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Function documentation Assigning Seasonal Patterns to Characteristics Combinations Locate the document in its SAP Library structure

Use

If you want to aggregate the planning data at the level of a season year, you must assign seasonal patterns to all the characteristic values combinations of a planning area.

Prerequisites

You have defined the master data for seasonal planning.

Features

You can manually assign the seasonal patterns to the characteristic values combinations or have the system automatically execute the assignment.

·        Automatic Assignment

You have the following options for the automatic assignment of seasonal patterns:

¡        Assignment using the default seasonal pattern

You have assigned a default seasonal pattern to the planning area. When you initialize the planning area, the system assigns this default seasonal pattern to all the characteristic values combinations that have not yet been assigned a seasonal pattern.

¡        Rules-based assignment

In assignment rules, you have defined which seasonal pattern you want the system to assign to which characteristic values combination. When you start the assignment, the system evaluates these rules.

·        Manual Assignment

You can make the assignments manually for characteristic values combinations or manually change already existing assignments.

Activities

To make the rules-based or manual assignment, from the SAP Easy Access screen, choose Advanced Planning and Optimization ® Demand Planning ® Environment ® Seasonal Planning. On the Settings for Seasonal Planning screen, first select the desired planning area and then choose Start Assignment.

On the Assignment of Seasonal Patterns to Characteristics Combinations screen, you can manually assign seasonal patterns or carry out a rules-based assignment.

Before you choose Execute, you can restrict the selection of characteristic values combinations. If you do not restrict the selection, the system considers all the characteristic values combinations of the specified planning area.

You can also restrict the selection to single characteristics or specific seasonal patterns. If you choose specific seasonal patterns, you can use the assignment type to set whether you want the system to only consider the rules-based assignments, the manual assignments, or the default assignments. You can also set, for example, that during the manual assignment, the system only selects those characteristic values combinations to which it has not yet assigned a seasonal pattern.

Note

So that you can perform planning with the assigned seasonal patterns, the assignments have to be in liveCache. For this, set the Adjust time series indicator before you execute. If you do not set this indicator, the system does not generate the assignments in liveCache until the next liveCache synchronization.

Manual Assignment

You make the manual assignment by choosing Manual Assignmentand then This graphic is explained in the accompanying text. You then see the desired selection of characteristic values combinations. You can select characteristic values combinations and execute the following activities for them:

·        Specifically assign seasonal patterns to individual characteristic values combinations in the Seasonal Pattern selection field

·        Assign the same seasonal pattern to several selected characteristic values combinations

For this, choose This graphic is explained in the accompanying text Seasonal Pattern.

·        Apply assignment rules for the selected characteristic values combinations

For this, choose This graphic is explained in the accompanying text with quick info text Apply Assignment Rules. Afterwards, save the assignments.

Save the assignments you made. If you set the Adjust time seriesindicator beforehand, the system saves the assignments in liveCache as well.

Rules-Based Assignment

If you choose the option Rules-Based Assignment and then Execute, the system immediately carries out the rules-based assignment and saves it. In doing so, the system takes into account the selection of characteristic values combinations you made. By setting the Apply Default Seasonal Pattern indicator, you ensure that the system assigns a seasonal pattern to all characteristic values combinations. The system assigns the default seasonal pattern to the characteristic values combinations for which you have not defined an assignment rule. If you have set the Adjust time seriesindicator, the system updates the time series objects for the characteristic values combinations.

Simulation of Rules-Based Assignments

You can also check beforehand which assignments the system will make. To do so, use the manual assignment, select all the characteristic values combinations, and apply the assignment rules.

 

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