Major new SAP products are being released in the realms of supply chain management (SCM), manufacturing execution systems (MES), and product lifecycle management (PLM). TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic examines the solutions that SAP is offering for supply chain executives to expand beyond the traditional boundaries of SCM, PLM, and enterprise resource planning (ERP).
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the semiconductor space. SAP continues to recommend CTM in those industries, but is seeing greater demand for SCRM where those exacting requirements are not present. SAP APO SAP APO, meanwhile, is a planning platform, with many different computational techniques, including heuristics, rules-based algorithms, and optimizations. For example, SAP’s supply planning heuristics, which is only one of many techniques supported by SAP APO, attempts to provide a problem solution and often involves criteria other