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SAP APO (Advanced Planning and Optimization)

30 Hours
Self-paced Training (pre-recorded videos)
USD 17 (USD 140)
Save 88% Offer ends on 30-Jun-2024
SAP APO (Advanced Planning and Optimization) course and certification
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About this Course
SAP APO stands for Advanced Planner Optimizer, and is used to plan and execute company’s supply chain process. It is also known as APS (Advance Planning and Scheduling) tool. SAP APO is a major key component of SAP and becomes a technical base foundation for many SAP modules. The tool is designed to achieve high consistency in business processes, right through from order generation to production planning and improving customer service while reducing costs.  It is used for SCM (Supply Chain Management) in industries. Another important function of SAP APO is the SCC (Supply Chain Cockpit), it provides users with a graphical instrument panel for controlling and managing the supply chain. Various department of a company uses SCC like demand planners, strategic planners and production planners.

This supply chain planning tool is useful for organizations to manage and organize their supply chain efficiently. SAP APO helps the companies to plan and implement the supply chain process. The SAP APO module is designed to attain high consistency in business procedures, right through from order generation to production planning and enlightening customer service through cost-effective methodology.
Another important key function of SAP APO tool is the SCC (Supply Chain Cockpit), it provides the technical users with a graphical instrument panel for monitoring and controlling the supply chain. The companies make best use of SCC like demand planners, strategic planners and production planners.

Components of SAP APO

The major components used by SAP APO alias supply chain management tool for supply chain purpose are:
·       Demand Planning – ideally used to generate future forecast customers demand and analyse the market on the arrival of the product.
·       Supply Network Planning – responsible to form cost-effective and productive plan for manufacturing, order generation, distribution, production, replenishment and delivery. The SNP integrates all the required information together to make planning and decision making using the single consistent model.
·       Production planning and Detailed Scheduling – helps to analyse the time and resources needed for production.
·       Global Availability – ensures the availability and delivery of the products are on time.
·       Transportation planning and vehicle scheduling – responsible to form a plan for short transportation routes.

Why to choose SAP APO?

·       Increase revenue
·       Improvise profit scale
·       Reduce manufacturing costs
·       Improve money management
·       Improve inventory management


This SAP APO training provided by Uplatz is one of the best APO certification courses with videos providing in-depth coverage of all topics of SAP APO. The SAP APO video course aims to provide you knowledge of the APO module, it's configurations and features, and it's use in the industry with practical examples and scenarios. This SAP APO training will also help you prepare for the SAP APO certification exam as well as to help you apply for SAP APO consultant jobs.


Course Objective

The main intent of the SAP APO certification course is to introduce the SAP suite. The SAP APO certification course projects an overview of SAP APO, demand planning, planning section. The SAP APO consultants able to gain wide knowledge on supply planning, planning in ECC.  The SAP APO certified consultants will be able to execute the SAP APO course content into real-time project.


Target Audience

·       SAP Functional Consultants
·       SAP Technical Consultants
·       SAP SCM Consultants
·       Business Consultants
·       SAP Consultants who want to expand their skills
·       Anyone aspiring for a career in SAP


SAP APO (Advanced Planning and Optimization)

Course Details & Curriculum

Demand Planning

  1. APO – BI set-up & Configuration
  • Create Info-area
  • Create Characteristic Catalogue
  • Create Key Figure Catalogue
  • Create Characteristics and Key Figure as Info Object
  • Create Info-cube
  • Create DTP
  1. APO Set-up & Configuration
  • Create MPOS
  • Create Planning Area
  • Create time bucket and storage bucket profile
  • Create Planning Book
  • Create Planning views
  • Create selection IDs
  1. APO Demand planning Process & Execution
  • Load Data in Characteristic Attributes
  • Load data in Info-cube
  • Create CVC
  • Load Data in Planning book
  • Create forecast profiles
  • Assign Forecast Profiles
  • Statistical forecasting & various methods
  • Lifecycle Planning
  • Promotion Planning
  • Alerts monitoring
  • Create Macros and assign to the planning book
  • Data realignment
  • Sales history realignment
  • Process Chain

Supply Network planning

  1. ECC Set-Up & Configuration
  • Set-Up material is ECC
  • Create Work center (optional)
  • Set-up BOM (optional)
  • Set-up routing (optional)
  • Set-up production version
  1. CIF Configuration & Set-up
  • CIF Configuration
  • IMOD Creation
  • IMOD execution
  • CIF / Queue monitoring
  1. APO-BI – SNP set-up & Configuration
  • Create Info-area
  • Create key Figure Catalogue
  • Key figures as info-object
  1. APO-SNP master data Set-up
  • Create MPOS
  • Create Planning Area
  • Create time bucket and storage bucket profile
  • Create Planning Book
  • Create Planning views
  • Create selection IDs
  1. Supply network planning & Execution
  • Supply Net-work planning interactively
  • Transportation Lane
  • Demand Planning to SNP release
  • SNP Heuristic
  • SNP Optimizer (optional)
  • SNP Distribution forecast review
  • Source of supply automatic assignment
  • Forecast consumption
  • Alternate source of supply determination
  • Distribution forecast realignment
  1. Deployment Planning
  • Deployment planning
  • Deployment Run
  • Publish in ECC through CIF
  • Goods receipts in ECC
  • Deployment Optimization
  1. Transportation Load Builder
  • TLB set-up
  • TLB profiles
  • TLB run
  • Mode of transport
  • TLB run
  • Publish to ECC
C_TSCM44_65 – SAP Certified Application Associate – Planning and GATP in SAP SCM APO 7.0 EhP1

C_TSCM44_65 – SAP Certified Application Associate – Planning and GATP in SAP SCM APO 7.0 EhP1 is the official SAP APO certification exam conducted by SAP, the global market leader in enterprise software. The SAP APO online certification exam validates whether the candidate possesses basic knowledge and required skills in the area of SAP SCM Advanced planning and optimization. The SAP APO training makes sure to render overall understanding about the consultant profile and can implement the learnt subject into the real-time projects.

SAP APO certification consist of 80 multiple choice questions which you need to complete is 180 minutes of time. SAP has released exams C_TSCM44_65 based on latest version of SAP SCM. Passing score of SAP APO certification is 61% for respective exam code. This exam will cost you USD $500 excluding training and material. SAP APO certification validates your business consulting knowledge for SAP SCM Advanced Planning and Optimization.


Career Path

The SAP APO online certification course provides wide range of job opportunities owing its popular technology and industry use. The leading IT companies hire SAP APO consultant because of the value and business optimization they can get by implementing SAP APO module. There is a high demand for SAP APO jobs in the industry.

The following are some of the SAP APO job roles that you can apply for:

·       SAP APO Consultant
·       SAP APO Demand Planning Lead
·       SAP SCM APO Analyst
·       SAP APO PPDS Consultant
·       SAP APO Supply Chain Planner


Job Prospects

An SAP APO consultant draws an average salary ranging from $96,000 to $165,000 per year based on the seniority level. Since planning and optimization are critical tasks for the success of any organization, there is a solid demand of SAP APO consultants and analysts in the industry.


Interview Questions


1.       How can a planning version become frozen or unfrozen?

A planning version can become frozen or unfrozen through Function module/SAPAPO/TS_PAREA_VERSION_FREEZE so that no other changes can be done to the planning version.


2.       Define Release Profile?

Release profile is used to release timeseries data from data planning to SNP/PPDS. The SAP APO consultants need to define the DP planning area and the timeseries data and the SNP category type to which the data is released.


3.       What does the period factor do?

Period factor in the SNP PPM is able to determine the available date of the element within a time span. The system determines the exact time frame within a period.


4.       Does dynamic alerts get alerted in the alert monitor?

Dynamic alerts does not pop-up in the stand-alone monitor.


5.       What is the report to execute MASSD function?

The report which is used for executing MassD in background section is MASSBACK.


6.       What is the procedure to copy a process chain?

To copy a process chain to another process chain location, navigate to the process chain you wish to copy and then type copy in the tool bar and press enter button. This process allows to get copied to another process chain so that user can modify accordingly.


7.       Define Master Data in demand Planning?

Master Data according to demand planning is characteristic value combinations which is referred as CVC. The CVC’s are the planning combinations through which data is stored in key figures.


8.       How does SAP R/3 interact with SAP APO?

The SAP R/3 server systems communicate with SAP APO using the APO Core Interface. CIF is available through the R/3 plug-in which can be installed in SAP R/3 system.


9.       Can SAP APO be used as a stand-alone solution?

No, because SAP APO always needs a backend ERP system to execute functions. In most scenarios, the back-end system is SAP R/3.


10.   Does SAP APO and SAP R/3 be installed on the same server and the same database?

No, SAP APO needs a separate server. The actual size of the SAP APO system depends on the data volume to be processed.


11.   What are the easiest, cost efficient way to install certain SAP scenarios?

The best solution is SAP best practice for supply chain management.


12.   Explain the data exchange between the two systems?

SAP APO has real-time integration with SAP R/3 server systems. The time frame you make some changes in one system, it is being transferred to the other and vice versa.


13.   How to execute a transaction without any authorization?


SE93 transaction code is used to create resource even if the user has no authorization.


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