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Sneak Preview of SAP IBP 2205: Ten Selected Features

By GyanSys Inc.

SAP IBP 2205 - New Features

In Q2 2022, SAP is planning to release the 2205 upgrade of SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) with numerous new features & many awaited innovations. The following are our top ten features of SAP IBP 2205:

1. Mass Editing Functionality in Manage Master Data App

This new feature enables the users to create, edit and delete mass editing of the master data in the Manage Master Data App.

2. Manage Planning Notes App & Planning Note Keywords App

Two new Apps are going to be introduced with the latest version of SAP IBP which will help planners to use planning notes in a more effective manner. They are:

  1. Manage Planning Notes is going to be introduced to view and delete the Planning Notes that has been created by the planners (including self and others).
  2. Planning Note Key Words is going to be introduced with the new version through which a planner can create, modify, and delete the Planning Note phrases or Keywords in SAP IBP. This helps in reuse of the existing Planning Notes Keywords which will save time of a planner while updating notes.

3. Use of Calculated Key Figures for Forecast Consumption

With the latest version, we can use the calculated and Stored and calculated key figures for time series-based supply planning forecast consumption as input if the calculations are at the same planning level. The O/P key figure must be stored in nature but also permits stored and calculated nature.

4. Percentage Formatting in SAP IBP Excel UI

Previously, in the SAP IBP Formatting Sheet it was not possible to apply a specific format for key figures that had the Display as Percentage checkbox selected in the Planning Areas app. With SAP IBP 2205, the Display as Percentage setting is available as a key figure property, which you can select when setting up a formatting rule for the Excel add-in.

5. Parameter Check for Manual Forecast (Product Lifecycle Management - Forecast Dates)

SAP IBP has extended its stat forecasting capability to add any forecasting algorithm that is present in the 3rd party tools such as RStudio or Visual Studio. In this case, the stat forecast execution will be outside of SAP IBP.  The external system gathers the required input/s from the SAP IBP and calculates the stat forecast and sends back the output/s to SAP IBP. There it is leveraged the same way as the forecasts calculated by internal algorithms. Users can add one or more external algorithms to a forecast model. This is available in the Manage Forecast model app, and this can be utilized in the same way as the other forecasting models provided the necessary integration is in place.

6. Demand Planning - Introduction of a New Algorithm - Croston TSB Method

In addition to the classical Croston method for handling intermittent data, SAP IBP has now introduced Croston TSB model which uses separate coefficients for smoothing the demand and probability of demand in each period.

7. Driver Based Planning - Mass Creation of Drivers

With the latest version of SAP IBP, it is now possible for creating maximum of 100 drivers in a single go.

8. Supply Planning - Supporting Minimum Transport Key Figures in Shelf-Life Heuristic

With 2205 version of SAP IBP, the Shelf-life planning area (SAP 4S) now support Minimum Transport Receipts and Minimum Transport Supply key figures. In the earlier version, these key figures didn’t have SHELFLIFEID attribute in the base planning level. Now with the latest version, this attribute is added to the base planning level of these key figures. This allows you to plan minimum transport values for a location product while also considering shelf life.

9. SAP IBP Response and Supply - New Application Job Template for Deleting Obsolete Stock Data

With the new version of SAP IBP 2205, a new application job template has been introduced in order-based planning which will deletes all stock data in the past, up to the offset horizon, if the stock is 0.

10. Real-Time Integration - New App for Master Data Extensibility

SAP has taken RTI as the tool for Order based planning. With the latest version, we can add custom attributes to master data integrated from the SAP ERP or SAP S/4HANA system into SAP IBP Order based planning with flexible data. A new app called Custom Fields can be used to create your own fields, which can be mapped to attributes in master data types integrated to order-based planning using RTI.

Other enhancements

  • New supported language - Croatian
  • Latest SAP IBP Excel Add-In version is 2205.2.0