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Review – Integrated Business Planning

Supply chain management is an important part of any business, and SAP entered the market in the third quarter of 2014 with its SAP Integrated Business Planning solution. As a relatively new piece of supply chain software, you no doubt have many questions about it—how do I get it? What exactly does it do? Is it easy to work with?

SAP Press’ latest book, SAP Integrated Business Planning: Functionality and Implementation, aims to answer those questions by presenting a complete look into the solution—from navigating the new UI to planning KPIs in the SAP Supply Chain Control Tower, and everything in between.

What will you learn?

The book starts with the basics: What is SAP IBP? Why use it? How did it come about? How do I navigate around it? (Hint: SAP Fiori plays a big role.) Then, dive deeper.

As a comprehensive guide, SAP Integrated Business Planning: Functionality and Implementation takes you from solution prep to go-live to customizing the five primary applications—S&OP, demand planning, supply and response planning, inventory management, and supply chain analytics—all over the course of 449 pages.

Authors Sandy Markin (senior director for the digital supply chain, SAP) and Amit Sinha (leader in SAP supply chain practices, Deloitte Consulting, LLP) structured the book so you can pick it up with no prior SAP IBP—or even SAP—knowledge, and walk away with the skills to confidently run the SAP IBP solution.

The book contains 18 chapters, beginning with the basics of navigation and the building blocks of SAP IBP, before moving into application-specific information, allowing you to skip around without having to read the entire book.

This accessibility in its coverage of beginners’ topics as well as meatier functionality projects means the book serves as the best of both worlds for anyone that falls within the SAP ecosystem.

Explore case studies that hammer home key concepts

What better way is there to learn than by doing? Markin and Sinha conclude the book with eight case studies spanning multiple industries including the high-tech, CPG, and life sciences fields, making the case for why SAP IBP is the flexible and smart choice for companies looking to make the most of their supply chain management systems.

Other highlights include configuration and deployment, planning models, response management, inventory management and optimization, supply chain analytics, and implementation methodology.

You can find the book on the SAP Press website and read a sample chapter by clicking on the “Browse the Book” button beneath the book’s cover – links are also provided below.

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