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Object documentation Phase-In/Phase-Out Profiles Locate the document in its SAP Library structure

Definition

A product's lifecycle consists of different phases: launch, growth, maturity, discontinuation. In APO Demand Planning, you can represent the launch, or phase-in, of a product using a phase-in profile.

Phase- in profiles and phase-out profiles are basically the same. Both change the demand history or demand forecast of a product by given percentages during a specified period or periods.

Phase-In Profiles

Your aim is to have the forecast mimick the upward sales curve that you expect the product to display during phase-in. You might achieve this with a phase-in profile that looks like this:

 

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Alternatively, if you are basing the forecast on a "like" profile, you might adjust the historical data of the "like" product upwards to correct the downward trend in demand during the "like" product's discontinuation phase; for example:

 

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Phase-Out Profiles

Your aim is to have the forecast mimick the downward sales curve that you expect the product to display during phase-out. You might achieve this with a phase-out profile that looks like this:

 

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Use

You define the time span of a phase-in/out profile by the start date and end date you enter in the phase-in profile. See also F1 Help.

Whether the profile changes the demand history or the demand forecast depends on the time range you specify for the phase-in/out profile. If the time range lies within the historical time horizon of the forecast profile used, the demand history is adjusted. If the time range lies within the future horizon, the demand forecast is adjusted.

See also:

Lifecycle Planning

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