SAP S/4HANA is one of the most deployed post-modern ERPs. Whilst the ERP of the 20th century concentrated on the digitization of business processes, the post-modern ERP focuses on the digital transformation of the business process. In this blog, I will talk on how SAP S/4HANA transforms Production Scheduling.

What functionality does SAP S/4HANA provide for Production Scheduling?

  •  Integrate production planning tightly with scheduling and execution for a detailed view of inventory, capacity, and material flow
  • Schedule resources optimally by considering finite capacity, sequencing and setup, and material availability
  • Address many industry-specific sequencing requirements with configurable, multilevel production scheduling

What are the benefits of using S/4HANA to manage Production Scheduling?

  • Reduce days in inventory (work in progress) by integrating scheduling and execution to gain a consistent, real-time view of inventory and product data
  • Cut manufacturing cycle time by instantly adapting production schedules to current plant conditions

What are the functional changes in the Production Scheduling functionality in SAP S/4HANA compared to SAP ECC?

  •  Introduction of advanced production and capacity planning directly into SAP S/4HANA, capabilities that were available only in the SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO) component
  • Mill industry scheduling scenario functionality enhanced

What are the innovations which S/4HANA has brought in for Production Scheduling functionality?

  • Integration of SAP liveCache technology in SAP HANA database
  • Core Interface (CIF) simplification
  • Data harmonization
  • Extension of material number to 40 characters
  • SAP Fiori–based user experience across all process steps
  • Role with new, dedicated SAP Fiori apps: —
    • Production Planner

Recently, Kaar Tech helped a high-tech manufacturer to migrate from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA. If you would like to understand why they moved from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA, then I suggest reading this whitepaper. It explains the business benefits and technical benefits accrued as a result of the SAP S/4HANA migration.