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Procedure documentation Creating Like Profiles Locate the document in its SAP Library structure

  1. From the SAP Easy Access Menu choose Demand Planning ® Environment ® Lifecycle Planning.
  2. On the initial screen that appears enter the planning area and edit the basic settings as described in Setting Up Lifecycle Planning.
  3. On the initial screen choose Like Profiles.
  4. Enter the characteristic for which the like profile is valid.
  5. Note

    Before Release 4.0 like profiles were only valid for the product characteristic. You can now choose any of the characteristics that you have entered in the basic settings.

  6. Enter a name and a description for the like profile.
  1. In the table enter the characteristic value(s) whose historical data you wish to be used to create the forecast.
  2. For each characteristic value, enter an action. There are two possible actions:
    1. " S: The historical value for the new product is calculated by multiplying the individual "old" values by their weighting factors (or the factors from the weighting profile) and then adding the terms for these values together.


Product A is being introduced. You have decided to use the historical data from products 1, 2, and 3 to calculate "historical" data for product A. The entries in the like profile are as follows:

Ref. Values


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This means that "historical " data for product A = 0.25 Product1 + 0.25 Product2 + 0.6 Product3.

Note that the sum of the weighting factors does not have to be 100%. This can be useful, for example if you expect the demand for the new product to be larger or smaller than that for the predecessors.

    1. " A: The mean average historical value of all values with action "A" is used as the basis of the forecast.
  1. For each value with action type "S", enter a weighting factor or a weighting profile.
  2. If you enter both a weighting factor and a weighting profile, the system uses the weighting profile. If you enter nothing, the system sets the weighting factor to 100%. If you enter a weighting factor and/or a weighting profile next to a product of action type "A", the system ignores these entries.

  3. If required, enter a lag. You must enter the same lag for each reference object.
  4. Note

    You cannot use lags with aggregated lifecycle planning.

  5. Choose Save.
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