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Function documentation Order Forecast Monitor 


The Order Forecast Monitor (OFM) is a function on the Web UI of SAP Supply Network Collaboration (SAP SNC) that displays and compares the firm or planned net requirements of the customer and the supplier firm or planned receipts. The Order Forecast Monitor calculates the absolute and the percentage differences between the customer and supplier data, and, depending on the differences, highlights periods in color. Both the customer and the supplier have the same view of the planning situation and gain a quick overview of critical situations. This is the basis for a possible adjustment of planning to match supplier capacity as part of a Dynamic Replenishment scenario.

The customer uses electronic messages to transfer data from his or her back-end system to SAP SNC. The supplier can also transfer data electronically from his or her back-end system to SAP SNC. Alternatively, the supplier can create planned receipts manually in the Order Forecast Monitor.


For information about integrating data from the customer back-end system and the supplier back-end system, see Key Figures in the Order Forecast Monitor.


To run OFM using your own calculation rules and tolerance values, you need to configure the consensus finding framework. If you do not configure the consensus finding framework, SAP SNC uses default rules and profiles for the key figure calculations. For more information, see Structure linkConsensus Finding.

For more information about setting up the consensus finding framework, see Customizing for SAP Supply Network Collaboration under Consensus Finding and Condition Technique for Consensus Finding.


Key Figures

The Order Forecast Monitor differentiates between planned data and firm data. Planned data is data that can still change; that is, data that is still provisional. This includes, for example, the customer forecast demands or the supplier planned receipts. Firm data includes, for example, the customer’s purchase orders and scheduling agreement releases as well as the supplier’s purchase order confirmations. For more information, see Key Figures in Order Forecast Monitor.

Order Forecast Monitor Web Interface

The key figures for the customer data, supplier data, and deviations between the data are displayed in both tabular and graphical format in the Order Forecast Monitor details. You can configure the planning horizon and period division of the planning horizonspecifically for the user.

The Order Forecast Monitor overview displays the plan difference status of the selected location products in the periods of the planning horizon. SAP SNC determines the plan difference status of a period by determining the percentage difference between the customer planned requirements and the supplier planned receipts. SAP SNC compares the percentage difference with tolerances and thresholds by using consensus finding, and highlights the period in the appropriate color.


SAP SNC delivers standard settings for the color profiles, which the system displays on the OFM. For more information about the colors displayed, see “Alert and Color Profiles for the Order Forecast Monitor”.

Alert and Color Profiles for the Order Forecast Monitor

You can define alert profiles for Order Forecast Monitor. Alert profiles define the alert levels the system issues for defined situations. You can define alert as information, warning, or errors. You can choose to switch alerting for OFM on or off entirely or for a specific situation only.

The system displays alerts related to OFM on the Demand Planning tab page in the Alert Monitor.

For more information about alert profiles, see Customizing for SAP Supply Network Collaboration, under Demand  ® Define Alert Profiles for CSF and OFM.

You can define color profiles for OFM. Color profiles define the colors displayed in the time bucket cells of the relevant key figures on the Order Forecast Monitor – Product View and Order Forecast Monitor Overviewscreens. The colors indicate the tolerance, release, and manual status of a key figure calculation.

For more information about color profiles, see Customizing for SAP Supply Network Collaboration, under Demand  ® Define Color Profiles for CSF and OFM.

Simulate and Create Supplier Planned Receipts

As a supplier, you can enter values for the Supplier Planned Receipts key figure in the detailed view. To do this, you need to have configured the Overview – Transit Information – Multisourcing Mode grid arrangement for the planning grid. To see the effect of your changes, use the Simulate function. This function recalculates deviations between the customer and supplier data, but does not save the modified data to the database. You can save the modified data, if required.

Audit Trail

The following table contains the key figures for which Structure linkaudit trail logs all changes as standard:

Key Figure

Time Series

Time Series Type

Customer Planned Requirements



Supplier Planned Receipts




  You call the Order Forecast Monitor in the Web menu of SAP SNC under Order Forecast Monitor.

You can navigate to the Details or Product Details screens by choosing Details.


If you select only one location product and choose Details, you navigate to the Product Details screen. If you select several location products and choose Details, you navigate to the Details screen.

  You can create Structure linknotes for the fields in the planning grid.