SAP Best Practices for SAP Integrated Business Planning
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The purpose of this document is to provide answers to commonly asked questions related to SAP Best Practices for SAP Integrated Business Planning (Best Practices for IBP).
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1. What is Best Practices for IBP?
SAP Best Practices for SAP Integrated Business Planning (Best Practices for IBP) gives you everything you need to run planning processes in the IBP applications: IBP for demand, IBP for inventory, IBP for response & supply (time-series based optimizer and order-based planning), IBP for sales & operations, IBP for demand-driven replenishment and Supply Chain Control Tower. All scope items are based on one comprehensive data model which enables you to execute an integrated, end-to-end business process.
The extensive documentation of solution configuration and process execution is a good resource for self-study, evaluation, as well as for project team and end-user training.
Best Practices for IBP was formerly known as Rapid Deployment Solutions for SAP Integrated Business Planning (RDS for IBP).
2. What is included in the Best Practices for IBP content?
Best Practices for IBP content includes: an activated planning area for a quick start, planning view templates for interactive simulations and what-if analysis, predefined dashboards for embedded analytics, SAP JAM integration for context-aware social collaboration, alert definitions for exception-based planning and sample data to showcase the end-to-end process.
"Accelerators" and documentation include: a customer scope presentation, sales supplement with business value, demo script, detailed scope presentation, master data overview, planning view templates, et al.
3. Who can use Best Practices for IBP? What does it cost?
Anyone with a subscription to SAP Integrated Business Planning can take advantage of Best Practices for IBP. There is no cost to use the Best Practices for IBP content.
4. Where can I find more information on Best Practices for IBP?
The main information site for Best Practices for IBP can be found in the SAP Best Practices Explorer: https://rapid.sap.com/bp/RDS_IBP
Here you will always find two versions: one for the current IBP release and one for the previous IBP release. Please select the appropriate version in the drop-down box at the top of the page that matches the release of your IBP system.
You can also download all provided content and documentation as a .zip file and store it offline by choosing the Download button at the top of the page.
5. Is Best Practices for IBP pre-installed in my IBP system?
When SAP IBP Operations provisions a brand-new Test tenant (including IBP Starter Edition and partner (Cloud Test & Demo) tenants), yes, Best Practices for IBP (all time-series based planning scope items and demand-driven replenishment scope items) are pre-installed. The default option is to provision the new Test tenant as a copy of our Best Practices for IBP "master" tenant.
The order-based planning scope items with planning area SAP7 needs to get installed manually by the customer.
In some cases, Test tenants may be provisioned without Best Practices for IBP. Examples include: where a Test tenant is copied from another Test tenant (e.g. Test to Development); tenants that have been migrated from older versions of SAP IBP (e.g. IBP release 4.0 or IBP release 5.0); tenants that have been migrated from one data center to another, and in some cases of system landscape extension. E.g. you received your system before 1908 and did not migrate to Normalization; if you order a system landscape extension, this will be delivered w/o BP content.
Production tenants do not have Best Practices for IBP pre-installed, but are instead delivered as "blank" tenants. This is because Production tenants are populated directly from Test tenants using the transport functionality.
6. What is the pre-installed planning area called?
Starting with IBP release 1808, the pre-installed planning area with the Best Practices for IBP content will be named "UNIPA". The description of the planning area includes the release, e.g. Unified Planning Area for 1808).
For the IBP releases 1708 - 1805, the pre-installed planning area with the Best Practices for IBP content was named "UNIPA" + the IBP release number (e.g., "UNIPA1708", "UNIPA1711").
Planning areas for previous IBP releases were named as follows:
- IBP release 1705: UNIPA07
- IBP release 1702: UNIPA06
- IBP release 1611: UNIPA05
7. How can I verify whether the Best Practices content is installed, and whether it is up-to-date?
The best way is to use the Configuration app under Planning Area and Details and search for an active planning area starting with "UNIPA".
If there is no "UNIPA" planning area, then the Best Practices for IBP have most likely not been pre-installed when the tenant was provisioned.
If you do find a "UNIPA" planning area, the Best Practices for IBP have most likely been pre-installed when the tenant was provisioned. The description of the planning area will tell you the version (see above). For example, planning area "UNIPA07" means that Best Practices for IBP were pre-installed with IBP release 1705 and the associated Best Practices content.
8. How can I log on and view the Best Practices for IBP content?
The pre-installed content is created in the "master" tenant with the business user "UNIPA". This business user should also exist in a Test tenant with the pre-installed content. Therefore, you can copy the "UNIPA" business user's profile to your own business user, or even create an SAP Cloud Identity (SCI) user ID and assign it to the "UNIPA" business user.
9. Once I log in, where can I find the Best Practices for IBP content?
The pre-installed content can be found in the dedicated Fiori apps:
- Charts in Advanced Analytics (starting with IBP release 1705);
- Dashboards in Advanced Dashboards;
- Forecast models in Manage Forecast Models;
- Segmentation rules in Manage ABC/XYZ Segmentation Rules;
- Customer alerts in Define and Subscribe to Custom Alerts;
- Planning view templates in Excel IBP ribbon under Template Admin → Templates; etc.
10. Is there any special configuration for the analytics content?
There are two global parameters that control the visibility of charts and dashboards: CHARTS_PUBLIC and DASHBOARDS_PUBLIC. Both parameters are set in the Configuration app under Global Configuration. If set to "false", only those charts or dashboards that were created by or shared with your own user are visible.
There are several ways to view the pre-installed charts/dashboards:
- Add your user to the user group UNIPA (prefered option); or
- Set the global parameters mentioned above to "true"; or
- Log on with the "UNIPA" business user (see above); or
- Change the owner or share the charts/dashboards in the Content Administration app (this option is available starting with IBP release 1708).
11. Is the Best Practices for IBP content updated with each IBP release?
The content available via the Best Practices for IBP package is updated with each IBP release.
However, the Best Practices for IBP content that has been pre-installed or added in your IBP system is not automatically updated with each IBP release. The Best Practices for IBP content will remain in the state as when the tenant was first provisioned or when the content was added. If you want the Best Practices for IBP content to be updated to the latest version, you will need to manually install the latest content (see next question below).
12. How can I install Best Practices for IBP?
If the Best Practices for IBP have not been pre-installed when the tenant was provisioned, or if the Best Practices for IBP content is from a previous release and needs to be updated, it is possible to manually install the latest Best Practices for IBP content.
Download the SAP Best Practices package, with all documentation of how to install the content, from http://rapid.sap.com/bp/rds_ibp (click on "Download" in the upper-right corner).
The package includes all installation instructions, including how to create the planning area (by copying sample planning area SAPIBP1), how to upload sample data and how to install all the additional application content. This should take approximately 2-3 days' effort for all IBP components (less if you pick and choose only certain components).
13. What is the difference between sample planning area SAPIBP1 and UNIPA?