During several years of my career as a consultant supporting the implementation of the production planning and control module, I have often dealt with projects involving the restoration of the planning system in SAP ERP. Only in a select few cases was it decided in advance specifically not to implement these functions. In most cases, such functions were launched during the initial execution but, for various reasons, were later abandoned.
The question of why the decision to not install these processes in the IT system and whether there are common reasons that lead companies to work in parallel in both SAP and Excel will be explored. Planning is certainly a vital component in any business practice. With that in mind, we will also explore the reasons for the return to the SAP planning system and how the adverse scenario of breakups and comebacks, experienced by a large number of companies, can be avoided.
In this article, the common term “SAP planning” covers the functions supported by the SAP ERP system. This may include long-term demand forecasting, sales and operations planning, simulation planning, independent demand management in make-to-stock and make-to-order production, a combination of these two strategies, master production ...
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