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createdbyDavidKahnon25Jun201519:51,lastmodifiedbyDavidKahnon26Jul201604:29

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ThepurposeofthisdocumentistocovercommonquestionsthatcomeuppriortopurchasingIntegrated
BusinessPlanningapplications.
Ifyouhavetechnicalquestionsrelatedtoanimplementation,pleasesee:

SAPIntegratedBusiness

PlanningFAQsforimplementations.
GeneralQuestions
SubscriptionandServices
Implementation
CloudandSecurity
LearnMore

GeneralQuestions:

WhatisIBP(IntegratedBusinessPlanning)?

ThetermIBPisanindustrystandardtermreferringtotheprocessofintegratingsalesforecasts,inventory
targets,supplyplans,andfinancialplansintoasingleoperationalplanforthebusinessorbusinessunit,
agreedbyallparties(sales,operations,logistics,finance)andblessedbybusinessleadership.

WhatisIBPatSAP?

InSAPterms,IBPisthenextgenerationSAPsupplychainplanningapplicationsthatsitonHANAand
supporttheaboveIntegratedBusinessPlanningprocess.
SAPIBPforsupplychain:1PageProductOverview

Thereare5applicationsinIBP:
1.IntegratedBusinessPlanningforsalesandoperations:Onesetofnumbers

1PageProductOverview|YouTubeDemo
Balancedemandandsupplywhileprovidingorganizationalvisibilityandalignment
Whatifscenarios,usingrealtimeinformation
JAMembeddedcommunication,andanalytics
SAPIntegratedBusinessPlanningforsalesandoperations
2.SupplyChainControlTower:Visibility
1PageProductOverview
Achieveendtoendvisibilityintheextendedsupplychain
IntegrateDatafromvariousSystems
DrivevisibilityandactionwithconfigurableAnalytics&AlertsandCaseManagement
PredeliveredSupplyChainPerformance(SCOR)metrics.

SupplyChainControlTower
3.IntegratedBusinessPlanningforinventoryMasterUncertainty,useinventoryefficiently
1PageProductOverview
Efficientlypositioninventorytobestrespondtoforecasterror,demandvariabilityandsupply
uncertainty
Multiechelon(multistage)inventoryoptimizationtosolvethescienceofpostponement
DriveS&OPdecisionstoinventorytargetrecommendationsforPlanners(itemlocationtimeframe
specific)
SAPIntegratedBusinessPlanningforinventory
4.IntegratedBusinessPlanningfordemand:ForecastBetter
1PageProductOverview

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DemandSensing(predictandreforecast,patternrecognition)
Forecastingstatisticaltechniques
CollaborativeDemandPlanning
SAPIntegratedBusinessPlanningfordemand

5.IntegratedBusinessPlanningforresponseandsupply:Mastersupplyplanningandresponseintelligence
1PageProductOverview
Planproduction,procurement,anddistribution
Respondtodailydisruptionsthroughwhatifanalysistochangesupplyplansandreschedule
demand
Manageallocationswheresupplyisscarce
SAPIntegratedBusinessPlanningforresponseandsupply

ComparisonofeachoftheIBPsolutionsandtheircapabilities:LINK

IBPOverviewBlog:

Gettingstarted:WhatisIntegratedBusinessPlanning?

IBPOverviewWebinar:SupplyChainTransformationwithnewIntegratedBusinessPlanningsolutionsfrom

SAP

IhaveAPOdoIneedIBP?

IBPaddsimportantfunctionalitytoAPOandotherAdvancedPlanningsoftware,butthetrueanswer
dependsonYOU!
Everycustomerisdifferent.Thatbeingsaidtherearedifferentwaysofadoptingthesolution.
EvenifyouhaveAPODP,youcanleveragedemandsensing(partofIBPfordemand),toobtainbetter
shorttermforecastingbasedonpatternrecognitionandmultipleforecastinputs
APOSNPvisavisIBPforinventory
IBPforinventoryisaplanningtool,takinginfactorsaroundriskanduncertainty(forecasterror,supply
uncertainty)tomostefficientlyabsorbriskusingthelowestamountofinventorytomeetcustomerservice
levels.Itaccomplishesthisbysettingmostefficientsafetystocktargetsacrossthesupplychain.
SNPthenusestheseIBPforinventorySStargetstooptimizehowtomostefficientlysupplydemand
(forecast+demand+anychangeinSS).Thismeetsbothservicelevels(bysupplyingsafetystock),
forecastandexistingorders.
APOSNPdoeshaveasafetystockoptimizationfunction,butthisisextremelylimitedinscope:APOSNP
onlyhandlesanindividuallocation,essentiallyconsideringonlydemandvariability.IBPforinventory
considerstheentiresupply,usingmultistageoptimization,aswellasconsideringadditionaluncertainties
likesupplytimingvariability.IBPforinventorycanmeetthesameserviceleveltargetsusing(typically)10
30%lessinventory.

WhatarethebenefitsofIBP?

Endtoendcomprehensiveviewofsupplychaincurrentandhistoricalsupplychainperformance
Alertsquicklyidentifycurrentandfuturepotentialsupplychainproblems
Collaborationenablesthequickresolutionofissuesacrossfunctions
Realtimescenariosandsimulationonentiremodel
Demand,supplychain,andfinancialmodelataggregateanddetailedlevels

WhatistheValueProposition:

1%2%TopLineRevenueGrowth
5%15%BetterInventoryturnswithimprovedservicelevelsbyusinginventorymoreefficiently
510%betterorderfulfillmentmetrics,betterservice
Betteruserengagement,fasterplanningcyclesandconsistentplanningprocesses
Fullsupportforyourmonthlyorweeklyplanningprocesses

Whatsynergyisavailablewhenapplying2ormoreIBPapplications?Inotherwords,whydoesone
+one=morethan2?
IBPforsalesandoperations+SupplyChainControlTower=Managementlevelstrategiccontroland
visibilityoverthebusiness.
IBPforsalesandoperations+IBPforinventory=takingS&OPtoSIOP,takingS&OPdecisionsand
applyingmultistageinventoryoptimizationinnearrealtimetodriveinventorytargetstothePlannersthe
samedaytheS&OPdecisionismade.
IBPforinventory+IBPfordemand:=A12punchagainstuncertainty!UseIBPfordemandtoimprove
forecastingand,recognizingthateventhebestforecastisnot100%accurate(andsuppliersarent100%
reliableeither),positioninventorymostefficientlytobuffertheremaininguncertaintyinyoursupplychain.
IBPforsupplyandresponse+SupplyChainControlTower=Providesinstantvisibilitytoglobalinventory
andcapacityutilization.Itincorporatestheabilitytounderstandexceptionsandrunwhatifsimulationsona
globalleveltomakedecisionsandeffectivelyorchestratefastissueresolution.
WhatdoesIBPlooklike?

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IBPOverviewVideo
SAPS&OPProductoverviewdemo
SAPIBPyoutubechannel

HowdoIgetstartedwithIBP?

WanttotryIBPout:http://www.sapstore.com/solutions/60032/SAPIntegratedBusinessPlanningforsales
andoperations
Pleasecontact l.w.bryan.charnock@sap.com l.w.bryan.charnock@sap.comifyouhaveanyquestions
withtheStarterEditionontheSAPStore.StarterEditionFAQ

Readytobuy?

OursalesteamwouldbehappytoclarifyanyquestionsthatyoumayhaveregardingSAPIntegrated
BusinessPlanningandtheOnboardingProcess.

ContactyourSAPAccountExecutiveorourIBPSalesexpertsbelow:
NorthAmerica:

JRKavanagh

LatinAmerica:

RudiMeyfarth

MEE:

MartinHill

EMEA(Europe):
APJ:

EvaHartmann

MikeWade

JesperWaaben

MatthiasAloisVogel

JeffMajestic

WherecanIlearnaboutcustomerexperienceswithIBP?
WehavealargenumberofSAPIntegratedBusinessPlanningcustomersfrommanyindustriesincluding:High
Tech,ConsumerProducts,LifeScience,Chemicals,andIndustrialMachineryandComponents.

Herearesomewaystohearfromourcustomers:

1.Listentorecordedwebinarsorpresentations:
CaseStudy:SeehowWeirMineralsleveragesSAPIntegratedBusinessPlanning(IBP)fortheirSales&
OperationalPlanningProcess
SapphireColgateReplay
SapphireNature'sWayCustomerPanelCustomerPanelReplay
IBPCustomerTysonFoods:DemandPlanningBestPractices

2.Reviewacasestudy:
Arauco

3.ReferenceCall:
SAPhostsmultiplereferencelivecallswhereyoucanaskyourquestionsdirectlytoourcustomers.
ContactyourSAPSalesTeamtorequestarecordingofaprevioussessionortobeincludedina
futuresession.

4.AttendanupcomingCustomerEvent:
CompleteSAPIBPEvent&WebinarList

SubscriptionandServices
Howlongdoesthesystemprovisioningprocesstake?

StarterEdition,Test,andProductionsystemscanbeavailableinaslittleas5businessdaysof
completingtheorderandsubmittingthecompletedprovisioningchecklist.

WhatsoftwareisincludedintheIBPsubscription?
IBPlicensedIntegratedBusinessPlanningapplication(s)
HCIHanaCloudIntegrationHCIgivesyoutheabilitytoeasilyloaddataintoIBPandextractdataintoother
systems.
SCISAPCloudIdentitySingleSignOncapability
SAPJAMSAPJAMisSAPscollaborationplatform(Optionaladditionallicenserequired)
WhatdoIgetwithmysubscription?

Systemoperationssupport
Upgrades
Standardapplicationsupport
Datasecurity
Systemmonitoring
AccesstosubscribedIBPapplication(s)andHCI

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ThinkaboutalltheITdollarsyouwillsave!

WhatistheReleaseCycleandPatchupgradeprocess?

SAPwantstomakesureyougetthelatestandgreatestbugfixesandenhancements,thereforewe
provideourcustomerswithsystemupdatesevery2weeks.
UpdatedReleases(withmajorenhancements)comeout4timesayear.
TofindoutmoreaboutIBPUpgradePlanningandCommunicationsclickonthis

LINK.

WherecanIgetmoreinformationoneachPatch/Release?

Releasenotes:http://service.sap.com/sap/support/notes/2089926

Implementation:
HowlongdoesittaketoimplementIBPapplications?

Implementationscantakeaslittleas3months.Ofcourse,implementationtimelinescanrangedueto
scope,implementationapproach,dataquality,andresourceavailability.
Uponrequest,theSAPServicesteamandSAPPartnerswouldbehappytoprovideyouwithasample
implementationapproachandplan.

WhichSAPPartnersareenabledonIBPapplications?

Pleasecontact

L.W.Bryan

CharnockformoreinformationregardingSAPPartnersforIBP.

CloudandSecurity:
HowdoIaccessIBPinthecloud?

ThroughaURLprovidedbySAP.YoucanaccessIBPthroughInternetExplorerorGoogleChrome.

HowdoIloadandextractdatafromthecloud?

SAPsproprietaryHANACloudIntegrationhasprebuilttemplatesthatallowyoutoloadandextractdata
frommanystandardSAPsystemsaswellasnonSAPsystems.

IunderstandthatIBPisavailableinthecloud,howdoIknowthatmydataandsystemissecure?

SAPhasveryhighlevelsofdatacenteranddatasecuritymeetingallthekeycertificationandaudit
requirements.
SAPtakesdatasecurityandsystemreliabilityveryseriously.Takeatourofourdatacentersandlearn
aboutdatasecurity:http://www.sapdatacenter.com/
SAPcommitstoa99.5%systemavailabilitySLAforIBPonthecloud:
http://www.sap.com/corporateen/about/ourcompany/policies/cloud/servicelevelagreement.html

LearnMore:
WherecanIfindProductDocumentation?

http://help.sap.com/ibp

WhatEducationCoursesareofferedforIBP?

Training.sap.com

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9Comments
SeanMawhorter09Jul201517:32

David,

Thankyousomuchforputtingallofthisinformationinoneplace...itwilldefinitelyhelpuswithourIBP
salesactivities.
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DavidKahn09Jul201518:44(inresponsetoSeanMawhorter)

ThanksSean!Lookingforwardtoanyfeedback.
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JasonChilders02Sep201516:33

YourSLAdoesn'tlookcorrectperthelink,itis99.5%.
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DavidKahn07Sep201522:23(inresponsetoJasonChilders)

Updated.Thanks.
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AdityaGupta29Oct201507:27

HiDavid,

IsittruethatIBP6.xwillhavemultiplecloudoptionslikeSAPCloud,AWSandsoon?

Regards,
AdityaG
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DavidKahn29Oct201513:12(inresponsetoAdityaGupta)

HiAditya.

AWSisacloudcomputingservice.SAPIBPisanapplicationthatisavailablethroughthe
SAPCloudruninSAPDataCenters.TherearenoplanstohaveSAPIBPrunonAWSat
thistime.Inanycase,thatisnotsomethingtheconsumeroftheapplicationwouldhaveto
worryabout.

Thanks.

David
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SatishNallamothu23May201621:12

Hi,

IunderstandthatSAPisplanningtoreleaseIBPaspartofS4CORE.Inthatinstance,Whydo
companiesneedtobuyIBPasseparatecloudoffering.

IfprospectsopttowaitforsometimetillSAPreleasesIBPaspartofS4CORE,Therewillnotbe

needforHCIandintegrationeffortsareminimal.

KindlyadviseifIammissinganycriticalfactor.

Regards
Satish
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DavidKahn23May201621:15(inresponsetoSatishNallamothu)

HiSatish.

IwouldthinkaboutitmorelikeanS/4Addon.

Thanks.
David
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PaulSager15Jul201622:17

Hi,

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Isitpossibletopurchaseonlyonelicenseforthe'SAPIntegratedPlanningStarterAddition'?At
presentthereisonlyanoptiontopay7755.00for10licenses.However,Ionlyrequireonelicenseat
thepresenttime.MyhopehereisthatSAPwillmakeIBPalittlemoreaccessibletoconsultantsthat
youliketo"skillup"andgetfamiliarwiththetool(otherthantrainingclass).Asmorecustomers
considerIBPtheywillneedtohaveconsultantsavailablethatknowtheproductsoagoodapproach
wouldbetoofferjustonelicensetopurchaseinmyopinion.

https://www.sapstore.com/solutions/60032/SAPIntegratedBusinessPlanningstarteredition%2C
nonproduction

Thankyou,

Paul
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