How Accurate Was SAP on the PP/DS Optimizer?

Executive Summary

  • For years SAP has said that the PP/DS optimizer is effective for performing production planning and scheduling.
  • In this article, we review the accuracy of this claim. 

What SAP Said About its the PP/DS Optimizer

The PP/DS Optimizer is part of the SAP APO suite. It is designed to provide a detailed schedule, down to the minute. It is supposed to allow companies to constrain and to develop an optimal production plan and schedule.

The Truth About the PP/DS Optimizer

In reality, the PP/DS Optimizer has turned out to be one of the greatest bait and switch functionality offerings in the supply chain space. The PP/DS Optimizer can be taken live, but only if user acceptance testing is skipped to meet the go-live date. In our evaluation of projects, the implementing company invariably gives up on the PP/DS Optimizer and switches back to using another approach in PP/DS called heuristics. Secondly, SAP and many SAP implementation companies certainly know this, and they continue to recommend using the PP/DS Optimizer for its illusory benefits. We covered these issues in the article The Failed PP/DS Optimizer and in the article Replacing the SNP and PP/DS Optimizer.

Conclusion and Calculation

SAP receives a 0% accuracy rating on SAP Optimizer.

Link to the Parent Article

This is one of many research articles on a specific topic, that support a larger research calculation. For the overview of the research calculation for all of the SAP topics that were part of the study, see the following primary research A Study into SAP’s Accuracy.

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