SAP’s Integrated Business Planning (IBP) solution combines all the technology you need for end-to-end supply chain management and planning. This cloud-based tool permits combined sales and operations planning (S&OP), accurate creation of demand plans, response and supply capacity planning and management, or analysis and management of your supply chain, all in real time and in a cost-effective manner. It offers you the flexibility and agility needed to respond to any supply chain disruptions.
SAP IBP caters for native integration with other modules and solutions, making it possible to enhance its capabilities.
Because SAP IBP brings together the latest technologies and best processes for end-to-end supply chain management, deploying it at your organisation can offer a variety of advantages.
By using advanced technologies like predictive analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, you can set up simulations and scenario comparisons, as well as alerts and other options that will help you stay ahead of the curve and improve your response capabilities. This makes it possible to act quickly whenever a supply chain disruption occurs.
Moreover, control KPIs make it possible for you to improve your organisation’s sustainability by providing information on whether your goods acquisition plan is sustainable, the impact that changing a supplier would have on your carbon footprint, and finding solutions that improve the current situation.
All of this helps you when it comes to decision-making and planning your supply channel, as you can track the progress of your supply plan implementation, its impact, and whether it’s meeting the corporate KPIs established.
Nonetheless, there’s an important disadvantage to this solution: SAP has announced that it will only maintain it until 2025, after which its development will be cancelled. This may have an impact on your business if you are looking for a long-term plan. If you want to work with an available and up-to-date solution, you’ll have to migrate this environment to another system at that time.
If this case applies to you, the best option is SAP S/4HANA, a suite that integrates and manages all business processes in real time via a single platform, and which has specific modules for supply chain management and planning.
As mentioned above, SAP IBP is a good cloud-based solution for advanced supply chain planning for short-term projects. Its advanced algorithm offers you a number of functionalities that will help you guarantee the continuity of your business in the face of different risks or changes. These include the ability to create simulations or scenario comparisons, alerts, or to manage and plan your response and supply capacity.
However, if you’re looking for a long-term investment, it’s better to choose a different SAP solution, such as S/4HANA. This suite will provide more stability and its high-performance in-memory database offers faster response times, simpler processes and an improved user experience with SAP Fiori.
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