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Use

Interactive planning offers several functions. These are described in this topic and succeeding topics.

The normal table or graphic view of your data view in interactive planning is where you can compare key figures, run macros, and manually change data.

Different data views in a planning area/version give you different perspectives on the SAME data. This means that when working in interactive demand planning you cannot hold or store data in one view while you rerun the forecast in another view. To keep the forecast results, you must save them in a planning version.

To find out how to create a data view, see Planning Book Maintenance and Data View Design Functions.

You can assign planning books and data views to users; you can also define whether or not a user is able to access other planning books and data views. See Assignment of Users to Planning Books.

 

Features

Standard Views

In addition to the data views created by your company you can work in one or more of the following standard SAP views. Which standard views are available to the demand planner is defined in the planning book.

Forecast View

When you choose This graphic is explained in the accompanying text, an automatic forecast is carried out immediately. The forecast model is either the one you set up in the univariate forecast profile or, if you have already run the forecast for this selection ID, the one you last used for this selection ID.

After the forecast results appear, you can analyze the forecast results by using the tab pages at the bottom of the view.

If necessary, you can change the forecast profile, the forecast model, the planning horizons, the forecast parameters and/or the forecast settings. Which forecast parameters you can set depends on the forecast model. All forecast models can be used. To rerun the forecast, click on This graphic is explained in the accompanying text in the application toolbar or under the Model tab.

Multiple Linear Regression View

When you choose This graphic is explained in the accompanying text, an automatic forecast is carried out immediately. The system bases the forecast on the MLR profile defined for this planning area if no profile has already been assigned to the selection. 

After the forecast results appear, you can use the buttons in the application toolbar to view the forecast messages, display the alert situation, and check the MLR measures of fit. The MLR measures of fit are defined by the parameter limits in the diagnostic group. You cannot change the SAP diagnostic group, but you can use different MLR limits by creating your own group of parameters. You can also choose to show or hide the MLR parameters in the table.

If you wish to rerun the forecast, choose This graphic is explained in the accompanying text in the application toolbar.

Composite View

When you choose This graphic is explained in the accompanying text, the system uses the composite profile to carry out the forecast.

After the forecast results appear, you can use the buttons in the application toolbar to view the forecast messages, see which forecast profile was just used, change this profile, or choose a different profile.

If you wish to rerun the forecast, choose This graphic is explained in the accompanying textin the application toolbar.

Promotion Planning View

When you choose This graphic is explained in the accompanying text, the system switches to promotion planning. Here you create and edit promotions. After you have saved the promotion you return to interactive planning by choosing
This graphic is explained in the accompanying text Interactive Planning.

For information on promotion planning, see Promotion Planning and subordinate documentation.

Features in the Table View

Several features are available in the grid itself. (For details of the functions available using the icons, see Interactive Demand Planning Desktop and subordinate topics.). You access these functions from the context menu of the cell containing the This graphic is explained in the accompanying text icon. This cell is usually in the top left-hand corner.

The following features are also available in the Design view and are described in Data View Design Functions:

·        Navigation bar

·        Switch columns/rows

·        Graphic

·        Synchronize table/graphic

Two functions are only available directly in the table view:

·        Units of measure

You use this menu option to hide/display the unit column in the table and to change the unit of measure or currency unit. For more details, see Toggling Between Units.

·        Pivot sorting

This function is available after you have drilled down at least once using the header (see Using the Header in Interactive Planning). You can change the order in which the characteristic values and key figures are displayed in the grid. Fore more details, see Pivot Sorting.

 

Features for Rows

Three actions are available in the context menu for rows:

·        Hide detail view

·        Display stock

These two functions are only used in SNP

·        Promotion list

If you select a promotion key figure and carry out this function, the system displays the promotions that contribute to this key figure. You can then load a promotion by double-clicking on it.

Features for Columns

By selecting one or more columns and calling up the context menu you can change the format in which the dates are displayed. The default is the format as defined in the data view.

Features for Individual Cells

In the context menu for single cells in the grid you can fix/unfix the cell and display any notes. For more information, see Fixing Key Figure Values and Notes Management.

Cut/Copy and Paste

As of Release 4.0 you can use this function as in standard Windows programs. You can copy cells or continuous groups of cells (for instance rows, columns, neighboring rows and columns). Only the cell contents are copied; attributes such as color, icons are not copied. You select the cells to be copied and choose

·        Ctrl-C to copy

·        Ctrl-X to cut

·        Ctrl-V to paste

If one of the target cells is either fixed or read only, the copy operation is cancelled. Similarly the operation is cancelled if the area to be copied does not fit into the target area, for instance at the edges of the grid.

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