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SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization

To stay a step ahead of demand, you need a powerful platform that supports and integrates all of your supply chain planning activities.

Balance supply and demand across your global supply chain


Enhance supply chain management (SCM) with SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO).


  • Integrated, best-in-class functionality for demand and supply
  • Production planning 
  • Global available-to-promise (ATP).
  • Maximize supply network efficiency
  • Forecasting and demand management

Key Benefits

Improve supply and demand planning for both internal and external supply chains

Tightly integrate with SAP ERP to access sales, material, and other data

Increase forecast accuracy and minimize inventory buffers

Align mid- to long-term demand plans with your overall supply capacity

Create optimized production plans for all of your factories

Provide reliable sales order confirmation dates

Key Capabilities

Demand planning (DP)

  • Comprehensive demand forecasting tool-set
  • Highly configurable planning books with macro functionality
  • Lifecycle, promotion, and collaborative demand planning

Supply network planning (SNP)

  • Integrate purchasing, manufacturing, distribution, and transportation
  • Product flow planning along the entire supply chain, with consideration for constraints and penalties
  • Planning for different levels of detail, including aggregated planning
  • Choice of heuristic-, rule-, or optimization-based algorithm
  • Advanced safety stock planning algorithms

Production planning and detailed scheduling (PP/DS)

  • Multi-level production planning
  • Capable-to-promise 
  • Choice of existing or custom heuristics
  • Support for lot quantity calculations and sourcing
  • Support for: make-to-stock, make-to-order, make-to-order with order BOM, engineer-to-order, project manufacturing, and flow manufacturing
  • Order pegging

Global available-to-promise

  • Seamless integration with other SAP applications/components
  • Global availability checks on defined documents within a defined scope
  • Rules-based ATP using product or location substitution strategies
  • Product allocation for controlling commitments to key customers 
  • Backorder processing 
  • Multi-level ATP for triggering BOM explosion and performing component checks
  • Capable to promise (CTP) - call production planning (PP/DS)

Build a business case

Now is the right time for SAP APO on SAP HANA

Given today’s market challenges, learn how we can we ensure supply chain stability and how do we optimize our supply chains to ultimately remain competitive. 

The "How To" Guide for SAP APO on SAP HANA

Learn about the technical implications and benefits of the transition to SAP APO on SAP HANA.

Join the community

Join the SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization community for the latest news, blogs, events, tricks and tips.

Technical Information

Plan your installation

Refer to Master Guide: SAP APO 7.0, EHP 4* for important information about installation and upgrade planning.

System requirements

For more information about system and software requirements, please refer to the SAP Quick Sizer which lists supported devices, hardware, operating systems, apps, and browsers.

Download the software

To download the SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization software installation package, visit the SAP Support Portal*. Click S in the A to Z index > Search for SAP SCM > select the relevant package.

Get Started

Jump-start your implementation and drive ROI by collaborating with industry experts, consultants, and support engineers throughout your journey.


Transform your business quickly and effectively by taking advantage of our holistic service and support plans, expert consulting services, custom application development, proven best practices, and deep industry and technical knowledge.


Help keep your SAP solutions running at peak performance with our IT experts and support services, including long-term plans, embedded teams, remote technology support, self-service portal, and innovation strategies.

Security and compliance

Focus on your business and customer relationships while keeping your data safe and reliable. SAP takes a proactive, predictive approach to maintaining compliance and data security in the cloud and within an on-premise data center.

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