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Procedure documentation Releasing the Demand Plan Online Locate the document in its SAP Library structure

Use

Use this procedure to release a limited amount of data (a few product / location combinations only) from Demand Planning to Supply Network Planning. Do not use it for mass releases, for example large planning books.

Caution

If you try to release too much data with this transaction, memory problems are likely, since the system tries to read all the data simultaneously. For mass processing, use the procedure described in Releasing the Demand Plan with Mass Processing.

Prerequisites

See Release of the Demand Plan to SNP.

Procedure

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       1.      On the SAP Easy Access screen, choose Demand Planning ® Planning  ® Release ® Release to Supply Network Planning.

Field

Entry

Data Source: Planning Area

The planning area from which you want to release the demand plan; that is, the source planning area.

Data Source: Planning Version

The version from which you want to release the demand plan.

Data Source: Key Figure

The key figure that represents the demand plan.

Target: Planning Version

The version to which you want to release the demand plan.

Target: Category

The order category.

Categories serve to group orders according to different kinds of stocks, goods receipts, goods issues and order types. Enter a category that represents orders or forecasts such as FA or FB. The system creates demand orders with reference to the category in the liveCache order area (also called Order liveCache). The category is determined during the release to SNP as follows:

1.   Has a category been entered in the release profile? If yes, this category is used.

2.   If no, has a category been set in the definition of the requirements strategy in Customizing? (You define the product’s strategy in the Proposed strategy field on the Demand tab page of the product master record.) If yes, this category is used.

3.   If no, the category FA (forecasts) is used.

Add data

If you set this indicator, new order quantities are created in SNP when you release the demand plan from Demand Planning to SNP. The system ignores existing orders in the same SNP version for the same product, location and periods. This means that if you release to SNP twenty times, twenty separate orders are created in SNP.

If you do not set this indicator, existing order quantities in the same SNP version for the same product, location and periods are overwritten. 

Set this indicator only in exceptional circumstances.

From-Date

A date that defines the beginning of the release horizon.

An entry in this field is compulsory.

To-Date

A date that defines the end of the release horizon.

An entry in this field is compulsory.

Planning Buckets Profile

A planning buckets profile that determines how the demand plan is read from liveCache time series for the release to Supply Network Planning.

The use of a planning buckets profile for the release from DP to SNP is optional. If you use a planning buckets profile, the system releases the demand plan in the buckets in which data was planned. The planning buckets profile must be as big as or bigger than the release horizon specified by the From and To dates.

If you do not enter a planning buckets profile, the data is read in technical periods. The storage buckets profile determines what the technical periods are. Technical periods are not visible to the demand planner.

The period split also determines how the demand plan is released to SNP. You set the period split in the product master record (the SNP2 tab).

See also the examples in Release of the Demand Plan to SNP.

Daily Buckets Profile

A planning buckets profile containing days if you wish demand orders to be created in Supply Network Planning in daily buckets.

The use of a daily buckets profile containing days to release the demand plan to SNP is optional. If you use a daily buckets profile, it must contain days only.

During the release, the system works forward in time. For example, if your daily buckets profile contains 40 days, the system releases data to:

·        The 40 workdays starting on and following the From date if you are releasing the data online.

·        The first 40 workdays of the planning horizon if you perform the release using mass processing. The planning horizon that is used is the planning horizon of the data view you specify in the mass processing activity and job. Make sure the planning horizon begins in the future, unless you want to release data in the past.

The factory calendar determining which days are workdays is the shipping calendar that you enter in the location master record.

The period split also determines how the demand plan is released to SNP. You set the period split in the product master record (the SNP2 tab).

See also the examples in Release of the Demand Plan to SNP.

Period Split Profile

See Structure linkTime-Based Demand Distribution.

Product

Product or range(s) of products for which you wish to release the demand plan.

Location

Location or range(s) of locations for which you wish to release the demand plan.

Extended

If the InfoObjects in the source planning area that represent products and locations are not 9AMATNR and 9ALOCNO, click here to specify the correct InfoObjects.

If you are working with Structure linkDescriptive Characteristics, you must enter a consumption group. Only then are the descriptive characteristics transferred to order liveCache. You can also specify whether forecasts are generated in order LiveCache for all values of the descriptive characteristics or just for specified values. If you select this option, a button appears with which you can access a selection box.

Results Log

To see the results of the release, check this box. For example, you may wish to do this if the demand plan was created in months but you are releasing to SNP in days.  Any errors that occurred during the release are shown in the log.

       2.      Choose Program ® Execute.

Results

See the examples in Release of the Demand Plan to SNP.

 

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