You can use this function to release forecast data from the InfoProvider to an ERP system. The release takes place directly to the ERP system. In other words, you do not need to load the forecast data first into a planning area in Demand Planning and thus into the time series liveCache.
You can release the forecast data from the following objects of the SAP Business Information Warehouse (BW):
As data sources for the release, you choose an InfoProvider and a planning version and key figure contained in the InfoProvider. If you do not specify any characteristics for product and location under Data Source: Extended Settings, the system uses the characteristics 9AMATNR and 9ALOCNO.
The planning version you use as the data source must be in the SAP SCM system.
The standard settings for the grouping condition are product and location because the release always takes place at location product level. If you are working with location splits, you restrict the characteristics exclusively to the location. The system does not evaluate any other characteristics during the release.
Choose a single periodicity for the release. This periodicity must be available in the InfoProvider. You must specify a planning version in the ERP system for the data target. This planning version must already be in the ERP system before the release takes place.
If you want to release the data aggregated at the level of a periodicity, but this periodicity is not available in the InfoProvider, you can use a period split profile.
Before the release, you can find out how large the data quantity is that you transfer to the ERP system. To do so, use Number of Hits in InfoProvider. The system then determines the amount of data for the planning version in the InfoProvider in the specified period.
The system adjusts the specified period automatically to the smallest periodicity available in the InfoProvider. For example, if only the periodicity “month” is available in the InfoProvider, and you enter January 15, 2005 to December 15, 2005 as the period, the system determines the data in the period January 01, 2005 to December 31, 2005.
If you want to release forecast data from the InfoProvider to an ERP system, from the SAP Easy Access screen, choose Demand Planning ® Planning ® Release ® Release from InfoProvider to ERP System.