What is SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO)?

SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) is an integrated supply chain management software solution that helps companies manage and map supply chains, sales functions, and transportation and availability planning.

SAP APO is part of the SAP ERP systems It integrates all types of planning functions to give companies the ability to carry out operational planning and optimization processes more quickly and efficiently. The focus is always on the customer as the central constant.

As a higher-level module, SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization includes several individual planning and optimization modules, including:

  • Sales Planning (DP) for sales planning
  • Supply Network Planning (SNP) for planning supply chains
  • Production and detailed planning (PP/DS) for production planning
  • Global Available-to-Promise (ATP) to ensure availability
  • Transportation Planning and Vehicle Scheduling (TP/VS) for transport planning

These modules enable companies to plan, control and optimize their supply chain processes at the product level. By focusing on resources, a smoother and more efficient supply chain can be achieved.

SAP APO functions such as inventory monitoring, safety stock monitoring, inventory planning or sales forecast management enable companies to monitor their supply chain processes in real time. In addition, SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization supports the reporting and analysis of supply chain activities and gives companies valuable insights into the performance of their supply chain. SAP APO also has a range of integration tools that enable data to be loaded and transferred from external systems.

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