Lifecycle planning is a separate transaction where you make the settings required for lifecycle planning. When the system carries out a forecast, either in interactive planning or in a background job, these settings are automatically taken into account, so that a like profile and/or a phase in/out profile is called up.
The settings you make are always for a planning area.
There are two steps involved, the basic settings for the planning area, and the assignment of the profiles to individual characteristic value combinations.
To call up lifecycle planning choose Demand Planning ® Environment ® Lifecycle Planning. On the screen that appears you must first enter a planning area. You can then:
· Create or edit “like” profiles by choosing the requisite button. See
· Create or edit phase in/out profiles by choosing the requisite button. See Phase-In/Phase-Out Profiles
1. First you edit the basic settings. This indicator is set by default for each planning area. Here you specify which characteristics are used for the assignment of the profiles. Select the Basic settings indicator and choose . The Lifecycle Definition screen appears. You can now enter up to six characteristics that can be used for assigning the profiles. These can be any characteristics that are contained in the planning book. The system proposes the characteristic for the product in the planning area ( default value 9AMATNR), but you do not have to accept this proposal.
If you want to use aggregated lifecycle planning (with either like profiles or phase-in/out profiles), you must select the relevant indicator for this function on this screen. For more information on aggregated lifecycle planning see Aggregated Lifecycle Planning with Like Modeling and Aggregated Lifecycle Planning with Phase-In/Out Modeling.
When you have made all the necessary entries, choose .
2. You now assign profiles to characteristic value combinations. Select the Assignments indicator and choose . The Lifecycle Assignment screen appears and you can assign the profiles. For more details, see Assignment of Lifecycle Profiles and Like-Profiles.