Digital Supply Chain Enablement

At Olivehorse we have the technical skill base to underpin what we do through our consulting work. Over a diverse set of many projects and visiting clients with varying planning requirements, we just know what best practice is. Experience really is the difference.

A lot of what your business does today can be automated – saving time and effort whilst increasing time for plan creation, data consistency and planning results. Efficient running of your Technical Operations in the digital world is a key aspect of improving your business KPI’s and performance.

Architecture

We can offer our experience to enable your next generation cloud based digital supply chain enterprise – technology decision making, advice in software aspects such as security, scalability, reliability. Thinking about the roadmap and future of any application involves a little more up front effort – but results in significant gains in the operational aspects of your planning system landscape and lowers costs in the longer run.

Olivehorse Approach

The future is here and now -embracing change will deliver streamlined inter operative processes. Digital readiness can be enabled by putting in place a solid architecture – simplifying architecture to create the levers you need in your business enabling business change, reviewing your development practices to become more agile and involve DevOps to make sure that anything deployed is suitable for your business – just a few key areas that are highly relevant today.

Our process is to start with a review of your existing Architecture and looking at any specific areas of concern that you may have – for example:

  • Review and evaluate the SCP architecture, assess its ability to meet quality requirements, detect design errors early in the software-development life cycle to avoid risks in performance, security and availability.
  • Integration – Where are you as an organisation in the Cloud journey ? What is your connectivity approach ? How do you handle Authentication and Encryption ? Where are the potential bottleneck or failures? What are your plans for Collaboration with Customers and Vendors to streamline planning and delivery ?
  • Speed of Software Delivery – Agility in development or change process, with quicker development cycles and earlier feedback to the business.
  • Planning Process Technical Architecture – a review of your technical planning schedule. Even with Cloud based architectures there is the inevitable delay from dealing with, moving and processing large amounts of data – your process for technical planning should be aligned and simplified with new software as its on boarded into your company.

 

Expected Results

  • Identification of the systems business goals, identification and prioritisation of a set of scenarios that represent concrete specification of goals. A holistic Supply Chain Planning technology road map.
  • A documented architecture with a set of scenarios of concern with a list of risks, sensitivity points, and trade-off points with risk mitigation’s.
  • A detailed design review, with a review of specific improvements that will ensure that the future landscape is compliant with the your business requirements and has a smoother transition into your every day business as usual landscape.

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Architecture

Accelerators

At Olivehorse we have many hundreds of years SAP Supply Chain Delivery experience collectively. Drawing on this experience we have developed a set of accelerators that you can leverage to bring rapid speed to value.

Olivehorse Approach

Over time Olivehorse has worked on many IBP and APO projects – and we have leveraged our collective design knowledge and experience into an evolving set of Application Enablers that we provide to clients as part of our Consulting service. A few examples of these are:

SAP APO – Master data reports, Group Planning, Optimiser Cost – we have a vast array of custom developments available for use depending on your requirements in an APO project – why re-invent the wheel? Engage us in consulting and see a faster delivery of your project with best practices that have been implemented and proven through the test of time.

SAP IBP – Technology is moving at a fast pace in IBP and you need experts to keep up with this and make sure you achieve a value and a quick time to delivery. At Olivehorse we have extended SCP-ISDS (formerly Hana Cloud Integration -DS) and SDI Interfaces for all modules of IBP.  Out of the box standard scearios work, but they are only 70% there. At Olivehorse we have taken them and put them on sterioids – extending them with all our knowledge, best practice and in a real project scenarios. Inventory feeds, Units of Measures, increased logging and operational features with both the S/4, ECC and APO environments.

If you need custom integratoin requirements, we have the approach that you need – ABAP Mapping, custom RFC callbacks, web services integration – we have taken all our experience and put it to use on our own internal systems to give you economies of scale and best practice on your implementation.

Expected Results

  • Enablement of best practices through pre built software with faster times to deployment
  • Best practice approach based on practical real world experience, time tested in global, regional and local enterprises – but also to get economies of scale when using our consulting services.

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Integrators

There are many ways to integrate your data to SAP Systems – even with SAP technology – SAP PI, PO, Tibco, MQ Series etc. With the new technologies that SAP are using there is a clear cloud strategy emerging – enabling data transfer securely from On-Premise to Cloud. For IBP, the technology used is SCP Integration Services (Data Services) as well as Hana Smart Data Integration (SDI) – and we have implemented these technologies and developed our own best practices around them.

Olivehorse Approach

Having worked on different implementation of IBP and having our own in house systems allows us to create integrations that can be re-used when you consult through us. Architecture from the Development to Production environments, methodologies of interface creation and deployment strategies can all be utilised.

Existing integrations that we have are on the Unified Planning Area, Inventory, S&OP, Demand and Supply Planning areas – enabling us to pick and choose integrations based upon your requirements.

APO -> IBP Demand, Capacity Supply
ECC -> IBP UoM, Customer, Location, Prod Loc, Inventory
IBP ->APO Sensed Demand, Consensus Demand, Inventory
S/4 -> IBP UoM, Customer, Location, Prod Loc, Inventory
IBP -> S/4 Planned Independent Requirements

 

Of course, if your requirement does not match to one of our existing developments then we can customise any of these approaches to suit.

Expected Results

  • Enablement of best practices through pre built software with faster times to deployment
  • Enables you to not only gain a best practice approach based on practical real world experience, time tested in global, regional and local enterprises – but also to get economies of scale when using our consulting services.

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Technical Healthcheck

IBP is the new kid on the block, and there is no doubt there is momentum in SAP with this product. However APO has a long life span, and there are still many hundreds of companies using this software.

For years we have seen consistent issues with APO that can be easily solved if they are identified – and we can help you with this process and improve your existing situation – time to delivery of plan, quality of plan, failing batch schedules and emergency morning calls about what to do.  If you have this problem, ask yourself – could it be avoided ? Answer – yes, definitely.  We have done it. Many times.

  • Do you have regular weekly or month-end production issues that require escalation?
  • Concerned about the efficiency of your planning process – its sequence, performance, operational and analytical feedback?
  • Slow performance accessing key transactions, slow CIF / middleware performance?
  • Long nightly batch job run times that require technical staff to work out what has happened?
  • Problems in Collaborating with Supplier and Customers?

All of the above sound familiar? If you have these issues you need an MOT on your ever changing APO Planning system as things have more than likely changed a lot from when you implemented – but your operational processes have stayed static.

Olivehorse Approach

Your SCM system should have been correctly set up for optimum performance at the time of implementation. However, with continued operation, increase in functional and business scope, growth in data and solution changes made over time this may no longer be the case.

Our Technical Health Check Service will identify the actions needed to return your system to the optimum state to meet your business needs. We will review and provide feedback and actions on:

Performance: We focus specifically on the planning process itself, reviewing design and technical – all with a specific goal of simplification and reduction of overall Batch Schedule runtimes so the plans can be delivered to the business on time.

Integration: Ensure that data is flowing for all parts of APO in an optimal way, looking from design through to operational management of interfaces.

Operations: System Maintenance and housekeeping checks to ensure that best practices are in place and to advise on improvements


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Technical Healthcheck