If you’re like me, you were quite impressed when, in his
February 13, 2001 address to the U.S. Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Alan Greenspan
mentioned “new technologies for supply chain management … that “perceive imbalances in inventories at a very earl stage … and cut production promptly in response to developing signs of intended inventory building".
That was quite a while ago, and though we have suffered through a financial crisis and any number of calamities since, improving the supply chain and eliminating the bull-whip effect all up and down the supply chain remains an ongoing challenge. Fortunately, many tools exist, as they existed in 2001, to help smooth the flow. Those tools have continued to advance, however, even in the latest release of the SAP APO (Advanced Planner and Optimizer), part of the wider SCM (Supply Chain Management) suite of products, one key question about SAP BW (Business Warehouse), always arises, and that is, how to integrate the two.