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SAP Advanced Planning and Optimisation

Balance supply and demand across your global supply chain

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


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

Key Benefits

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

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 minimise inventory buffers

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

Create optimised production plans for all of your factories

Provide reliable sales order confirmation dates

Key Capabilities

Learn how SAP Advanced Planning and Optimisation can simplify the lives of business users and IT staff

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 optimisation-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)

Pricing and Packaging

The modular structure of SAP APO allows you to license and pay for only the modules you require at any given time. This product is deployed as a traditional, on-premise application with a license based on cost of goods sold (COGS).

SAP APO offers the following modules, which can be licensed separately

  • SAP Demand Planning
  • SAP Global Available-to-Promise
  • SAP Extended Manufacturing
  • SAP Supply Network Planning

Plan your implementation

Plan your installation

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

Confirm that you have a license key

To request permanent license keys, you need authorisation under myProfile*. To extend your authorisation, please contact an SAP user administrator*.

Download the software

To download the SAP Advanced Planning and Optimisation 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.


Get the support you need to 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 knowing that your data is safe and reliable. With a proactive, predictive approach, SAP helps ensure compliance and data security in the cloud and within an on-premise data centre.

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