Demand Planning in SAP: The first step to enabling your S&OP process

GIB’s Demand Planning tool for SAP ERP is the first step to optimizing Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) inside SAP.

Typically, the S&OP process lives outside SAP with multiple stakeholders involved, disparate steps, and a lack of connection between supply chain planning and execution.

Having a process, and subsequent plan, that can be realized and executed is instrumental for SAP companies to achieve their S&OP goals, and GIB's Demand Planning for SAP tool is the initial step to actualizing those supply chain initiatives.

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  • Advanced forecast models
  • Data basis: SAP and alternative subsystems
  • If required, creation of nodes which are independent of SAP
  • Consolidation of decentralized planning into one planning monitor
  • Mapping of organizational structures which are independent of SAP
  • Forecasting and monitoring via workflow, traffic light, and alert features.
  • Dependable requirements planning thanks to a comprehensive data basis


  • Ability to check forecast quality through ex-post analysis
  • Constant optimization of production plans using rolling sales planning
  • Inventory optimization, precise planning, and reliable forecasts
  • Simulation of the impact of planning, e.g. on work center capacities

Target group

  • Sales, supply chain management and other specialized departments

Enable High Accuracy Forecast Analysis via Process Automation

GIB automates the first step in the demand planning process by selecting the best fit statistical model. The automatic model selection is dynamic and applies 16 proven models to every material every time the forecast is recalculated. Demand planners maintain complete visibility into how the system is ranking, scoring, and selecting a particular forecast procedure.

Evaluate Past Performance vs Projected Forecast

The GIB Performance Comparison Matrix is where demand planners can compare a multitude of different data while staying proactive about the magnitude of change from a previous periods actual sales data to the current projected forecast. In this way, the demand plan is focused on the most critical variances first, allow planners to truly manage by exception.

Centralize the Demand Planning Process Inside SAP

The GIB demand planning dashboard has a recognizable spreadsheet-like look and feel but eliminates the need for Excel. Demand planners can define their own planning hierarchy - as high level as regions or territories, or as detailed as invidual sales people and their specific accounts. The planning sheet incorporates customer forecasts, previous years sales, a baseline forecast, as well as any outside data or manual adjustments to create a consensus demand number. These requirements are automatically transferred within SAP to MRP for consideration.

Dana Corporation Leverages
GIB Demand Planning

Forecast accuracy up, customer fill rate up, inventory down.

Hear from Dana how they leveraged GIB Demand Planning to achieve tangible business value.

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