Data Storage in Demand Planning and Supply Network Planning
In Demand Planning and Supply Network Planning, you can store data in three ways:
Each key figure in a planning area has its own storage method.
Since planning areas for Supply Network Planning can contain only the standard SNP characteristics, you can only use a joint planning area for Demand Planning and Supply Network Planning, if demand planning in your company is done at product level or at product and location level. If you want to do demand planning at other levels, such as brand or regional level, you must have separate planning areas.
LiveCache Time Series Objects
The data is stored in buckets, with no reference to orders. This storage method is suitable for tactical, aggregated planning. It is the usual method for saving current Demand Planning data. It also supports the Sales & Operations Planning process. If you save a key figure to liveCache time series objects, you can use the following functions:
There are a number of standard key figures that are saved to liveCache time series objects which you can include in an SNP planning area by choosing Edit → SNP time series objects.
The prerequisites for saving a key figure to liveCache time series objects are that:
For an example of Sales & Operations Planning using the time series storage method, see planning book 9ASOP, planning area 9ASNP01 (transaction /SAPAPO/SNPSOP) in the standard APO system.
The data is stored with reference to orders. This storage method is suitable for operative planning, such as in a classical SNP setup. If you save a key figure to liveCache orders, you can use the following functions:
There are a number of standard key figures that are saved to liveCache orders which you can include in an SNP planning area by choosing Edit → SNP standard.
The prerequisites for saving a key figure to liveCache orders are that:
For an example of Supply Network Planning using the orders storage method, see planning book 9ASNP94, planning area 9ASNP02 (transaction /SAPAPO/SNP94) in the standard APO system.
The data is stored in an InfoCube in the Administrator Workbench. This storage method is suitable for data backups, old planning data, and actual sales history. In Demand Planning, actual sales history is used to generate master data and as the basis for forecasting.
In APO Demand Planning you can only read from InfoCubes if you have specified the InfoCube in planning area configuration. For details of how to save data to InfoCubes seeExchange of Data Between InfoCubes and Planning Areas.
To specify an InfoCube from which the key figure is read in all versions:
It is possible to use different InfoCube for different versions. Continue as above up to step 3. In Step 4 do not enter an InfoCube. Choose . A dialog box appears, in which you enter the InfoCube for each version. After you entered the necessary information, choose to save the data and return to the previous screen. You can see that such data has been entered by the icon.
For information on data backups, see: