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 Explore Supply Network


The analytical app Explore Supply Network displays various key performance indicators (KPIs) that help you identify issues in the supply network. By allowing a timely analysis of planning data, the app enables you to respond to supply planning issues promptly. As a result, you can eliminate problems related to demand variability and uncertain supply, you can keep inventory levels low, and avoid operating inefficiencies.

Key Features

You can use the app to do the following:

  • Analyze several KPIs and key figures in a personalized table or chart

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    You can also display your own custom KPIs as additional columns of the table view.

    For information about setting up custom KPIs, see SAP Library for SAP HANA Live for SAP SCM on SAP Help Portal at Start of the navigation path published on SAP site Next navigation step SAP HANA Live for SAP SCM Next navigation step SAP Supply Chain Info Center (App) Next navigation step Applications of SAP Supply Chain Info Center Next navigation step Key Performance Indicators in SAP Supply Chain Info Center Next navigation step Setting Up Custom Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) End of the navigation path.

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  • Specify planning book-data view-planning version combinations to ensure the replication of the relevant planning data from Supply Network Planning (SNP) to SAP HANA

  • Filter the data for your analysis by the following characteristics:

    • Location

    • Product

    • Attributes of location and product (for example, product group, region or planner)

    Note Note

    These filters remain active if you leave the app and launch it again from the launchpad. To have the filtering reset, you have to remove the filters manually.

    You can create new filters based on master data attributes in Customizing for Advanced Planning and Optimization under Start of the navigation path APO Administration Next navigation step Data Replication Next navigation step Define Master Data Attributes as Additional Selection Fields End of the navigation path.

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    Filter your data based on the value of a specific KPI

    You can define a value range for the selected KPI, so that only items where the value is within the range are displayed. The filter remains active if you navigate to the following apps directly from Explore Supply Network:

    • View Supply Shortages

    • View Stock Deficits

    • View Stock Overages

    • View Uncovered Sales Orders

  • Filter your data by defining various analysis periods

  • After defining filters for the analysis, save your selection as a variant

    You can use these variants in the other supply planner apps of SAP Smart Business for SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization and you can also save them as a tile for direct access from the launchpad.

    Note Note

    If you delete a variant that you have previously saved as a tile on the launchpad, the tile is not deleted automatically. In this case, question marks are displayed on the tile instead of the KPI value, and you have to delete the tile manually.

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  • Estimate your stock situation at a glance using the Stock Situation column of the table view

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    The Stock Situation column contains a colored bar chart, which is based on the following values:

    • Projected stock on hand

    • Safety stock

    Each bar of the bar chart represents a unit of the analysis period (the unit depending on the data view defined under Planning Book Settings). The various colors in the bar chart stand for different stock situations and if the unit is day, weekend days are represented by bars with a diagonal striped pattern. The following table provides a summary of what stock situation each color of the bar chart stands for:


    Stock situation


    The projected stock on hand is greater than or equal to the safety stock.


    The projected stock on hand is a negative value, which signifies a supply shortage.


    The stock on hand is greater than 0 but less than the safety stock.

    The maximum number of bars shown in the chart is 21. You can display all the projected stock on hand and safety stock figures for the whole analysis period in a table by clicking the bar chart.

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Navigation Targets

The app offers the possibility to directly access other apps of SAP Smart Business for SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization, for further analysis of your data.

Note Note

These linked apps have to be already available in your system landscape or you have to implement them along with this app.

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You can access the following apps:

System Landscape Requirements

The app consists of front-end components and back-end components. The back-end components and the front-end components are delivered in separate products and have to be installed in a system landscape that is enabled for SAP Fiori.

SAP Smart Business Product

SAP Smart Business 1.0 for SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization SPS 3

Contains Virtual Data Model (VDM)


SAP Business Suite Product

SAP Supply Chain Info Center 1.0

Component for Customer Incidents

For creating customer incidents, use the Supply Chain Info Center – Supply Network Planning (SCM-APO-ANA-SNP) component.