How to Effectively Front Load Resources in CTM

Executive Summary Forward scheduling front loads resources, which allows for prioritization in supply planning. Forward scheduling can be performed in SAP CTM. There are multiple options for forward scheduling in CTM, such as setting a profile sequence, setting the maximum earliness of production orders, and using two CTM runs. Introduction In this article, we will…

What if Your Planning Roles are Not Setup for APO?

Executive Summary Background of planning role organization at a client. Companies that have planning roles assigned by product group or by customer. How SAP APO and advanced planning, in general, have planning roles setup. How does master data maintenance change with the implementation of advanced planning systems? Introduction APO is designed around a role segmentation…

How to Understand The Planning Horizon in SAP SNP

Executive Summary There is a supply planning horizon per planning run, and these changes depending up whether this is the¬†Initial Supply Plan, S&OP, Rough Cut Capacity Plan, etc. In APO, there is an SNP Heuristic Time Stream, a CTM Time Stream, a Cost Optimization Time Stream, and a Deployment Planning Thread, a Deployment Heuristic, and…

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How to Understand Multi Plant Planning Stock Transfers

Executive Summary The standard production design that most supply and production planning systems for. Multi plant planning is an advanced form of supply chain planning. We cover capacity planning in the superplant. There is a prioritization of internal stock transfers over external customer orders for subcomponents. Introduction to Multi Plant Planning Multi plant planning is…

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Can CTM Be Used to Create an Unconstrained Plan?

Executive Summary How can CTM be used for unconstrained as well as constrained planning? Where are the configuration settings that would have to be changed to run CTM in an unconstrained mode Introduction The ability to perform constrained planning is a major motivating factor for companies to use CTM. Constrained planning is a major motivator…

How to Understand Order or Supply and Demand Selection for CTM

Executive Summary SAP CTM is designed to work off of both supply and demand selections. Order types are used in CTM to manage the prioritization. Objects are sorted in the supply and demand order selection, also known as ATP categories. Introduction We need to set up the Order Selection with the transaction (/SAPAPO/CTMORDSEL). This is…

How to Understand Aggregate Production Planning and Resources in SAP APO

Executive Summary Aggregate Production Planning Aggregate Production Planning in SAP APO What is an Aggregated Resource in SAP APO? What is the Relationship Between the Aggregate Resources and SAP APO SNP versus PP/DS in this Sample Design? What are the Possible Alternatives without Enabling Aggregate Resources in SAP APO? What are several Complications of this…

How to Understand Supply Prioritization in CTM

Executive Summary How does CTM work concerning supply and demand prioritization? What is the downside to the sequential approach to allocation? What is supply versus demand¬†prioritization? Background on CTP and¬†Prioritization There is an excellent point in the book “Real Optimization with SAP APO” regarding the limitations concerning CTM (capable to match). This highlights that while…

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Using CTM With No Customer or Order Priorities

Executive Summary Why would a company use CTM with no priorities? Using CTM as a convenient way to convert demand rationally. Does CTM explode the BOM? Introduction After spending most of my time on Capable to Match projects where prioritization functionality was highly emphasized, it was disarming to recently come upon a company using Capable…