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There are two kinds of time bucket profiles: one is used for storing data (the storage buckets profile), and the other for planning the data (the planning buckets profile).

A storage buckets profile defines the time buckets in which data based on a given planning area is saved in Demand Planning or Supply Network Planning.

In a storage buckets profile, you specify:

·        One or more periodicities in which you wish the data to be saved

·        The horizon during which the profile is valid.

You can also include a time stream in storage bucket profile. You use time streams to incorporate factory calendars and other planning calendars in Demand Planning. You can thus specify which days are workdays and which days are holidays. You define time streams in Customizing under APO   ® Master Data ® Calendar ® Maintain Planning Calendar (Time Stream). Refer to the implementation guide (IMG) before editing time streams.

You assign the time stream to the storage bucket profile in the relevant field at the bottom of the screen.


You select the periodicities month and week in the storage buckets profile. You do not enter a time stream. Data for the months of June and July 2001 is stored in the following buckets, also known as technical periods.


Time span

Number of days

Friday through Sunday, June 1-3

3 days

Monday through Sunday, June 4-10

7 days

Monday through Sunday, June 11-17

7 days

Monday through Sunday, June 18-24

7 days

Monday through Saturday, June 25-30

6 days

Sunday, July 1

1 days

Monday through Sunday, July 2-8

7 days

Monday through Sunday, July 9-15

7 days

Monday through Sunday, July 16-22

7 days

Monday through Sunday, July 23-29

7 days

Monday and Tuesday, July 30-31

2 days



The definition procedure for storage bucket profiles is the same for Demand Planning and Supply Network Planning.

Include in the storage buckets profile only the periodicities you need because the technical periods take up storage space. On the other hand, you must include all the periodicities in which you intend to plan. For example, if you intend to plan in months, you must include the periodicity month in the storage buckets profile.

You need a storage buckets profile before you can create a planning area.

The storage buckets profile can be used for the release to SNP. For more information, see Structure linkRelease of the Demand Plan to SNP.

The way data is saved is further defined by the way you customize the Calculation type and Time-based disaggregation in the planning area. For more information, see Structure link Aggregation and Disaggregation and the F1 Help for these fields.

To define the buckets in which data is displayed and planned in interactive planning, create a planning buckets profile. For more information, see Planning Buckets Profile.

You maintain storage bucket profiles in Customizing under Supply Chain Planning ® Demand Planning ® Basic Settings ® Define Storage Bucket Profile.


Once a storage buckets profile is in use, it is not possible to change it. It is therefore sensible to specify a relatively long horizon. Since the storage bucket profile does not take up any room in liveCache, this does not affect performance.



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