exceptions summary by organization Historical Performance • key supply chain performance metrics (shipments to plan, production to plan, resource utilization, inventory value, days of cover) • supply chain metrics trend Scenario Analysis • This page is similar to the Plan Health page. It allows you to compare demand and supply summary information, resource information, and exceptions across scenarios instead of across plans. (A scenario is a grouping of plans whose results should be added together and viewed as a whole.) 3.2.2.3. Analytical Framework APCC provides a central Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE)-based repository that automatically pulls plan data from a wide cross-section of Advanced Planning applications (Demand Management, Real-Time Sales and Operations Planning, Advanced Supply Chain Planning, Inventory Optimization and Strategic Network Optimization), as well as execution data (orders, shipments, inventory, WIP completions, etc.) from Oracle E-Business Suite. APCC contains more than 200 measures (both stored measures that are read into APCC and measures such as costed inventory that are derived), rationalized against a consistent set of dimensions. More than 20 dimensions are seeded. The APCC analytical framework repository allows completely user-configurable reporting against Advanced Planning data, serves as the foundation for the seeded Sales and Operations Planning and Supply Chain Analyst Dashboards, and allows you to viewOracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center 6
  14. 14. data from multiple underlying Advanced Planning applications simultaneously in a unified interface. 3.2.2.4. Scenario Management You can group multiple plans of different types together into a scenario, and then use that scenario to group and filter data in APCC dashboards and reports. Typical scenarios might be: a Demantra Demand Management consensus forecast, an Inventory Optimization plan, and an Advanced Supply Chain Planning plan that together evaluate a sales and operations planning scenario; or one "hub" and a number of "spoke" ASCP plans whose outputs need to be fused together to provide visibility to planning results for the entire supply chain. Scenario Sets are groupings of related scenarios (for example, alternate supply/demand scenarios being evaluated within a particular sales and operations planning cycle). You can also use scenario sets to group and filter data in APCC dashboards and reports. 3.2.2.5. Supply Chain Planning Web Services Many key Advanced Planning functions have now been made accessible via web services. These web services are callable from user-defined Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) flows, and therefore permit limitless automation of supply chain planning business flows. The specific web services that have been enabled are: • Check concurrent program status • Launch ASCP and Demantra batch collections • Global Order Promising • Launch plan management batch processes such as copy/purge plans • Launch Strategic Network Optimization batch processes • Manage planning process scenarios • Launch Service Parts Planning batch processes • Launch Inventory Optimization batch processes • Launch Distribution Planning batch processes • Launch Advanced Supply Chain Planning batch processes • Upload external data into APS (forecasts, safety stock, planned supply) • Launch Demantra process (launch Demantra workflow, assign alternative name to Demantra scenario in planning server) 3.2.2.6. Seeded BPEL Processes Two seeded BPEL processes take leverage the supply chain planning web services offered by APCC to automate and orchestrate key supply chain planning flows. The Forecast, Inventory, and Supply Planning BPEL process automates a sequence of running collections, generating a forecast in Demantra Demand Management (DM), running an Inventory Optimization (IO) plan utilizing the DM output as input, running an Advanced Supply Chain Planning plan using the DM and IO plan outputs as input. The Sales and Operations Planning BPEL process runs collections, creates financial forecast review, sales forecast review, marketing forecast review, and demand forecast review activities and assigns them to key stakeholders, uploads the consensus forecast from Demantra Real-Time Sales & Operations Planning (RT S&OP) to the planningOracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center 7
  15. 15. server, runs a Strategic Network Optimization (SNO) plan with the RT S&OP consensus forecast as input, pulls the SNO constrained forecast/production plan output back into RT S&OP, then creates consensus demand review and executive review activities and assigns them to the appropriate stakeholders. 3.2.2.7. Process Automation You can create planning processes and attach to them seeded or custom BPEL processes. Planning processes allow you to launch or halt associated BPEL processes, to enable completely flexible planning automation. The Planning Process user interface allows you to specify input parameters such as plan names to the underlying BPEL processes, see the key steps of the underlying BPEL process, assign process steps to owners, and monitor the progress of the BPEL process as it runs. 3.2.2.8. Activity Management Process automation steps can be assigned to individuals using the Planning Process user interface. Such assignments become system activities with owning individuals. You can also assign arbitrary manual activities to individuals, optionally tied to a scenario or scenario set. Activities support file attachments, to allow more complete descriptions of required steps or inclusion of supplemental information. Assigned activities can be updated with progress status by the assignees and can be flexibly queried within the APCC Activities screen for monitoring purposes. Planners working with APCC dashboards and reports benefit from an iBot that informs them of open activities assigned to them. They can drill from a display of activities in the APCC reporting layer directly into the APCC Activities screen for further detail. APCC thus provides a comprehensive way to stay on top of all the system and manual activities needed to complete complex supply chain planning processes and scenario evaluations. 3.2.3. Release 12.1.2 3.2.3.1. Compatibility with 11.5.10 Planning Server Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center Release 12.1.2 supports, through a Collections backward compatibility patch, the configuration where the Planning Server (where all the other APS modules are on) is 11.5.10, the source Oracle eBusiness Suite is also on 11.5.10 and only the Advanced Planning Command Center is on 12.1.2.) The deployment configuration is as shown below.Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center 8
  16. 16. APS Operational Data Store 11.5.10 APS 11.5.10 Oracle Demantra 7.1/7.2 Advanced Supply Chain Planning 11.5.10 Out-of-box Integration. Multiple EBS (11.5.10) Multiple EBS (11.5.10) Collect into both User Option or Legacy instances instances at Plan or Legacy instances launch to “push” APS 12.1 APS Operational Data Store 12.1 Advanced Planning Command Center 12.1 This deployment configuration will be subject to the following specific limitations. 1. No Contextual Drilldowns from the Dashboards into the planning applications. This will be available only in the configuration where the planning server is upgraded to 12.1.2 and APCC is deployed in the same instance. 2. Need to collect into both APCC and APS instances. However, collections into APCC is only required for dimension keys. So the collection frequency could be less for APCC. 3. No support for Strategic Network Optimization in APCC. 4. The New Planning Web Services and BPEL Processes in APCC instance (in “Processes” tab in Advanced Planning Scenario Manager) cannot use Plans and Forecasts from APS 11.5.10 even if they are published to APCC. But users can still build scenarios from these plans and forecasts from 11.5.10. 3.2.3.2. Integration to Third Party Planning Systems You can now deploy APCC against third party planning systems. The APCC OBIEE fact repository can be loaded either via a new flat file (.csv) upload user interface, or via a new Import Plan Summary concurrent program. 3.2.3.3. Ability to Run APCC Standalone For 11.5.10 and R12.1.2 customers, APCC now provides a complete, out-of-box integration to a separate, standalone 12.1.2 APCC instance. The key assumptions/limitations here are: 1. All dimensions are collected (or loaded using legacy uploads) into the APCC instance. 2. The EBS source instance setups (including instance codes) are identical in the 11.5.10 and 12.1.2 instances. 3. The drill-downs into other applications (Advanced Supply Chain Planning / Inventory Optimization / Demand Management) will not work. 4. This will be made available only for Demand Management, Advanced Supply Chain Planning and Inventory Optimization.Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center 9
  17. 17. 3.2.3.4. Rich User Interface Enhancements APCC incorporates new rich user interface capabilities of E-Business Suite 12.1.2. These include a redesigned applications home page with more efficient navigation, multi-level navigation menus with saved favorites, "look-ahead" lists of values that automatically complete partial user entries, and inline file attachments for process activities. 3.2.4. Release 12.1.3 3.2.4.1. Analysis of Inventory and Service Levels The current Supply Chain Analyst (SCA) dashboard in APCC has been enhanced with new measures and related reports to support Inventory Analysis workflows. The following new reports are included in a new tab in the SCA dashboard. o Inventory Performance Summary o Top N – Service Level Short Fall by Category o Top N - Inventory Value o Safety Stock – Postponement Analysis o Inventory Measures Trend o Inventory Measures Trend by Category-Organization Some of the new measures introduced as part of this include the following: o Safety Stock (Days) o Percent Safety Stock - Demand Variability o Percent Safety Stock - Supplier Lead Time Variability o Percent Safety Stock - Manufacturing Lead Time Variability o Percent Safety Stock - Transportation Lead Time Variability 3.2.4.2. Analysis of Excess and Obsolescence The current Supply Chain Analyst (SCA) dashboard in APCC has been enhanced with new measures and related reports to support analysis of Excess and Obselete inventory. The following new reports are included in the SCA dashboard. o Excess and Obsolescence Summary o Excess Details o Obsolescence Details o Excess Details across Plans o Obsolescence Details across Plans Some of the new measures introduced as part of this include the following: o Demand within Obsolescence horizon o Demand within Excess Horizon o Excess On-order in units and value in multiple currencies o Excess On-hand in units and value in multiple currencies o Obsolete On-order in units and value in multiple currencies o Obsolete On-hand in units and value in multiple currencies o Total Excess in units and value in multiple currencies o Total Obsolescence in units and value in multiple currencies 3.2.4.3. Enhanced Sales and Operations Planning Dashboard The Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) dashboard is enhanced to include the following new measures: o Shipment history - Lag by 52 weekOracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center 10
  18. 18. o Operating Plan o Financial Forecast In addition, the existing reports have been updated with new usability enhancements and new navigations to more drill-down reports. Also, a new tab called Financial Review has been added with the following reports o Financial Summary o Operating Plan and Financial Forecast Comparison o Top % Difference - Operating Plan and Budget by Category o Financial Trend Analysis o Profit & Loss Monthly o Margin Difference by Category o Year-over-Year Financials o Financial Forecast and Budget Comparison o Top % Difference - Budget and Annual Plan by Organization o Top Revenue o Cost by Organization o Bottom Margin o Profitability KPI o Cost Breakdown KPI This new Financial Review page enables planners and executives to answer questions like: o Are we on plan financially? o How are product categories performing financially? o What has changed financially since last fiscal quarter/month? o How/Where/Why has profitability changed? o Is there any need to revise financial forecast? 3.2.4.4. Supply Chain Risk Management Dashboard The Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) dashboard is a new dashboard and enables users to review and compare key metrics in a single interface, providing true Enterprise Planning capabilities to the SCRM discipline. It enables executives and planners to answer questions like: o What is the impact to my margins if there is a sudden drop in demand? o When do I return to profitability? o What is the cost difference between sourcing strategies in the event of the demand drop? o What impact does increased lead times have on my inventory strategy? o What is the impact of off-shoring to my Total Delivered Cost? o What is the impact of off-shoring to my Margins? The following new measures are introduced as part of this feature: o Facility Startup/Shutdown Costs o Fixed Costs o Count of Sources o Carrying Cost without Postponement o Safety Stock without Postponement o Inventory Budget o Product Miles The dashboard contains four different tabs - Executive Review, Inventory Analysis, Supply Chain Sourcing and Glossary.Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center 11
  19. 19. 3.2.4.5. Revenue Gap Analysis This feature enables Supply Chain Analysts and Sales and Operations Planners to do additional reporting and analysis to close gaps between the current shipment rate and the revenue targets established as part of the sales and operations plan. This is most critical as the end of a period or quarter approaches and gaps remain. The Supply Chain Analyst (SCA) dashboard has been enhanced to add the following reports in the Scenario analysis tab: o Backlog Analysis – Units & Value o Bookings Performance – Units & Value o Current Shipment Plan o Demand and Supply Summary o Demand Utilization – Units & Value o Demand Utilization Split – Baseline Plan o Left to Book - By Quarter o Sales Order Analysis – Units & Value o Shipment Performance – Units & Value o Supply Utilization – Units & Value The Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) dashboard has also been enhanced to add / modify the following reports: o Current Shipment Plan o Supply Summary 3.2.4.6. Collaboration Workspaces for Unstructured Collaboration This feature lets users to quickly band into ad-hoc, virtual groups for specific planning tasks and allows those groups to share structured and unstructured content. Each group has access to a single, flexible portal-like user interface that brings together components of various planning applications and the a variety of collaboration tools. These collaborative group spaces support customized Worklists, Group Calendars, Documents, Discussions, Tags, Issues and Notes. In addition, the group space home page has navigation links to applications such as Rapid Planning and Sales and Operations Planning, and to APCC dashboards. Each group space is linked to a Scenario created in Advanced Planning Command Center and users can choose to auto-create a group space when a scenario is created. 3.2.4.7. Enhanced Exceptions Analysis The Supply Chain Analyst Dashboard has been enhanced to include additional measures and reports in support of improved exception analysis. Two new reports have been added as part of this feature: o Item Exceptions Summary o Resource Exceptions Summary In addition to the above, the following reports have been enhanced with additional page/report filters: o Demand Exceptions Summary o Inventory Exceptions Summary o Alternate Exceptions Summary o Resource Exceptions SummaryOracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center 12
  20. 20. o Reschedules Exceptions Summary o Exception Summary by Category o Exception Summary by Organization 3.2.4.8. Integration with Rapid Planning Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center now offers pre-built integration with Rapid Planning. Rapid Planning plans can be archived and published to Advanced Planning Command Center. These archived versions can then be viewed in all related reports and dashboards. The Advanced Planning Command Center’s Supply Chain Analyst dashboard supports drill-down directly into the Rapid Planning application. All Rapid Planning simulation plans can be used in the Process Automation functionality to build process flows in Advanced Planning Command Center. 3.2.4.9. Plan Versus Collected Data Comparison Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center now offers a view of key supply and demand measures based on the latest transaction data collected into the Operational Data Store. These measures are available in the Supply Chain Analyst Dashboard under the plan name of "Collections". Users can compare them with Plans to get insights into the variances between what is in a Plan (including changes introduced due to plan recommendations and user changes) and the latest real-time transactional data. An example of this type of analysis may include a comparison of expected receipts of material in the next few weeks based on the Plan versus what is currently in the execution system (as brought over to Value Chain Planning via Collections). 3.2.5. Release 12.1.3.2 3.2.5.1. New Dimension – End Item This is a new one-level dimension that enables users to build reports for analysis by the Finished Good items as derived from the pegging generated in an ASCP plan. This feature is available for ASCP plans only, and is enabled for the following two measures only: • Order Quantity • Total Supply Using the Order Quantity measure and the Order Type filter, users can analyze all upstream component supplies (such as On Hand, Shipment Receipts, Purchase Orders, and Planned Orders) and see the breakdown by End Items (Finished Goods) that are driving the component demand. This dimension is available in the seeded Advanced Planning Catalog. There are no new seeded reports that use this new dimension. Note: This dimension is enabled only when the profile option "MSC: Enable Model and End Item Dimensions in APCC" is set to Yes.Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center 13
  21. 21. 3.2.5.2. New Dimension – Parent Model This is a new one-level dimension that enables users to build reports for analysis of Options in ATO models by the Parent Model based on forecast explosion in an ASCP Plan. This feature is available in ASCP plans only, and is enabled for the following two measures only: • Order Quantity • Total Supply Using the Order Quantity measure and the Order Type filter, users can analyze all option supplies (such as On Hand, Shipment Receipts, Purchase Orders, and Planned Orders) and see the breakdown by Parent ATO Models that are driving this option demand. This dimension is available in the seeded Advanced Planning Catalog. There are no new seeded reports that use this new dimension. In the case where the Options are manufactured assemblies, even their components will have the break-up by the Parent Model so that end users can analyze all upstream components and understand the source of their demand by viewing the break-up by the Parent Model. Note: This dimension is enabled only for those options and key components that are assigned to a special category set. The name of the category set is based on the profile option "MSC: APCC Key Component Category Set." Note: This dimension is enabled only when the profile option "MSC: Enable Model & End Item dimensions in APCC" is set to Yes. 3.2.6. Release 12.2 3.2.6.1. Plan-specific Forecasting Measures This feature enables all forecasting measures (not just Consensus Forecast) from Demantra Demand Management and Demantra Real-time Sales and Operations Planning to be analyzed in Advanced Planning Command Center, striped by “Demand Plan”. Users can analyze, compare or finally purge these plans like any other supply plan. This enhances the analysis that users can do in APCC, as it is now possible to easily compare sales forecast, projected backlog, and financial forecast measures across scenarios. You can provide a plan name as a parameter in the new Demantra workflow processes called “Publish S&OP-APCC Measures” (for RT S&OP) and “Publish DM-APCC Measures” (for DM). These serve the same purpose as the current workflow “Export OBI-EE Data” and the concurrent program “Assign Plan Name.” 3.2.6.2. Custom Series from Demantra DM and RT S&OP You can configure the integration data profiles in Demantra to publish custom series created in either DM or RT S&OP to APCC. By default, this feature collects any 15 measures (10 forecasting measures and 5 historical measures) that you choose. You can alter the mix or add more measures by running a new concurrent program, “Collect Demantra customization information to APCC”. The selected series must not have any complex calculations or client expressions in Demantra.Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center 14
  22. 22. 3.2.6.3. Support for Custom Demantra Product Hierarchy You can now bring an additional product hierarchy from Demantra into APCC. For example, the product category hierarchy available in APCC as default is a two-level hierarchy. You can now create a new four-level hierarchy such as “Item < Product SubGroup < Product Group < Product Line” in Demantra and easily bring it into APCC for use in analysis. This is limited to one custom product hierarchy and supports a maximum of 10 levels. You must set the profile “MSC: Additional Demantra Item Hierarchy in APCC” to the name of the hierarchy in Demantra and then run the standard “Refresh APCC Materialized Views” concurrent program to make that custom hierarchy available in APCC. None of the seeded reports or dashboards use this custom hierarchy. 3.2.6.4. Integration with Distribution Planning In Release 12.2, DRP plans can be published to Advanced Planning Command Center. This will enable DRP users to leverage APCC to analyze DRP plans through custom reports and dashboards. The concurrent program “Archive Plan Summary” will now support DRP plan types. There is no automatic publish of DRP plans to APCC at the time of DRP plan launch. Only the following DRP plan measures will be published to APCC: • Order Quantity (all DRP order types) • Exception Count (all DRP exception types) • Exception Quantity/Value (reporting/functional currencies) • Inventory Turns • Scheduled Receipts • On Hand • Carrying Cost (reporting/functional currencies) • Purchasing Cost (reporting/functional currencies) • Total Supply Chain Cost (reporting/functional currencies) • Revenues (reporting/functional currencies) • Gross Margin (reporting/functional currencies) • Gross Margin % • Total Supply • Total Demand • Projected Available Balance (units, value and days of supply) • Fill Rate The following measures are specific to DRP plans and will also be published to APCC: • Maximum Inventory Level (Units) • Maximum Inventory Level (Days of Supply) • Target Inventory Level (Units) • Target Inventory Level (Days of Supply) The seeded reports and dashboards in APCC are not designed for DRP plans or scenarios with DRP plans. You should build custom reports or dashboards for analyzing DRP plans. You can also use the spreadsheet file upload capabilities to load DRP plan data into APCC.Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center 15
  23. 23. 3.3. Oracle Advanced Supply Chain Planning 3.3.1. Release 12.1.1 3.3.1.1. Oracle Transportation Management Integration Most planning systems have no visibility to delays in transportation and their impact to manufacturing utilization or customer service. With this release ASCP will: • Leverage Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) Supply Chain Event Management to obtain real-time, projected material arrival dates • Provide a Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) process and associated web services to consume events and generate planning exceptions to provide planners real time visibility to transportation delays • Use the updated dates in ASCP interactive planning calculations to calculate the impact of transportation delays on downstream orders and take corrective action 3.3.1.2. Optimization Enhancements Oracle ASCP enables planners to efficiently manage many products and supply chain locations by intelligently selecting alternate sources, manufacturing processes, bills of material, and substitute items. With this release, ASCPs automated decision-making capabilities have been enhanced in the following ways. 3.3.1.2.1. Day-Level Planning A new "day-level" planning mode allows ASCP to automate the selection of alternates while generating planning results at the day level of granularity. This planning mode skips the final detailed scheduling solution phase that is now undertaken with any constrained or optimized plan run. For customers for whom day-level planning results are sufficiently detailed, this is a way to run plans in a shorter amount of time than was previously possible (due to the fact that the final detailed scheduling phase is skipped). 3.3.1.2.2. More Accurate Offloading to Alternates It is often desired to offload to alternate sources or processes only once a primary source or process runs out of capacity. ASCP now does a more accurate job of offloading: it offloads primary sources and processes more fully before offloading to alternates, and planning results show fewer instances of primary source/process overloading before offloading to alternates. 3.3.1.3. Contiguous Processing In the process industries, many products need to be processed contiguously from raw materials to finished goods, because intermediate products may be unstable or because intermediate products are transported from process to process without any provision for storage in between. With this release, ASCP respects Oracle Process Manufacturing standard and max delays between routings. This allows you to cap the maximum time duration between upstreamOracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document Oracle Advanced Supply Chain Planning 16
  24. 24. and downstream make supplies and enforce contiguous processing. You can also enforce a minimum (standard) delay between make supplies in order to accurately reflect processing constraints such as cool-down periods. 3.3.1.4. Minimum Remaining Shelf Life Products such as groceries and pharmaceuticals have limited shelf lives. Customers of such products typically impose rules that dictate that when such products arrive at the customer site, they must have a certain minimum duration of remaining shelf life, so that there will be enough time for the end consumer to buy and use the products. ASCP now supports minimum remaining shelf life (MRSL) constraints specified at the item- organization, item-customer site and sales order levels. Item-organization and item- customer site-level MRSLs are specified via item attribute simulation sets. Sales order- level MRSLs can only be entered via customization that populates a new column in the MSC_SALES_ORDERS table on the planning server. 3.3.1.5. Distribution Planning Scalability Enhancements Distribution enterprises often need to manage large numbers of locations and items: the number of locations may be in the thousands; the number of items at each location may be in the tens of thousands or more. Planning in such an environment requires a focus on scalability. With this release, Distribution Planning incorporates the following scalability enhancements. First, the phase of planning that calculates the independent and dependent demands at each distribution location and allocates scarce supply to those demands has been made multi-process, in order to take advantage of the parallelization capabilities of multi-processor hardware configurations. Such a configuration can either be a single planning server with multiple processors, or multiple servers logically linked together via Real Application Clusters. The partitioning of the distribution planning problem into pieces that can be solved in parallel is done automatically. In conjunction with the above change, the load consolidation phase of Distribution Planning has been decoupled from the demand push-down and supply allocation phase mentioned above and is now also done concurrently in a multi-process fashion. Functionally, this may reduce how well Distribution Planning is able to consolidate loads relative to its base behavior in Release 12, because the consolidation calculations in downstream supply chain layers now no longer factor in the consolidation outputs from upstream layers. This is a trade-off that the user optionally makes for the sake of better performance. The above behavior is optional, and is enabled via profile options. 3.3.1.6. End Item Substitution Enhancements Use-up of on hand inventory is critical to controlling storage and obsolescence costs at many companies. One way in which ASCP helps in this regards is to recommend the use of available substitute item supplies when the demanded item is not on hand. Prior to this release, such end-item substitution recommendations made by ASCP could not be automatically released back and implemented in Order Management. With this release, the ASCP sales order release process has been enhanced to support the passing back of ASCP substitute item recommendations back to the associated sales orders in Order Management.Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Document Oracle Advanced Supply Chain Planning 17

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