Is your company’s planning cycle still relying on SAP APO? If so, then SAP APO’s end of life in 2025 (which is extended now to 2027) will likely feature prominently on your radar. While this may represent a major challenge for many organizations, it also provides a great opportunity to revisit your planning landscape and capitalize on advances in this domain over the past few years.
Effectively preparing for SAP APO’s end of life
When SAP introduced APO in the ’90s, advanced planning system (APS) implementations were mega-projects with huge budgets and typically required long time-to-operate lead times.
Today, the prevailing wisdom is that companies must connect to the latest and greatest in forecasting and planning to be able to adapt to the changing dynamics in a more and more digitalized environment.
The options of what to do after SAP APO’s end of life are endless, making it difficult to determine the right course of action. Should you transfer to SAP IBP, combined with the required SAP S/4 HANA, to double down on your commitment to your one single vendor? Move to another APS suite covering all planning modules in one heavy solution? Or opt for a ‘new kid on the block’, offering cutting-edge solutions that promise the world, but aren’t yet backed up with track-record.
Either way, companies face a long IT journey and must invest upfront time and energy and commit substantial capital expenditure.
Unplugging SAP APO to your advantage
The good news is, that in just a few weeks you can already get easy access to advanced analytics for your organization – freeing up bandwidth to absorb these insights and further define and build the ideal planning landscape for your specific planning needs.
Here are two great options on how you can achieve this:
- Connect with EyeOn Planning Services as a bridge solution
- Build your fit-for-purpose planning modules in a planning platform environment.
* SAP APO support has now been extended to 2027