Production planning and scheduling

Production Planning and Scheduling: 5 benefits for your business

Today’s fast-paced, dynamic markets require flexible, agile production planning processes. The key to ensuring that agility? Break out of the manufacturing silo!

SAP Manufacturing for Planning and Scheduling embeds planning and scheduling capabilities right into your SAP S/4HANA platform. The result: the finely tuned and integrated production processes you need to thrive!

Manufacturing excellence starts with real-time integration

In today’s fast-paced, dynamic manufacturing setup, businesses with efficient planning and scheduling approaches win out on several fronts: optimised production processes, lower costs, and higher customer satisfaction.

SAP S/4HANA with embedded PP/DS (Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling) functionality helps you achieve just that. By integrating production planning and scheduling capabilities directly into your ERP system, it ensures real-time visibility and synchronization across your organisation. Its main features:

  • Production planning: ensures that the right product is at the right place and time, covering raw materials all the way to finished goods.
  • Detailed scheduling: enables sequencing and scheduling all production operations while considering available capacity and materials – in order to strike the best resource use balance.

SAP Manufacturing for Planning and Scheduling: what’s new?

SAP Manufacturing for Planning and Scheduling,
also known as embedded Production Planning & Detailed Scheduling (PP/DS) is the technical successor of SAP APO PP/DS. It offers similar functionalities, but the fact that is now fully embedded in SAP S/4HANA brings both technical and functional advantages like the availability of Fiori apps and improved performance.

5 ways embedded PP/DS takes your supply chain efficiency to the next level

Real-time visibility and decision-making

Due to the complete embedding in S/4 the solution provides immediate, real-time access to information from other SAP modules such as Production Execution (PE), Materials Management (MM), Sales and Distribution (SD) and Plant Maintenance (PM) to unlock comprehensive monitoring and real-time insights.

Enhanced planning and optimisation

Advanced algorithms and machine learning capabilities help you improve production planning efficiency, considering factors like demand, material availability, equipment capacity and workforce limitations. Dynamically adjust plans in response to changing requirements and unexpected events.

Seamless integration and collaboration

Integration with other SAP modules ensures end-to-end visibility and facilitates cross-functional collaboration. In this way, SAP PP/DS eliminates data silos, streamlines information exchange, enables cross-functional collaboration and allows you to leverage SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) advanced demand and supply planning capabilities.

Resource optimisation and cost reduction

Optimal resources allocation minimizes overtime, inventory and underutilisation costs. Analyse historical data and simulate different scenarios, in order to make data-driven decisions and identify process improvement opportunities.

Higher customer satisfaction

The solution provides accurate delivery dates for customer orders, reduces lead times, and improves customer responsiveness. Proactively manage exceptions and quickly adapt to changing customer requirements via built-in alert monitoring. This allows increased customer responsiveness leading to a higher degree of customer satisfaction.

Haven’t yet migrated to S/4HANA?

Interested in the capabilities of SAP PP/DS, but still not using S/4HANA? SAP also offers a side-by-side S/4HANA PP/DS solution, which, like APO, can be installed as a system to the side of your current ERP that still benefits from real-time integration.

When you do decide to migrate, you can simultaneously migrate side-by-side PP/DS to its embedded version.

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Quick wins with limited implementation effort/cost

Embedded PP/DS empowers your manufacturing business with real-time visibility, advanced planning capabilities and seamless integration with your existing process. Use it to gain that extra competitive edge by optimising resource utilisation, lower costs, and even higher customer satisfaction.

Even better: you have options! Thanks to its limited implementation effort and cost, a ‘light’ implementation of just a few embedded functionalities can offer quick and tangible returns on investment.

Interested and want to learn more?

We’ll explore your needs and guide you in digitalising your planning and scheduling processes.

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