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Process Overview

Define Planning Hierarchy

Manage Master Data

Define Planning Data Elements

Define User Specific Planning Views

Define Business Rules for Planning and Monitoring

Maintain Forecast Profile

Maintain Demand Plan Release Profile

Identify Product Life Cycle Management and Set Up Data

Load Planning Hierarchy Confirm Load of Planning Hierarchy

Master Data Components in DP Material Type Product Hierarchy EAN/UPC Material Group Package Type Region Country Cluster Country Product Dimension SKU Programmed Programme Type Operator Sales Organisation Organization Sales Organisation Organization Location Dimension Customer -facing Location Customer Dimension Sales Dimension Sales Division DP Lifecycle Status Key Customer Lifecycle Dimension SKU + Sales Organization .

which can be determined uniquely from the values of the parent characteristics.Master Data Elements in DP • The three main master data elements in demand planning are: • Characteristics: Mutually exclusive entities. these are used to review and plan consistently at different levels as required by the different parties in the Consensus Forecasting process • Characteristic Combinations: Every single unique combination of each of the mutually exclusive characteristics and constitute the principal master data of Demand Planning . which can be combined with one another independently • Attributes: Properties of Characteristics.

It resides in the SCM system.Key Terminology • Advanced Planner and Optimizer (APO): An SAP-SCM application used to create and manage demand forecasts and Supply plans. e. • Characteristic: Master data elements. etc. for which information like demand history. • Characteristic Combination: Every single unique combination of each of the mutually exclusive characteristics and constitute the principal master data of Demand Planning. forecast.g. It is all of the combinations of planning hierarchy relevant for demand planning and represents all the levels at which the user may generate a forecast. Sales Division. are stored. . SKU. • CVC: The master data for planning activities and resides in livecache. etc.