Management for Professionals

Improving Forecasts with Integrated Business Planning

From Short-Term to Long-Term Demand Planning Enabled by SAP IBP

Authors: Sankaran, G., Sasso, F., Kepczynski, R., Chiaraviglio, A.

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  • Describes out of the box forecasting methods for SAP IBP practitioners
  • Provides guidance on organizational structure, roles, responsibilities and skills for demand planning teams
  • Presents SAP IBP custom use cases for forecasting seasonal and intermittent products
  • Outlines demand planning and forecasting process improvement, executed using the Six Sigma methodology 
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This book provides both a broad overview of the forecasting process, covering technological and human aspects alike, and deep insights into algorithms and platform functionalities in the IBP toolbox required to maximize forecast accuracy. Rich in technical and business explanations, it addresses short-, medium- and long-term forecasting processes using functionalities available in demand planning and demand sensing.

There are also several theoretical concepts underpinning the algorithms discussed; these are explained with numerical examples to help demystify the IBP forecasting toolbox. Beyond standard procedures, the book also discusses custom approaches (e.g. new segmentation criteria, new outlier detection and correction methods) and new methods (e.g. the use of Markov chains for forecasting sporadic demands), etc. It subsequently benchmarks common practices using these innovative approaches and discusses the results. As measurement is an important precondition for improvement, an entire chapter is devoted to discussing process improvement and value using the Six Sigma methodology. In closing, the book provides several useful tips and tricks that should come in handy during project implementation. 

About the authors

Ganesh Sankaran has been consulting large multi-national companies for over 11 years on their supply chain processes and IT solutions and helping them solve business problems and generate value from their investments. Ganesh possesses a skillset that combines theoretical insights in SCM and implementation experience in SAP solutions further supplemented by around seven years of software development experience. He is passionate about teaching and research and continues to engage closely with his alma mater to pursue these interests.

Federico Sasso is a consultant with a solid background in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. He is specialized in SAP Integrated Business Planning especially in demand planning, developing new algorithms and processes for forecasting seasonal and intermittent products. He disposes of an interdisciplinary expertise in engineering and economics. He is a ISCEA Certified Demand Driven Planner (CDDP), leveraging the concepts of the Demand Driven Methodology (DDMRP - DDI).

Robert Kepczynski has more than 20 years’ experience in supply chain management and technology. Robert took business roles in plant supply / production planning, inventory and materials management, costing and budgeting, then moved to in market IBP, S&OP, distribution and inventory planning, then made impact in regional & global S&OP, forecasting, demand planning. Robert led x-functional transformation programs delivering supply chain optimization and differentiation e.g. in Demand Management. His experience was valued in 2nd worldwide SAP IBP implementation, which has started in 2013 and proved that Robert has heart, head and hands for IBP.

Alessandro Chiaraviglio has MSc Degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the Polytechnic of Turin. Since 1998 he is a lecturer in the field of Industrial Plant & Safety, he has taught the course of Basics of the Engineering Economics. He provides consulting for technology innovation in the industrial production sector for several Swiss companies. He consultants and trains Lean Manufacturing and Total Productive Maintenance.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook £43.99
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Hardcover £54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-05380-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Improving Forecasts with Integrated Business Planning
Book Subtitle
From Short-Term to Long-Term Demand Planning Enabled by SAP IBP
Authors
Series Title
Management for Professionals
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05381-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05381-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-05380-2
Series ISSN
2192-8096
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 421
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