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Good morning, and thank you for holding. I’d like to introduce today’s moderator, Margaret Anderson. You may begin.
Thank you. Good morning to our U.S. listeners. Good afternoon to our European listeners. It’s my pleasure today to introduce our speakers. The topic is BW and APO integration. We have three speakers today: Natascha Marienfeld, who is one of our BW Content Developers; Lothar Henkes, who is our BW Product Manager in Europe; and Andreas Pfadenhauer, who is the APO Product Manager.
The three of them will be speaking during the course of the call. When they’re finished with their presentation we will allow you to ask us questions and they will go ahead and answer them. With that, I’d like to turn the call over to Lothar Henkes.
Thank you very much, Margaret. I’d like to welcome everybody to our network call. As Margaret already mentioned, we’re going to talk about
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the integration of BW and APO. We will do this in the interview style. First, I’m going to interview Andreas on some issues and after this I’m going to interview Natascha on special business content issues regarding BW and APO.
But let’s have a look at the agenda first, which is PowerPoint number two. We’re going to start with an overview, which will explain the integration between BW, APO, and also OLTP systems, of course. Then in the technical view we will cover the integration scenarios, especially between APO and BW.
We will also provide information on possible business scenarios and projects, it’s very important, the integration to MySAP.com, which means actually roles and work base. Then in chapter 5, we’re going to discuss the available business content. After this we will close with a short summary and open the session for questions.
Let’s have a look to PowerPoint number four, which actually describes the situation BW, APO, and OLTP. Andreas, slide 4 gives us an overview on the integration between R/3, APO and BW. Can you explain to us a little bit more in detail these connections? And especially what I would like you to cover is the difference between CIF extractors and BW extractors. Also
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if there are different extractors like CIF, like BW, are there any conflicting situations between those two on the OLTP system?
Let me start with the questions Lothar raised. I hope everybody has slide 4 in front of his or herself. Actually you see there more or less three building blocks and the integration layers. So the building blocks are of course APO, which is the right upper rectangle, which is BW on the left, which is the OLTP layer or the execution layer just at the bottom.
In between you see here a rectangle, which is called PIXX. PI stands for the plug in, plug in ’99 currently or plug in 2001, which was out. This is actually the overall integration layer for MySAP.com, which helps integrate, in this case especially between R/3 systems and APO between BW system and different R/3 systems.
I think when we take a look closer to the difference between the exchange of information or the exchange of data, master data or transactional data between the execution layer versus APO and versus BW, we have to understand what gets transferred between the two different types. So let’s take a look at APO and the execution layer, APO and R/3, especially.
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In this case, here we integrate using our core interface. CIF stands for core interface. Here we exchange for most of the application, so you see supply network planning. You see production planning. You see transportation planning, and ATP. We transfer information that was related to master data and to transactional data like orders, like stock items. So this would be transferred back and forth.
What’s right now the common part or what’s the part that is interesting, from a common perspective for BW and for APO, which is here especially the demand planning part. Demand planning actually uses, as well, extractors, BW extractors that come with the plug in that come with the PI, and that let’s say extract or retrieve information out of the execution layer and transport this information or bring this information on the one hand into APO, in demand planning especially, here what you see. And of course on the other hand that’s what you know from the field from your field experience into BW itself. So this is I think for the rough-cut picture.
Lothar, what else do we have? L. Henkes Thank you. On the next slide there’s some details on the installation. You already mentioned the plug ins. I think we can skip this one. Is there anything else important like the kernel situation?
If you have additional questions regarding the combination of hardware. This is based on a 4. The scenario basically describes the . I think just that you are aware of what we ship or what is actually within APO. This is correct. I think also the end is very important on the PowerPoint.6c kernel. We have a 2. database and so on. L.6c basic system or 4. actually. So much for these technical terms here. which was out Q3 last year.2b in that comes with the APO itself based on 4. Pfadenhauer Yes. a BW 2.0. Just to make it clear why do we have an APO tool. Let’s continue.0b system in.0b system. Henkes Thank you.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. 2000/10:00 a. you can check on our home page there. Andreas. a big amount of data to store historical data for our demand planning applications. This is right. Some of you might have heard already that APO has a BW data storage or BW system within the installation or within the application.6a kernel and APO 3.m. for storing lots amount of data. There we have a BW 1. The next thing would be the technical view. Q3 ’99. We will see on some of the following slides what this means from a technical perspective and business perspective. This brings me to PowerPoint number seven. which will be out at as a GA version at the end of September. We use special techniques for data storage. CDT Page 5 A.
things that were sold as goods. 2000/10:00 a. a more comprehensive scenario. this information is held completely in BW. doing the forecast …on … Andreas. Pfadenhauer Yes. I said as well before that we use within APO as well the basic architecture or basic functionality of BW to store data there. Let me focus at first on the general picture. We store information especially for our demand planning application. you see here two boxes. BW and APO. . in this case especially about sales. can you explain to us a little bit more in detail what the recording steps are? Also. Meaning that you hold all of the information about historical data.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. So this would be one way to work just with APO and to store information in demand planning. CDT Page 6 demand planning integration.m. historical sales. which I think can be done? And what about transferring deltas from APO to BW? A. on the consideration of transferring deltas. But we have right here on this page or on this slide a much more interesting. demand planning like uploading historical data to APO. Again. Can we transfer deltas from BW to APO.
In terms of transferring deltas. about plans. to do reporting or again to store the information. there is currently no way to transfer the information from BW to APO in a delta wave.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. With demand planning.m. but again. We transfer this information by the data mod interface into another InfoCube that sits on the demand plan application in APO. this is actually intrinsic to demand planning. let’s say. we add the information again on the APO side. We use information there to progress here or to do forecasting. the final plans to final result back to BW to store it to have all the information about sales and forecast complete in one point of information. Once we have the planning result that’s actually narrowed down just close to the planned information here. 2000/10:00 a. We refer to data that lays in the past and try to extrapolate this to the future to get a grip on future demand and future sales. we transfer this information. So especially in this scenario we see that information about historical data that comes actually out of different info sources from R/3 or from files is held in BW. which is BW at this point in time or what we see here. CDT Page 7 Right now. So you have to transfer always to compete a value and override the value on the APO side and do . we refer to historical data.
2000/10:00 a. So actually the last step. Pfadenhauer Let’s focus again on these two slides. transferring planning results from APO to BW. I think at least what I know from the BW there is predefined information to have an InfoCube where you have sales data in. But just focusing on the demand planning cube. which is. Let’s say the same is valid if you have this information on the APO side. So for some of the parts. just on the right where we have APO. they need to create their demand planning InfoCube from scratch. .SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. forecasting relationships between characteristics and key figures. CDT Page 8 the same as well when you do the same from APO to BW. My question for you would be. This is available on the APO side. Because they would like to set up specific forecasting hierarchies. Henkes Thank you. let’s say. is there something like a step by step for our customers that they can use? A. some of the key figures that reside on the BW side. not foreseeable or not to be defined in advance. this is I think pre-defined. L. there you need or people that use APO or that use demand planning.m. on number eight there is again the scenario of what we are looking at with the demand-planning scenario. are the …InfoCubes that we need to transfer the data from BW to APO and from APO to BW already available? If they are not available. Andreas. On the next PowerPoint.
But this is.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. maybe once a day or so transferred to BW. So whenever we do a forecasting on the APO side within demand planning itself. a processing layer that sits on top of the InfoCubes or which resides in demand planning. this information gets automatically saved directly into the demand planning InfoCube. not an advantage that’s like the people in forecasting or in demand planning work because they want to map their … requirements to the demand planning needs… L. we calculate the forecast. Pfadenhauer The demand planning cube. As soon as these values get calculated and we save this information. I think. meaning the transfer between APO and BW. at least in APO release 2. this information gets done regularly. we do actually operations directly on the cube. Henkes Maybe a few comments on how the demand-planning cube is updated with the forecast data? A. it depends how you set this up. with let’s say. . CDT Page 9 Everything needs to be set up from scratch.0. 2000/10:00 a.m. When we take a look at the demand planning cube itself. And depending on the update rules.
m. one for historical data and one for planning results. . let’s say. to merge these two cubes that are on the BW side as well to the APO side to have there as well two cubes. Henkes The second example on the next PowerPoint. Is that correct? A. transferring that to APO and storing the planning results in another cube just for reporting. and especially when you have this distributed scenario here. when we record these to expand or extend this example to the same. Having BW and having APO in the game. As well. Pfadenhauer Yes. So this would be then completely mirrored. So I think our recommendation is to go with MultiCubes. is pretty much the same like the example number one. We have right now the possibility to have a MultiCube approach. 2000/10:00 a. I think our recommendation is to use MultiCubes instead of one big cube because what we found out here so far is that we get a much better performance by using MultiCubes regarding query results and also for updating them. having the actual or the historical data in one cube.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. I think this is completely correct. that we are using here MultiCubes for analyzing the data. I think. I think this is the right approach. CDT Page 10 L.
I think this is a very interesting topic. As you said or as you saw in the beginning. because on the one hand a lot of customers are asking and I think it’s very important that we get the message real clear out to consultants and as well to our listeners. can we do reporting with BEx and what are the limitations ? A. So let’s focus first on the standalone scenario. APO has BW 2. Henkes Alright.0 system because the MultiCube feature was not available in the 1.0 here as well for it. When you use APO as a standalone.2b version. A. L. Pfadenhauer Yes.0. With slides 10-13 we would like to discuss the question about APO as a standalone or APO together with BW. CDT Page 11 L.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. What is feasible from a technical point-of-view? .0b only from APO 3. 2000/10:00 a. Do we recommend to run APO as a standalone? Do we recommend to have APO linked to the BW system? I think there’s also something that you’re going to mention or will mention this. The same is valid for APO. Henkes I think the only comment we should add to this is also that for this you definitely would need a BW 2. Pfadenhauer Exactly.m. So we need to have APO 3. What I would like you to do is to comment on this slides and especially what is our recommendation.
we want to use demand planning within APO.m. CDT Page 12 What you see on slide 10 is actually an APO system that is integrating to several execution systems. That’s fine. That’s it. InfoCubes where we store historical data. What does this mean? As humans. meaning in the BW that sits within APO that is used for demand planning. That’s actually a little bit described on slide 11.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. maybe some non-SAP systems. 2000/10:00 a. where we have other InfoCubes for reporting purpose. which is focusing mainly on the demand planning approach. Historical data that gets extracted. Just a normal way. We would set up of course InfoCubes for this. to do forecasting. This is the one side . an R/3 system or several R/3 systems and legacy systems. So that is what you see in that box on slide 11. Technically it’s possible to do as well or to store other information there or other information maybe about historical data or information about plans in the same environment. where we have here technically spoken InfoCube for demand planning. You know it from your BW implementations. Demand planning where we do forecasting. We use that information then to do demand planning. where you define info source or you activate content with R/3 and transfer this information to APO and store it there in specific cubes.
One of the reasons for that. and having a completely different installation for BW. A separate system in terms of separate installations. BW and APO and the processes that sit on top of it are designed for different purposes. technical reasons actually. What does this mean? Technically as well that we store on the one hand in BW all the reporting information or information that is necessary for reporting. On the other hand we store in the APO only historical data or we update historical data that is necessary for forecasting.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. So the one is dealing of course in this case with demand planning and with storing demand plans with storing forecasts. that it’s mainly the case that since they’re two different applications. What’s right now the recommendation? The recommendation where or how to do on the one hand forecasting or intrinsic use of BW for APO purposes and where should we do real reporting? What you can see on slide 12 is that one thing is that we use actually separate systems for APO and BW.m. CDT Page 13 or the one side of the coin where we take a look at it from a technical point-of-view. We have a completely different approach in terms of performance and usage of performance and . having a component installation set up for APO. 2000/10:00 a.
So technically you can find. based on these technical descriptions and based on this technical architecture. anyway. the BW system is designed to do specific queries to specific reporting on the existing content. people that use APO can right now use it as well when they have a license for the supply chain planner. of course the reporting with the business explorer is possible as well on the APO demand planning part. The thing from a legal perspective or from a contract perspective we included in the APO pricing we included the use of the business explorer from July 2000 on. On the other hand. we come to that on one of the following slides. Another comment here on the business content. Maybe. which you can find on slide 13. So the idea is actually not to mix everything up on one installation. some other information there. the business explorer on the front-end CD. again to call KPI’s from the supply chain cockpit even when the content for it. Technically. And people in demand planning. technical resources. CDT Page 14 usage of resources. Technically this is all possible to call KPI’s. 2000/10:00 a.m. on the existing InfoCube. the reporting. . So technically this is one thing.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. You need to install the BW front-end of course.
right? . what else? L. CDT Page 15 even when the KPI’s or when the key figures are available or stored on the same system. I think that’s it more or less for the description of APO standalone.m. regional forecast reporting. And you can find some details there of what can be done or what are the limitations when you go for such an approach. to do this on the same machine. As I said. this is not recommended just from this difference point-of-view. and so on. usage point-of-view. And I think you can find some detailed information in one of the notes here that is described. So my question for you would be the mentioned reports. Lothar. on PowerPoint 14. 2000/10:00 a. Where do these reports come from? They are not business content. planned action deviation. the demand planning InfoCubes that fit or that come with APO to activate business content there to do reporting.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. which says reporting for demand planner and sales representatives. So actually you would use the demand planning BW. Henkes Demand planning and demand planning reporting on the next slide. for example.
so actual sales that come out of the execution system. deviation. Pfadenhauer Yes. planned actual deviation.m.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. let’s say the actuals. I think Natascha can focus on that a little bit more in a couple of minutes. Let’s explain this or let’s go a little bit into detail here. and actual numbers and just calculate. 2000/10:00 a. But on the other hand we have. I think that that’s a very good question. . out of an R/3 system. let’s say. and get this out as a report. for example. plan actual for example or planned information. especially the planned information. this is something which comes with the content. this is information we only set up or get when we do the real forecasting. You need to set up a clear report that compares actually planned information. when we take a look at the top ten deviations. for example. within a macro. business content that described. This is. So there is no predefined content available for that because this is part of the whole setup process. On the one hand you have of course business content. store it as another key figure. CDT Page 16 A. What needs to be done here? What are the steps to come to such a report? The actuals you have. planned numbers.
I think we can already include a little bit what you can find on the following slides 16. On the other hand. there needs to be some manual definition or definition coming directly from the demand planner to come to such reports or come to such results. You see their landscape. Pfadenhauer Actually. You see as well products.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. and 18 you can come to that a little bit in detail. where at they located? Are they located on the BW system or on the APO system? A. which I can focus on that as well. where we have the execution of KPI’s from the supply chain cockpit. Henkes Thank you. And whether you want to see a specific report or specific key figures or performance indicators for a certain product or for a certain product that is located in the specific plans. 2000/10:00 a. But what’s happening in the background is that an RC call is established where a grid is transferred and this grid triggers actually a query in the BW . you can start such a query directly from the cockpit. that’s a good point.m. So the KPI’s that are executed here. So assuming you have your APO supply chain cockpit. CDT Page 17 So I think it’s important to say here that on the one hand something comes with BW content. You see the different locations … and so on. In supply chain cockpit you might know. L. 17. Then the next part would be PowerPoint 15.
Then you maintain the context menu. definitely. just do it. whenever you want to interrupt me. And as a last step you define default context menu for your users. Again. The major point now would be how do we set up these links. the BW system. for example. Pfadenhauer I will. . A. We have some screen shots on how we can actually link BW workbooks to APO.m. which says define default BW destination. when we follow the recommendation here. You need. Henkes You can do it if you want. L. In the context menu that’s shown on PowerPoint 17. 2000/10:00 a. Basically what you would have to do of course you would have to define the RFC destination in the context menu here. CDT Page 18 system. all the data that is stored there. And the BW system is retrieving the data in the business explorer and is popping up or is showing the results of such a query. a simple call of a query that is already defined on the BW side and with all the information that sits on the BW side. So the information here is not actually stored on the APO side. Andreas.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. what we can do from the APO side is. I would say. right? And that’s what we provide on the next two or three PowerPoints.
then maybe a quick run through the next one or two chapters. A. L. I think you’re right here. I would like you to go over with us these business scenarios and the results. These are actually detailed steps how to set it up. which is the business planners and the workplace. 2000/10:00 a. That’s actually the last step that needs to be done to set up this link to execute KPI’s from the APO system. As a last step I could change user specific settings with my own context menu profile. Before we come to the business content. CDT Page 19 L. Pfadenhauer Yes. So when we take a look at slide 20 we see sales and operations planning.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. Henkes Andreas.m. Pfadenhauer What we have in mind here why we put these things in here is just a quick walk through to how actually BW and APO’s use is embedded in real business scenarios. Henkes On PowerPoint 17. And just by a drag and a drop I would link the according workbooks or KPI’s so that I can have access to those from the APO system. A. We see here the different planning steps. What’s . basically in the context menu we get all the available workbooks from the BW system.
it’s the same approach more or less for slide 21. which actually goes to a cube in APO and goes to a cube in BW. . what we should do within APO. for example. So you have resulting information stored in APO. this is step number six as well. BW to store information there. The final plan …BW. Actually. We could start. Where you have from a planning point-ofview. transferring. where you have specific information stored there while you plan or where you get information about long-term plans. focusing on forecasting. SEM. You can run then. something which you get out of APO. this is described in step number four and will teach you query. Again. maybe actuals on BW. Again.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. strategic plans. and focusing on operations. to store it there. again. a mid to long-term plan. the network analysis and design approach.m. Or depending on how you define the …. we discussed before a little bit the different scenarios. So focusing on sales. a kind of MultiCube query using the business explorer. as in SEM we use. as well. a concert between APO and strategic enterprise management. 2000/10:00 a. CDT Page 20 going on actually in the sales and operations planning that different people here you see them are focusing on a specific plan. This is compared.
as well supply chain planner. for example supply chain manager. account manager.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. For example. But of course we have as well defined some real roles embedded in the workplace as workplace content or business content. he has access to transactions that link to APO. 2000/10:00 a. and actually we have more than eight pre-defined roles. CDT Page 21 The last slide here is demand planning. transactions that are linked to an R/3 to an execution system. What you saw here. We have some examples within the scenarios. This is actually not on the slide. Just a couple of scenarios here. production planner. the demand planner. and so on. and so on. That’s just another scenario where we store information directly in APO demand planning. the manager wants to see as well . One of the main things here I wanted to mention of course. Actually this is the business view in all these steps and all these processes. demand planner.m. You would exchange the information or send this information as well through a BW system. three of them you see here. the supply chain manager and the strategic planner. That is why this is important that this person. That’s actually something we described already before. this guy. at the workplace itself. We saw these three when we take a look at the role perspective.
we have more than eight supply chain management roles embedded in the workplace. for the workplace and the roles. what will we produce in the next month or do I have enough resources for what I want to do? How high is my capacity utilization? Or how many orders will be delayed? Is there one important customer that I would make angry by doing the plan like I have it now? . can you please tell us what kind of answers does the business content for APO provide me with? N. 2000/10:00 a. For example. L. Henkes We’re going to continue then with the business content for APO. CDT Page 22 some rip reports.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. We come to that I think in the next chapter. I think that’s it. Marienfeld You will be able to do a different analysis of your APO planning version. as well as for actually all the planners or people …that sit within or that come as supply chain management content within the workplace content. real business content.m. So this is just a good example for a role within the workplace that has access to distributed transaction or distributed information across the MySAP. Natascha. Again.com landscape. As I said. for example on performance. more or less.
Marienfeld To the first question is the whole business content that we deliver is available in the APO systems? Yes. . you load that to the BW and then you get the real data. it has been answered already. if you have a planning version from the APO. CDT Page 23 (Interruption) …as I use the different applications. This is a whole business content available on the APO system as well. the actual data after you produce the… (Interruption) There’s some possibility to keep your information about a master plan in the …you would like. But to the second question.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. 2000/10:00 a. Henkes I think a second question that I would have on business. L.m. Another thing you can do is. What is our recommendation regarding activation of business content? Should it be done in APO or in BW or in both? N. So you can do this with your business content. … maybe you might want to activate the content in the APO system. where should we activate it? Also we have said in some slides before that you should have two separate systems if you want to do a lot of reporting. But if you would only want to do reporting on APO. APO is a BW system. it is. But maybe we point it out again.
If it’s an old machine. Henkes I think this. again. CDT Page 24 But that’s not our recommendation. Why would I use. questions like that would be . which machine is causing the bottleneck. business content? N. you can actually slice and dice on the data you have. So you can actually find out if the capacity utilization is very high. And you have the advantage that you can actually do reporting on the planned version from APO and the actual data from the R/3 systems. in addition to that. So I might have problems in the future. shows that we should definitely use two separate systems. L. the APO for the whole planning purposes and definitely the BW system for any kind of analysis. You should activate the content in your BW system. Marienfeld That’s a good question. the APO monitor offers a certain kind of analysis already. But the advantage of the BW is the OLAP functionality. L. Marienfeld Right. right? N. Maybe you’ll want to further investigate is the machine very high on maintenance. 2000/10:00 a. Henkes The next question I would like to ask is. So we would recommend that.m.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. In the APO monitor you can already see some key figures for your planning versions.
The APO product map is on PowerPoint 29. but the map planning. So the customer has to build his own cube.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. Then you have business content. Marienfeld Maybe we should say. . but also the BW. These are the two main areas we concentrated on. you have HTML reports you can do and you have geographical integration. which is difficult. there’s quite a few content objects here. We will have an example for that a little bit later. where do we have business content for? N. 2000/10:00 a. Henkes Thank you. from which areas do we extract data? Or in oter words.0b system. In the other two areas described here. which content? If you have an APO 3. The other advantage is an integration to your R/3 data. My question for you would be. which is harder to answer with the APO system. Then you have business content for APO in the areas of PPDS and of the network design planning. like Andreas told you before.m. which release do we have. CDT Page 25 able to answer with the BW.0 system you have a BW 2. On other parts they are nice. L. You can total the numbers on a map. there is no standard content for it. It gives us an overview on all available APO functionality.
for example. as I say if… In the network design area we are able to just play the planning results you did in a geographical… Now I’d like to describe a little bit more what key figures we can provide you with. It talks about life cache. I said before PPDS.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. Henkes I think that’s explained on the next PowerPoint. This first cube is called Order Data… and it includes all the data that the order had holds in the APO system. you have to specify a name for the… So you can identify it later in the analysis. The according info stores that provides this information is listed below. you can actually upload the planning versions in your … To do that. You upload this …and if you compare it to planning versions. we extract data from the order based APO application from the life cache order net. the set up time on the . net shop scenarios is another expression that comes up here. CDT Page 26 L. what you actually do is you take a snapshot of your planning scenario of your planning version as it is right now. We show you some key figures used. What does this mean in terms of business content? N. So when you extract data. 2000/10:00 a. Marienfeld What we do in these areas. We start with the first cube.m. for example you can show the lead time on your orders or the delay time.
CDT Page 27 machines. I think one InfoCube is different. in contrast to the other two is updated from two different info sources. and that’s the second one. and what is your capacity load. what kind of percentage of my orders are too late. which is very important because of work in process time you have on your planned version right now. L. the personal quantities. That means you can actually see if I do the planning version like it is now. You want to…. capacity utilization is very high on machine A. After we get all the different quantities. We included also our status of the order so you can do different reporting on your status. So you get the resource information on all your resources and then you have a different question. ZeroAPO_CO1.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. the open quantities on the order… We see the lateness of the order. Marienfeld This InfoCube is special in this region because the one info source provides the resource date from your resources like the capacity. what is the total capacity of the resource. This InfoCube. . but which orders are causing this. So what is the business need behind that? N. 2000/10:00 a.m. Henkes When I have a look at these InfoCubes. how much is free capacity.
the cost for the production.m. which is called operations. provides all the data from the operational feature order. 2000/10:00 a. the full-scale quantities. The last cube we have in the PPDS area is the order picking data. for the handling and for the procurement. which is shown on the right-hand side. In this cube you can upload the results of your planning from the network design and you get some figures like the demand. what quantities do I produce for which customer. So there you have also the different times and the quantities and the status you can report on. and things like that. Then we have another cube that’s mentioned on slide 32. what percentage of my orders are late. You can display the results on the map. . Then you can also do some analysis on which orders are late. With this combination you actually get an explanation of what causes your resource situation. That is the network design data for products from the network design-planning cube.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. In this InfoCube you get the packing between what order belongs to which customer or which order causes a different order. And actually what is the really nice thing about it is that you can display it in the geographical interface. CDT Page 28 So the second info source.
L. So this is something you have to keep in mind. Marienfeld What you have to keep in mind is that we always load up snapshots of your planning versions. So all you have to do is go into our front-end . If you have a snapshot with one planning version. The queries we deliver for the network design are fitted for just integration. It’s just something you have to keep in your mind.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. How complicated would it be to integrate geographical information. you can build a query. Just take the snapshot in the query and see your key figures. But if you have built a query before it’s easy to do.m. Henkes I have two questions on this. Henkes The last question. It’s not very complicated. But if you have a snapshot with two or more planning versions. you have to be careful so you don’t sum up key figures over two planning versions. Marienfeld It’s not very difficult. First of all. just as you have shown us here? N. CDT Page 29 L. 2000/10:00 a. So you have to pay a little attention on how your snapshot is cut. Are there any common rules to follow when we want to do or when we want to build queries on the InfoCubes? And are there some written recommendations on this? N. are we supporting with the business content also already pre-designed queries or workbooks on these InfoCubes? But I can’t imagine very often we or the customers are going to build our own queries on these InfoCubes.
L. L. There’s also some documentation on it in the sub-net. Marienfeld Yes. That’s mainly what you have to do is five steps or so. When we see the role for the production planner. view and operations views. Marienfeld Yes. 2000/10:00 a. For example. . So the top three parts are order. Can you provide us with some more details on this ? The other question is. do you want the production cost as a pie chart or what chart do you want to display beside it. Those contain the data that comes from the R/3’s for the actual data. how you can do it. on the left-hand side you see the areas he has workbooks for. and then you’re finished. Henkes On the next PowerPoint we have a screen shot of the browser. are there other roles in the company that might use these workbooks as well? N. CDT Page 30 tool and attach a map to the query and do some positions on how do you want to display the key figures. Henkes These five steps are documented? N. It shows us the workbooks that are supported for the role of the production planner.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20.m.
also have the workbooks that have the data that comes from the APO system. In R/3 you don’t have a location. They differ between if you want to do an analysis on one planning version or if you want to do a comparison between several planning versions or what kind of data you want to look at.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. Here you see we have about ten workbooks on the APO. We merge those two already together so you can use them in the . Which InfoObjects are available in BW for APO master data ? N. You can imagine that other supply chain roles are able to use the APO workbooks. L. And I think other. Henkes I see.m. business content master data. It’s location products. the order data or the resource data. CDT Page 31 And the one we have right now. operating planning analysis. you all know these business objects. You have a plan. KPI’s. and we make the connection between those two. On slide 34. maybe production roles are interested in the APO workbooks. What’s interesting about it or what we supply is a link to the R/3 object. 2000/10:00 a. for example supply chain manager or the supply chain planner would be also interested in these kinds of workbooks. location products. Marienfeld This slide just shows the main master data InfoObjects for the things you will need if you want to report on APO. This is just one example.
We do this by supplying a navigation attribute for the mapping for the link. The next three slides show just a quick run through one of the scenarios you could actually do of the business content. That’s …navigation attributing. which show the integrated analysis of R/3 and APO data in BW? N. 2000/10:00 a. N. L. how do we establish the link with BW? Because in BW we have the raw materials to store the material number. Marienfeld Yes. Henkes What I see here is that we have an InfoObject. L. There you see that on . And I think this object is for information like material number or a product number in the APO system. So on the first slide you have a query that shows the total capacity of requirements for your resources. Each APO master data InfoObject has a navigation attribute with a corresponding R/3 InfoObject. which is called zeroAPO_GROD. I brought an example with us. Marienfeld Yes. Henkes What I would like you to explain to us also is.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20.m. My question for you would be. are there any business scenarios available as business content. CDT Page 32 report and compare the different data. So you can link the two things together and do an integrated reporting about R/3 and APO.
So you already know that the plan you did will not be fulfilled as you wish. . The next slide shows the query and it shows the down times from your R/3 system. Did I have a lot of down times for this machine in the last couple of weeks? Because if I had a lot of down time in the last couple of weeks. Now you have done your planning version and you might think about 95%.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20.m. which is very high. You might want to do another planning and include a second machine to help this one resource where you have a shortcoming here. the total capacity requirement is about 95%. I might also have down times the next week and this might hinder the plan to be used as I would like to. Now you can compare the two planning versions you did. Then you go back into your APO system. do a new planning. CDT Page 33 week 20 on resource XR11. There you see that for the work center XR11 you have a down time for the last month for 38%. and upload that again to the BW system. 2000/10:00 a. Can I really make the products I have to with this high capacity requirement? You might want to check in the R/3 systems.
I would like to come to our last chapter. and all of these are shown on the BW system. but SAP we definitely recommend to prepare separate systems for APO and for BW. So different systems for planning and for reporting and analysis. . 2000/10:00 a.m. The last chapter as usual is the summary.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. Now you might be sure that the plan will be fulfilled as you wish. Also. This is just a short example of what you could do with the integration between APO and R/3. But there are some limitations for the InfoCube. CDT Page 34 On the next slide. Henkes I think that’s a very good example on how the R/3 integrates with APO. This is all done by the … business content that we deliver. the requirements went down to 54%. L. you see that now because we have added a second machine. First of all. And in the new planning version. Andreas pointed out very clearly it is possible to perform reporting with … analyzers from InfoCubes in an APO system. Marietta. I would like to summarize a little bit of what you’ve heard so far. you see in the column with planning version 000 that was the old planning with the 95% capacity of requirements. I think we all know it’s pretty clear right now that the … workbench in an APO system includes all functions of BW.
we see that actual data is sent from BW to an APO system. Venezia My question is on the cube to cube deltas between APO and BW. that we recommend to have Plug-in 2000 on the system. Anderson At this point we’re ready to take some questions. We do the forecast there. That’s pretty much what we wanted to present to you. But we do have time for five minutes’ worth of questions. with what version? . And we send back this data via the data master interface to the BW and to the analysis part in the BW. 2000/10:00 a.m. In this context we also mentioned the availability of the MultiCubes to get a better performance on the analysis. Coordinator Pat Venezia. You said currently there’s no way. That’s the last point. CDT Page 35 We also talked about Plug-in 2000. I’ll hand it over to Margaret Anderson again. And when we look for the integration scenario. When do you expect to be able to deliver a way. We’re sort of short on time for that today. P. Analysis on plan versus actual data. this should be performed on the BW system. you may ask your question. We do the planning there.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. M.
but it’s not finalized yet.m. L. L. I was trying to see. we have a Plug in 2000 applied. Bhardvaj We are using the scenario where you have the R/3. which has to do actually with the BW architecture. you may ask your question. Henkes I cannot support you with a sincere date at this time. . R. A.0 also? A. 2000/10:00 a. APO systems in place. I was wondering where to locate the business content you are talking about either in the BW or in the R/3? But we have not done the … integration. I think it’s a question for you. Pfadenhauer This is something.0. Pfadenhauer This is correct.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. It’s part of the development plan. Venezia So that means it wouldn’t be in APO 3. BW. Henkes That’s correct. Coordinator Raghu Bhardvaj. so it’s not in APO 3. P. CDT Page 36 A. Pfadenhauer Lothar.
because I tried to activate those. and it went through the system and they said that Plug-in 2000 is applied properly.m. Bhardvaj No. This is your cockpit for transferring the business content to an active version and use it later. or you can use the transaction RSOR. you have to either go into the admin workbench of BW and there choose the point business content.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. I want to define that a little further. N. But we are still going back and forth on where the actual content is. and where do we look for it. you can use the transaction SBIW. Does that answer your question? R. to activate content in your OLTP system. used the business content in the APOI application hierarchies. Marienfeld You have two places to look for it if you have an R/3 system with a Plug in 2000. If you have a BW system where you want to activate content. I still haven’t found it. the business content. “There is no business content in those hierarchies. That is the content implementation guide. There you will find a point where you can transfer the business content in your OLTP system. I did SBIW. Marienfeld You mean the APO sources that I described for the four cubes? . and it said. 2000/10:00 a.” I even put a … note through to ask this question. N. CDT Page 37 So I would like to get a better feel on how to activate the BW.
I think.0.Pfadenhauer …on the APO side is something which comes with APO release 3. A. A. A.m. Pfadenhauer May I step in. So you cannot find it. CDT Page 38 R. R. R. Bhardvaj Okay. We are going live in January.0.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. Marienfeld Yes. So from this point on. the thing will be officially available. We have actually generated the ability at the end of September for this release. Bhardvaj Right. Bhardvaj I have a related question. shortly. Those are in your APO system. Is that correct? R. I think you are using APO release 2. 2000/10:00 a. Bhardvaj N. which is part of APO release 3. not in the Plug in. Pfadenhauer So this is content. How would you advise if we want to think about APO 3.0.0 at this point of time? Would that be something practical in a go live situation? .
Pfadenhauer I think maybe I’ll start answering the question. To focus three months later on going live.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. A. Anderson We have time for just one more call today. Coordinator David Demarco. 2000/10:00 a. M. Bhardvaj That’s our rationale. D. too. you may ask your question. And would think of an upgrade scenario let’s say for next year. I would focus on APO release 2. somehow based on the functionality or based on additional functionality and based on other reasons when there could be a good date for upgrading. From a functional point-of-view everything is fine. So I would focus on that. Bhardvaj Thank you. I think you’re referring mainly on the link between or the business scenarios.0 with BW 1.0 right now. CDT Page 39 A. R.m. Pfadenhauer Yes. I would not start in the beginning of October as a project with that.0 with BW 2. Demarco Can you talk a little bit about the compatibility of APO version 2. the scenarios we . Pfadenhauer I think if you want to go live in January.2b? A. but we just wanted to get an expert advice.0 or APO 3. R.
if I’m wrong.m. but that link to the other system. But this will not affect the compatibility there. I hope this is correct. There is compatibility between these systems as when you take a look at APO you always have BW core. I think you can just link 1. from a rough cut perspective. But the point that comes up in this discussion is always the one that we have a plug in that supports maybe much more functionality that the content that you have on your BW or your APO system. 2000/10:00 a. Do you want to add something to this? N. From a general point-of-view. Lothar. I would describe it like this.2b BW system to a 2. There is compatibility between those different systems.0b in it.0b system and vice versa just by defining info sources on the one system. CDT Page 40 described when we link the demand planning part and the InfoCubes in APO with InfoCubes in BW and vice versa and exchange information or exchange data here. this is just like relating or linking two different BW systems together. either 1. correct me. Henkes Yes. this assumption or your question.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. L. Marienfeld Does it answer the question? .2b or 2. To answer this.
Thank you. The speaker will Ron Silverstein from the BW rig in the U. and Andreas Pfadenhauer. everybody. for joining our call today. Next week a transcript of this call will be available on our Web site under the Know How network topic at the BW site. CDT Page 41 D. 2000/10:00 a.S.SAP AMERICA Moderator: Margaret Anderson July 20. Natascha Marienfeld. and have a great day. everybody. . Our topic today was BW and APO integration. I would especially like to thank our three speakers.m. The next call with take place on Thursday. Thank you. August 3. Demarco Yes. M. Anderson Thank you. The topic will be MultiCubes on partitioning. Lothar Henkes.